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.
Excerpt: Dragon Age: Origins is probably one of the hardest games I have played in some time, killing me repeatedly. I have found myself pausing the game every five seconds in battle, pouring over all the …
Excerpt: Bioware has quite a résumé as an RPG developer. They have released blockbuster after blockbuster, but it’s been several years since Bioware built an RPG around the Dungeons & Dragons PC style of the genre – a style which they themselves set standards for with the Baldur’s Gate series. Dragon Age is a glorious rebirth of the genre, and a spiritual sequel to Baldur’s Gate 2, but this experience is one that works better on some platforms than others.
Excerpt: Life is full of decisions. The outcome of those decisions will shape you and the people around you. It can bring happiness, sadness, joy and fear. Some decisions can be as easy as deciding what colour socks to wear, while others can be as hard as deciding who will live and who will die. Dragon Age: Origins will toy with your emotions. You will choose who will live or die and you will cry when you make your choice. Play with tissues close by!
Conclusion: The above is just a taste of what Dragon Age: Origins offers. There is also a crafting system, interacting magic, and an elegant user interface that makes the game an ease to play. What is more, BioWare has released the toolset they used to make the game, thus ensuring a plethora of user made content for the foreseeable future; not that subsequent adventuring will be a problem with a promise of downloadable content for years to come.
Pros: Rich, deep setting; chess-like tactical combat; brings role playing back to the RPG.
Cons: No multiplayer; player’s character lacks a voice of his own; very challenging gameplay.