Here are some key phrases to know before embarking on your adventure:
You control at least two main characters at all times, and you can hire up to two companions or henchmen. In combat, your party can grow temporarily by magically summoning powerful creatures.
Any character can wear any type of armour or weapon and can learn any type of skill, ability, or talent.
A "role-playing game" is one with deep and meaningful character development. You can truly play the role of any kind of hero (or villain) you can imagine. Stats, spells, and your character’s appearance are fully customisable.
The game is played in real-time, except during combat. Turn-based combat is like a game of chess; players act one after another in turns, but what they do during those turns depends on their individual strategy and the circumstances on the board. When combat is over, the game returns to real-time.
You can talk to all friendly non-player characters in the game, trade with them, help them, or even kill them if you so choose. Almost all items in the game world can be interacted with- destroyed, picked up, moved, stolen, etc. Items in the world react to one another as you would expect them to: If you set fire to a wooden door, it will eventually burn down. An important part of the magic in the world of Divinity: Original Sin- Enhanced Edition is combining the elements of nature. If a character is frozen, you can melt the ice with fire. If there is a puddle of water, you can turn it into a steam cloud with fire or into an ice surface with ice. Many items can be combined: You can bake your own bread, write your own scrolls, forge your own weapons, reinforce your armour, and so forth.
You can go wherever you want and choose what to do and what not to do. If you kill all important NPCs, you'll have a hard time gathering experience, but you can still finish the game. If you want to take on level 12 monsters when you are level 8, it won’t be easy, but if you succeed, you will gain valuable loot and high experience scores.
At any time, you can invite a friend to join you, or you can join a friend's game, regardless of how far along in the game either of you happens to be.
When a decision needs to be made, both player characters get to weigh in. You can agree or disagree, and whoever has the stronger personality in that particular conflict will win the debate. These decisions further develop your character.