Divinity II The Dragon Knight Saga XBox 360 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 8.4
Graphics 8.0
Sound 8.0
Value 9.0
Distributor: QVS
Review Date:
November 2010
Reviewer:
Howard Bourke

8.7


Divinity II
The Dragon Knight Saga

I actually enjoyed the last Divinity game on the XBox 360, Divinity II: Ego Draconis and even though it wasn't the latest Elder Scrolls or next big blockbuster RPG title, it was just a good old fashioned role-playing fun that pays homage to the original Dungeons & Dragons game.

Although the previous game limited your character in terms of "Dragons", this instalment has given the player a whole wealth of new gaming options that allows you to play both the Dragon and that of the Dragon Knight, the lord and controller of the dragons. Even better is that the gaming engine has been remastered and all the bugs from the previous edition have been fixed and rectified... it's flawless now.

Another interesting element of Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga is that it also contains the original game, Ego Draconis and our review can be found here. So what do we have here? We have two complete adventure games that boasts (if you get thoroughly involved) over 100 hours of RPG sword, sorcery and dragon play. That's a hell of a lot of RPG adventuring and lots of killing too!

The second story on this release includes the new adventure called Flames of Vengeance as you walk again through the world of Rivellon. Although the world has been ravaged by war from both humans and dragons, it's once again up to the player to put his or her differences aside as you work with two species in order to rid the world of a new menace. Your job is simple, free the Divine from their eternal prison in order to finally end the assault of the Black Ring which has effected the world for many many years.

Before engaging on your quest, you first need to choose your character class which include your standard archetypes such as the warrior and the mage. All the character classes have different skill trees which allow you to customise your character in a variety of ways. And then for some more D&D clichés, you have the option of controlling a dragon which is reminiscent of Drakan. But if you have played the original game, you can start playing with your old character as they embark on another adventure but unfortunately I could not try this feature.

With lots of exploring, interacting with NPC's, searching, looting and killing, Divinity II: Flames of Vengeance may not break the mould of role-playing games but it does offer a reprise from all these first person shooters and more importantly Kinect. The control system of Divinity II: Ego Draconis works well on the XBox 360 controller and nothing is more relaxing than kicking back on the couch and playing a console RPG title. Lots of hours of fun. Whether you're controlling the human or flying the dragon, it's a sturdy control system with a touch of force feedback. The best part of the game is flying through the skies as a dragon and using your cool dragon powers.

With almost 200 quests, a variety of enemies to encounter and lots of goodies to be collected, exploring this world is a satisfying experience. As you complete missions, kill your enemies, you experience goes up and you can really tweak your character. The combat system of the game is quite strong as well, whether you're taking an exe to an Ogre's head or raining down fire, magic, melee and dragon attacks are incorporate well. Did I say you could also read minds too? This power does cost experience points but it does help you out in certain situations. The only daunting task of both games is how huge they are but at the end of the day, it succeeds in creating an enjoyable RPG experience.

Graphically, Divinity II is a very good looking game with some great backgrounds and impressive attention to detail. The characters are well animated and the lighting is pure bliss. There is some stutter during busy moments in the game but all in all, it's a good looking game on the 360, especially in FULL HD. The soundtrack features that clichéd orchestral RPG soundtrack that would not look out of place on a movie like Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings. The voice acting is quite professionals and compliments both the story and gameplay as do the sounds of battles and the dragons! Compared to the previous game, this is definitely a good update.

If you loved the original game, you'll enjoy the sequel and it's a great port from the PC to the XBox 360. The story may be clichéd and over the top but its gameplay is relatively quite good. It's definitely not the most original game of the year but if it isn't broke, don't fix it and Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga abides by this rule. Another traditional RPG that doesn't push the boundaries but  offers purists a fun  few hours of escapism. Entertaining from start to finish!






 
 



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