Larian Studios’ role-playing game masterpiece Divinity: Original Sin (2014) is a prequel to the 2002 game Divine Divinity and was funded primarily through a successful Kickstarter campaign. Spawning a 2017 sequel, the original was praised upon release for its fresh take on the role-playing game genre as well as its inclusion of an in-game editor that allows players to make their own scenarios within the game world.
Download Divinity: Original Sin
You can download the game from Steam or GOG.com. To do so, click on the Download button. You will find it below this review. And if you like epic fantasy RPGs with an isometric view, check out also Pillars of Eternity 2, which initially an active pause game, on January 24, 2019, received a turn-based mode.
The Game Review
Though presented in the same style as Diablo, don’t let Divinity’s isometric perspective fool you: this is a turn-based RPG in the strictest sense.
Even though the system is turn-based it is not rooted in a single-player experience. You can play Divinity either solo or with friends in what can only be described as some of the best multiplayer co-op ever to hit an RPG.
Leveling is less of a chore and more like an exploration of the game’s varied mechanics. In addition to this, the loot and the systems attached to it are traditional and easy to understand. You won’t be baffled by many things in Divinity: Original Sin, aside from how good the game is.
Done in the classic style of Baldur’s Gate and other Forgotten Realms’ PC role-playing games, Divinity: Original Sin keeps combat light and fast-paced but makes sure the underlying mechanics are complex and well balanced.
Gamers that enjoy grinding top-tier characters will find a lot to love about Divinity’s combat systems while those players who are more into story and lore will note that the combat never interrupts nor intrudes upon this experience.
Presented in the grandest of Tolkien-esque fashions, Divinity does not shy away from its epic fantasy leanings and, indeed, the story is a huge attraction to the game. Not only is the world vast and interactive but it is also organic and logical within its own context.
A varied mix of realms and environments mixed with different flora and fauna firmly situate this title alongside games like the aforementioned Diablo or even its stablemate Warcraft.
Fully customizable, the protagonist of the game is the focal point for the player and choices have weight within the game. Though it isn’t “choose your own adventure” the game does place a premium on choice and consequence.
Further along this road, the extent to which a gamer dives deep into the extra content in Divinity: Original Sin will also underline this aspect. With so much to do, Divinity isn’t a small game by any means and it isn’t catering to a casual audience.
It is tailored for people who love story and adventure but not necessarily combat. What this means is that Divinity is an experience, like a book or film, just as much as it is a game. The extent to which the player places a premium on this will determine largely whether this game is for them or not.
- Awesome RPG systems and combat
- Amazingly detailed story and world
- Tons of stuff to do
- You need to be in it for the long haul
- Doesn’t cater to casuals
- If you don’t like tons of lore you might want to avoid