Metascore
87

Generally favorable reviews - based on 58 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 58
  2. Negative: 0 out of 58
  1. 100
    Everything we loved about old RPGs in a complete, modern package. It's hard, it's well thought out, there's tons of options and most importantly, tons of fun. [Issue#244]
  2. 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.
  3. Aug 27, 2014
    95
    Larian Studios did the impossible. They brought an old-school, unflinchingly hardcore, turn based, isometric RPG to today’s market, while making it as fresh as Baldur’s Gate felt all those years ago. It is the fantasy RPG of the decade and a guiding light in the darkness of modern conformity and simplicity that has plagued the genre.
  4. Aug 6, 2014
    95
    The writing, arguably the most important part of any role-playing game, is solid and surprising, humorous at times, and full of gravitas when the action calls for it; there is a ton of innovation as far as the character system goes, which also translates into gameplay mechanics, the interactions with the game world are rich and rewarding, and there is overall a lot of thinking involved in playing through it.
  5. Jul 31, 2014
    95
    Complex yet approachable, nostalgic yet modern, cliché-ridden yet strange and singular in so many ways. It captures the feeling of a classic '90s PC RPG but simultaneously turns each assumption about plot, setting and combat mechanics on its head...one of the deepest and most unforgettable games I've played all year.
  6. Jul 9, 2014
    95
    Long in the making, Divinity: Original Sin offers the beautifully deep intricacies of an old-school RPG that does not in any way feel old-fashioned. What a great and unique experience.
  7. Jul 28, 2014
    93
    I’m enjoying the world and I’m having tremendous fun with the combat tactics. I do not want to put this one down and you can’t make me.
  8. Jul 26, 2014
    93
    Quotation forthcoming.
  9. Jul 24, 2014
    93
    The rightful heir of the glorious cRPGs we used to play in the '90s.
  10. Aug 22, 2014
    92
    I am sure that in a few years from now we will commemorate Divinity: Original Sin as we commemorate legendary games of the past. The "Baldur's Gate" of the new generation is here.
  11. Sep 3, 2014
    91
    Simply put, Divinity is s new role playing game classic. [Aug 2014]
  12. Aug 26, 2014
    90
    Divinity: Original Sin delivers an old school RPG experience in a fresh and attractive package. The world is open and massive, and a fabulous soundtrack sets the mood perfectly. This game does not hold your hand, but let's you think, fail or succeed by your own merits. Exactly what we wanted.
  13. Aug 20, 2014
    90
    We're hard-pressed to see how anything is going to come along and top this in the immediate future. [Sept 2014, p.108]
  14. Aug 14, 2014
    90
    The classic RPG is making a comeback. After Shadowrun and Wasteland 2, this time it’s Divinity: Original Sin’s turn. This Kickstarter project from Belgium shows how fantasy elements can be used to their fullest extent. These developers understand what’s so great about magic and discovering a world. This is a tribute to the best Bioware, Obsidian, and D&D games that were produced with pen and paper over the last thirty years, had to offer.
  15. Aug 12, 2014
    90
    Combines the best aspects of old-school RPG approach and modern mechanics. [Issue#251, p.76]
  16. 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.
  17. Jul 30, 2014
    90
    A polished, intricate and highly enjoyable old fashioned RPG featuring some very modern mechanics. [Aug 2014, p.60]
  18. Jul 21, 2014
    90
    A traditionally fair RPG that uses the classic RPGs' mechanics, but actually it does nothing new with them. However, it connects them perfectly to a sophisticated, detailed and well-functioning whole in a charming isometric world, which honours the RPG genre, and is the king because of the game's entertainment.
  19. Jul 21, 2014
    90
    An exceptional RPG which is not afraid to stand toe to toe with the great names of the past. It's hard to find flaws in it, with the exception of a slow start and the absence of an Italian translation.
  20. Jul 20, 2014
    90
    Little by little, you learn the rules--and little by little, you wonder why there are so few games so willing to trust you to examine and explore. That it believes in you is Original Sin's greatest achievement, and given its many achievements, that's high praise indeed.
  21. Jul 15, 2014
    90
    Put on your +1 cape of adventure and go pick up Divinity: Original Sin now, because it would be a sin to miss out on something this good.
  22. Jul 15, 2014
    90
    Divinity: Original Sin is one of the most rewarding RPGs to come along in years.
  23. Jul 14, 2014
    90
    Divinity: Original Sin is challenging, rewarding and compelling. It proves that classic isometric RPGs aren't nearly as dead as publishers would have you believe. It has minor flaws, but they'll likely be gone in a few weeks - leaving a fantastic example of the genre.
  24. Jul 13, 2014
    90
    This is a game that everybody who has ever enjoyed RPGs should try. Loads of content, great gameplay and modding features to expand its life.
  25. Jul 11, 2014
    90
    The influence of the classics, Ultima VII, Baldur’s Gate II, they’re in there, but Original Sin is very much its own, unique grand adventure.
  26. Jul 11, 2014
    90
    Despite some minor flaws, Divinity: Original Sin looks excellent and I can easily recommend it to all fans of this genre.
  27. Jul 10, 2014
    90
    It comes down to this: Fans of old-school PC RPGs that don't hold the player's hand and focus on depth and freedom will adore this game. Audiences without that experience will also find something to love in Divinity: Original Sin, because depth and player freedom never become dated.
  28. Jul 9, 2014
    90
    A solid old-school, turn-based rpg with tons of content.
  29. 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.
  30. Jul 8, 2014
    90
    Embrace the lack of handholding and complete freedom, and you have an incredible title that provides many hours of entertainment.
  31. Jul 7, 2014
    90
    Divinity: Original Sin is among the best RPG adventures in years.
  32. Jul 5, 2014
    90
    Divinity: Original Sin proves that classic top-down RPGs aren't dead.
