Conclusion: Sequels that remove or reduce key features of their predecessors are doomed to be trashed by fans for all eternity. But once the initial shock caused by low production values and dubious design decisions is gone, a dedicated follower of the role-playing cult will most certainly find a lot to love in this game. Addictive and deep role-playing isn't exactly common, and this game offers it in spades.
Summary: Just FYI, folks, the top-listed review for this game mentions that Divine Divinity comes with the game. For the latest edition of the game (I bought my copy in January of 2012), you only get Beyond Divinity. Just in case you were looking to get a bargain and get two games for cheap.
Summary: The inventory bug is unresolved, especially for Windows 7. Makes the game unplayable past the 2nd level. Game is enjoyable except can't use inventory system. Weak programming. Tried all the tips and fixes from the internet sites for BD - no help. Good luck with this one - if you dare.
Summary: Listen to these other good people. I was so excited to get this (should have known, it was 8 dollars), but if you're looking for a 2nd installment of the 1st Divine Divinity, LOOK ELSEWEHERE. This game is horrible. I couldn't stomach that Deathknight in the very first scene and I didn't bother to even play out of the first dungeon-- which is ridiculously warped, rather than being charmingly and slightly out-of-perspective 2D as Divine Divinity had been.
Conclusion: Remember Ultima VII, Diablo, and Baldur’s Gate? Beyond Divinity does too—but it’s not nearly as good as any of those classics. It may hit your sweet spot if you are an RPG veteran, but proceed with caution. Download and play the whole demo before buying.
Pros: Say this for the developers of Beyond Divinity (BD): They sure haven’t forgotten the classics. BD is a veritable trip down memory lane for anybody who played RPGs between 1990 and 2000. There are many elements here from a number of notable titles in the genre.
Cons: The graphics in Beyond Divinity are a mixed bag at best. The 2D backgrounds are fairly good, but the 3D character models are rough and look very out of place here. Character movement is especially jarring, producing a weird kind of “ice skating” effect that is very unnatural-looking.
Summary: I got so friggin' excited when I found out there was another Divinity after the first. This is my kind of game. I'm a Fantasy RPG nut and this satiated my craving quite well. Yes, the graphics aren't quite up to date, but that actually is better for me because the game runs much faster on my slow computer. Excellent story plot and excellent just about everything else.