Soundtrack Review: Divinity Original Sin II

Soundtrack Review: Divinity Original Sin II

Divinity Original Sin II Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the video game score Divinity Original Sin II by Borislav Slavov.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 99.4
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 103.3
Album Excellence: 97.5%

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Divinity: Original Sin II is a 2017 role-playing video game developed and published by Larian Studio. It was released worldwide on September 14, 2017 on Microsoft Windows and is the sequel to 2014’s Divinity: Original Sin. The game received universal acclaim, with many critics praising its complexity and interactivity, considering it to be one of the best role-playing games of all time. The game’s plot takes place centuries after the first Divinity: Original Sin in a time of wars and religious persecution. Bishop Alexandar the Innocent declares all Sourcerers to be criminals, so a group of four Sourcerers embark on a quest to defeat him. Similar to Divinity: Original Sin, players can also play fully solo with only one character in their party. The score is composed by Borislav Slavov.

I remember I got bitten by the CRPG bug around 1998 when BioWare, Black Isle and Interplay released Baldur’s Gate. It was amazing and I used to play it in co-op with a friend quite often. Then came the sequel and of course the Icewind Dale series, all fantastic games. I must have clocked 100+ hours on those games, but of course that’s the negative thing about them if you’re pressed for time. You need to dedicate a lot of time and sadly I don’t have much of that anymore. Still, I’m happy that the CRPG genre is still alive and kicking after all these years. In fact, it’s getting a resurgence now with the Wasteland and Pillars Of Eternity series to name a couple. Also, with fantasy CRPG’s there’s usually a really good fantasy score attached. It’s super important that the score is really great as it conveys mood and action for the player. The first Divinity: Original Sin was composed by Kirill Pokrovsky and I’m unsure if I listened to that. This one is composed by Borislav Slavov with one cue credited to Pokrovsky. The score opens with the main theme ‘Divinity: Original Sin 2 (Main Theme)’, a well composed and great sounding fantasy theme. It has elements of grand fantasy and also the more intimate bard type of music which is of course part of the fabric of CRPG’s. The choir is sounding really good as well. It’s time to gather your party and let’s go exploring.

It’s enjoyable to listen to a fantasy score where theme is so important and Slavov isn’t shy about putting his theme creation skills to good use. As much as the themes help giving the game something special and amazing, the reality is that most of the time you will be exploring the story and of course fight foes. In ‘Symphony Of The Void’ we have an example of some action music with more than a subtle hint of evil. It feels really fresh and alive and I definitely enjoyed that. A terrific action piece. ‘Rivellon’ is one of my favorite cues on the score, the way it grows to become this epic and wonderful theme. What about the exploratory cues? Every CRPG has a lot of walking around and exploring and of course you need music for that, otherwise it might be a stale and boring experience. I assume a cue like ‘Welcome To Fort Joy’ is one such cue. It’s a bard style, easy to listen to and very nice to wander about and explore the world. I can safely say that Slavov has created a fantastic score, and even if you’re not into the game, you should check out this score if you enjoy fantasy music. There’s a little bit of everything here, but it’s always fun and exciting. Check it out.

HIGHLIGHTS:
1. Divinity: Original Sin 2
2. Mead, Gold And Blood (Ifan’s Theme)
3. Symphony Of The Void
4. Rivellon
5. Welcome To Fort Joy
6. A Single Drop Of Magic
8. Quirky Bones
9. Dancing With The Source
10. Dancing With The Source (Cello Version)
11. Dancing With The Source (Tambura Version)
12. Dancing With The Source (Bansuri Version)
13. Dancing With The Source (Oud Version)
14. Power Of Innocence (Orchestral Version)
15. Reaper’s Coast
16. Rivellon (Light Version)
17. A Part Of Their Story
18. Amber Ale
19. Driftwood
20. Path Of The Godwoken
21. Path Of The Godwoken (Tambura Version)
22. Path Of The Godwoken (Bansuri Version)
23. Path Of The Godwoken (Oud Version)
24. Path Of The Godwoken (Cello Version)
25. A Tear In The Veil
26. Sebille’s Lament
27. Divine’s Lament
28. Embrace Of The Deathfog
29. Fane’s Theme
30. Sins And Gods (Choir Version)
32. Red Prince Theme
33. The Queen’s High Seas (Beast’s Theme)
34. Sins And Gods (Strings Version)
35. The Battle For Divinity

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Soundtrack Review: Divinity Original Sin II, 10.0 out of 10 based on 4 ratings

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