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
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.
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
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!