Burn, blast, and electrify enemies with the environment in Divinity: Original Sin

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If I've learned anything from Divinity: Original Sin – Enhanced Edition's trailers, it's that the game doesn't take itself too seriously. I can appreciate that. There are enough deadly serious role-playing games out there that somehow end up sacrificing all their character. I mean, at its heart, Original Sin is a meat-and-potatoes RPG that takes its design mechanics seriously, sure, but the developers don't mind a little wisecracking.

This video talks about Original Sin's leap to consoles, specifically addressing combat and how it'll all go down on a gamepad (versus the PC's keyboard-and-mouse configuration). The narrator conveys a lot of info in 2.5 minutes, stating that navigating menus, etc., with the gamepad is a breeze. But the video doesn't go into too many specifics about which button does what, so we'll just have to take their word for it at the moment. It appears that there's an approximation of BioWare's excellent radial dials at work here. But they're really selling the environmental combat effects: lighting pools of fuel on fire, shocking enemies standing in rain puddles with electricity. All good stuff.

Divinity: Original Sin – Enhanced Edition hits PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in less than two weeks, on October 27. We're seeing what we can do to shake loose a review copy from the developers. Stay tuned.


Larian Studios' multi-award winning RPG is nearing release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Having revealed the online and offline cooperative features with its Co-op Trailer, today's Combat Trailer introduces a new generation to the combat of Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced Edition. Discover how turn-based combat performs effortlessly on gamepads thanks to the intuitive control system and UI designed for consoles.

The combat in Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced Edition, is both torturously tactical, or bright and breezy! It just depends on your play-style and the level of difficulty you picked. The Enhanced Edition comes with three new difficulty modes: Honor, Tactician, and Explorer, each offering a new, tailor-made experience honing on different play-styles.

Take advantage of crowd control spells such as petrify, charm, and freeze - required in the harder difficulty settings, or simply ignite, enflame, poison, and electrify your way through the world - zapping water under-foot to shock, or engulfing the enemy in flames by igniting a near-by oil barrel.

It's all about using the skills at your party's disposal to supplement each of their player-defined roles. Although featuring 12 classes (including a new class, the Inquisitor), Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced Edition is really classless. You can mix and match as you develop your characters, chaining abilities and taking advantage of environmental aspects such as water, ice, oil on the floor, and steam clouds, things like that.

Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition launches on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on October 27.