Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 37
  2. Negative: 1 out of 37
  1. 100
    Complicated, difficult, different. A true strategy game for the gamers with classical tastes, who have time and will. It's also a pleasant blast from the past, when a genre template was not an option. [Issue#233]
  2. Aug 28, 2013
    90
    A surprise of the year? Definitely! Dragon Commander is a big entertaining game, proving above all that more the genres you mix it does not necessarily mean more the risk and pain. The dragon soup is a gastronomic hit of the summer.
  3. Aug 6, 2013
    90
    Divinity: Dragon Commander is an excellently written and polished blend of action, RPG, and strategy that delivers on each front without feeling disjointed or glaringly weak in any one area. It’s a game in which each component meshes together well as a whole package, and the end result is a fantastic genre mixing title that is both entertaining and thoughtfully constructed.
  4. Aug 18, 2013
    85
    An RTS designed for entertainment rather than e-sport. Colourful, fun and memorable, its elements mesh surprisingly well.
  5. Aug 15, 2013
    83
    Just don’t pick this up hoping to graduate from the campaign to a major and thriving online community – for all practical purposes, consider this to be a singleplayer game first and foremost. And a damn good one at that.
  6. Aug 5, 2013
    81
    Bursting with creativity, but also with ambition.
  7. Sep 25, 2013
    80
    Inventive, funny and a whole lot of fun. An excellent way to break up the over-serious grind of most strategy titles. [Oct 2013, p.82]
  8. Sep 4, 2013
    80
    An inventive and imaginative strategy title that will slap a big grin across the face of anyone looking for something different. [Oct 2013, p.65]
  9. Sep 2, 2013
    80
    A wonderful and addictive combination of different genres, filled with humor and character. Well worth checking for gamers who are after something fresh.
  10. Aug 16, 2013
    80
    Larian Studios did a really good job in making a RTS-tactical-managerial hybrid full of things to do, well balanced, technically up to raids and even action oriented, especially in online battles.
  11. If you’ve ever wanted to play an RPG/RISK/Real-time-strategy/third-person-shooting hybrid, Divinity: Dragon Commander is your best choice. It’s also your only choice. And despite how unwieldy that sounds, it actually kind of works.
  12. Aug 13, 2013
    80
    Divinity: Dragon Commander came out of nowhere to become one of my favorite games of the year. Swift, brutal dragon combat paired with large RTS battles works way better than I ever expected it to.
  13. Aug 9, 2013
    80
    A gem. The flaws are overshadowed by the role playing, the politics, the humor, and of course, the dragon in a jetpack.
  14. Aug 9, 2013
    80
    Divinity: Dragon Commander is a classic example of the sum of the whole being greater than its individual parts.
  15. Aug 9, 2013
    80
    The change of genre does fit to this series, even though there are still some thing that need polishing. Still, it's a great choice for fans of strategy games.
  16. Aug 9, 2013
    80
    The unusual scenario with its tongue-in-cheek humor manages to camouflage some of the strategic shortcomings in the realtime battles. And so does the clever combination of the political, strategic and tactical elements in Rivellon.
  17. Aug 8, 2013
    80
    An invigorating mix of snooty lizardmen, jetpacking dragons, absorbing political decisions and strategy of both turn-based and real-time hues.
  18. 80
    Despite its highly repetitive nature, I had a great time with Dragon Commander. It may lack a good story, but interesting characters, carefully written dialogue and a smart way to handle some pretty sensitive issues more than make up for that. As a strategy game, Dragon Commander is not as good as it could be. The overall experience however feels fresh and memorable.
  19. Aug 5, 2013
    80
    Every individual component works so well that you might even wish the game would have focused more on a specific area or genre. This doesn’t hurt the game, but like its aerial controls, it leaves you wanting more. Still, Dragon Commander manages to combine all of its different gameplay elements and delivers one cohesive experience that's highly worth playing.
  20. 80
    It’s a shame that so many people are opposed to the idea of a new-direction for the Divinity series. Even if its main story leaves much to be desired and some of its rules aren’t presented particularly well, Dragon Commander is a whole lot of fun. I urge everyone, even skeptical Divinity fans, to give Dragon Commander a shot — especially if they’re amused by the notion of a dragon wearing a jet pack.
  21. Aug 6, 2013
    78
    For whatever else Dragon Commander is, it's also a game that puts big issues on the main stage, then lets us reap the rewards and shoulder the consequences of their decisions without moral judgment. For that reason alone, it's worth a look.
  22. Aug 19, 2013
    75
    On one hand, it's a good game full of strategy with an interesting setting and chock-full of original ideas. On the other hand, however, it features a simplistic gameplay and a general lack of inspired mechanics.
  23. Aug 19, 2013
    75
    Divinity: Dragon Commander is an atypical but all in all interesting mix of different genres.
  24. Aug 10, 2013
    75
    A prime example of a game being bigger than the sum of its parts. The RTS elements are a bit rough, but at least it's possible to control a dragon with a freaking jetpack to blow stuff up, while the boardgame-esque territory map requires players to think of the big picture.
