Divinity: Original Sin 2 is a role-playing game by the Belgian studio Larian Studios and the sequel to Divinity: Original Sin whose action happens in the distant past. Set in the world of Rivellon, the game follows the main character, also known as ‘Godwoken’, as he/she tries to fight off the Voidwoken that resulted from the Veil between Void and Rivellon being broken. Both the gameplay, mechanics and atmosphere are very reminiscent of games like Baldur’s gate, Icewind Dale, Pillars of Eternity and other RPGs that focus on the classic fight between good and evil, with evil seemingly having the upper hand.
The game plays a lot like any other classic RPG; you build up your character and advance in the story while picking up various other adventurers. Eventually, you form your own party consisting of characters that have different strengths and weaknesses. Together you set off to complete quests and earn good (or bad) reputation for your deeds.
Divinity: Original Sin 2 has received a lot of praises from game critics and very good reviews on how the story was approached, how the character stories developed throughout the game as well as the elements of surprise throughout the player’s journey. It’s hard to explain without major story spoilers but I found it absolutely fascinating; it has its fair share of twists and unexpected turns at every corner.
The dialogue, character interaction (both of which have been quite obviously upgraded since the first game) and the breathtaking music that made me hum throughout my gameplay, take you into the world of Rivellon and make you feel like you are part of it. I found it very easy to immerse myself in the game and definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys unravelling a fascinating story, fight the bad guys and experience quality character creation on the way. Everything in the game has a purpose or reason behind it and there is a great variety in skills which allows for a lot of different play styles.
If you are a fan of RPGs, and even if you are not, I think Divinity: Original Sin 2 is definitely worth a shot. I can guarantee that it will pull you into the fantastic world and allow you to both express yourself, and experience others’ expressions of self through the impeccable character development.
Publisher: Larian Studios
Developer: Larian Studios
Platforms: Windows, PS4, Xbox One, macOS, Nintendo Switch
Release date: September 14, 2017
Banner picture by Larian Studios.
In-game screenshots by Teodora Mansikkamäki