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Metacritic: 87/100
Release: Jun 2014
Reviewed on: PC

Divinity: Original Sin

Site Score
9.5
Good: Meaningful decisions
Bad: Vague quests – Lots of running around
User Score
8.3
(15 votes)
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Divinity: Original Sin offers solo and co-operative gameplay that blends fantasy, strategy and role playing together. With a living and breathing game world you can make a name for yourself and direct the course of this adventure one turn at a time.

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Set in a game world filled with fantasy players will assume the role of two source hunters who belong to a powerful organisation bent on removing the dangerous source magic from said world. In single player you’ll control both of these protagonists while co-operative you’ll each control one.

The game definitely thrives in the co-operative environment where you’ll have a close friend to bounce ideas off from strategic battle decisions to story options where you’ll have to fight for what you believe is the correct option. With these decisions have a real tangible impact on various game aspects it can often be a heated discussion.

Gameplay blends the likes of an action RPG in terms of exploration and item hunt but actual combat is a turn based tactical affair. This keeps exploration fast flowing while giving you a wealth of strategy to draw on during combat. With a good range of spells, ranged and melee attacks combining with environmental elements (such as characters slipping on ice, or a pool of water enhancing a lightning spell).

The combat always feels like it is evolving as you gain more spells, encounter different enemy types and master the available strategies. While these battles are an amazing aspect of the experience they actually only form a small part of your adventure as exploration and conversing with the game inhabitants often commanding your attention.

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This is really the only element where the game trips up with the extra parts sometimes steering you around in endless circles of no progression as you find yourself playing for hours without achieving too much.

For unmatched character creation, non-linear adventuring, troves of loot, dialogue paired with impactful decisions and co-operative gameplay Divinity: Original Sin delivers.

Summary:

  • Combines loot and exploration of action style RPGs with turn based combat.
  • Use the environment such as water to your advantage.
  • Play with a friend in co-operative mode to double the fun.
  • Decisions that have real impact on your adventure.
  • Developed from a Kickstarter campaign for Windows and Mac

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Divinity: Original Sin, 8.3 out of 10 based on 15 ratings
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