  25. Aug 8, 2013
    75
    Divinity: Dragon Commander has a lot of layers. I enjoyed the Risk-like strategy of spreading my army across a world map as I sabotaged my opponent’s units using different battle cards, but I dreaded the slog of each RTS battle. If Larian Studios can refine their battle system then it might have a strategy series that appeals to a wider audience, but right now only hardcore strategy fans feel safe under this commander’s wings.
  26. Aug 26, 2013
    73
    Dragon Commander is worth buying only if you intent to play it in multiplayer, because the story campaign, even on the highest difficulty setting, fails to challenge to excite.
  27. Sep 5, 2013
    70
    A weird but interesting hybrid that mixes RTS, RPG, board game and trading card game mechanics in one delightful experience. Unfortunately, even if the mix works, the singular gameplay components aren’t deep enough and the game itself is mined by many minor issues.
  28. Aug 22, 2013
    70
    If you can look past Divinity: Dragon Commander’s shortcomings, you’ll find a charming and unique experience.
  29. Aug 22, 2013
    70
    Everything in Dragon Commander (aside from these bosoms) is slightly underdeveloped. Still, what Larian has created is a coherent and idiosyncratic game that's remarkably enjoyable if you're a strategy fan who wants something less po-faced than the Total War series.
  30. 70
    An utterly bizarre mix of influences that tries to squeeze in far more elements than would ever be deemed sensible, but somehow manages to work despite it all.
  31. Aug 8, 2013
    70
    A really unique game - the developers have changed the concept multiple times and the final product differs from the basic idea. The most obvious thing is that the RPG layer is smaller and less important, than the dominant strategic one. Fans of previous games in the series may be disappointed, but strategy fans should give it a try. Dragon Commander's big advantage is the fact, that it works perfectly as a real time and turn-based game at the same time.
  32. Aug 8, 2013
    70
    It hangs together because its distinct strands feed into one another just enough, even if that relationship is as crude as a dialogue tree leading to you gaining a stat-altering card that you can play during the campaign phase.
  33. Aug 11, 2013
    67
    Divinity: Dragon Commander oddly finds its comfort zone when it’s focused on interpersonal relationships rather than on sweeping tales of high adventure, and that’s bad news for players looking for anything resembling a truly challenging strategy experience on the battlefield.
  34. Aug 28, 2013
    65
    Looks like Larian Studios had a lot of ideas regarding gameplay but instead of choosing the best one they decided to utilise all of them. As a result Dragon Commander was stitched together from elements that don’t necessary fit each other. [CD-Action 10/2013, p.46]
  35. Aug 8, 2013
    60
    A joyful melting-pot of different gameplay elements, for a fantasy-filled, delirious version of "The Love Boat". But Dragon Commander's pacing isn't really well balanced, and real time sequences lack finesse. Play it in short bursts and if you plan on taking it online, you'd better have assiduous friends at hand.
  36. Aug 5, 2013
    60
    Divinity: Dragon Commander has a unique setting and interesting characters, but its real time and turn based strategy elements don't hold up to its narrative aspects.
  37. Aug 13, 2013
    40
    Without a solid foundation — namely, a better RTS at the bottom of everything — Dragon Commander is a frail novelty that will fall apart shortly after you’ve handled it.
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 219 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 50
  2. Negative: 15 out of 50
  1. Aug 6, 2013
    10
    This is not an RTS. Or rather, it's as much an RTS as Skyrim is a game about crafting weapons. It's a game that's hard to judge, because it's three very different things, an RPG, a TBS, and an RTS, all wrapped up with a card game on top and a garnish of action gameplay.

    The amazing thing is that in all of it, what comes out is a fantastic game. The graphics are beautiful, the characters are well-realized, and the disparate parts feel like separate parts of a whole experience. Yes, the strategy is a little shallow--but that's because it's not the whole game. The game as a whole is about being, fittingly, a dragon commander. And it's great.
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  2. Aug 6, 2013
    10
    I am usually not a big fan of RTS games, but this one just instantly attracted me. After playing the beta and now release im sold. This is an amazing unique game.
    It has elements of tactical RTS gameplay that mostly rely on finding the right unit counters and using the right abilities (If you think its about zerging.. lower the gamespeed please..). aside from that you havethe first-person dragon fighting which is just awesom the amount of roles yo can adjust your dragon and units to is great and realy makes it as if you are constantly thinking every single skill you choose to have big impact ad then you have the political system/cardsystem cards are a great addition and allow for small buffs/units for 1 battle or 1 turn. The political system is quite interesting.. choices impact moneyincome, happiness, attunement to different races, cardgain and what cards you gain etc. etc.

    In my opinion this game is a bit of everything.. BUT it is simply great at everything. Its a jack of all trades that mastered all :D
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  3. ERB
    Aug 8, 2013
    7
    Epic game!Dragon Commander is a fine a game and also very fun.Graphics are cool but except for the story but still this game deserves a high score because it addicting and very fun at the same time. Full Review »