  33. Jul 30, 2014
    89
    A potent, frustrating, demanding, amusing, tedious, exhilarating world unto itself.
  34. 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]
  35. Jul 12, 2014
    87
    A little obtuse in places, but otherwise this is the best new RPG in years. Demands your time and your brain, but it's worth it.
  36. Jul 11, 2014
    87
    Thrilling old-school role playing game with total freedom and challenging battles.
  37. Sep 8, 2014
    85
    An amazing RPG experience. It falls a bit flat on characterization and writing on occasion, but nails just about everything else. It does a great job of compelling players to roleplay their on-screen characters, putting the "RP" back into RPG.
  38. Aug 24, 2014
    85
    A great return for the classic RPG - the ideas here make a strong claim for the genre's continued relevance. [Oct 2014, p.78]
  39. Aug 7, 2014
    85
    It’s familiar enough that you can easily pick up its basics, while being original enough to require you to pay close attention to learn its idiosyncrasies.
  40. Jul 28, 2014
    85
    Divinity: Original Sin is a beautiful game, a title that leaves something in the mind and heart of the player. We're talking about a product that requires commitment, that makes you sweat, suffer, fight and finally rejoice.
  41. Jul 8, 2014
    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.
  42. Jul 17, 2014
    83
    Original Sin is a lovingly-crafted homage to some of the 90s best CRPGs that in terms of story and characters isn’t up to par with the likes of Baldur’s Gate 2 and Planescape: Torment. Nevertheless it’s Larian Studios’ best game yet with one of the most intricately designed, interactive and atmospheric game worlds of all time.
  43. Jun 30, 2014
    82
    Divinity: Original Sin is able to both channel the roots of its old-school RPG ancestors such as Ultima and Baldur’s Gate, while also improving the genre as a whole in the process. From start to finish, Divinity: Original Sin is an incredible experience that is full of deep and engaging roleplaying. The true turn-based combat is a breath of fresh air in an industry obsessed with quick satisfaction and it brings you back to a time of tactics and thought. The roleplaying potential presented in quests and dialogue options puts Divinity: Original Sin decidedly above its peers in most aspects, but leaves room for improvement down the line. Larian Studios is on a strong path to returning their long-running franchise to the spotlight, for fans both new and old.
  44. Oct 22, 2014
    80
    Relatively small Larian Studios finally managed to deliver a really significant game. Original Sin is brimming with ideas on how to bring back old school RPG vibe and make it fit modern times. [Sept 2014, p.50]
  45. Aug 27, 2014
    80
    Nice-looking, with bright, colorful landscapes, lots of nostalgic references to the old RPGs of yore, and a very high degree of freedom, this game wanted to grab as much audience as it could. But in reality, only somewhat masochistic power players will be able to beat it. Are you one of them? Welcome to Rivellon, then!
  46. Aug 21, 2014
    80
    The game asks much of players but rewards with them genuine, earned satisfaction.
  47. Aug 20, 2014
    80
    A colourfully written and often funny game, but one that doesn't deviate much from the fantasy rulebook, an area where a more substantial break from the past would have been welcome. [Sept 2014, p.108]
  48. Aug 4, 2014
    80
    Divinity: Original Sin could be more straightforward and more modern in other aspects and perhaps maintain its allure. After 60 hours of deep, challenging and often confounding role-playing action, I'm willing to forgive its sins, original or otherwise.
  49. Aug 3, 2014
    80
    It's not as modern as Dragon Age: Origins, but it's worlds ahead of Baldur's Gate II.
  50. Jul 29, 2014
    80
    They created an amazing combat system, they designed a respectably interesting and diverse world to explore, they packed said world full of quests, they created a hierarchical spell and item system, and they wrote a ton of dialogue. But like a jigsaw puzzle that’s created one piece at a time, when all of the pieces are finished, not all of the edges line up correctly.
  51. 80
    Divinity: Original Sin is not necessarily better than the classic RPGs it's bowing its head to. It's not even on eye level with some of them. But it's coming at the right time, knowing exactly where it came from and where it wants to go.
  52. Jul 7, 2014
    80
    Both Old School and innovative, Divinity Original Sin is a fun RPG featuring exciting tactical combat. It has its faults, though, the biggest one being it never achieving its full potential. It's frustrating how much better it could be.
  53. 78
    Larian Studios has delivered on our wishes by providing a world ripe for discovery, and gameplay that gives as much freedom and roleplaying options as we could ever hope for.
  54. Sep 12, 2014
    75
    As much as I loved the bulk of the game, by the end I was burning out, and burning out fast. Despite that, I'm glad that some studios are still willing to show an almost insane level of ambition in realizing the games they want to make without compromise, even if it does lead to a few dire moments here and there.
  55. Jul 12, 2014
    75
    This is a game that could be really great once it’s had the time to smooth out it’s rough edges, but that really might not be a risk an average buyer will want to take.
  56. Jul 28, 2014
    70
    A game that does well as a single-player RPG, and does well as a vast, exploration-based semi-open-world adventure, but excels at neither. Better than many of the RPGs in its ancestry, it nonetheless suffers from frustrating NPC engagement and lacks the intelligent storyline required to make it a classic of the genre.
  57. 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.
  58. Sep 4, 2014
    60
    It feels like there’s a very good game inside Divinity: Original Sin, but it’s hidden away behind a thousand glitches and gameplay problems.
User Score
8.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 1789 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 47 out of 434
  1. Jun 30, 2014
    10
    Most of the good things have been said alredy by previous reviewers. Literally the best RPG to come out in at least a decade.

