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Dhruin July 23rd, 2009 00:03

Divinity 2 - First German Review
 
The Divinity II site is pointing out the first German web review - the score from GameStar's critique is 83% and my Google-fu says the quests are very good with multiple solutions but there were some bugs and crashes. Apparently a patch is planned.
More information.

TheMadGamer July 23rd, 2009 00:03

While 83% isn't bad, it's lower than I would have imagined from a publication from the game's home country.

Probably the U.S. reviews will eat the game alive as most U.S. based publications are harsh on European based CRPGs (NOT rightfully so IMHO).

Gorath July 23rd, 2009 00:12

Last time I looked GameStar was not from Belgium.

rune_74 July 23rd, 2009 00:38

Some european games get over rated and problems overlooked by their home countries as well….but hopefully this one is good really enjoyed the first.

TheMadGamer July 23rd, 2009 01:56

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gorath (Post 1060959931)
Last time I looked GameStar was not from Belgium.

My apolgies there. I guess what I should have said, in order to help people keep from tripping over undotted i's and uncrossed t's, is that the score is a bit low coming from a European based publication.

txa1265 July 23rd, 2009 02:53

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dhruin (Post 1060959927)
The Divinity II site is pointing out the first German web review - the score from GameStar's critique is 83% and my Google-fu says the quests are very good with multiple solutions but there were some bugs and crashes. Apparently a patch is planned.
More information.

Well … here's hoping they get all of that stuff sorted!

Brother None July 23rd, 2009 03:05

Quote:

Originally Posted by TheMadGamer (Post 1060959958)
is that the score is a bit low coming from a European based publication.

Is it? Last time I checked, a lot of European publications have a general lower scale than the American one, as in 80%+ is good, compared to America's 90%+ is good.

And if you think a German publication would give a free ride to a Belgian game…uh…that makes no sense. Do American magazines give more positive ratings to Mexican videogames?

TheMadGamer July 23rd, 2009 04:27

Quote:

Originally Posted by Brother None (Post 1060959976)
And if you think a German publication would give a free ride to a Belgian game…uh…that makes no sense. Do American magazines give more positive ratings to Mexican videogames?

I didn't mean to imply that any European publication would give a 'free ride' for any game.

In fact, I think American publishers have been way too harsh reviewing European developed games… always praising graphics and polish over gameplay and substance. All of these are important but a lot of U.S. based games are all-show-no-go wheras European CRPGs for at least the last 5 years have offered some of the most interesting gameplay… yes they tend to be a bit buggy and unpolished, but still, the games are very good and fun.

Gorath July 23rd, 2009 10:42

PC Games says 80%.

Gorath July 23rd, 2009 10:46

Quote:

Originally Posted by TheMadGamer (Post 1060959990)
I didn't mean to imply that any European publication would give a 'free ride' for any game.

There is no such thing as a "European Publication". ;)

And yes, the ratings in Germany are usually lower. 80+% is "good".

GhanBuriGhan July 23rd, 2009 11:12

The most dissapointing thing in these reviews is that the story gets a thumbs down. Thats really too bad, the premise seemed interesting enough.

txa1265 July 23rd, 2009 11:25

Quote:

Originally Posted by GhanBuriGhan (Post 1060960016)
The most dissapointing thing in these reviews is that the story gets a thumbs down. Thats really too bad, the premise seemed interesting enough.

That is definitely unfortunate, but I'm glad the overall impression is good.

Dhruin July 23rd, 2009 12:08

Anyone want to expand in more detail? Please? :)

DArtagnan July 23rd, 2009 12:33

I'd certainly like to hear more details regarding ups and downs, as this game has been on my list for some time.

txa1265 July 23rd, 2009 12:55

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dhruin (Post 1060960027)
Anyone want to expand in more detail? Please? :)

Someone had translated the pros and cons … I can't find it now …

Myrthos July 23rd, 2009 13:45

This was posted at the Larian forums:
Graphics 7/10
+ lots of details
+ lots of variety
- "strange" animations
- muddy textures
- game and cutscene transitions could have been handled better

Sound 9/10
+ very good to fantastic voice actors (german version here of course)
+ lots of variety and fitting music
- environmental stereosounds are weak

Balance 7/10
+ game can be beat with every skillset
+ well done and logical puzzle sections
- only 1 relatively easy difficulty setting
- boss fights too easy (except for final boss)

Atmosphere (8/10)
+ nice mix of traditional fantasy setting and humour/irony
+ fun to explore the world
+ spot on humor
- change of character too quick (not even sure what they mean in german)
- some weak plotlines

Controls/Handling (8/10)
+ good mouse/keyboard handling
+ assignable hotkeys
+ able to teleport
- unclear/confusing inventory
- weak map

Game length (10/10)
+ huge amount of quests, most of which are optional
+ huge and varied world
+ upgradeable player fortress

Quests (10/10)
+ nice story
+ good/evil paths
+ interesting characters
+ surprise twists

Character/Skill system (9/10)
+ you're free to choose what skills you want
+ opportunities to experiment
+ lots of useful skills
+ dragon has own skills

Combat system (6/10)
+ exciting
- no active blocking
- close combat hard to avoid
- dragon flight is limited

Items (10/10)
+ huge amount of items, weapons, and potions
+ powerful set-items
+ you feel your character improving

Avantenor July 23rd, 2009 14:27

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dhruin (Post 1060960027)
Anyone want to expand in more detail? Please? :)

From the storytelling, your opponents have twice the oppurtunity to kill you easily. But they only talk to you and then let you go.

JDR13 July 23rd, 2009 14:31

Quote:

Originally Posted by Brother None (Post 1060959976)
Do American magazines give more positive ratings to Mexican videogames?

I don't know. How many Mexican video games can you name?

Kostas July 23rd, 2009 14:35

Quote:

Originally Posted by txa1265 (Post 1060959968)
Well … here's hoping they get all of that stuff sorted!

Something like a release-day patch?

Is the game even Gold yet?

JDR13 July 23rd, 2009 14:37

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gorath (Post 1060960014)
And yes, the ratings in Germany are usually lower. 80+% is "good".


80+% *is* good imho, and I completely agree that too many major gaming publications/websites are much too generous with their scoring systems in general.


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