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  • Summary: Gather your party and get ready for a new, back-to-the-roots RPG adventure. Discuss your decisions with companions; fight foes in turn-based combat; explore an open world and interact with everything and everyone you see. Join up with a friend to play online in co-op and make your own adventures with the powerful RPG toolkit. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 47
  2. Negative: 0 out of 47
  1. Jul 14, 2014
    100
    The most creative turn-based combat seen in an RPG, combined with a dash of humor, has resulted in a fine stew of gaming.
  2. Jul 26, 2014
    93
    Quotation forthcoming.
  3. Jul 9, 2014
    90
    Certainly, I have no hesitation in recommending Original Sin to RPG fans old and new, provided that you're up for a challenge from very early on and don't expect to romp through, Diablo-style.
  4. Jul 31, 2014
    90
    There is finally a great classic role-playing game for the pc, and we love it. Thanks to Kickstarter's funds Larian Studio's has made a game that everybody will remember. Despite some unhandy mistakes Divinity is the RPG you should buy this year.
  5. Let's not go around in circles – the secret of Divinity: Original Sin and Larian Studios’ success is pretty simple. They took best practices from MMORPGs and carefully placed them into their own cozy co-op for two. That was a clever decision because all the innovations appeared after the heyday of RPG in the late nineties in one way or another were made in the MMO. [September 2014, p. 56]
  6. 85
    While in my opinion it has a few flaws that hold it back from true all-time-classic status Divinity: Original Sin is an excellent, beautifully designed and engaging RPG that absolutely never gets boring.
  7. Jul 16, 2014
    68
    There’s no strong character to center it, no perspective to ground it, no consistent challenge to weight it. It’s an impressive novelty, but it fades fast.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 33 out of 351
  1. Aug 4, 2014
    10
    A remarkable RPG experience with a fun and lighthearted approach. I do not want to compare this game to the RPG greats because I firmly believe it deserves a place among them. It takes everything that the classic RPG's had and pushes it into a new age with new and improved features.

    My favourite features:
    - Turn-Based Combat
    - Deep character skills, talents and abilities system
    - Fun dialogue with a rock/paper/scissors mini-game to handle disagreements

    Cons: Starts of a bit slow and can be overly complex for simplistic gamers that aren't used to all the stats and abilities. By no means would I take a point off my score because of this because I also consider it to be a defining feature.
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  2. Apr 12, 2014
    10
    What Joebreeze690 failed to mention is that this game is still in beta (as of this post), and things are still subject to change. Yes there are bugs, but that is to be expected in beta games. The game itself was greatly inspired by Ultima 7, the developers even said so during the kickstarter.

    If you're a fan of rich and engaging worlds, then this should be on your list of games to purchase. As of this post I've spent 88 hours in the beta, in comparison I've spent about 100 hours in Dragon Age Origins. I love my RPGs, action and turn based alike.

    The game has a nice drop-in co-op gaming experience, and a well thought out and planned dialogue system. The battles are challenging, but there's ways that you can get around tackling enemies head on if you so wished. The NPCs are engaging and it doesn't feel like talking to them is like quest grabbing with markers over their heads. The game doesn't lead you by the hand with markers dotted all over the map.

    There is no set classes, instead the game gives you general prebuilt classes to choose from which you can modify. In that way you're a lot more free to decide your character than most modern RPGs allow. At the moment the prebuilt classes number 11 in total, with them being a mix between melee, ranged and spell casters. You have five initial schools of magic (earth, fire, water, air and witchcraft), with another likely to be added later in the game (the mysterious Source that you are meant to be hunting down). The music is written and composed by Larian's in-house composer, and is excellent, fitting the scenes it plays in well.

    This game will be good for fans of Dragon Age Origins, less so for fans of Dragon Age 2. Even in beta, this game is in my top 5 games of all time.
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  3. Jul 11, 2014
    10
    liked to Play baldurs gate I, II, icewind dale and co? than this is the right thingy for you! Maximum Details... dialogs, quests, party, gets really close to the old giants!
    the next game that could be Close is pillars of eternity...
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  4. Jul 3, 2014
    10
    I will be brief:

    Good old old school game, with amazing new physics and colours.
    And, the most important: it's 1st ever huge RPG that
    really suited for co-op.
    All in that game just seems to be right for such an oldfug, like me.

    So, just 3 advices:

    - Play with friend(that you are hated).
    - Hard difficulty.
    - Don't play melee.

    Have fun!
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  5. Jul 3, 2014
    10
    I can't even describe how much fun this game is. It made me use my account here for the first time, if that's any indication! The game is full of humour, deep turn-based combat, secrets, many roleplaying options, multiple solutions for quests, choices and consequences... It's almost too good to be true, but it is true. It has its flaws, of course, every game has. But they're negligible. The game is awesome, and deserve all the praise it's getting. Expand
  6. Jul 17, 2014
    9
    It says I've played 112 hours... and if I calculate in my head that may be about right, but it has seemed like 40 through sheer fun, and I have no idea how much of the main story is left.

    The game helps as little as possible without being frustrating, which is an incredibly hard thing to pull off. It makes you feel like an adventurer again... instead of a button smasher.

    This is a 9.4 and it creeps up almost every day. I honestly do not want to find its end.
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  7. Jul 19, 2014
    0
    Another day, another s*** game. After Dragon Commander I wasn't expecting much anyway. I played it for almost 10hr and gave up, story sucks, characters suck, classes suck, its riddled with bugs and for a game that was supposedly finished it feels much like beta. Turn based combat is a disaster especially for your melee units who are at a huge disadvantage compared to ranged units, would of been much better if they just put a pause button like BG & DA do it. I suggest you go play Divinity 2 Dragon Knight Saga rather than this s***. That game has its issues but its leagues ahead compared to D:OS (and I consider it one of the best games ever made). Expand

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