Divinity: Original Sin Review Roundup

The computer RPG offers plenty of freedom, but is it a journey worth embarking on?

The fifth game in the Divinity series, Divinity: Original Sin, landed late last month to a good deal of buzz. Being such a big game, it's taken some time for many reviews to crop up, but we've now gathered a sampling of them to give you some sense of what the critics have been saying.

We first got a look at Original Sin back in 2012, when it was expected to be released last year. Instead, developer Larian Studios turned to Kickstarter last March to secure funding that would allow it to increase the size of its development staff--which, in turn, would allow it to make an even larger game. Nearly $1 million was raised, and the game's release was pushed all the way back to this June. It would appear that time was well spent, as critics are heralding the game--a computer RPG with co-op support and a great deal of freedom--as one of the best in recent memory.

You'll find a handful of reviews from around the web below, and the official GameSpot review will be coming soon. For more, check out GameSpot sister site Metacritic, where the game currently has a Metascore of 87.

  • Game: Divinity: Origin Sin
  • Developer: Larian Studios
  • Platforms: PC, Mac
  • Release Date: June 30
  • Price: $39.99

GameSpot -- 9/10

"Divinity: Original Sin's minor flaws include a few bugs here and there, such as one that might turn a cave into a neverending mass of explosions. Its interface is fiddly, giving each party member his or her own supply of gold and sometimes making it a chore to do things as simple as repairing equipment or bartering with townspeople. Some idiosyncrasies aren't flaws, however, but rather reminders of how often we expect games to ask of us the simplest questions and then provide us easy answers. How do you find the forest where the White Witch lives? You go out into the world and you find it. How do you locate all the door-opening switches in an immense library? You look for them, you investigate, you open your eyes wide and truly take in the space around you. 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." [Full review]

Eurogamer -- 9/10

"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. While Skyrim is obviously more freeform and immersive, and the likes of Mass Effect are more cinematic, Divinity: Original Sin is hands down the best classic-style RPG in years. It's obviously not Ultima 8 in name (and that's probably for the best, because the Ultima 8 we got in reality was bloody awful). It is, however, in every way that counts, the best successor ever to those classic journeys to Britannia, and a triumph on its own terms as a modern RPG with no shortage of fresh ideas." [Full review]

PC Gamer -- 87/100

"One of the joys of playing Divinity: Original Sin is rediscovering things that RPGs used to do well and eventually lost--creating new experiences in an old mold. That's the nostalgic sentiment that drove it to success on Kickstarter. But what's really exciting about the game is that it proves that traditional RPGs have a lot to teach present-day designers. Freedom, simulation, depth, and respect for the player's choices. There's power in that old blood." [Full review]

IGN -- 9/10

"Divinity: Original Sin is one of the most rewarding RPGs to come along in years. Its quests and combat compelled me to think hard about my actions and choices, which is more than I usually get to say about contemporary RPGs. Its depth, personality, and combat challenges easily allow it to hold its own against the likes of heavyweights like Dragon Age: Origins. These systems invite constant experimentation throughout dozens of memorable hours of combat and cheeky storytelling, and its rich modding toolkit provides the framework for enjoyable player-made adventure for years to come." [Full review]

Quarter to Three -- 5/5

"Divinity: Original Sin has a lot of secrets to stumble over. Hidden rooms and sidequests are just part of the story. It's a joy to find new ways to interact with the world Larian has created. From getting a dog's help in tracking a killer, to crafting voodoo dolls by putting together a wooden figurine with a needle and pixie dust, you'll be doing new things all the time. The most creative turn-based combat seen in an RPG, combined with a dash of humor, has resulted in a fine stew of gaming. Plus, the game has something important to say about life: 'No one has as many friends as the man with many cheeses.'" [Full review]

Game Informer -- 9/10

"The experience is not without a few minor quibbles, such as disastrous misclicks that can occur from enemy/camera positioning and the inability to always have items show up on the ground. The complete freeform gameplay in Divinity: Original Sin can be quite daunting and frustrating, especially as a player navigates the minefield of the early game without any real direction. Embrace the lack of handholding and complete freedom, and you have an incredible title that provides many hours of entertainment." [Full review]

MMORPG.com -- 8.2/10

"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 role-playing. 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 role-playing 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." [Full review]

GameRevolution -- 4.5/5

"Trying to describe Divinity: Original Sin in words only gets one so far. I've spent plenty of time with the game and still feel like I've only scratched the surface. In fact, I didn't even mention the art style and soundtrack, both of which are fantastic. 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." [Full review]

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Discussion

192 comments
bliciant
bliciant

D:  I feel dumb passing on the steam summer sale :( 

Daian
Daian

What about your review, it's unlike u guys to be so late.

XIntoTheBlue
XIntoTheBlue

This game is turning into one of my favorite RPG's compared to other RPG's in recent years. Heck, it's topping my list for one of the best of all time. May not be able to dislodge BG2 and its ilk on the top of the top, but deserves a spot near alongside them, at least.

kozzy1234
kozzy1234

Best rpg of the last 10 years, breath of fresh air with its tactical combat! 130 hours in and still not done lol.

MrYaotubo
MrYaotubo

That´s great and all,but maybe do a review roundup when your review is actually out gamespot?

leikeylosh
leikeylosh

The turn-based combat totally killed for me. It takes 10 minutes to beat 3 goblins. The characters move so slow on the map. The game is cool, but giving 9 out of 10 or even a perfect score... C'mon.

suppaphly42
suppaphly42

this game is awesome i'm a little over 50 hours in and most likely not anywhere near done i'm sucked right in to the fun so much so that i bought a copy for a buddy and he loves it too i would recommended this to any RPG fan. XD  

carolino
carolino

playing this game with my GF in co-op


man call me crazy but im enjoying it more then my favority rpgs last decade..


