Sunday, 10 January 2016

Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition

Some games are made to cater to a wide audience while others are more honed to please certain genre fans. There are even those games that cater to certain platforms also. Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition is an incredibly deep pen and paper style Role Playing Game that was originally only designed for PC. The game has since made its way to consoles and the result is one of the best Role Playing Games out there, even if it is already a crowded market.

Developed by Larian Studios and out now for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition is one of the only games that mean freedom when they say freedom. This doesn't just mean it 's an open world with locations on a map, and realistically you're funneled down a set path with just the illusion of freedom. Go wherever you like, talk to whoever you want, receive quests and customise yourself and skills. Nothing is permanent in Original Sin, or to put it a better way: You can kill everyone  in Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition.

Even past the freedom of it all, the game is just excellent. You have to consider so much when it comes to conversations in Divinity Original Sin Enhanced Edition. You have to know their social standing when recruiting new party members, and choose them to be the leader. Should they be your leader on not be high on the social ladder, people will be less inclined to talk to them and give them relevant information. Even if you excel at conversation, be careful what you say to characters. If you say something to annoy merchants then expect to pay a higher price for their stuff. It can even affect your main quest line which is centred around a murder in one of the towns. Should you piss off people, they won't speak to you, and that even includes the suspects. 

Combat is turn-based with an emphasis on elemental attacks. You can use your spells to your advantage depending on the surroundings. If your enemy is standing on oil, using a fire spell can light them up. If an area is out of commission by a fire and you want to use it to gain a tactical advantage, using a water spell can put out the fire and free up the space. The combat goes much deeper than that and can be quite tough if you didn't prepare properly by buying potions or don't place your team in optimal places. Even if it can get tough, it's always thoroughly enjoyable. 

The entire game can also be played in split-screen co-op making it even that little bit more different to its contemporaries. Don't expect yourself to be limited in what you can do either as it's just as open to enjoy as when you are by yourself. It adds a whole new dynamic to the fun and works incredibly well.

Expect a 40-80 hour adventure that is filled with a unique personality that only Larian Studios can ever deliver upon. Conversing with NPCs is always fun and some personalities are so weird that you just want to know more about them. While graphically it's not technically amazing, the art style is enough to make this one pretty game. It may not be your standard fantasy Role Playing Game on consoles but it's certainly one of the best that you can get your hands on. 

Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition is magical 5/5.


Jason Redmond

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