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Divinity: Dragon Commander – a bad political joke.

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In the words of Wikipedia,

Divinity: Dragon Commander is a turn-based and real time strategy role playing video game developed by Larian Studios as part of the Divinity series of fantasy role-playing games. The game features a hybrid of gameplay styles and has single-player, competitive multi-player, and co-operative multi-player modes.

In others words, it is a mish-mash of popular genres, none of which is executed particularly well, and all of which are better experienced in other games.

At this point, thanks to the plethora of online websites that cover the technical aspects of this sewn-together abomination, I have little to add about the gameplay itself, but I’d like to delve into a part of it that was unforeseen to me: Dragon Commander’s flirtation with ‘current affairs’, that is equally mediocre and shallow as the rest of its parts.
Certain reviewers (I’m looking at you, Angry Joe), seem to be ecstatic about the sort of terms thrown around (like “gay marriage”, and “universal health care”), but the way they are presented, (not really) discussed, how their proponents are idealized with beauty and intelligence, while their opponents are demonized (literally, the undead – skeletons without reproductive parts – are against women voting, for some non-brain-eating related reason; and a fat capitalist pig™ talks against elven homsexuals, because ‘obviously’ successful industrialists are only attracted to one gender), all reeks of writing level that is beneath high-school. The flat voice acting only made me cringe further, upon hearing some of the lines.

If this is some aspiring attempt at satire, it fails even at grasping the meaning of the word, and instead comes off as simplistic political conformism, which tries to make the game appeal to young audiences.
Gender inequality in society is not a result of “men being mean” for the sake of it, and implementing universal health care is not a matter of “insert money, get ideal result, and live happily ever after”, but these subjects go beyond the scope of this review, and that’s exactly the point – by showing the world through absolute, one-dimensional, black-and-white lens, this game and propaganda piece is doing a great disservice to real public debate. In that, it is an insult to one’s intelligence, but I guess that the bad writing fits perfectly in with the overall shallowness and mediocrity of every other component it presents, from the RTS, to (yet another) card-collecting element and the Risk-style game board.

In short, do NOT buy if you’re old enough to correctly spell your own name.

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