Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga

Game review by
Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media
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Violent, gory fantasy RPG with sexy innuendo, swearing.

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Positive Messages

The focus of this game is to find the source of the conflict between two disparate factions. The intent to bring peace to the world is honorable, but the method is to use violence.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The protagonist's goals are noble, and the player-controlled character is generally regarded as a people's hero, picking up side quests to help a variety of people throughout the land. But his methods are violent; and even though the character is not seeking the violence, it's brought to him and he must return in kind.

Ease of Play

This game can be challenging to play, even on the lowest difficulty setting. The combat is fast paced and while the controller is set up for accessibility, it's easy to be caught off-guard. The user interface is relatively simple to navigate, and while there are dialogue screens to weed through, the game's backdrop is rich and paying attention to dialogue provides cues to impending action. The game has more than 60 hours of gameplay over two complete adventures packaged together. One game leads naturally into the second, but either game can be played independent of the other.

Violence

Excessive amounts of blood in the combat, and body parts can be found in various dungeon locations. Corpses are found in various stages of decay and can be found hanging about in some locations. Melee combat involves blades and slashing through the bodies of enemies, which can be human foes as well as humanoid creatures such as demons and goblins. Players will also use magic and ranged weapons, and can turn into a dragon and incinerate foes. Enemies damaged can spurt blood. 

Sex

There is sexual innuendo, suggestive dialogue, suggestive limericks, and some minor erotica in books. There is some cleavage shown but no overt depictions of sex.

Language

Name-calling, taunting, and sexual references dot the dialogue. The language does not stray too far into expletives, and nothing worse than "damn" is present in the narrative.

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some of the locales visited in quests are inns and pubs. The game does not include the consumption of alcohol or use of tobacco products.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga is a role-playing adventure that takes place in a fantasy kingdom that is embroiled in chaos. The game is heavily combat-driven and contains a lot of dismembered bodies, graphic gore, and blood. It also has some sexy costuming and language that contains sexual innuendo and mild cussing. While the Ego Draconis segment was released a year ago, this repackaging -- with the Flames of Vengeance expansion adventure -- has been improved on many fronts, including a better control scheme and more content.

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Kid, 11 years old June 26, 2011

12+ in europe.

It is 12+ in europe.

What's it about?

DIVINITY II: THE DRAGON KNIGHT SAGA is a fantasy role-playing game that takes place in the realm of Rivellon. In the ages past, a Dragon Knight was accused of killing the leader of the holy order and the knights became outcasts and the target of a group known as slayers. As the last of the knights were hunted down, a lone slayer -- the player's avatar -- stumbles upon a dying knight and is blessed with the powers of the knights, which included the ability to turn into a dragon. As the last dragon knight, the one-time slayer is forced to explore the depths of the conflict and find out what truly happened. The two adventures included in this package -- Ego Draconis and Flames of Vengeance -- blend seamlessly into one tale.

Is it any good?

THE DRAGON KNIGHT SAGA is an overall enjoyable game that offers quite a number of hours of non-linear gameplay, with a big world to explore -- at least in the Ego Draconis portion. The Flames of Vengeance is a bit more limited in environmental scope. Other flaws that can lead to frustration include long load times from area to area, no way to track where quests are located, and quests that cannot be completed without prerequisite actions taking place, but the player is not told of this. There is also a problem with the quest threads that can take players into areas that the hero character is not equipped to deal with (enemies are too powerful and the character needs to level up a bit more to deal with them). This is not to say that this version of Divinity II is not good -- quite the contrary; the overall game is enjoyable and a nice role-playing title for the XBox 360. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to separate fantasy violence from the real world.

  • Families can also talk about how to balance the hours spent playing games with other activities.

  • Why is name-calling not an appropriate behavior?

Game details

  • Platforms: Xbox 360
  • Price: $39.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Atlus
  • Release date: April 12, 2011
  • Genre: Role Playing
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood, suggestive themes, violence

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