When we talk about RPGs these days what comes to mind are the third person action RPGs like the Witcher 3 or any Dark Souls game. While these are spectacular RPGs in their own right, they are not the pen and paper Dungeons and Dragons RPG games that really make the cut of old school RPG games. For something like that, the perfect experience would be Divinity Original Sin 2.
For those still un-initiated, Divinity Original Sin 2 is an isometric, single-player and cooperative multiplayer fantasy RPG with tactical turn-based combat, and a highly interactive world. The developer, Larian Studios launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter on 26 August 2015, which ended up raising over $2,000,000 (including PayPal pledges) on 30 September 2015. The game was released on 14 September 2017. The main upgrades from the original game involve lots of choices and consequences, specifically in regards to your origin story and how that affects gameplay.
There are many character races and classes and what race and class you pick will affect your entire story progress and choices. While there are pre-made characters, you can also choose to make your own character from scratch. All the characters have certain advantages and disadvantages in combat as well as the story. So, choosing a character race isn’t just a simple detail in this game. The world is highly interactive and even small actions matter. Divinity’s combat is turn based with a high emphasis on strategy and positioning in line with the old school RPG look and feel.
Divinity; Original Sin II Definitive Edition was developed as a remaster of Divinity: Original Sin II and released on August 31, 2018. Players who owned the original on PC received the remaster as a free update. The game is also available on PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. In addition to the updated graphics and performance improvements, the new game also rewrites much of the original dialogue and includes new areas, fights, and a new Story difficulty level that allows players to enjoy the lore more and worry about combat less. The character Beast has been rewritten with more dialogue and given a deeper, more enhanced story. The game mechanics in the sewers were also enhanced with additional traps and dangers.
For about a year now, Divinity: Original Sin 2 has been getting free add-ons called "Gift Bags" which contain new stuff like additional character customization options and toggleable rule changes (eg, the ability to regain Source Points with a bedroll). The latest Gift Bag, called The Four Relics of Rivellon, actually contains new quests and items. There are new quests in search of four ancient armour sets imbued with magical properties.
There is also an Undead Dragon boss. Like the other Gift Bags, The Four Relics of Rivellon is a free update, and it also comes with a big list of bug fixes. If you have not played the game yet now is a perfect time to pick up the game because it is on Steam at a pretty significant discount.