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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 ownGather 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
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  1. Positive: 56 out of 59
  2. Negative: 0 out of 59
  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 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. 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.
  5. Jul 11, 2014
    87
    Thrilling old-school role playing game with total freedom and challenging battles.
  6. 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.
  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: 51 out of 467
  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. Jul 5, 2014
    10
    If I could I would rate this a 9.5.
    The only downside is that movement feels a bit slow, and there can be trouble with clicking to move in
    If I could I would rate this a 9.5.
    The only downside is that movement feels a bit slow, and there can be trouble with clicking to move in combat when instead you wanted to attack (which has to do with the monster's hit-boxes + camera angle being finicky)

    Aside from that, this game is perfect. If you want an RPG that will make you think during combat, conversations and will eat up all your time: choose this.

    Combat is great, the environment is pretty, and there are many choices to make.
    Customization is awesome, and I can only hope that the modding community will bring so much more to the table.

    Already the developer has released several patches, and aims to release many more, along with added content.

    Definitely get this game.
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  3. Dec 28, 2014
    10
    To be honest, I ignored this game when it came out, but once I got it and played it, I realized that it is a true RNG strategy title. I wasTo be honest, I ignored this game when it came out, but once I got it and played it, I realized that it is a true RNG strategy title. I was surprised that it was a Kickstarter game because of the sheer amount of time and effort spent designing the game that can be seen in the game itself. People who give the game a low score because they cant read the text need to have their eyes and in-game options checked. And to point fingers at a poor review directly, "Too much to do at the start. No real sense of direction." is not a downside to an adventure game. I'm sorry this game isn't linear for those who don't have the brain power to think about multiple decisions. Expand
  4. Jul 4, 2014
    10
    I clocked about 70 hours now in 4 days. **** amazing game ! Everything from crafting to systems in games is polished as ****

    Return of cRPG
    I clocked about 70 hours now in 4 days. **** amazing game ! Everything from crafting to systems in games is polished as ****

    Return of cRPG era !

    Get candle put in oil and watch as world burns !
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  5. Oct 3, 2014
    9
    Awesome game, easily one of best games released this year (only Dark souls 2 could beat it, but barely), and best team based rpg since BaldursAwesome game, easily one of best games released this year (only Dark souls 2 could beat it, but barely), and best team based rpg since Baldurs gate 2.
    This game has almost no flaws, maybe rock-paper-scissors could be done better, plot could be less "saving the world", inventory could be more user friendly (although sorting works well and helps finding items) and sometimes you want to click on enemy and your character would walk there, but besides that its almost perfect game.
    Graphics, combat, tactical options, dialogues, old school feeling mixed with modern vibe (spells interact with world, you can move objects etc.), great graphics, fantastic environments, quests with different outcomes, and many **** more. FANTASTIC. This is the game i wanted to play since Baldur and Planescape era- modern version of them. Legend of Bioware is dead, Larian is new king of team based awesomness.
    If you like real rpgs- buy it (and by rpg i dont mean slashers like Dragon age 2). if you like good games- buy it. If you are nostalgic- buy it. Hell you should be playing it already!
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  6. Sep 10, 2014
    8
    After 2 very thorough playthroughs and with 172 hours on record, I guess I must clearly recommend this game :-)

    It is a HUGE, wonderfully
    After 2 very thorough playthroughs and with 172 hours on record, I guess I must clearly recommend this game :-)

    It is a HUGE, wonderfully modernized but still refreshingly old-school rpg, with an incredible attention to detail, great humor, a decent story and an amazingly deep, turn-based tactical combat system that allows for countless approaches and combinations.
    It looks georgeous, is surprisingly bug-free for a project this size (and it's patched regularly and fast as well), and it runs well even on older systems. The crafting system is fun and intuitive, and some of the puzzles are very well done.

    For all the praise, however, I also have to mention the downsides. And there are definitely those:
    The balance, in general, could use an overhaul. The game has a pretty steep learning curve in the beginning, but once you know the system, the fights are actually very, very simple. Note that I say simple, not easy.

    The fights, especially boss fights, tend to be long, repetitive, tedious, and, yes, even boring. The enemies usually have a TON of hitpoints, unlimited special abilities and everyone and their mothers, - of the same level or a bit higher than the party - is pretty much immune to special abilities - and thus, most tactical choices. They do, however, do pretty pathetic amounts of damage while keeping your party stunned, crippled, knocked down, frozen and generally annoyed but alive.
    I would highly prefer shorter, more challenging battles against enemies that are actually affected by all the special arrows I can craft and all those abilities - foes that are much faster to kill or disable but a lot more likely to kill ME.

    The numbers/RPG mechanics are yet another problem. Larian follows the old JRPG-style of insane number exaggeration. You start with a weapon that does 10 damage and you'll end with some monstrous obscentiy that can easily exceed 1000 damage on a critical hit or with a special maneuver. Enemies hitpoints and resistances grow accordingly, and the interesting enemies are thus always within about 2 levels of yours. Higher enemies are pretty much untouchable, lower ones pathetically helpless.

    And, finally, many quests and puzzles are just too damn obscure. I commend Larian to go against the mainstream, and skip all the quest markers, map markers, signs above a quest giver's head etc. But sometimes they fall to the other extreme and there is simply no way to continue with a quest but to randomly walk evereywhere, try everything and finally check the internet, only to learn that you missed some random item 4 hours ago... ;-P
    More logic and sensible hints, please!

    But this is all just criticizing on a VERY high level, and it doesn't diminish the fun at all. And, hands down, you won't get a better deal for your money anywhere atm.
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  7. Dec 2, 2014
    0
    Terrible game. Buggy multiplayer - freezes every single time. The best RPG that has come out in a long time? Are you freaking kidding? ITerrible game. Buggy multiplayer - freezes every single time. The best RPG that has come out in a long time? Are you freaking kidding? I rarely spend the time to review, but I have to get my opinion out there - I didn't like this game at all, boring story, boring combat compared to other games (try Dragon Age series instead - they are much better). Expand

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