My PC died last week and instead of paying to repair it we invested that money into a new one. For the first time in my life I bought a “gaming” PC!
I’ve been almost exclusively a console gamer so there was a learning curve.
At the advice of a friend I bought Divinity: Original Sin 2. It had almost universal critical praise with people spouting off about it being the best rpg ever and whatnot.
I love the world and the characters and the story. I love the bizarre situations I’m stumbling across and how it feels like a game of D&D, but I find the combat so tedious. I guess that’s the appeal for people? The game is freaking hard.
The combat is turn based and you have to use every advantage around you to scrap by. Single mistakes end up costing you battles and a character dying in combat is a gurantedd reload. If battles were fast that wouldn’t be an issue but they’re typically between 30 minutes to an hour! The third time you attempt the same battle it wears thin.
To me the problem is the game does a poor job teaching you the combat systems. Maybe it’s because I haven’t played PC games and this is all common knowledge to everyone else, but I didn’t skip any tutorials and I still had to use FAQS and video tutorials to figure out why I was dying constantly.
Starting off in the prison trope and having no equipment is especially brutal when most conversations end up in unwinnable battles.
To me it’s a lot more fun in a game like fallout where I can choose the type of character I want to play and tweak their attributes. If I want to talk my way out of things I can have a charismatic build, or be a brute and use violence to solve everything. I feel like the same systems are at play in Divinity, but your characters are just bad at everything so the results are never that interesting early on.
I turned down the difficulty and am enjoying it a lot more now. As my characters get stronger and gain more abilities and better armour I’m having more fun, but man was I blindsided by the difficulty! I guess a lot of people love that. I just don’t have that much gaming time to repeat battles over and over until my strategy is air tight.
Phew… rant over. Sorry about that.