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Divinity II: FoV - Review @ IGN

by Dhruin, 2010-12-10 23:22:05

IGN has a review that focuses on the Flames of Vengeance expansion, unlike most of the articles out there that centre on DKS where the reviewer probably didn't even get to the FoV part.  The score is a modest 6/10, although the reviewer comes from a different place than some of our readers.  The author hates that the focus isn't on the dragon part, saying "the total package feels like the opening half (i.e., the worse half)".  A bit on exploration and quest markers:

Worse still is the lack of quest markers, yet another problem carried over from the core game. Look, I'm all for exploration and discovery, but not everyone wants to go pixel-hunting in an action RPG. There is one particular main quest that tasks you with finding five buttons spread throughout the streets of Aleroth that you must press to continue the story. Never mind that the game doesn't bother to tell you that two cannot be accessed until much later—which in itself is annoying—but one button in particular is hidden behind a bush in a corner of one street that the camera has no reason to look at. You basically would only stumble on the button by exploring literally every inch of the city or having eyes like a hawk (and seeing a tiny red glow through the leaves of the bush). Good and great RPGs—Fallout: New Vegas, Fable 3, Dragon Age: Origins, and Mass Effect 2 just to name releases from the last year—reward players for exploring with special quests and unique loot, which is fine. However, forcing players to look in obscure spots with no help due to storyline quests with absolutely zero information is just overkill. (One main quest, which is divided into five parts, has the horrific description in the quest log of "I need five clues to continue, but I don't know where they are, so I guess I better just look around.") Perhaps some players like the "challenge," but many—the ones only interested in the story and not collect-aholics—have better things to do than waste time looking for glowing buttons.

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Divinity II: FoV

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC, Xbox 360
Release: Released