12 Games of Christmas - Divinity: Original Sin Vs Dragon Age: Inquisition

Written by Jon Sutton on Fri, Dec 19, 2014 7:30 PM
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2014’s been a standout year for RPGs, as the classic CRPG has undergone a sort of revival in recent months. Few would have predicted at the beginning of the year that Larian Studio’s Kickstarted RPG would be standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the latest AAA behemoth from BioWare, but here we are.

Now these two brutes are going to battle it, equipped with the latest +6 damage fists of fistcuffery, ready to do battle in an epic duel to the death. There can be only one winner, there can be only one survivor, there can be only one RPG battling its way through to the semi-final of the 12 Games of Christmas.

Tweet to be in with a chance to win a copy of the overall tournament winner on Christmas Eve.

Vote in our poll at the bottom to help determine this round's winner.

Top of the pile is Divinity: Original Sin, an RPG that came along and subverted all expectations, delivering a modern interpretation of classic game design. Drawing heavily from BioWare’s old-school titles like Baldur’s Gate, D:OS is a clever, engrossing, and wonderful co-op experience like no other. Besides, there’s few games out that can legitimately have you chin wagging with every NPC animal for hours on end.

BioWare meanwhile delivered one of the grandest adventures we’ve ever witnessed in Dragon Age: Inquisition, providing hundreds of hours of single-player content wrapped up in an epic tale. Few games have a world so chock-full of genuinely interesting things to do, and everywhere you turn in Dragon Age: Inquisition there’s places begging to be explored and quests you can’t wait to do.

To give you a good idea of the level of quality on display here, both games were deserving of towering 9.5 scores here on Game-Debate, the two highest rated games of the year. If you’re even remotely interested in RPGs then both of these are most definitely worthy of grabbing.

Ultimately though there can only be one winner between these two, and GD’ers are judge, jury, and executioner this time around. Whether you think Divinity’s co-op antics set it apart or Inquisition’s grandeur makes it a standout, then get voting below!

12 Games of Christmas Rules

In celebration of all things festive, we thought there was no better way to salute some of 2014's biggest games than a good old-fashioned punch-up. A battle to the death if you will. 12 of this year's most memorable titles will be going head to head in a series of knockout rounds over the next 9 days, and there can be only one winner.

To make things a little spicier we'll also be giving away a copy of the winning game on December 24th, perfect for a spot of gaming in the holidays. All you have to do to win a copy of that game is tweet your support for any game in the 12 Games of Christmas, using the links provided in each article, and we'll pick a winner out of all of the tweets after the final bout. Multiple tweets for different games will count as additional entries to the competition. Tweeting is separate from the poll and does not count as a vote in the 12 Games of Christmas.

How the community voting works

Each day at 18:00 GMT two titles will battle each other. Whichever title receives the most votes in the poll wins, and will then go through to the next round. 12 games in total will be battling away, and the first six rounds will take place from today and over the next five days - one battle per day. The six games that win will make it through to the semi-finals, where three further 1v1 fights will take place. The winners of these three battles will then make it to the three-way final to decide the ultimate game this Christmas.

The winner of this knockout competition is Game Debate's favourite choice of game to be played this Christmas, doing its best Rocky impression and swatting aside the rest of the competition like flies.

Each bout will last 24 hours, and the winner is whichever game receives the most votes in the poll, which can be found towards the bottom of each article.

Tweet to be in with a chance to win a copy of the overall tournament winner on Christmas Eve.

Vote in our poll at the bottom to help determine this round's winner.

Divinity: Original Sin Dragon Age: Inquisition
{{{Twitter:::I voted for @LarianStudios Divinity: OS in the @GameDebate 12 Games of Christmas #GD12Games:::http://www.game-debate.com/news/?news=15306&game=Divinity%202:%20Original%20Sin&title=12%20Games%20of%20Christmas%20-%20Divinity:%20Original%20Sin%20Vs%20Dragon%20Age:%20Inquisition}}} {{{Twitter:::I voted for @dragonage Inquisition in the @GameDebate 12 Games of Christmas #GD12Games:::http://www.game-debate.com/news/?news=15306&game=Divinity%202:%20Original%20Sin&title=12%20Games%20of%20Christmas%20-%20Divinity:%20Original%20Sin%20Vs%20Dragon%20Age:%20Inquisition}}}




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00:00 Dec-21-2014

It is maybe too early to guess ,but I think Dragon Age:Inquisition will be the winner for Christmas.

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23:13 Dec-22-2014

I'd go for Shadow of Mordor! Idk for me personally it was an awesome experience!

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13:01 Dec-20-2014

haven't played both :P

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11:25 Dec-20-2014

shadow of mordor whill win i think :)

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11:20 Dec-20-2014

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim vs The Witcher 2 ou 3 ;)

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09:40 Dec-20-2014

Dragon Age wins because it's more popular, D:OS is a better game tho.

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04:48 Dec-20-2014

I know i got here late, but AC: Unity over Watch Dogs?
C'mon, WD was dissapointing and had problems, but it works...

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05:14 Dec-20-2014

The most popular games are winning, that's no surprise, i was, however, very impressed Shadows of Mordor crushed DkS2, considering how large of a fanbase the soul series have, but it happens

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02:08 Dec-20-2014

Easy choice, DA:I

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21:31 Dec-19-2014

Currently playing Original Sin with my best mate and it's honestly one of the best games I've played as of late.

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20:33 Dec-19-2014

Actually it's a hard choice.

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21:37 Dec-19-2014

Very hard choice. I haven't played Dragon age yet, but original sin is sooo awesome. My vote goes to Divinity: Original Sin.

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19:47 Dec-19-2014

Well, let's be honest Original Sin is a better game. Inquisition is of much higher production but in it's Core, D2: OS is better.

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18:56 Dec-19-2014

I love both games, but I love D:OS just a little bit more! It's probably the nostagia speaking...

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18:47 Dec-19-2014

not sure if Dragon Age is going to win because its a better game or just came out later and has more hype going but both are great games.

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18:27 Dec-19-2014

Divinity Original Sin, maybe not huge AAA game and without high quality voice actors and huge orchestra but that RPG game core is just lot better

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18:40 Dec-19-2014

Im so dissapointed in DA I optimization probably denuvo drm is to blame since lord of the fallen has same kind of hiccups.

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19:21 Dec-19-2014

I cant say I have any problems with DA I from technical side, i have problem with everything else, its just huge world filled with ...well you and your party. There is nothing hidden, no dungeons worth exploring, nothing interseting to find, to craft, to slay or to talk to other than story characters
I still like it and its good game with all that story around but its missing something ..well at least for me

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04:24 Dec-20-2014

I just dont think it runs well enough considering how it looks dips under 60 heavily 1080p high.

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07:45 Dec-20-2014

hmm thats strange, it works well after patches for me I have some 50min fps on 1440p

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19:18 Dec-20-2014

Sly a dragon with Iron Bull and drink on it! That alone is awesome enough for me! (and many other things) D: OS is a great game too though

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