Divinity Anthology (Review) PC

Divinity Anthology (Review) PC
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Divinity Anthology is a collection of the most intense action role-playing games ever released. Now available via the Steam Network, the Divinity Anthology collection grants you access to Divine Divinity, Beyond Divinity and Divinity II: Developer’s Cut. The Divinity II: Developer’s Cut allows you to play both the Ego Draconis and the Flames of Vengeance.

Divine Divinity and Beyond Divinity play rather similar. Divine Divinity is the first in the series and it includes vast environments that you can get easily lost in. Both games give you free reign to explore the game world with no restrictions. You can choose what to say during conversations and the decisions you make affect the course of the game.

One feature that seems to stand out is the ability to pickup just about anything that isn’t nailed down. Really, this is no joke. This is the only game series since Morrowind that allows you to clean out a house of its plates and reading material even though it’s not even relevant to anything. This adds a level of realism that is rarely found in role-playing games today. This type of detail is the difference between a  role-playing game that takes itself seriously and one that has taken a more linear path.

There are three different character classes to choose from — Warrior, Wizard and Survivor (i.e. rogue class).  The game has a deep, involving story with many twists and turns. It also has hundreds of side quests that can be completed. As you level up and progress through the game,  you can tailor your character to your liking. You can choose which skills and talents best fit your play style.

Beyond Divinity includes the same three characters classes as Divine Divinity, but it also introduces a new class called the Death Knight. Beyond Divinity plays almost identical to the first game in the series; it has the same controls, a larger main story, and more side quests to keep you engaged for countless hours.

Divinity II is a different take on the Divinity series. It’s still an action based role-playing game, but it is played from a third-person perspective and it no longer uses the isometric engine from the previous games.

The environments are massive; they’re essentially an open sandbox that offers plenty of flexibility. The single-player campaign never isolates the player; the in-game world is alive with fluid animation and plenty of character interaction. Like in previous installments, you have control over what you say during a conversation.  You can be as nice or as rude as you want, but it’s important to remember that your actions will have consequences.

The Divinity II: Developer’s Cut adds new features and options that were not implemented in the original release of Divinity II. There are new arts to master and a console menu that can be accessed by pressing the ‘F11’ key on the keyboard. There are over twenty-three preset console commands that are clickable from the console menu. Plus, you can enter commands via the console menu anytime during gameplay. Some of the default console commands include god, morphto, givegold, loc, goto region and many others. Running low on gold? No problem. Just use the console to generate some. Everything inside the game is unlocked. You can even morph into any creature, demon or god that roams the world. All these features are available from the beginning and they add a tremendous amount of replay value.

The Divinity Anthology has to be one of the largest role-playing collections available for PC.  It will take a seasoned gamer the better half of a year to complete the entire collection. With the open-ended sandbox environments, you could basically play forever without ever completing the main story. There is over three hundred plus hours of gameplay when you combine Divine Divinity, Beyond Divinity and Divinity II: Developer’s Cut together. Now that’s a lot of gaming in one collection.

The Divinity Anthology brings first-rate storytelling and well-balanced gameplay to the RPG genre. There are no bugs or glitches, and updates are done automatically through the Steam client. For gamers who own slower gaming rigs, the Divinity Anthology contains options to improve in-game performance. The game will automatically configure a default setting, but these can be changed as soon as the game starts.

Divinity Anthology is an incredible collection. If you have ever played any of the Divinity games prior to Anthology’s release, then you have no excuse not to buy this collection.  You can find this remastered collection on the Steam Network for the bargain price of $29.99; it’s well worth the money.

James ‘Daripp3r’ Pittaro
Platform:
PC (Available on Steam)
Developer: Larian Studios
Publisher: Larian Studios, Focus Home Interactive
ESRB: M (Mature)
Price: $29.99

Larian Studio’s Website

Review Score
Graphics
No mater which Divinity you play, you will be impressed by the graphics.
Sound
Incredible sound effects and narration.
Gameplay
There’s so much to do it will overwhelm you.
Overall
Divinity Anthology will have you immersed for a very long time.
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