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Divinity: Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition E3 2018 Impressions

Divinity: Original Sin 2 (DOS2) has returned with the Definitive Edition from Bandai Namco! Having played some top-down RPGs in my days, this one brings more to the game than just customization and wonderful story-telling. Of course, let’s just go ahead and start with customization as a segue!

Customization

Customization is a huge part of DOS2 Definitive Edition where you get to choose who you want to be before you play. There are 4 classes of variants to choose from: an Elf, Dwarf, Human, Lizard, or an undead variant of those 4 classes. You can choose from any preset class or create your own—and really, we all create our own—from the ground up and you can choose to play with a story background for each character or not.

Characters & Combat System

There are also 6 different Origin character presets you can choose which allow players to experience specific quests, arcs, and cutscenes that only those characters can activate. There will also be unique worlds and character attractions in the game as well. As the game is in real-time—and depending on your stats—, when you come across an enemy in the game, it will go from real-time to turn-based play. Here, you can play chicken with other characters in the game. If they know you have better stats than themselves, they will most likely get scared and hide, which will give you the upper-hand to fight and finish them off before they gather the courage to face and fight you.

This turn-based option allows you to plan out your moves and actions to help you advance further in the game. This doesn’t happen to all enemy but it is still a nice advantage. Once you come out of combat, you will then go back to real-time play.

In addition, you will be able to pick an Origin character to be your companion in the game if you yourself are not an Origin character. They are strong and dependable allies who can help you but, there is also a chance they can even turn on you and your own party depending on your actions in the game, so tread lightly.

Another cool thing about DOS2 Definitive Edition is over 1 million words are entered into the game for characters and narrative notes and are fully voice acted, and they are beautiful to hear!

Interactions

Interaction with the world is better than ever as well. From various materials and objects on the ground to your abilities or your companion's attributes, the environment will adapt to your character so you will always need to make sure you are stocked with all the necessary resources to advance in the game. Some environments will have you pitting your own powers against you if you are not careful. Sometimes, your companion's attributes will help you advance with no problems but we all know well that that doesn’t last for long nor will the odds always be in your favor. Interaction in the game continues when you talk to NPCs and it's a nice segue into the next topic, split character play.

Gameplay

When I say split character play, and as an example regarding interactions from previously, when one character talks to an NPC, you can switch to your other character/companion and explore the rest of the area to help you on your quest. This is also a great function which makes thieving easier in the world of DOS2. In addition to character interactions in the game, you can help NPCs from other NPCs in the game and possibly gain valuable information and clues to help progress your journey. Something that does prove very useful in the game as you can acquire more help and gain new members in your party. And if you are playing with a friend, you can do so as couch co-op split screen! Gaming just got much more fun and nostalgic!

DOS2 allows you to play for up to 4 players online in the same game. Doesn’t matter for how long, there is seamless drop-in/drop-out play throughout DOS2. This will allow more free-will to play with friends without disturbing others or having to exit and add players.

Survival System

There are 3 bars on the bottom of the screen: Blue, Red, and Grey! The red one is, of course, your health bar. The Blue and Grey are essentially going to be your armor levels which protect you from damage. Blue represents magic and Grey, for physical armor. It is important to be aware of your meters/bars as depleting one will ultimately affect the rest!

Experience

There are many ways to enjoy Divinity: Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition and diving straight in and experiencing Fort Joy in full experience, rather than a short 15-minute tutorial experience, of 20+ hours of content in the Definitive Edition. Entire reworks were considered and implemented as whole arcs were rewritten and rescripted!

Lastly, there is a new party of entry system, making it easier for members to acquire the loot they need easily from others members of the party. This will go hand-in-hand with combat as there is more to it than before, so be warned!


Final Thoughts

Divinity: Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition is a polished work of the original and is definitely a must play game this year! If you haven't tried it out yet, now is the time! We hope you enjoyed this article about Divinity: Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition. Make sure to sound off in the comments below about what you think of DOS2!

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