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Dhruin July 5th, 2012 23:22

Divine Divinity - Now on Steam
 
Larian's classic Divine Divinity has been released on Steam for $5.99, offering Larian the chance to make this humorous announcement video:

More information.

Cthulhufan July 5th, 2012 23:22

*Thumbs up*

Loved that. :)

Thrasher July 5th, 2012 23:49

Hah! Especially the reference to PCGamer. ;) But, this really is a must play for RPG fans.

darklord July 6th, 2012 01:15

Well that was amusing! :)

Daniel.

Vindicator July 6th, 2012 01:29

Great game! For those that missed it, imagine Ultima7 with Diablo style combat.

Zloth July 6th, 2012 01:45

Quote:

Originally Posted by Vindicator (Post 1061152041)
Great game! For those that missed it, imagine Ultima7 with Diablo style combat.

I tried the demo but never got the game. But then, I can't seem to have much fun in Diablo games, either.

Loved the video, though! (And the Dragon Knight Saga!)

JDR13 July 6th, 2012 03:01

Quote:

Originally Posted by Zloth (Post 1061152046)
I tried the demo but never got the game. But then, I can't seem to have much fun in Diablo games, either.

It doesn't have as much in common with Diablo as you might think. Same camera view and similar combat, but that's where the resemblance ends. You should give it a try.

Video was pretty funny… and that girl is cute. :)

Vindicator July 6th, 2012 03:19

Quote:

Originally Posted by Zloth (Post 1061152046)
I tried the demo but never got the game. But then, I can't seem to have much fun in Diablo games, either.

Best not to judge this game based on the demo.

You might find this Divine Divinity retrospective review interesting. It was written by a guy who, like you, played a little of DD and "chalked it up as another lame Diablo clone." But he gave it another chance based on forum comments, and says, "I'm so glad I did, and prevented myself from being one of the poor souls who missed out on this great game… If you can manage the real-time combat, I promise you are in for a RPG experience that ranks right up there with the 'big names' in RPG history .”

JuliusMagnus July 6th, 2012 04:05

Quote:

Originally Posted by Zloth (Post 1061152046)
I tried the demo but never got the game. But then, I can't seem to have much fun in Diablo games, either.

Loved the video, though! (And the Dragon Knight Saga!)

By Sven Vincke's own admission at least the combat being Diablo-like was not their choice but pushed on them by the publisher at the time (just like the name).

Judging from the trailer it's fully theirs now and no longer with the publisher. I never played it at the time, so I think I'll go for it soon.

Tragos July 6th, 2012 10:34

It is much more hardcore than Diablo , the dungeons are very big and areas are not scaled to your level .
Game is hard and includes lots of reloading plus several of the skills are crap.

darklord July 6th, 2012 10:45

I have admit while I did complete the game I got bored of it before the end. Still for this price you can't really go wrong.

Daniel.

Alrik Fassbauer July 6th, 2012 11:29

I loved seeing it reach the light after all of those years ? months ? of development and discussiong in the forums … And the main forumspeople finally got their own avatars … ;)

I still don't know any game in which you can make honey … ;)

20mithrandir July 6th, 2012 14:39

So did some try this out? I bought it on Steam and there's a complete color messup whenever I start the game (main menu).

Link to screenshot posted at Google+
Direct link to screenshot (PNG), dont' know if or how long this works

The only things I can configure is the graphics mode (software or Direct 3D), the resolution (tried each now, even 640x480) and the 'Smoothness'.

Does anybody know about this problem? Some compatibility with 64-bit Windows 7 probably?

Wulf July 6th, 2012 15:43

Played DD many times in years gone by. The slight void in gameplay towards the end game is well known and documented but nothing to cry about.

It was the curiosity of compatibility that prompted me to install my original retail DD english (ver-1.0029a).

On completion was asked to install DirectX (ver-8.1) and o.k'd. Then a graphics test menu appeared (fading colours render test) i selected DX3d but not smoothness, the graphics test confirmed O.K at 69 fps, then saved config and ran the game.

This was on a quad-core rig with normal Gforrce GT450 Graphics 4gb mem. on win-7 (64bit) OS.

All of this took about 12 minutes, the games still runs smooth and sleek and graphically the best i have ever seen DD. I am not sure if GOG apply any tweaks to their DD version.

This probably will not help but might be useful with GOG install compat' comparisons.

20mithrandir July 6th, 2012 15:53

It was just the silly 'compatibility' mode … now it runs smoothly for me too … but I didn't realize you could change that as easily when running via Steam (the 'div.exe' is in the steamapps folder).

I just had thought the guys would 'preconfigure' the executables they distribute via Steam so that they 'generally' run on modern hardware … at least that's what would sound logic to me ; - )

Wulf July 6th, 2012 16:11

"at least that's what would sound logic to me"

indeed, i have always been under the assumption that both Steam or GOG apply tweaks as required.
Anyhow, hope you enjoy the game and see the RPG game-play differences when compared to Diablo. :D

Sir Markus July 6th, 2012 23:30

It's a crime that this game is so underrated. This is an easy 10 out of 10, IMO.

Thrasher July 7th, 2012 00:36

You know, I never understood the complaint about the first dungeon. I don't remember it being very big nor hard… Then again, I had recently finished Pools of Radiance 2: RoMD. ;)

JDR13 July 7th, 2012 01:14

It's not the first dungeon that blows, it's the last.

Thrasher July 7th, 2012 04:15

The whole last area is rather empty and not very interesting.


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