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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
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  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: 39 out of 401
  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
    This game is such a win. Hilarious quests with humor, well written dialogues, cool characters, secrets, and such beautiful graphics and effects for a top down rpg. Not to mention that you can play it all in coop with your friend. How do you even make something so beautiful with so limited budget ? This proves that kickstarter is not entirely a joke. And Larian even with limited budget can do a better game than Bioware nowadays. I always loved Larian's games, but this time they outdone themselves. Now go, BUY IT! Expand
  3. Jul 10, 2014
    10
    Divinity Original Sin-a prequel to the cult game Divine Divinity created back in 2002 by the studio Larian, got a co-op mode with step by step fighting, editor and full set of innovations that will not let pass by true fans of the genre RPG.
    I want to add that the game has awesome music written by Kirill Pokrovsky (rock - musician, best known as the keyboardist of "Aria" and "Master").
    It remains only to wait for the game and enjoy the atmosphere of this "oldskull."
    One of the contenders for the title RPG - year.
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  4. Jul 2, 2014
    10
    Finally a game worth registering to give it a score yes they deserve a 10 and yes you should buy it if you like old school RPG this is the one for you and I hope they make more.

    The time detail and attention that has gone into this game is amazing it puts to shame the pretty but sadly mass produced rpgs we have be fed the last few years.
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  5. Oct 18, 2014
    9
    This is about as good as a top down fantasy RPG can get. Good story, good level of character customization, and brilliant combat system. Larian knocked this one out of the park. This is a must have for any RPG or tactical combat fan. Expand
  6. Jul 3, 2014
    9
    This game is really really good, reminds me of playing D&D except it's a video game so there's more visuals. The best thing this game does is having you do things in a way that you don't know if that's what you're supposed to be doing. It's possible that every way I approached an event in the game was pre-designed but it doesn't feel that way at all. Yeah it's not perfect, I've noticed "things" happen here and there, I had the game crash once and there's some texture flickering but it's completely overshadowed by the experience. I've spent close to 10 hours in the Cyseal alone so this game goes well above and beyond it's $/hr value. 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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