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Divine Divinity About six months ago I bought Divine Divinity on Steam and for most of those six months it lay there in my library gathering dust. When I bought the game I started playing but had no idea what to do as very little information was provided. I decided to pick it back up about a week and a half ago and after a little assistance from Youtube, I ended up spending 11 hours in the game in one weekend. If you're not sure, I'm talking about the original Divinity. If you're not even sure you know what the divinity series is then let me explain. The Divinity games are a series of CRPGs filled with amazing adventures to be had, a CRPG is an isometric RPG with a slow and thoughtful combat system. Divine Divinity takes place in the world of Rivellon, where many unsavoury folks are skulking in the wild. The land has fallen into dark times, with orcs raiding the settlements, trolls attacking and an insane Duke leading the people. The game starts of with a cut scene followed by the class selection screen. For my first character I opted for the warrior, I found him very fun but I preffered my experience with the wizard on my second play through. You then awaken in a basement belonging to Joram, who found you unconscious in a forest, while that sounds very cliche, that's when the unoriginality ends. Joram tells you that you are in Alleroth, a community of healers founded by a man named Mardaneus, who has been driven mad by something deep within the catacombs beneath Alleroth. I'll leave the rest for you to discover on your own as the quests tell stories better than most games. Combat is semi turn-based and you can't move and attack at the same time. This may sound as if it makes for a boring combat system but in reality it's intuitive and action packed at the same time. You have the ability to pause combat so you can rumage around your inventory for items that may assist or select a different spell from your list of skills. The only way for you to regenerate health is through potions, food, sleep and leveling up, the tricky bit is that you can't stuff your face with every piece of food in your inventory, as once you are full you need to wait till you can eat again. My main gripe with the combat is how often you and the enemy miss each other in combat, while a chance to miss is necessary, I think all the increased chance in Divine Divinity does is drag out combat. My favorite part of the whole package is the world. While not huge in size, it's absolutely enormous in things you can do. Characters you encounter always have something interesting to say or a one of those brilliant quests to give you, you encounter many different enemies across the map and random caves filled with treasure scattered around. Most importantly you feel invested in the world around you and you grow to like the various characters. In summary Divine Divinity is a game you need to take a look at if you enjoy retro RPGs and even if you're not it's still worth your time. It's got intuitive combat, great stories to be told and a brilliantly crafted world. For all this it earns a 9/10
This week in gaming; upgraded PS4 rumored to be revealed next month, Patrick Klepek leaves Kotaku to join Vice, Civilization VI developers stream the game, reactionaries outraged at game criticism cause more people to rethink writing about games, Nintendo Power archive released on the internet and is removed by Nintendo, fan remake of Metroid 2 arrives in time to celebrate Metroid's anniversary and to almost immediately receive a take down notice from Nintendo, Rami Ismail talks about day one patches, Final Fantasy XV gets a season pass, first look at the new Battletech game by HarebrainedSchemes, Sonic's lack of identity and how he wasn't designed to be timeless, new Gears of War trailer reveals new faction, and more. Gaming News Farewell, Kotaku Nice to see Austin is getting some good people with him. 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Watch ten minutes of Rare’s Sea of Thieves in motion Battlefield 1 Gameplay Series: Weapons Latest Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare trailer introduces the Captains Dishonored 2 had a QuakeCon demo, here's what was in it The Demons of Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse "Augs Lives Matter" banner in new Deus Ex concept art draws criticism Given the art director doesn't seem to or is pretending to not even understanding how art works based on his responses to the above tweet, former employees were on reddit saying anyone who critiques the game is stupid, the game director has said they remain as neutral as possible to the worlds politics and factions (which makes their marketing really odd as Deus Ex usually would morally grey questions about transhumanism, control, killing, etc not if apartheid/racism stand in is maybe a good thing), and their marketer/brand director is saying this to a Bioware employee asking him about it they are making me doubt that they have the ability to create a meaningful story. I've actually never seen so many people from an AAA studio respond so childishly to people questioning marketing choices as I have with this