When a developer or game isn't being brigaded, user reviews can be rather helpful. And when it comes to Divinity: Original Sin 2, the reviews are very good.
RPGs don't typically break into the upper echelons of Steam's player charts, but every now and again one breaks through the ceiling. And that's the case for Divinity: Original Sin 2 so far, which is sitting just behind the triumvirate of CS:GO, Dota 2 and PUBG as the most played games on Steam.
15 hours in, Nathan found the game was endlessly creative and full of surprises, like an undead human who doesn't quite get why everyone is massively racist whenever he's not wearing a mask.
I'm fighting a losing battle. Again. One of the last steps between me and freedom from a magical prison island, a weird flesh-obsessed magister named Kniles the Flenser, has me woefully outgunned. Divinity. Original Sin 2's combat ruthlessly punishes the unprepared, and I basically went into the game blind.
Unsurprisingly, DOS 2 has gone done a treat on Steam. It's sitting at a 94% user rating from just over 5600 reviews at the time of writing, making it one of the more beloved RPGs on Steam (but marginally behind classics like Bastion, The Witcher 3 and Undertale).
Fans have praised Larian's RPG for the creativity of the combat, the inclusion of a game master mode, custom campaigns, its authenticity to the spirit of D&D and classic computer RPGs, fully voice characters, the complexity of character customisation and detail across the in-game world.
Critics have complained about instability on launch and general crashes, a lack of variety in how the enemy AI handles encounters, quest and save game breaking bugs, memory leaks, and a lack of balance between encounters and world exploration.
Here's what users are saying about Divinity: Original Sin 2: