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.
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.
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.
Summary: I’ve been a big fan of Bioware games since before Knights of the Old Republic with Baldur’s Gate , and I’ve seen them put out some sub-standard titles or at the very least ones with massive compatibility issues, but thankfully Dragon Age: Origins is lacking those issues. With a solid story, epic feel, a cast of believable and likable heroes and even some villains, Bioware has managed to deliver that Dark Fantasy feel in spades.
Summary: There have been so many great games released this year, but Dragon Age: Origins certainly is a contender for my Game of the Year. With what seems like an unlimited amount of replayability and uber-long play-throughs, you’ll have a lot to do if you want to tackle all of the content in this epic adventure. The game play is extremely addictive, the story will immerse you instantly, and all in all, it’s just fun to play.