Divinity II: Ego Draconis Review
Xbox 360 | PC
Divinity II: Ego Draconis box art
System: X360, PC Review Rating Legend
Dev: Larian Studios 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: cdv Software Entertainment 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Jan. 5, 2010 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Mature 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

In addition to the slow combat, battle also suffers from an awkward targeting system. Instead of using an active system that targets enemies as they come towards you, you have to line up an on-screen reticule (which is fixed in the center of the screen) with your enemies in order to attack them.

This part of the battle system feels the most antiquated, and it is far too time-consuming to line up enemies with your reticule just to have them dodge out of the way at the last moment. Although this is less of an issue in the dragon-fighting portions of the game, when you play as a human, lining up your attacks can be incredibly frustrating and definitely lost me a fair share of battles

Divinity II: Ego Draconis screenshot

The only facet of the game that didn't strike me as sub-par or antiquated was the sound. The game, despite its simplistic storyline, features an uncannily large roster of NPCs, each one with plenty of things to say. The voice acting is very well done, and while some of the NPCs sound a little wooden here and there, I was extremely pleased with the overall breadth of the voice acting in this title. The background music wasn't as impressive as the voiceover, and did get repetitive in parts, but it was mostly inoffensive overall.

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Although the game doesn't have many redeeming qualities, I do have to say that none of these poor aspects is an absolute deal-breaker. Sure, the game looks bad, and the battle system is yawn-worthy, but if you have finished every other RPG out there, you may find some enjoyment from Divinity II. It really can't compare with the likes of Dragon Age: Origins or the Elder Scrolls series, but it is at least playable. Just make sure you have exhausted all other options before picking this title up, and definitely don't get your hopes up for anything awesome or genre-defining. The only thing that is really surprising about Divinity II is why it took them eight years to make such an average sequel.

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.0
Graphics
Technical glitches abound, including frequent seaming, tearing, and constant framerate inconsistencies.
3.0
Control
Controls for the dragon form are fine, but battle with the human form (where you'll spend most of your time) feel antiquated.
3.6
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Music is a little forgettable, but the voice over cast does an excellent job of bringing the world of Divinity II to life.
3.5
Play Value
There is plenty to do in Divinity II, and if you don't mind putting up with the poor visuals or combat, there are plenty of side-quests to take on to extend your experience.
2.8
Overall Rating - Average
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Sequel to an award-winning Divinity RPG series, that makes use of the same classless system that was incorporated in earlier games, which allows you to choose your own path as you become a Dragon Knight.
  • For the first time, an RPG unlocks the power of the Dragon. Climb high and vaporize all that stands in your way as you strategically use both your human and dragon forms to defeat Damian and become the ultimate Dragon Knight.
  • Divinity II provides a wide range of moral choices while questing. When you make these choices, the consequences of your actions appear throughout game play, and keep the action exciting and intertwined.
  • Use of powerful Battle Towers, vast citadels accessible via the relic known as the Dragon Stone. The Dragon Stone allows you to teleport to the Battle Tower at any moment so that you can utilize the powers within.


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