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Game of the Month - July 2014 - Divinity: Original Sin

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See our Game of the Month winner for July 2014
Garden of Eden.

July of 2014 has now come and gone, and were it not for a couple of standout games, it wouldn’t have made much of a mark on video game history. Nonetheless, we’re grateful for the returns of beloved games like The Last of Us, which landed on the PlayStation 4 with improved lighting, a speedier frame rate, and the excellent Left Behind adventure that had previously been available as a downloadable add-on for the PlayStation 3 version. We’re also glad to have spent more time again with the residents of Oddworld in the New ‘n’ Tasty remix, a remake that was far more than just a high-definition upgrade.

Dark Souls II, King’s Bounty, and Child of Light all returned to the stage and commanded the spotlight in one way or another, but when it comes to games with lasting presence, it was The Walking Dead that most amazed us, finding new ways to move and shock us. In Clementine’s world, tensions rise and hope wanes, and we continue to be invested in her fate just as we look forward to both the season’s conclusion and next year’s episodic continuation. Telltale’s brutal entry was not our choice for July’s Game of the Month, however. Instead, that honor goes to a brand-new game set in an underappreciated universe.

We speak, of course, about Divinity: Original Sin. It would be easy to point to the way Original Sin recaptures the glory days of role-playing games as the source of its excellence; after all you play it from a top-down perspective and engage with enemies using a party of four adventurers, each of whom performs skills and spells associated with a class or magical specialty. Presuming that Original Sin is great because it’s like the great games of old is to do the game a disservice, though. It is great because it’s fresh and new, delivering one surprise after another and demanding that you make good use of every tool, every spell, and every weapon.

The combat system is one way in which Original Sin proves its uniqueness. Here, the elements interact and erupt, fire turning oil into a pool of blazing treacle, and lightning causing every puddle of water into an electrical hazard. Each element is hazardous, but combined elements are downright deadly, both to you and the colorful array of creatures and cultists you face. Every battle requires that you proceed with caution, though you could say that about all of Divinity: Original Sin. Each choice you make, even seemingly minor ones, could result in unforeseen consequences. And it’s the natural, systemic way in which those consequences play out that make Original Sin stand out among other RPGs that also boast multiple paths and moral quandaries.

Divinity: Original Sin provides a world of wonder and a fair challenge, using the trappings of the classics we adore to tell a brand new tale, and to introduce brand-new tactical considerations. It is sometimes funny and sometimes grim, sometimes tense and sometimes easygoing, but Original Sin is always special, and the runaway winner of July’s Game of the Month award.

Discussion

42 comments
izvarzone
izvarzone

I'd say, Divinity is game of the month because there are no other good games released this time. It's good game sure, but overrated imo (I'm still planning to complete it, but not top priority)

Bond_Villain
Bond_Villain

I'm still on Dark Souls 2. Da4m so many good games, so little time!

cbxero
cbxero

Great game. Playing it on my crappy laptop but it still runs fine. Love it so far!

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

Have they -gamespot- always had a game of the month? ' I really never noticed. 

Divinity original sin - I am 12hrs in and loving it, hard to describe, it is like shadowrun, blackguards, and baldur's gate + FF tactics. Either way very enjoyable. 

Zloth2
Zloth2

Great!  Though... uhh... it's not that hard.  But I have had a lot of fun with it!

grayiam88
grayiam88

i cant wait to play this someday

khaos107
khaos107

I haven't been able to put this game down. Its a good challenge and no hand holding but not overly difficult and annoying.

Definitely one of my favorite combat systems in a long time really fun.

billy19joseph
billy19joseph

Story wise, can anyone summarise for me if this is worth getting into? Does the plot hold up alongside the likes of Baldur's Gate?

Damazig
Damazig

Enjoying Divinity quite a bit so far, and damn, is it challenging. I'm not gonna call it game of the year, at least not just yet, like many already do, but without a doubt, it's the best game of the month indeed.

l0ngshot
l0ngshot

Very well deserved! Great choice Kevin. I just wish that this to be game of the year (well it's definitely my game of the year so far). 

evildead6789
evildead6789

really top down rpg game of the month


this guy should really stop reviewing games


he still lives in the nineties/ 2000 lol

MrYaotubo
MrYaotubo

Game of the month easily and game of the year so far,what an amazing RPG.

tonyleo01
tonyleo01

I'm not a super hardcore gamer so I was afraid the game was going to be too much more than what I care to get into. Man, probably the best game I've played in a long while. 

Ztoky
Ztoky

Divinity: Original Sin is really awesome!

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Hey, they chose the correct game for once!  Gamespot might be trending up now that they cleaned house.

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

Thanks for this, I do appreciate the written word opposed to just the videos. It sinks in much easier this way for me. Not that there is much to sink in, I just like it this way more. ;)

saltful
saltful

I bought it 2 days ago and have been playing it non stop. GOTY, it's amazing.

cheeckybit
cheeckybit

@faizan_faizan Meh, I've spotted another clueless retarded.

Zloth2
Zloth2

@billy19joseph  I think Baldur's has it beat story-wise (well, BG2 anyway) but I think D:OS is in the same ball park.  I like how D:OS gives you the whole back story then fills in revealing details instead of just giving you all the details in a linear order.

naz99
naz99

@evildead6789 And judging by your comment you live in the "press X to win" generation....

ggregd
ggregd

@evildead6789 Says you and no one else.  Go back and play CoD and leave the real games to the adults.

izvarzone
izvarzone

@LordCrash88 @izvarzone unlike you, I do not dislike DIvinity. Why did you even reply to my comment is beyond my understandment.


I have bad news for you. You don't know what "captain obvious" means.

simuseb2
simuseb2

@cheeckybit Wow. If he doesn't like top down, he doesn't like top down. You don't need to attack him over it. 

billy19joseph
billy19joseph

@Zloth2 @billy19joseph Thanks, just what I wanted to know!
I've long since given up looking for a game in any genre that can match BG2 for story (except MGS, but that's a genre unto itself)

naz99
naz99

@sladakrobot @archav3n Agreed I'm a Pc only gamer because i cant afford and don't have the time to game on both,so i just choose the platform i prefer. :)

ilayoeli
ilayoeli

@sladakrobot @archav3n If you already own a console, PC shouldn't be much costly. You can buy a low to mid-end PC for cheaper than ever before, you don't need a killer PC to run PC exclusives....

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