Review: Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition (PS4)
Intro and Gameplay
Unless, you've been hiding under a rock the last few years, you were hopefully lucky enough to witness the amazing resurgence of classic PC RPGs through the fantastic titles like Divinity: Original Sin and Pillars of Eternity amongst others. It's a glorious time to be a gamer and especially if you like RPGs including the old school goodness that many of us grew up loving. Fast forward to Fall 2015 and not only do we have a huge, updated version of Original Sin, we now have it on console. We were lucky enough to get our hands on the PS4 edition and we came in with some cautious optimism. Guess what peeps? I am happy to report that this game is not only good, but absolutely fantastic on the console. What could have been a disaster in transition to the controller and console world, in fact, it doesn't only translate well, in some cases, it's better than the PC version (!!!) Put away the torches and pitchforks peeps, both versions are stellar but we'll be concentrating on the PS4 version in this article. Inventory management, combat, and dialogue are all handled smoothly and if you enjoy RPGs in the slightest form, this game needs to be enjoyed by one and all.
Graphics and Sound
The original title had some rough beta releases on PC and luckily, the final version just kept getting better and better. With the PS4 Enhanced Edition version, I was honestly stunned at not how gorgeous the game looked but also how smoothly it ran out of the box. Yes folks, we live in amazing time where a $349 console can flawlessly run a title that originated on PC and required some serious horsepower. Back to the graphics, this is an absolutely stunning game from sandy beaches, to dimly-lit crypts to lush forests. The sheer variety and quality of the graphical assets is nerdgasm worthy. The effects are even more impressive from fire, smoke, acid and flashly spell effects that all come together seamlessly. This is lush and tight package in every way including the artistical and techincal aspects. YUM.
The sound of the EE of the game improves on an already impressive offering. One of things that was sometimes jarring is the lack of voice acting in the original release. Now, all that is taken care of through full voice overs in a game that has tens of thousands of sound bites. It's truly amazing what the folks at Larian have pulled off here but between effects, dialogue and the incredible soundtrack, this is a complete experience that needs to be heard to be believed. Seriously, get some high quality headphones or speakers and crank this mother! You're welcome.
Fun and Value
If you can't tell by now, I absolute love this game. The original release was solid enough but this EE polishes it to a spit shine at a more than fair price. Now, let it be said, this is not a fast paced, high action title a la Diablo III, (OH how I could only wish that Larian makes an ARPG like that) so, there is that. If you can handle some quality stories/quest/dialogue, you will not want to miss this. If you crave nonstop action, you could be left a little could. That being said, if you like RPGs at all, this is one of the best, a modern classic that you'd be crazy to miss. In a world with dozens of Kickstarters, some better than others, this is an amazing example of what a studio can pull off. Do yourself a favor, skip some of the lame, overpriced, AAA titles out there and play this. Bam!
A fantastic example of storytelling, RPG elements, art, technical prowess all coming together perfectly in a symphony of gaming goodness. Yep, that about sums it up. This is a stellar title that shouldn't be missed and it's better than it should be on consoles. RPG fan or not, this is a title that should be in your collection.
4.5/5 Stars -- DigitalHippos Highly Recommended