I started another game of Divinity: Original Sin 2 because I felt like I needed a better grasp of the basics and the extra E at the end of mulan rogue (my name) was annoying me. This time, I chose conjurer instead of enchanter, which meant I started with the Pet Pal perk, which meant I could talk to the animals. I got to talk to a black cat, which makes it the BEST GAME EVER. I’ll get to that in a minute. I also talked to a squirrel riding an undead steed and he calls humans Giants–which is hilarious.
I made a few different choices, but mostly stuck to the same script. once we hit Fort Joy, the game really opens up. Basically, I’m a Sourcerer who has a collar forced on me to stop the Source. On the ship where the game starts, a powerful Sourcerer kills all the Magistrates on the ship and I try to save my fellow potential party members, er, NPCs. We all end up in the water and then I hear a voice urging me towards the light. I run across other potential party members who had similar experiences and quickly add them to my party. Red Prince, Fane, and Ifan Ben-Mezd. There are three others. Sebille, Lohse, and the Beast.
Now, I’ll be real with you. I wanted Sebille because she’s another elf and Lohse because she’s a conduit for the madness. And I wanted the Beast ‘coz I like dwarfs. But, I came across the other three first. And then I was like, “#heyboohey” to Ifan, whom I learned I *can* romance. I’ve played roughly five hours and I have to make up my mind who I’m including in my party. I’ve leveled up twice and I don’t want to have too big a gap between my party members.
Here’s the thing, though. I kept Red Prince because he could dig in the sand and uncover secrets. I don’t like him otherwise, but he’s my tank at the moment. I have a shovel now, however, so I don’t need his digging ability any longer. But there’s still the fact that he’s my tank. Fane is…something magical. And my healer. But I now have the ring that does restoration so I don’t really need him, either.
As for Ifan, he’s ranged. And he’s my babe. I’m chatting him up and trying to get into his pants, which means helping him assassinate someone important. I’m done for it! I’ve also learned I can romance him so that’s my main goal in the game. Mission? Who cares? I say that with my tongue firmly in cheek, but oh my god there are so many side quests. I have over half a dozen and I’m sure I could easily pick up a few more. And, I accidentally stumbled across one I should do, but I don’t know if I will.
Oh, I want to note that I’m trying to ignore spoilers and the impulse to Google what happens if I do certain things. I really want to play it as fresh as possible and choose what I would normally do. I’m actually choosing friendlier options than I normally would because I want to see what happens. When I’m interacting as Red Prince, however, I’m playing him haughty and mean because that’s how he first appeared to me.
I’m running into the problem that I want to do everything I possibly can in the game and I want to do it in one playthrough. This happened when I played Skyrim. I really enjoyed it in the first twenty-five hours or so. Then, I tried to cram everything into the playthrough, including all the different factions (or at least the ones that weren’t in opposition to each other) and by hour seventy-five, I was hating the game.
My main mission right now in Div II is to escape Fort Joy. In addition, I have side quests for each of my members, but I’ve done the one for Red Prince. I have to help an imprisoned elf who has been accused of crimes by the Griff, the camp bully who is also in charge of things. I have to help Black Cat figure out where he needs to go. I recently found the teleportation gloves which is part of another quest. I haven’t given them back yet because I’m using them first.
One weird thing. I went to investigate a cave and my character says, “I have an uneasy feeling about this.” Then three giant frogs spring out of nowhere and attack. For some reason, Red Prince and Ifan were stopped at the entrance of the cave and weren’t in the party. Needless to say, my character and Fane were killed, and I moved Red Prince to revive my character and Fane. Suddenly, the frogs sprung up again with only the Red Prince to defend and I quit out. I went to a previous autosave (I had taken to autosaving before every new area just for this situation) and then quit for the night.
It was deflating, I’ll tell you that for free. I didn’t understand why my party decided to split itself and I certainly didn’t like that the frogs started the fight again when I was simply trying to revive my downed party members. I went back to that cave the next night and snuck around to get all the loot without triggering the fight again. I did just fine until I reached a certain point and triggered the frogs once again. This time, however, I had all four of my party members and didn’t have a problem with them.
There is a ton to do in this game and it’s overwhelming at times. I have a feeling that I’ll tire of it sooner or later, but I’m enjoying it in the meantime. Not the combat so much, but the lore and the personalities. I’m willing to take the time to explore for as long as I find it enjoyable.