    + Combat +
    Most of the good things have been said alredy by previous reviewers. Literally the best RPG to come out in at least a decade.

    + Combat
    + Story
    + Maps
    + Excessive dialogue
    + Playful environment
    + Mods
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  2. Jun 30, 2014
    10
    From the second the game starts there is this feeling of adventure and wanderlust, something that we used to have in older RPGs, that weren'tFrom the second the game starts there is this feeling of adventure and wanderlust, something that we used to have in older RPGs, that weren't agenda driven social justice platforms, when people outside of gaming couldn't influence artists into doing this their way. When stories were genuine and experience were crafted with love and care.
    This applies to much more than the writing, and Original Sin has some damn good writing, it's turn based gameplay is easy to get into, but offers a lot of intricacies and interactions to learn and exploit, while providing a challenge to players of all skill levels.
    The environmental interactions and innovative co-op play put much bigger games to shame. Truly it's a wonder that a small European developer like Larian were able to make a game that dwarfs major productions from EA and the like. It just goes to show you, when you LOVE doing what you do, and don't just do it to turn a profit and support some stupid agenda, it will shine through in your work.

    Original Sin is a must for any cRPG fan and considering it's modern look and easy to pick up nature, I am certain that it will bring a lot of newcomers to the genre.

    My only gripe with it is that due to budget management or whatever, Larian weren't able to add NPC reactions to the day/night cycle and weather system, but it's such a small thing in such a massive, uniquely enjoyable game that it doesn't matter.

    Truly an adventure worth experiencing.
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  3. EMG
    Mar 22, 2014
    10
    So far a highly enjoyable if a bit buggy RPG. What is available of the game world at the moment seems vast and detailed, especially theSo far a highly enjoyable if a bit buggy RPG. What is available of the game world at the moment seems vast and detailed, especially the dialogue options. Even when moving items nearby NPC's will question your actions making the whole experience feel more real than some. Many of the bugs however actually add to the games humour and the stealth is definitely the funniest thing. 10/10 Full Review »