Larian Studios' sequel in the land of Rivellon was a knockout, but this revamped take on the role-playing game (RPG) elevated the adventure to a gaming classic. Divinity: Original Sin II -- Definitive Edition takes note of the mistakes and rough edges of 2017's title, and polishes them into a title that any adventure fan needs to play. See, the original Divinity: Original Sin was an ambitious effort to provide modern freedom within a classical fantasy role-playing game framework, but it suffered stability problems at launch and its production values couldn't quite match its inspiration. The Definitive Edition solves these issues with an auto-save system to bypass stability issues, overhauls of virtually every game mechanic down to the opening tutorial, and doubles down on the series' original promise of player freedom. Everything done in the game involves choice, from what you decide to do and where you decide to explore to how you go about handling situations, solving problems, and clearing puzzles. All of your actions come with consequences, some of which could even result in key characters parting ways. Players who speed their way through dialogue trees do so at their own peril.
The action is a match for the strong, character-driven storytelling. Efficiency in combat -- not to mention the keys to certain puzzles and environment exploration -- often hinge on the player's understanding of how elemental magic works. Players who take the time to analyze situations will be able to, say, take advantage of a pool of rain to electrocute enemies, or use a barrel of water to douse a wall of fire blocking a critical path. Everything requires thought and planning, almost to such an extent that it's as though the developers went out of their way to disprove the old adage that declares video games "mindless." Thanks to additional tweaks in the Definitive Edition, other items like smarter inventory management, cleaner journal entries, and even adjusting the balance of combat makes gameplay more enjoyable and engaging. Simply put -- if you like adventure or RPGs in any way, you owe it to yourself to get Divinity: Original Sin II -- Definitive Edition.