Excerpt: RPG’s have had a bit of a ressurgance over the last few years. Gone are the Dungeon and Dragon labels for so called geeks sitting at their PC’s for 24 hours at a time. World Of Warcraft delivered a popularity rarely seen in gaming where all were one under the same roof with a not an ounce of mickey taking in sight. RPG’s come and go but when you hear about Bioware entering the arena with another game you will always sit up and take note.
Excerpt: Dragon Age: Origins' Leliana may have seemed sweet enough, but her initially faithful and spiritual demeanor masked an unsavory past. In Leliana's Song, the most recent downloadable content released for last year's superb role-playing game, you explore the bard's dark side and glimpse the circumstances that led her to pledge to the Chantry in Lothering.
Pros: Fantastic voice acting, Great new music, Effective storytelling casts Leliana in a darker light
Cons: Party is maxed out at three characters, None of the battles are very interesting, including the final fight
Conclusion: Les bruitages du jeu sont très corrects et variés. Les doublages anglais sont excellents en tout point, les français sont un cran en dessous mais restent très bons. On saluera au passage l’efficace synchronisation labiale rendant les dialogues plus vivants. Les thèmes sonores sont de toute beauté, Inon Zur a effectué un travail d’orfèvre.
Pros: Mise en scène, Bande sonore, Interface efficace, Jolis effets spéciaux, Enorme durée de vie, Combats stratégiques, Univers adulte et cohérent
Cons: IA simplette, Coffre DLC payant, Animations carrées, Chargements longs
Conclusion: Concept: More Dragon Age!
Graphics: Why can’t I find a single piece of headgear that doesn’t make my mages look absolutely ridiculous?
Sound: Pretty much the same music and voice actors, all of which are good
Playability: Strategic pause-and-play battles are still the heart of the game, and control as well as ever
Entertainment: Provides the same brand of fun found in the original.
Excerpt: It is a giant leap back in time. It is an old school fantasy RPG for old school fantasy RPG fans. It is a 100 hour epic for those with the time and patience to experience it. It is a step in the wrong direction for some, but, for a chosen few, it is a step in the right direction. Not for them is the third-person cover-based shooting of Mass Effect. Not for them are radial dialogue wheels. Not for them are cinematic camera angles and film grain effects.
Excerpt: Dragon Age: Origins is the first in a new franchise from role-playing powerhouse BioWare, and while its swords ‘n’ sorcery setting may, at first glance, appear to be the result of an especially fruitful attempt at robbing J.R.R. Tolkien’s grave, don’t let that fool you. Dragon Age may very well contain one of the finest, most compelling videogame worlds ever created. But that on its own isn’t what makes Dragon Age great.
Pros: Well-written characters and story line; challenging but not frustrating tactical battles; hours of content.
Cons: A huge graphical leap backward from Mass Effect; unabashedly tailored toward experienced RPG players.
Short, gory, cliffhanging conclusion to the Origins game.
Common Sense Media
13 February 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that Dragon Age: Origins - Witch Hunt is a mature role-playing game with very adult themes. It is a downloadable content pack that requires Dragon Age: Origins or Dragon Age: Awakening game to play. It is brutal, violent, contains sexual overtures and should not be in the hands of younger players.