|Beyond Divinity Strategy Guide V1.1 released! on 14/12/2004 by lynn|
Beyond Divinity was thoroughly turned inside out by Kiya, Barnabus, Raze and Myrthos, resulting in the most complete guide ever. Their strategy guide is the ultimate resource including not only an exhaustive walkthrough, but also descriptions of all quests, skills, items, creatures, and even in-game mathematics.
Finally, after being made available to magazines as cover CD material, the "Beyond Divinity Strategy Guide" is now available as an exclusive download at The Locus Inn, featuring all the information you'll ever need about the game (and extra Divinity artwork!).
Download the Beyond Divinity Strategy Guide.
|Two more raving reviews on 10/05/2004 by lynn|
Just RPG just (pardon the pun) reviewed Beyond Divinity and gave the game a raving score of 91%.
"Beyond Divinity hits the RPG bull's-eye, with everything an RPG gamer covets - elaborate plotline, specialized creation of wide-ranging characters, huge world, 60+ hours for a run-through, infinite replayability, hundreds of main and side quests, oodles of NPC's, a genuine party to manipulate and level with skill and spell possibilities in the hundreds, party member summoning, staggering numbers of unique and improvable equipment and items, gigantic complementary battlefields, action or tactical combat, puzzles galore, and right-on humor. It's hard to imagine anything I've wanted in an RPG missing from Beyond Divinity."
To read the full review, go here.
Meanwhile, for our dutch friends out there, Gamez.nl reviewed Beyond Divinity and gave it 88%. Here's a quote:
"Met Beyond Divinity heeft het Belgische Larian weer een dijk van een RPG neergezet. De gameplay is zeer herkenbaar maar door de vele mogelijkheden toch origineel. De verhaallijn is uitstekend en met de nodige sarcastische humor aangekleed. De grootste kracht is wel dat je de RPG op verschillende manieren kan spelen zowel tactisch als het simpele hack & slash werk."
Go here for the full review.
|Launch of Special Fan Gift Set! on 23/04/2004 by lynn|
Digital Jesters have teamed up with Larian Studios to Launch Special Fan Gift Set!
Digital Jesters have rumbled through the Larian treasure cove and have put together a special bonus pack! There are only 500 of these packs in existance, and each pack contains a Child of the Chaos novella, signed by the none other than the fine lady Rhianna Pratchett! Also as part of this exclusive pack, is a very unique Divinity Universe audio CD, with completely new music, carefully composed, and generously signed, by the talented Kirill Pokrovsky! The audio CD contains remixed tracks from both Divinity and Beyond Divinity. As as special bonus, you will be contacted in person by email, and Kirill Pokrovsky will write a special personalised message on the CD (10 words max).
This is a very special offering, never to be repeated!
Click here to enter the store!
|BD impressions @ the GDC, a preview and an interview on 31/03/2004 by lynn|
Here's the Divinity news we grabbed for you today:
Last week, HomeLAN got a sneak peek at ‘Beyond Divinity' while attending the Games Developer Conference in San Jose, CA. You can read their impressions here.
“One of the big features is that whatever type of character you create has what is knows as a "Death Knight" created with you. You can control both your created character and your Death Knight but when either one of you die, the other dies with you. Ouch. Another neat eddition is "summoning dolls", which allow you to bring forth creatures that will fight with you.”
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VideoGamesLife has posted a fairly detailed preview about Beyond Divinity. Here’s their conclusion:
“Beyond Divinity promises a lot. We can only hope that it can deliver – if this is the case, then it could well receive the grandiose praise its prequel was so close to achieving. The preview code has revealed a few niggles, but if Larian Studios heed the advice, they could be onto a game that’s not simply divine, but is Beyond Divinity. Yes.”
Read the full article
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The chaps at GameBanshee could manage to fire away some questions at David. Click here for the full interview. Here’s a snippet:
GB: In comparison to the first Divinity title, how many different creatures will we be doing battle with in Beyond Divinity? Care to elaborate on any of the more powerful adversaries in the game?
David: We could now provide a lot more and many different monsters for the player to encounter because we are working with 3D characters. I'm not going to count them all, as you can sometimes choose whether to attack this or that NPC or not. I mean, if you want to slaughter imps and snails, or the friendly tibars and floogefrogs and lavacrawlers, go right ahead. Seriously though, you have your standard humans and skeletons, though their magic-using counterparts will prove to be a pain in the rear. Then there's a whole bunch of different elementals and demons, and an entirely new race...
|A bit out of the ordinary on 27/01/2004 by lynn|
This newspost is a bit out of the ordinary but after watching Mike prostrate himself for hours and hours, the news redaction at Larian finally cracked and decided to give it a go:
Vote for Mike !
Mike, the man behind the tactical AI in , needs your help. In another life he is the singer of the amazingly good band Denizen. As it happens, Denizen is participating in a poll and winning the poll will make the members of the band multi-millionaires.
Since Mike has graciously agreed to donate half of his the proceedings to the further development of the AI in the Divinity universe, we agreed to support him. That's why we're appealing to all Divinity fans to help out Denizen.
If you want to support Mike & Denizen, head over to the demopoll (www.demopoll.be) and vote for Denizen - "True till tomorrow". Mike's morale can only go up because of it, and that, ultimately, can only be good for . You might want to listen to his music too, it really is quite good
Vote for Mike !
|Beyond Divinity snippets from around the world! on 26/01/2004 by lynn|
RPGDot.com managed to corner Thomas “Bronthion” Lenzen and subjected him to a no nonsense interview. Here’s what poor Thomas had to say:
RPGDot: Tell us more about these mysterious crystals in the game
Bronthion: The crystals you’ve mentioned suddenly appeared all over Rivellon, and they had mysterious effects on the areas and on the people nearby. Nobody knows where they came from. There are recent reports about some very strange things going on in the world of Rivellon. And so the people of Rivellon are looking for brave women and men to investigate... Do you hear their calls? If you are brave enough, simply take one step forward and answer to them...
Read the full interview here.
The French website JeuxVideo took a closer look at Beyond Divinity and was happy with what they saw. Here’s a snippet of the preview:
“Ce qui surprendra au premier abord les fans du premier volet, c'est la création du personnage. Elle est beaucoup plus complète qu'auparavant : ainsi, il est possible de définir combien de points vous voulez mettre dans chaque statistique (force, intelligence, dextérité, survival, constitution, vitesse). 3 configurations par défaut sont prévues pour le guerrier, le ranger et le magicien, mais libre à vous de faire un magicien-archer en mettant quelques points en dextérité par exemple.”
Belgian gaming site Spelletjesgarnaal managed to scoop a hands-on preview by sending some journalists to our in-house tests. For all you Belgian and Dutch people out there, here's what they had to say:
“Hoewel de game nog wat tweaking nodig heeft, liet Beyond Divinity ons een erg positieve indruk na. Larian heeft de beste elementen uit Divine Divinity behouden, de negatieve kantjes weggewerkt en enkele leuke vernieuwingen toegevoegd. De eerste Act smaakte alvast naar meer, véél meer. Voor de RPG liefhebbers zou 5 maart wel eens een hoogdag kunnen worden!”