After playing Baldur’s Gate 3 and Divinity Original Sin 2, I’m more convinced than ever that I’ve found the best power in any RPG


I’ve found myself in an underground prison in Divinity Original Sin 2, and one particular sight has just sent me into a frenzy. A sequence of events in Fort Joy involving a statue, a button press, and a hatch have taken me on this unexpected detour, and I have no idea what to expect . I’m greeted by a dark and dingy hallway, with cobbled, hardstone floors, spider webs decorating every corner, and rundown walls in need of repair. Either side of me are doors leading to a handful of cells, and after sending my Eternal scholar companion Fane to pick some locks with his skeletal fingers, I set about exploring.
It’s then that a sudden wave of excitement washes over me. Usually a chest, fancy piece of loot, or a particularly intriguing discovery would elicit this feeling, but right now, I’m positively pumped to see a rat scurrying in the corner. Yes, really. A rat. Why am I so jazzed about a critter being here? Well, it means I get to use my newly acquired talent, and it’s far and away the best skill in the game. In fact, it mirrors my favorite spell in Baldur’s Gate 3, and I just can’t get enough of it.
The talent in question is Pet Pal, which allows me to talk to animals. I mean, who wouldn’t want this ability? Not only does it open up a whole other side to the adventure, but it’s already presented me with a variety of surprising scenarios. After using a similar ability so much in Baldur’s Gate 3, playing Divinity Original Sin 2 has just cemented my desire to see this feature in more RPGs. Honestly, the more games that let me converse with animals, the better.
Critter communication
(Image credit: Larian Studios)
Naturally I race over to the rat as soon as I can and strike up a conversation. Just learning her name is Eddie is enough to bring a big smile to my face, but the little fellow is also pretty helpful. Eddie gives me a lock pick, or as she calls it, a


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