Here’s one of the latest Kickstarter’s funded games, Divinity: Original Sin. It came promising an Old School RPG and we must say it delivered. With a nostalgic taste of Baldur’s gate, this one is a tough one to beat and a pleasure for the eyes.
Read more about it in our short review.
With more than 1M$ collected, Larian Studios overachieved their Kickstarter goal to give birth to a hardcore RPG, a more complex “Baldur’s Gate” if you will. Strong NPC interaction, completely actionable environments and obviously, a nice HD touch.
Achievement unlocked! Divinity: Original Sin is one tough modern RPG that takes the player through an epic journey of complex battles and full on open-world.
The story if pretty classic for a fantasy-like RPG, in a world where magic (aka “sourcery“) is abundant, the local whitchers police (aka you, the “Source Hunters”) must make sure no over-excited mage goes to the bad side…
The twist is that, as you start the game with two different characters at the same time, you’ll realize they have different opinions and values about the things of the world. When decision-making time is in front of you, you’ll have to be careful about how choices will impact their personalities. And imagine when you’re managing 4 players…
That philosophy applies to everything, you can enter a house and break the furnitures… The owner of the house will show strong negative feelings towards you, you’ll lose reputation, which might make him unwilling to share his secrets or quests.
Being careful with the world that surrounds you applies to combat and exploration as well. This isn’t a RPG that holds your hand, you can go anywhere, take on any quest… And that’s where things get tough as the turn-based battles require planning and cunning. Turn left where you shouldn’t have and you’ll be outnumbered by most probably tougher enemies. You’ll die, a lot. And you’ll need to learn to retreat, isolate stronger enemies and use different elements of the background to create chain reactions that will inflict more damage. You can see some battles in the video below :
Everything isn’t great though. The first hours are tough and mainly because it’s hard to know what to do. You’ll need to tame that one if you want to go through it. Understanding where not to go, levelling up and finding the best balance between your characters (the inventory system is a nightmare).
It’s refreshing to play a game that needs you to focus, to slowly understand it’s logic and it’s tricks. It looks great and we had a blast playing this one so if you’re not the sensitive type, go for it.