Lovecraft with a classic soul

CyrenII
CyrenII

And yet people still hate the great power of Kickstarter. Congratulations Larian! Whoo!

DariusMKN
DariusMKN

Still didn't had time to go deep into this game, but for what i played so far it looks amazing.

homey_d_clown
homey_d_clown

I am new to PC gaming, I've been mostly playing on consoles and I want to know what is the best RPG for a starter like myself?

Igal-Ze
Igal-Ze

Best game I played in years.

levizawa
levizawa

Ah Divinity the only game I've came cross where you need to steal everything from everyone in order to fund your journey. Ranger/thief with + 3 lockpicking and sneaking away!!


(Almost makes me guilty that i ratted a guy for stealing a fish oh well stealing is bad He shouldn't do it. I on the other hand should!)


_williamwallace
_williamwallace

Thought about buying it myself, till I watched some one on twitch take nearly 10 min to kill 3 zombie things

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@Daian 

They had been late on reviews for -years-. Even though you had been a user for just as long, where have you been really?

LordCrash88
LordCrash88

@MrYaotubo Well, obviously their review isn't ready yet but they want af few clicks for the hottest thing on Steam right now. ;)

XIntoTheBlue
XIntoTheBlue

@leikeylosh Turn-based mechanics have always been on the slow side compared to any real-time mechanics. Just how it is. Only thing I agree on here is some of the animations drag on a bit for my liking, but it's not enough to deter me from this game. I love this game so far and it is becoming one of my favorite RPG's out of these last few years.

kozzy1234
kozzy1234

@leikeylosh Considering its the best rpg of the last 10 years, its worth a 9/10 atleast. Destroys any crap rpg we have gotten in the last handful of years. It actually takes a brain to play this rpg!

LordCrash88
LordCrash88

@leikeylosh You obviously don't have the time to really play and enjoy deep and immersive games. Well, in that case D:OS is just not the right game for you. You want a fast food action game but's D:OS is a five-course dinner. Saying that only fast food deserved a high score is kind of ridiculous...

bick420
bick420

@leikeylosh That's like saying you should lower the score of a FPS b/c the action is too fast. Turn-based games are, by nature, slower moving, more tactical. If it's not your cup o' tea, that's fine, but you can't say that the game should have a lower score simply for being what it was meant to be. 

This game definitely deserves 8 and 9 range scores. I'm about 25 hours in, and it's a deep, fun, interesting, well-written, often funny, and very rich RPG. One of the best RPG's in a long while...

BravoOneActual
BravoOneActual

@VintAge68 Well, the never ending quest to win "The Smartest Person In The Comments Section" award can't be done in just one or two posts, y'know.  ;)

timmerous
timmerous

@homey_d_clown It's hard to say without knowing what you like. When I was first playing on PC, games tended to require more investment than today's games to understand and enjoy fully so I don't think you necessarily have to start with more dumbed down rpgs as I didn't. I'd consider trying out some of the older classics like baldur's gate, planescape, or fallout 1&2 to see if you can get in to that style of rpg - you can also mod then to various degrees to help bring them a little more up to date. If you do like them then you have divinity (above) to try out and a few more coming out based on these older classics like wasteland 2, project eternity and numenera.

I would also advise giving a game called Vampire the Masquerade : Bloodlines a try too - it is a first person rpg where you play a vampire, but done right. I would advise modding the game to include the extra content as well as fix all the gamebreaking bugs that were left in it at release. Another good one is system shock 2, the forerunner to the bioshock series, although the rpg elements start deteriorating by this one :)

There are literally hundreds of great rpgs to try out though, just read up a bit about them/watch a youtube video and decide if they are for you.

CruorComa
CruorComa

@homey_d_clown My advice is to try an RPG you've already played on consoles and dive headfirst into their modding communities, just for the sake of seeing the difference community support can make for games. Try the Sith Lords Restored Content Mod or Skyrim Redone. Hell, just get vanilla Skyrim, then spend time browsing youtube for the thousands of mods out there to tailor the experience to your specifications, whether your preference be realism or surrealism.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@VintAge68 

Maybe you should follow Kevin's Twitter if you are so eager to know - assuming that you are actually earnest in wanting to know about his opinion in the first place.

CyrenII
CyrenII

@levizawa Divine Divinity was an incredibly challenging game. But I rank it over Diablo II any day.

pug987
pug987

@ezioismyname 

The developers were making changes to the game to the last minute, so to speak, and they didn't send review copies beforehand to publications cause there would be missing features. So reviewers got the game at the same time as everyone else. This can be a 100+ hour game and those who want to do a good review and not just the first 20 hours, need to be thorough.


Caldrin
Caldrin

@_williamwallace its turn based and can get quite deep so yeah it can take time.. if you dont like that kind of thing then yup stay away.

meatz666
meatz666

@LordCrash88 @leikeylosh Agreed. It's like saying tic-tac-toe deserves a higher score than chess, because it's quicker

DariusMKN
DariusMKN

@bick420 @leikeylosh Not to mention that this game obviously tries to approach the feel of tabletop RPG. This explains why the slower and calculated combat.

carolino
carolino

@consumed_chaos @carolino 

Girl friend


my gf is hot and nerdy..im that lucky


but i bet i would still love playing cop op with my grand father..game is amazing :D

Selindrile
Selindrile

@consumed_chaos @carolino /rimshot

bick420
bick420

@_williamwallace This is certainly not a game that fits everyone's taste. If you like old school games like Baulders Gate, then you'll like this. If not... you won't. I have friends who love this game (like I do...) and others who find it boring and slow. It's a matter of preference....