DEVELOPER: Larian Studios
PUBLISHER: Focus Home Interactive
GENRE: CRPG (Classic RPG)
PLATFORM: PS4, PC, Xbox One
RATING: M (Mature)
RELEASE DATE: October 27th, 2015
Here we are a year later and Larian Studios has brought their acclaimed CRPG to the consoles with over 10,000 updates and enhancements to the original version. The game now features split screen co-op (similar to the co-op in the Lego series of games), controller support, enhanced UI, revamped storyline, new quests, new NPCs and it is now fully voiced. After playing the original version when it launched on PC, I was excited to be able to play the game in co-op mode with a controller!
For those that are new to the Divinity series, DOS:EE is the fifth game in the franchise and the story actually takes place between the fourth game Divinity: Dragon Commander and the first game Divine Divinity. The story takes place once again in the world of Rivellon and revolves around a pair of protagonists who are Source Hunters. As you play through the story you learn that an evil has fallen on the land being controlled by a source user who is manipulating humans, orcs, goblins, and the undead to bring the Void to the world.
These two main characters are fully customizable. In the single player campaign, the player customizes and controls both characters wherein two player co-op each player customizes and controls one of the Source Hunters. There are now thirteen preset classes to choose from or you can create your own from scratch. Also, one protagonist is male and one is female and this can’t be changed.
For me the best addition to the game is the voice acting. Where once you had to read every line in the game and imagine how the character was reacting to you, you now can actually hear their reactions, and emotions. I’ve already put in 70 hours of the game and I’m still amazed at how great it all sounds. I can’t wait til I reach the end and actually get to hear how it all plays out.
The game looks amazing on the PS4, and the UI and controls are easy to maneuver. A few of the menus had to be changed from the PC version, but the radial menu it uses is very similar to the ones found in games such as Diablo 3 or Dragon Age.
There is so much to do in the game that will keep you busy for hours on end. You have tons of quests between the main story and the side quests you find along the way. Crafting is one way to obtain better gear for your party by creating new items or enhancing what you already have. In the first area of the game you also meet the four additional party members you can recruit. Each of them also have their own personal quest line that you can complete. Another feature of the game is your “Homestead” where as you find key pieces of the story you unlock new rooms that offer you various places to craft, shop, or just chill in between quests.
The addition of dual wielding and wands is a great combination for manipulating the elements of spells, weather and environments. Want to freeze your enemies? Use a combination of water and ice to make it happen. Grenades also make an appearance in this edition, players can even make their own using various different elements or materials to cause different damage effects.
Old school gamers will be familiar with all the mechanics of the game as Divinity falls in the category that Baldur’s Gate, Sacred, Diablo, and Neverwinter Nights is in. Players new to this style of RPG may find the game very different from titles such as Dragon Age or Elder Scrolls, but enjoyable nonetheless.
DOS:EE is one of the best co-op offerings on consoles in a long time! Not many developers support couch co-op anymore and that is where the game shines. Both players are seen on a single full screen when you are in the same area together, but when you’re exploring a town or the open world and go in separate directions the game then moves into split screen that doesn’t hinder the other player. Need to look in your backpack for something, check your skills, craft, or talk to an NPC? The game let’s you do all of this without a menu popping up in the middle of the whole screen. All menus stay on that player’s side of the screen.
Unfortunately, with all the wonderful additions to the game and the hours and hours it will keep you occupied, the game is not without flaws. My biggest pet peeve has to be that there are numerous issues from the original version that carried over to the enhanced edition without being addressed. Larian has stated they are aware of these issues and are working on them, but as of this writing we have yet to see any type of update on the PS4 version of the game.
Overall Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition is one of the best classic RPGs to hit the console! The game is well ported from PC controls to the console controllers, and the additions to the game are exciting and give a year old game a fresh new reason to replay it. The addition of the 2 to 4 player co-op makes this a great game to play with friends and a wonderful change from the over abundance of FPS titles on the market. Larian has done an amazing job with introducing this game to the console player and will hopefully pave the way for other developers and classic RPG titles to come to consoles.
Overall I feel that Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition deserves a 9/10! Hopefully Larian will see it in their hearts to bring Divinity: Original Sin 2 to the consoles also!
Full Game was provided to us by Focus Home Interactive for purposes of this review.
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