The first few hours of Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition were a fun, deep dive, into the world and lore of Rivellon. And then it took me off the leash, and I got my teeth kicked in. Some of the toughest and most rewarding moments throughout Original Sin are the tense battles just outside the city of Cyseal when you are level two just trying to scrap by and gain some XP. You play as two ‘Source’ Hunters tasked with the simple objective of finding out who killed the town Councillor of Cyseal. And wouldn’t you know it things get out of hand and it suddenly becomes a much bigger deal than anyone intended. Without going into too much detail. These two ‘Source’ Hunters must find these star stones scattered across Rivellon before evil Sorcerers end all of space and time.
Turn based RPG’s are some of the oldest gaming genres around. And bringing that from the PC to a console is not an easy feat. There is a reason it works so well with a mouse and keyboard and it can’t be just a simple port with some mapped buttons. But I’m happy to say that the Enhanced Edition does it very gracefully and almost perfectly taking advantage of the console’s controller. At times, the fight map can get overwhelming and a bit clogged with lots of enemies on screen but some of that is to be expected in a game with so much going on with the HUD. The map, your character portraits, the skill bar, the play by play, it all can be a bit overwhelming at first but eventually it became second nature to know exactly what I’m doing in battle.
The battles are also unforgiving. Or least at first they were but the game teaches you how to play it with a sense of tough love. I got angry and annoyed strolling around the outer wall of Cyseal to then suddenly be ambushed by goblins and then be dead in three rounds but that was because I wasn’t prepared and clearly didn’t listen to the gate guard telling me I wasn’t ready to go out their. Eventually, I got more comfortable with these characters traits and skills and felt like I could hold my own in battle. My only advice for those venturing outside of Cyseal early is to save a lot.
Co-op is hardly a thing I look for in an old school CRPG type game but Original Sin does it exceptionally well. Even if you’re alone, you can break apart your party and have them do something else. The example that has been given since I first saw the game was if you need help defeating a boss then have one of your characters venture into town and look for a solution while the rest of your party can venture on into the forest looking for trouble. But even beyond that it has smaller detailed things like positioning your party the right way. Having the Witch and the Rouge stand behind my two warriors during battle can be done just by breaking up the party and reattaching them any way I like. or how about breaking them up so you can reach doors and levers you couldn’t reach together. It’s a pretty smart and effective way to use teamwork in this RPG.
Baulder’s Gate and Neverwinter Knights were two games I grew up on and only now do I realise that I had no idea the kind of game that I was playing at the time. Those games are similar to Divinity: Original Sin. Looking at all the lore and history of this world thrown in with all this equipment and skill specialization it’s amazing I ever finished those older games as kid. Gear and equipment are everywhere in this game and at times it can be a hassle to equip or even remember it all especially since all four of my characters carry stuff at all times. At first it was fine because I was poor and had no good loot, but now every one of my characters is drowning in bracers. Loot is a great thing but having to manage it all can be a tricky thing to do especially in a game like this when I’m thinking about 40 other things at once.
Also, the game looks about as good as you would expect. It’s not great but its nowhere near bad. its style and look, remind me of a much better Fable. But then again the camera will rarely be close up on your heroes it should be far back surveying the battlefield and the game certainly know that. Divinity Original Sin Enhanced Edition is a remarkable and addicting game that I have not seen or played the last of, I’m glad Console players will get a taste of a hardcore CRPG type game that PC gamers get on a more regular basis. Whether you’re looking for world building, Fantasy lore, or fun combat this game has all three and they all work wonderfully on a controller.
Fifteen Minutes of my gameplay…