game, the game better review well, I'd hate to see how they react to people taking any issue with the finished product (probably something like the Suicide Squad actors saying that people who don't like the film aren't real people). Augs Lives Matter (Jim Sterling's Article) Other thoughts were given from multiple Bioware, Microsoft, Fallout/Far Cry developers, Paizo, and people who have written for Gamespot, IGN, Vice, Polygon, Giant Bomb, etc talking about marketing, poorly co-opting real world messages when you don't have confidence to create your own setting. Most who talked about it got/are getting outraged, troll, or racist responses. Always weird to see people who clearly don't care about video games spend so much on gaming sites or harassing critics and developers for large corporations, if the developers can't intelligently stand behind their own work no reason for random people giving them money to have a tantrum over it. Sad to see, I was looking forward to more intelligent commentary, but if you aren't being paid well it isn't healthy for most people to deal with gaming communities and reactionaries so it's understandable. Salt and Sanctuary dev pleads people calm down over delayed Vita port Divinity Original Sin: Update #25: Character Creation, Stats & Larian On Tour! Look forward to seeing more of this. 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Quake Champions debuts gameplay footage Id Software doesn’t know yet if Quake Champions will be free-to-play Gears of War 4 gameplay trailer introduces the Deebees StarCraft HD is reported to be in the works Valkyria: Azure Revolution Battle Demo Ver. 2.0 news coming in late August Hitman heads to Bangkok for Episode 4 Hitman could get two more seasons Persona 5 launches February 14 in Europe XCOM 2 delayed three weeks on console Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence – Ascension coming west in October Black Desert Online players protest 'pay-to-win' changes with in-game picket signs Final Fantasy 15's DLC plans involve a season pass Yes, Battleborn flopped, but 2K vows to stick with it Overwatch has over 15m players worldwide Make Like A Tree And Warp: Stellaris Plantoids DLC Out Rocket League's Rumble Mode Brings The Goofy Power-Ups Next Month Doom's First DLC Releases Early, Check Out the Trailer Armello - Usurpers Teaser Trailer Hearthstone lead designer explains why new Priest card is so bad Activision details Marvel Ultimate Alliance fixes, offers free DLC What's Next After 10 Years Of Platinum Games Part of that I'm most interested in is Platinum Games' co-founder Asushi Inaba teases PC port of Vanquish Been saying for years that Vanquish needs to come to the PC. 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Patch the Process The Center of All Things Positive link between video games and academic performance, study suggests Routers Are the Pros Who Make Speedrunning Possible Before 'No Man's Sky' There Was 'Noctis' WHAT CAN ARCHITECTS LEARN FROM NO MAN’S SKY? The archaeologists who are using No Man's Sky as a dry-run for exploring actual space It's Not Easy Being Blue Towards an Art History for Videogames 'The Fall' Is One of Gaming's Most Overlooked Sci-Fi Stories How Games Do Health | Game Maker's Toolkit ‘Abzû’ Is the Stress-Free Video Game Our Frantic Lives Need Right Now Abzu Is A Rare Game That Helps Players Feel Connected To Nature Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games YouTuber replaces every Dark Souls 3 texture with Nic Cage and Shrek Fan video recreates Firewatch scenes in real locations Old MGS2 Preview John Romero's Mom Dark Souls Created All Game Mechanics
This week in the news; Microsoft ends 360 production, PSN getting two factor authentication, too much "game" being taught at game schools, Total War Warhammer adds Bretonnia to skirmish and multiplayer, Double Fine and Lucasarts audio legend Jory Prum dies at 41, Pewdiepie talks about how horrible he used to be, Dontnod's dark turn from Life Is Strange to Vampyr, Danny O'Dwyer talks to Blizzard about the fall of Titan and creation of Overwatch in a three part series, Outlast 2 gameplay, Don Daglow calling bullshit on core and casual labels, Matt Lees looks at how Bloodborne is built to support its narrative, John Romero and Adrian Carmack's new FPS, what a video game producer does, and more. Why Free Money Suddenly Showed Up In Some People's Steam Accounts PlayStation Network getting two-factor authentication, Sony confirms Microsoft Ends Xbox 360 Production Double Fine, LucasArts audio legend Jory Prum dies, aged just 41 John Romero and Adrian Carmack team up for another teaser John Romero and Adrian Carmack's new FPS Blackroom is set in a violent world of holographs A thread about this was created here. Final Fantasy 15 Game Informer Coverage An Inside Look At Modernizing The Art Of Final Fantasy Our Final Fantasy 15 thread can be found here. God Eater: Resurrection launches June 28, God Eater 2: Rage Burst launches August 30 in the west Total War: Warhammer adds Bretonnia as a multiplayer faction Everspace trailer teases "imminent" alpha Sometimes Always Monsters is the sequel to Always Sometimes Monsters The King of Fighters 14 comes to PS4 in August Homefront: The Revolution opening cinematic reveals a fallen America I really hope this game is satirical, playing a plot like this straight would be really embarrassing. What is it with movies and games where America fails in every way or causes the apocalypse and everyone bands together to bring it back? This is probably why I love Bastion so much. Fragments of Him bringing the waterworks to PC in May Go West! 