|
Your continuous donations keep RPGWatch running!
RPGWatch Forums » Comments » News Comments » RPGWatch Feature: Divine Divinity Retrospective

Default RPGWatch Feature: Divine Divinity Retrospective

July 25th, 2008, 10:14
Michael "txa1265" J. Anderson continues the irregular series of retrospectives we hope to bring you, this time taking a five-year look back at Divine Divinity. Here's an excerpt:
One of the quirky 'top whatever' lists that appears every now and then is the list of worst names for video games. And somewhere on every one of those lists is Divine Divinity. Yeah, it IS pretty obvious why.

The game would also appear on another list - if some one could figure out how to name it. That list would be 'best deep role playing game that fans of classic RPG's have ignored because it features action-RPG combat and has a very difficult and long dungeon in the beginning.' So you can see I won't be getting a job naming lists anytime soon. Point is, this is a game that many RPG fans tried the demo and felt it was just yet another Diablo Clone and left it behind. Something about the old saying 'you only get one chance to make a first impression' springs to mind.
Read it all here.
More information.
Dhruin is offline

Dhruin

Dhruin's Avatar
Keeper of the Watch
Super Moderator
RPGWatch Team

#1

Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Sydney, Australia
Posts: 11,968

Default 

July 25th, 2008, 10:14
I loved it from the bottom of my heart.
Rendelius is offline

Rendelius

Rendelius's Avatar
Watcher

#2

Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 96
Send a message via ICQ to Rendelius Send a message via MSN to Rendelius Send a message via Yahoo to Rendelius Send a message via Skype™ to Rendelius

Default 

July 25th, 2008, 10:44
I wish there were more games like it.

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. - Maya Angelou
"Those who dont read history are destined to repeat it." Edmund Burke
zakhal is online now

zakhal

zakhal's Avatar
VideoGamingWaste

#3

Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Europa Universalis
Posts: 3,008

Default 

July 25th, 2008, 11:19
Divine Divinity was absolutely great. It had much more in common with games like Baldur's Gate than Diablo, even if the game mechanics and the graphics looks like Diablo. I would add Dungeon Siege II to that list as well.
JemyM is offline

JemyM

JemyM's Avatar
Okay, now roll sanity.

#4

Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 6,028
Send a message via ICQ to JemyM Send a message via MSN to JemyM

Default 

July 25th, 2008, 12:22
I must say that I've never really liked DD. I did manage to beat the dungeon but afterwards some guy did me in (IIRC a human guard of some sort and I wasn't even looking for trouble ) and I hadn't saved for a long while (stupid me I know) . Perhaps I should have been more persistent but the dungeon really took out all I had.
stealth is offline

stealth

Sentinel

#5

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Denmark
Posts: 319

Default 

July 25th, 2008, 13:15
Love the game.

If you have only seen the first dungeon part of the game, then you haven't really seen the game at all, IMHO.

Also I think people tend to exaggerate the length of that first dungeon a bit…
KasperFauerby is offline

KasperFauerby

Sentinel

#6

Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 435

Default 

July 25th, 2008, 13:31
One of the most immersive, beautiful and deep RPG game that I've ever played.

Absolutely recommended.
Glorian is offline

Glorian

Watchdog

#7

Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 110

Default 

July 25th, 2008, 13:41
I was one of the people who didn't like the demo and didn't buy it for a while. The demo was boring and didn't show off one of the better parts of the game. Once I bought it though, I found it to be one of the better action RPGs of this decade.
doctor_kaz is offline

doctor_kaz

Keeper of the Watch

#8

Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 622

Default 

July 25th, 2008, 15:06
I loved DD too, except for the tacked on last act. Outside of that I felt it was very well done and was shocked that Beyond Divinity missed so badly. With Larian basically disappearing after BD, I wonder if the next Divinity game will ever see the light of day. I have a feeling it'll be a local game only if it does get released. Time will tell.

