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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. Collapse
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 26, 2014
    93
    Quotation forthcoming.
  3. Jul 8, 2014
    90
    Embrace the lack of handholding and complete freedom, and you have an incredible title that provides many hours of entertainment.
  4. Aug 12, 2014
    90
    Combines the best aspects of old-school RPG approach and modern mechanics. [Issue#251, p.76]
  5. 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.
  6. 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]
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 40 out of 408
  1. 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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  2. Jul 5, 2014
    10
    Old School, but with modern graphics, physics. A great product from a company that listens. A few bugs on release, but I have every confidence that they will be addressed. Buy it. Expand
  3. Aug 10, 2014
    10
    Following in the tradition of some of it's great predecessors, Divinity is simply a must for RPG fans. Everything in the game is pretty finely tuned, but what I liked more are : 1) the ability to mix magic spells with the surrounding landscape (i.e. setting fire in oil or electrocuting water ponds). 2) the dialogue and text details in everything around you 3) the difficulty of some battles. All in all, for me it was a cool bomb for the summer ! Expand
  4. Jul 2, 2014
    10
    This game is totally AWESOME! An AAA game funded with Kickstarter. + Level design + Story + EPIC Co-op + Tons of quests + Many way to reach your goals
    + Interaction between Characters (if you co-op too) and with NPC
    + Humor
    + No waypoint on the maps for quests
    + Combat (Turn Based) System
    + Deep Character generation
    + Talents, skills ...

    - this is how an RPG have to be made!

    Thumb up for Larian Studios!!!

    ... ah ... you can create your own adventures with the editor included!
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  5. Sep 29, 2014
    9
    When I heard that D:OS was touted as a modern day spiritual successor to games like Ultima 7 & and Baldur’s Gate I immediately backed this game on Kickstarter, and I'm very glad I did.

    Larian Studios have delivered a game that has the nostalgic charm of an old school isometric RPG but with unique and modern game play mechanics, graphics, story and style that make this game a pleasure to play. If you like RPGs and haven't tried this game yet, do it, you won't regret it.

    Pro's:

    - Thoroughly enjoyable tactical combat that always makes you think and use your skills, spells and the environment to your advantage.
    - Varied enemies with cool boss fights
    - A diverse range of skills, spells and character builds available
    - Detailed and interesting locations to explore
    - Lush graphics / art style
    - Lots of quests often with varied and alternate means to solve
    - A solid story coupled with interesting dialog (often humorous)

    Con's:

    - I felt the game was a bit long - I sank 90 hours into this game (completed every single side quest)
    - While the maps (corresponding to each act) were very large and detailed I didn't get the sense of a 'world' to explore - more so simply 4 different main areas.
    - Some minor bugs, nothing to bad
    - Combat went from being very challenging at the start to quite easy at the end (I upped the difficulty to 'hard' mid-game)
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  6. Jul 7, 2014
    9
    30 hours into the game and I still get my ass kicked sometimes, loving it. What a gem of a rpg, interesting story, great tactical combat and visually impressive. Role playing has not been this good for ages, some of the so called AAA rpg,s should have a look at how it should be done. Wonderful. Expand
  7. Aug 29, 2014
    0
    Finally beat the game. Finished every side-quest (No Guides Used). This game has a few horrible horrible horrible horrible problems. First of all, the slowness of the game, and I have no problem with slow games... until they pass the point of no return... Some of the casting animations literally take 8+ seconds.... seriously... there is NO need for this. Bugs are ridiculous, some game breaking. I had to restart the entire game TWICE because of it. I waited btw, until the most recent patch to play. It is a broken game atm. There are only 2 FOLLOWERS. AND..... ROCK PAPER SCISSORS? REALLY? I will wait 2 months, and see how it has developed. But until then, this slow... broken... and unfinished game gets a 0. Expand

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