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Mafia 3 Will Have "Ton" of Great Songs, Dev Says THERE’S AN UPCOMING GAME ABOUT EXPLORING A DYSTOPIAN CITY AS A CAT Supergiant's Pyre Focuses on Companionship and a Little Bit of Sports Opening 25 Minutes of Pyre Gameplay A thread about this was made here. Stealthy Seven Sneaks Out First Trailer A thread about this was created here. Tales of Berseria Western Release Ruiner is a neon-bright swords and guns game that will brook no blunders CLIQUE IS A GAME ABOUT FACING PREJUDICE They have a Kickstarter here but they plan to move ahead whether it reaches the goal or not. Shadow Complex Remastered Launches May 3 on PS4 Looks Like The New Call Of Duty Is Called 'Infinite Warfare' Destiny players reckon they've discovered the release date for the game's next big expansion Disastrous New Division Exploit Lets Players Do Unlimited Damage A patch has now fixed this and other glitches. Doom on PC Will Unlock Framerate and Support Advanced Settings, See Them Here Borderlands 3 Teased, Might Not Be Called That Rocket League's Hoops Mode opens the Dunk House for business next week Next Rainbow Six Siege Operation Adds These Two Classes Witcher 3 Adding New Gwent Cards and More Blizzard Is Nerfing A Bunch Of Hearthstone Cards How to get 13 free Hearthstone: Whispers of the Old Gods packs starting tomorrow Kerbal Space Program 1.1 update brings new interface and performance upgrades Dota 2 gameplay update changes Ranked All Pick, adds new Scan function Why It Took Two Years To Finish Making DLC For A Rambo Game Nobody Liked Sega will add modding support to Mega Drive games on Steam Rust's Controversial Random Gender Update Has Led To More Players Smite streamer leaves Hi-Rez after controversial comments about suicide Report: Platinum Games president Tatsuya Minami has stepped down The Contentious Debate Over Whether To Make Hyper Light Drifter Easier This seems like a debate that could be solved by adding an easy mode, or an option to toggle easier features on and off to create the experience that you want to have with the game. These don't sound like the kind of changes you would have to make to Dark Souls to make that game easier that I posted about in the news update two weeks ago, it sounds like we have a very simple solution for this game. Eve: Valkyrie Offers Cross-Play Between Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, HTC Vive Why PlayStation VR may be the best platform for Eve: Valkyrie Stop spraying me with water, I like Fated: The Silent Oath just fine Watch medieval multiplayer VR combat in Valiant's early access trailer VR hardware sales predicted to soar past $2 billion by end of year Tekken x Street Fighter No Longer in Active Development NIS America and Atlus sever longtime publishing ties SNK Playmore is now just 'SNK' Assassin's Creed creator settles his lawsuit against Ubisoft In esports news Match-Fixing Report Shows How Gambling Has Ruined Korean StarCraft The rising tide of esports regulation and lawsuits PaiN’s lawsuit against Riot is just the beginning A Hero's Spell-Stealing Ability Just Wrecked Team Secret's Night in DOTA 2 YouPorn-sponsored esports team barred from ESL Bud Light’s new esports plans are just as boring as its beer In a League of its own: My trip to the EU LCS Finals In crowdfunding news Dark Souls™ - The Board Game I posted the announcement for this two weeks ago, it has since gone up on Kickstarter where it was funded in about five minutes and has now far exceeded its goal. 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Rantasmo talks about the need for round and flat character types to tell a story and to give life to a setting. A LANDSCAPE OF MEMORY; RETURNING TO SHADOW OF THE COLOSSUS Bloodborne: Beating Dark Souls' Narrative Design Matt Lees looks at how Bloodborne is built to support its narrative. GXTalks: GX3 • Day 3 - Building Believable Fantasy Worlds I’m Not Calling You a Liar: Complicated Canon & Unreliable Narrators in ‘Dragon Age II’ THE IMMORTAL WEIRDNESS OF SHADOW HEARTS SHADOW OF DESTINY, THE PS2 GAME AHEAD OF (AND BEHIND) ITS TIME Bastion's The Sci-Fi Western I've Been Waiting For The Fascinating Story of DRM, Part One: Wario’s Woes The Fascinating Story of DRM, Part Two: The Origin of Launch Week Battle The Fascinating Story of DRM, Part Three: Big Corporate Lost Productivity WHERE ARE THEY NOW? FMV Game Actors and Actresses! One I missed from earlier this month, could be of interest for old FMV Adventure game players. 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Samurai Rabbit posted a topic in Video and Music ContentHi guys! Here's my First Impressions video of Divinity: Original Sin, the new RPG from Larian Studios. Let me know what you guys think. Any of you picked this up yet? What do you think of it?