'nut
crpgnut is offline

crpgnut

crpgnut's Avatar
Fantasy Novel Archmage
RPGWatch Donor

#9

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: St. Louis, Mo USA
Posts: 3,827

Default 

July 25th, 2008, 15:39
I expect the announcement this GC.
Gorath is offline

Gorath

Gorath's Avatar
Prime Evil
RPGWatch Team

#10

Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 6,852

Default 

July 25th, 2008, 15:41
A short while ago, a tv program showed DD2 as a third-person perspective and over the shoulder game. While the graphics wasn't mind-blowingly good, i'm very eager for the game, rumored to be released in 2009!.
Remus is offline

Remus

Remus's Avatar
Antihero

#11

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Malaysia
Posts: 1,020

Default 

July 25th, 2008, 16:04
Originally Posted by Remus View Post
A short while ago, a tv program showed DD2 as a third-person perspective and over the shoulder game. While the graphics wasn't mind-blowingly good, i'm very eager for the game, rumored to be released in 2009!.
I watched this TV programm as well and the graphics actualy seemed pretty good to me.

My first weak impression - Gothic 3 meets Witcher ;-)
Glorian is offline

Glorian

Watchdog

#12

Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 110

Default 

July 25th, 2008, 18:43
Originally Posted by crpgnut View Post
With Larian basically disappearing after BD
Not in Belgium, mind you !

They do Ketnetkick !

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. (E.F.Schumacher, Economist, Source)
Alrik Fassbauer is offline

Alrik Fassbauer

Alrik Fassbauer's Avatar
TL;DR

#13

Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Old Europe
Posts: 16,004

Default 

July 25th, 2008, 19:00
I am hopeful that DivDiv 2 will be forthcoming … and be good.

— Mike
txa1265 is online now

txa1265

txa1265's Avatar
SasqWatch

#14

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Corning, NY USA
Posts: 11,476

Default 

July 25th, 2008, 19:08
I wonder what's taking BD so long. Their last game was released more than four years ago and they haven't produced anything publicly for about two years. Basically they showed off some screen renders a couple of years ago, and nothing at all since then.
doctor_kaz is offline

doctor_kaz

Keeper of the Watch

#15

Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 622

Default 

July 25th, 2008, 19:19
This was one of the best games during one of the worst periods of my life. This and Gothic helped keep me distracted quite well
Melvil is offline

Melvil

Melvil's Avatar
Super Duper Super Sweet

#16

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Barva, Costa Rica
Posts: 627

Default 

July 25th, 2008, 19:59
Nice look at the game, as always Mike—especially your spot-on analysis of the skills system, which is one of my favorites in the action/rpg-crpg universe. I've never managed to make it past about 80 hours into the game, but every so often i need my DD fix and fire it up just for the experience it gives.

Where there's smoke, there's mirrors.
magerette is offline

magerette

magerette's Avatar
Hedgewitch

#17

Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 7,929

Default 

July 25th, 2008, 20:09
It is possible to skip the starter dungeon and head out into the wilderness, or does the game force you to finish the dungeon first?

I don't recall ever doing this, so either never tried or didn't succeed…

Hammer, anvil, forge and fire,
chase away the hoofed liar.
Roof and doorway, block and beam,
chase the Trickster from our dream.
Stanza is offline

Stanza

Stanza's Avatar
Lighthouse Keeper

#18

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Indianapolis
Posts: 249

Default 

July 25th, 2008, 20:34
Originally Posted by Stanza View Post
It is possible to skip the starter dungeon and head out into the wilderness, or does the game force you to finish the dungeon first?
I have never seen a 'dungeon be gone' sort of thing like there is for BG2. But then, it isn't the largest dungeon in the game, so consider it training

— Mike
txa1265 is online now

txa1265

txa1265's Avatar
SasqWatch

#19

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Corning, NY USA
Posts: 11,476

Default 

July 25th, 2008, 21:46
Any recommendations for class choice for a 1-time playthrough? I've had this game sitting on my shelf for several years and have never had the time to get into it. Reading this retrospective has me thinking about starting a game soon. I rarely replay games, and the fact that this one is 100+ hours long means I'll most probably not play it more than once. Any opinions on which class is the most "fun" to play with?
JDR13 is offline

JDR13

JDR13's Avatar
SasqWatch

#20

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Florida, US
Posts: 18,030
RPGWatch Forums » Comments » News Comments » RPGWatch Feature: Divine Divinity Retrospective
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT +2. The time now is 22:43.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright by RPGWatch