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July 17th, 2014, 16:17
Another set of reviews, of which one isn't that positive, so let's start with that one.

Kill Screen, 6.8

Dragon Commander was a strange idea, but it was clearly an idea. Iím not sure Original Sin has a clue what itís about, beyond ďfeeling like an old game.Ē It gets more strung out as you go along, introducing towns that feel curiously bereft of quests and dungeons padded out with tedious switch hunts. Thereís no strong character to center it, no perspective to ground it, no consistent challenge to weight it. Itís an impressive novelty, but it fades fast.
MMORPG, 8.2

Divinity: Original Sin is able to both channel the roots of its old-school RPG ancestors such as Ultima and Baldurís 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 roleplaying. 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 roleplaying 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.
IGN, 9

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.
Dealspwn, 9

Divinity: Original Sin is a masterpiece, it really is. It's an unashamedly old-school RPG that prizes player freedom over heavy-handed storytelling and leading people by the nose, and it goes about its business extremely well. Games this ambitious and expansive in scope will always have their flaws, and there are flipsides to the design decisions that Larian have taken here. It might not necessarily be a game that you look back on five years from now and pronounce one of your favourites of all time, but for however many tens or hundreds of hours you put into Divinity: Original Sin, you're still going to have a fantastic time.
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. Itís a joy to find new ways to interact with the world Larian has created. From getting a dogís help in tracking a killer, to crafting voodoo dolls by putting together a wooden figurine with a needle and pixie dust, youíll 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: ďNo one has as many friends as the man with many cheeses.Ē
Ars Technica

[quote] Much of the time, when dealing with epic RPGs like Skyrim or Dragon Age, itís easy and accurate to talk about how their ambitions are somewhat thwarted by interlocking systems that donít entirely work but how the entirety of the game makes up for the weakness of certain individual parts. Divinity: Original Sin is the surprising reverse of this: it has dozens of components, all of which seem to work on their own. It's when these systems combine that the game struggles a bit, particularly in terms of quest and progression systems.


Still, thatís a minor price to pay for a game that manages to combine the best of 1990s…More information.
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July 17th, 2014, 16:17
"No one has as many friends, as the man with many cheeses!" Haha!
Sweet reviews all the way for D:OS and surely it deserves it.
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July 17th, 2014, 16:48
Love it so far. Gotta say Cyseal gets a little boring with the back-and-forth, but it's great overall.
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July 17th, 2014, 17:18
Ovenall, do use the pyramid sometimes.

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July 17th, 2014, 17:37
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Ovenall, do use the pyramid sometimes.
Why bother with the pyramids when you can just click the "homestead" button and teleport to one of the two gates in the town? Works everywhere.
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July 17th, 2014, 18:27
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Ovenall, do use the pyramid sometimes.
You sir, are a g_d d_mned genius!
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July 17th, 2014, 19:04
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Why bother with the pyramids when you can just click the "homestead" button and teleport to one of the two gates in the town? Works everywhere.
Because some portals are on terrible position and because teleport spell has too small range. Oh… Speaking of that…
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July 17th, 2014, 19:08
Excellent progress, 20 or so more patches and I'll be ready to play!
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July 17th, 2014, 19:25
I wish you said that when Skyrim was released.

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July 17th, 2014, 19:32
Just got my boxed copy of the kickstarter edition in the mail. Going to sink my teeth into reading the manual then I'll start my first real game!

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July 17th, 2014, 20:35
I'm still waiting for more balance changes. With almost all of the recent patches labeled hotfixes and them insisting there was a 'first' patch, I hope some more finetuning is in the pipelines.

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July 17th, 2014, 21:00
Originally Posted by Black Rune View Post
"No one has as many friends, as the man with many cheeses!" Haha!
One of my favourite lines !
Or the one that the excuse for not buying any cheese "has as many holes as this fine Gorgombert !"

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July 17th, 2014, 22:03
Donít you just love it when some wannabe critic loser (Chris Breault) tries to get noticed by bucking the trend of positive reviews simply to throw off the Metacritic average?
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July 17th, 2014, 22:11
I was a bit disappointed by the manual. No details about classes, spells, skills; no keyboard shortcut list; just basics. Well written though.
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July 17th, 2014, 22:16
It's true, the manual is not detailed on things, but start the game and go character creation. A paradise!

You don't believe me? Run RoA remake character creator. Man I don't want to see that thing ever again in my life.

I guess they should have put all spells/skills in the manual so we can do some quality planning but no matter, some of us will list those in Hints/Tips thread. Eventually. I would do it already if I wasn't too lazy.

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July 17th, 2014, 22:31
Originally Posted by Thrasher View Post
I was a bit disappointed by the manual. No details about classes, spells, skills; no keyboard shortcut list; just basics. Well written though.
In other words, it's an average modern game manual.
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July 17th, 2014, 23:11
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One of my favourite lines !
Or the one that the excuse for not buying any cheese "has as many holes as this fine Gorgombert !"
Haha, yes! That just cracks me up every time.
Well written lines all around. Like the humor they thrown in.
The Murphy dog(Jake's dog) is hilarious to talk to.
Not to mention the writing on the gravestones, funny to the bone.
Oh, but nothing beats "Tajaaar,tajaaar" from the Divine Divinity.
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July 17th, 2014, 23:14
Originally Posted by JDR13 View Post
In other words, it's an average modern game manual.
Ha!

Yes, but better written and more comprehensive than most (although too shallow).
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July 18th, 2014, 02:43
Originally Posted by Carnifex View Post
Excellent progress, 20 or so more patches and I'll be ready to play!
So next week then?
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Originally Posted by Vindicator View Post
Donít you just love it when some wannabe critic loser (Chris Breault) tries to get noticed by bucking the trend of positive reviews simply to throw off the Metacritic average?
Negative publicity to get more hits I bet. His review was completely baffling.

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