Release date: January 5, 2010
Let me start off by saying, if your looking for a deep, enthralling storyline, with Elder Scrolls like gameplay; this is not the game for you. Not to say this game doesn't have it's good qualities, in fact the simplistic nature of the game is what kept me coming back for more. Story:
You begin the game/ultimate quest as a Dragon Slayer. You main quest, slash usual quest of most sandbox RPG's is to ultimately free the land of the evil that inhabits it. If your looking for something original in the story, look elsewhere, nothing new here. The story progresses nicely with a bunch of side quests you complete (150+ sidequests). Something you will find unique in this game, is your own battletower in the center of the map. Here you can stockpile stuff you find, I have servants, blacksmiths....any thing you will need. Not to mention it's your own enormous safehouse. Great variety in weapons, armor, and clothing with thousand of combinations and the ability to enchant your items. Like most sandbox, dungeon crawler RPG's, you get your choice between 3 classes: Warrior, Archer, or Mage. Don't think your decision is final though. You character can still be a combination of all three if you want, by assigning skill points.
The gameplay is very simple in nature, plays nothing like an Elder Scroll type game. This isn't completely a bad thing. If your looking for a simpler type of RPG, that you don't have to overly think the gameplay; this is your game. One thing I do like, is you don't have to repair weapons and armor. In fact you don't even have to worry about them breaking. Spell and stat upgrading is very simple and easy to understand. The fighting can be most closely compared with Two Worlds. Camera angles are in 3rd person, which in some aspects (due to some kind of flawed design), is a major pain in the ass. For some reason, when using your bow or magic and you lock onto an enemy (LT), your character does directly face the target. It seems your guy is looks at the ground, but somehow your arrows seem to hit the target. If the enemy is far away, it seems like your guy aims 10 ft above there head, but still somehow hits his target. The lock-on system is absolutely terrible when in combat with multiple enemies. It would help if your character would automatically lock on to the closest enemy, but that just doesn't happen. Your guy locks onto random people. You my be fight 3 people right next to you and your guy locks onto an archer 50ft away and you start swinging at air. This will be one of the main culprits of how you find yourself dead.
The looting system is fun and will remind you of the old school RPG games. You can pretty much loot in 100% of the locations in this game. Unlike Oblivion, there is no such thing as stealing in this game. Feel free to strip bare people's homes, while they sit there and watch you. Although, most will consider this a lack of depth in the gameplay, it's a nice reprieve.
The fact that you start taking the form of a dragon at one point during the story, adds another depth to the gameplay. Although it would have been nice to be able to a get a horse or something to ride at some point during the game
There is NO multiplayer for this game.
6/10Sound & Graphics:
The game uses the Gamebyro engine, which is the same engine as Fallout 3 and Oblivion, although the graphics and framerate is not quite as smooth as those two games. The sound, music isnt bad, although the lip sync for the NPC's is about as good as the first Two Worlds.
The achievements for this game are 100% achievable. A nice mix of story related achievements / secret or missable achievements, this really make you wanna travel outside the main story quest and play the game to its fullest.
Before you purchase this game, I recommend that you actually buy Divinity II: Dragon's Knight Saga. Divinity II: DKS contains Ego Draconis, bug and gameplay fixes, expansions packs, frame rate and slight graphics upgrade, and an extension of the storyline. Unfortunatly I did not know that before I bought this game, because the DKS version is only $5 more at Gamestop.