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  • Summary: Set in a new fantasy universe, Divine Divinity takes the player on a fantastic quest in a land torn apart by corruption and dark magic. Throughout his journeys the player will get the chance to develop his character as one of six character types, and meet a variety of people and fantasticalSet in a new fantasy universe, Divine Divinity takes the player on a fantastic quest in a land torn apart by corruption and dark magic. Throughout his journeys the player will get the chance to develop his character as one of six character types, and meet a variety of people and fantastical beings. By combining the best features of the RPG genre, and introducing a lot of new features, Divine Divinity will appeal to both hard-core and new RPG players. [Larian Studios] Expand
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. If you liked "Diablo 2," but are perhaps looking for a gaming experience with more depth and story, look no further.
  2. A well-designed, open-ended, lengthy role-playing game sporting impressive graphics and sound and a lot of replay value.
  3. While I typically look upon design appropriation negatively, Divine Divinity’s conciseness and irreverence set put it an uncontested step ahead of the opposition.
  4. Although it suffers from a few problems and annoyances, overall Divine Divinity is an expansive and quite enjoyable RPG.
  5. 80
    The level of player interaction and attention to detail rivals that of "Morrowind" and easily surpasses the "Baldur's Gate" series.
  6. There can be some frustrations with gameplay, but the overall experience is a positive one.
  7. A bona fide labour of love that evidently had the blinkers on.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Aug 9, 2012
    10
    This game is simply amazing and timeless. I played this a good few years ago closer to when it came out and picked it up recently when it cameThis game is simply amazing and timeless. I played this a good few years ago closer to when it came out and picked it up recently when it came out on Steam due to nostalgia (and it's damn cheap!), half expecting it to be crap because of age - like playing one of the first Pokemon games again. On the contrary, I loved every minute of it just like when I first played it through. I don't usually play games for the story but I found myself reading every line of dialogue and doing every quest. Unlike most games, the side quests are all very-well developed story-wise. Combat can be as complicated and fast paced as you want it to be as your character is pretty much completely customisable. You can pick any spell or skill no matter what 'class' you pick so you can be the hybrid stealthy mage-ninja you always wanted to be. The map is huge and exploration is extremely rewarding. There's always a polymorphed boar or a magic wishing well just around the corner to keep you on your toes. There are tonnes of secrets as well, secret items and quests, treasure maps and hidden areas, allowing this game to cater for casuals and those traditional OCD-completionists. The game falters somewhat in difficultly, to be honest. Generic monsters tend to be hacked down in a few hits but you can easily turn the wrong corner or get to the end of the dungeon only to be completely annhilated by a certain mob. The game isn't so much about strategy, but building the best character possible to deal as much damage while staying alive as possible. The game feels a bit like what Skyrim should have been, if you take graphics out of the equation. Expand
  2. StuartH.
    Jun 26, 2006
    10
    Great role playing game with so much to do and to many things too discover, your level just keeps growing in every thing you do.
  3. Mar 18, 2011
    10
    One of the problems with being a small studio is that you don't get the breaks the big boys get when it comes to quality. If this had been aOne of the problems with being a small studio is that you don't get the breaks the big boys get when it comes to quality. If this had been a Bioware title in would have been rated in the mid 90s instead of the 80s. The fact of the matter is that this is a great game. People nit pick about the title, or call it a Diablo clone, or other such rot because they just need to find something bad to hide the fact that a small unknown group of developers kicked their ass. Make no mistake: this is one of the best RPGs ever done. It wouldn't make my top five list but it would make my top ten list.

    What I like about this game so much is, expect for the ending, all the combat has a purpose. One of my complaints is that RPGs too often use combat as a filler or a time sink without it advancing the story in any way. Some people might say that as a result the story is light in this game. That's true if you compare it to something like Planescape. But the fact of the matter is that the game play in DD gives heft to the story in a way that it doesn't in a game like Gothic. For me, this game manages to weave the story and the combat into each other in a way that seems light and effortless but is in fact not. This game also has some of the best music ever written for a video game. Don't expect the characterization you get from Buldar's Gate or the depth of Planscape. But this is a solid, well designed and well executed RPG that shouldn't be overlooked as much as it has been.
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  4. GrimReality
    Nov 30, 2002
    9
    The best non-3D game that I have ever played.
  5. Oct 5, 2012
    9
    Don't expect something like Baldur's Gate, Planescape: Torment, etc. and you'll love this game. There's an interesting world to explore thatDon't expect something like Baldur's Gate, Planescape: Torment, etc. and you'll love this game. There's an interesting world to explore that is very open-ended (for those that like this sort of thing). The quests are great, and while the characters aren't the most fleshed out, the rest of the world balances this out. If you can overlook the quirky combat and can come to love the graphics, then you'll find this open-world hack and slash a great game. Expand
  6. BinaryDisaster
    Oct 14, 2002
    9
    DD is great! I haven't played a game this open ended since the classic Ultima games. I have about 20 hours into it so far and I find DD is great! I haven't played a game this open ended since the classic Ultima games. I have about 20 hours into it so far and I find that.... The graphics are nice, and the details are amazing on characters and scenes. The music is very fitting and never gets tiring. I like the constant forward momentum of this game; if you aren't busy trying to keep up with all the quests, you are busy planning your character's growth. There is always plenty to do, sometimes too much. Thankfully there is a decent quest log that can be filtered down a bit so you don't get too bogged down. The story seems to be building nicely as well, with lots of background thrown in to make it seem that much more immersive. It could be a shame that this great game may get overlooked by many gamers because of its rather quiet release here in the U.S., but who knows.....It is definitely one of the best rpg's I played in a long while that isn't a Black Isle or Blizzard product. Expand
  7. Aug 31, 2014
    0
    I remember playing this game demo back in the day, it was released in the same era of diablo and the Baldur's gates.
    I remember quitting the
    I remember playing this game demo back in the day, it was released in the same era of diablo and the Baldur's gates.
    I remember quitting the demo 15 minutes in due to my disgust with the graphics.

    12 years after I have received this game for free with divinity original sin, and decided to take this acclaimed game for another spin.

    Its terrible, absolutely terrible, the graphics, the story telling, the clunky combat system.
    It's lack of immersion, lack of atmosphere.
    This time I survived a few hours in before I finally hit the delete button. It tried to copy paste diablo style of gaming without innovating and without the multiplayer which really made the diablo game so successful.
    It was supposed to be a diablo with an interactive story.
    but the story doesn't even come close to bioware golden era or cd project.
    And the gameplay is a pale imitation of the successful diablo 2.

    Do yourself a favor and stay away from this game even if its free.
    There are much better stories out there for you to experience and many games which are a lot more fun that this.
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