Larian studios did an amazing job making sure that the sequel to the first Divinity game stood upto our expectations. This is a hardcore RPG and fans of the previous game, should buy this early access to support the developers. (Please do!)
This is a sequel to Divinity: Original Sin, and little is known about the plot synopsis as the game has been released only a few hours ago. Origins count for a lot in Original Sin 2. Who your character was before the game informs how people will interact with them and their pre-existing relationships. Their race and social standing matter just as much.
The first Original Sin made disagreements between party members, either NPC or player controlled, a rock, paper, scissors mini-game. With four people all chiming in, this was scrapped, and it’s a good thing too, as the new system is a lot less jarring. Everyone will get to express their opinion, but the lead decision maker, the person starting the conversation, will get the final say. There are consequences to ignoring your allies, however, so the supreme power of the veto must be used wisely.
In co-op, once the decision has been made, the other players can express their dissatisfaction. Sometimes they might express it with knives. And fire. And murder. Players will be free to completely betray each other at any point, even in the middle of a fight. Imagine: you’re fighting some dastardly bandits, and you’re a wee bit out of your depth. You’ve only got control over two characters, and the ruffians are making mincemeat out of them. So, when you see your ally with their two characters appear, that’s a good thing, right?
The game still uses the Action Point based Combat system. This turn based combat system is one of the reasons the game is loved widely. Players wait their turn and can do moves based on the amount of action points they have.
The character customisation in unbeatably varied, not only have they kept the old classes but added entirely new sets. There is a new playable lizard race, within which you can choose the type of class you want. The classes available are
Another amazing feature Larian studios has added is the origin story feature, it gives preset characters which already have a background story in the game. This gives a better AI interaction, if the user decides to use this option. You can also select the type of instrument you want playing in the background when your character is talking now (Larian studios, you totally get us! Thank you!)
The concept art and graphics of the game has my mind completely blown. I cannot express how amazing it feels to watch this game on run maxed out settings. The graphics improvement alone should be one of the reasons for this game to be purchased, it is absolutely incredible. But in this early access, there are some occasional glitches which has already been reported to the developers.VERDICT:
I believe this game has the potential to be the best RPG of 2016 from just the few hours I’ve played it. I know I’m going to end up spending all my free time playing this game on co-op. If you’re a fan of this genre and if you’ve enjoyed games like Baldur’s Gate, Kingdom of Amalur etc, you will have a blast. Buy it right now and help the developers.
If you want the game to be completely polished and without flaws, then wait till December for the perfected version.
Stay tuned to Asidcast for more exciting previews!