Summary: To me, Dragon Age: Origins doesn't have the most original gameplay. If you've played World of Warcraft or Guild Wars, you'll have a very familiar experience. The plot isn't the freshest either; however the most innovative component is the multiple starting sequences depending on the background of the character you choose. This isn't only based on what race you choose (elf, human, or dwarf) but your character's sex, class, and social status also.
Summary: The Short List: Pros: - Excellent Story Line and Voice Acting - Overall visually stunning - Excellent combat with engaging complexity - Amazing replayability potential. - Tools for Mod community (this gets counted double its that amazing). Cons: - Internet needed for online extras or collectors edition bonuses, if your login isn't detected, you can't resume play. - Bows don't have strings when zoomed in.
Great game, and well worth the price. BEWARE THE DRM.
2 May 2010
Summary: Just bought Dragon Age Origins (ultimate edition). After putting about 12 hours into it, I can truly say that it's a wonderful game in the tradition of Bioware's Knights of The Old Republic, Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights; set in a new universe with dark fantasy and truly epic battles I haven't seen the like of since Peter Jackson's Return of The King.
Summary: I am writing this review for one reason: to pose a counter-argument to all the five-star reviews for this mediocre game. Some information about myself up-front: my favorite computer role-playing game (cRPG) is Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn (BGII). For those of you who are not avid cRPG fans, that game was also made by Bioware, and is considered the "spiritual father" of Dragon Age: Origins (DA:O).
Summary: I loved Mass Effect, Jade Empire and KOTR, I even beat Mass Effect twice! But Dragon Age, despite creating several different characters and getting close to the end of the game, I stopped playing it out of frustration. First, the autosaves only happen once in a while and most of the time they are not needed or useful, on the other hand I find myself saving as much as I can because I learned the hard way several times, losing hours of time from either randomly getting my...
Summary: This game was exciting and fun the moment I bought it. Then left it for about 3 weeks to come back and found it extremely annoying. I felt compelled to talk to all of the characters in the game because I don't want to miss anything. At the same time that ends up dragging on to actually take you away from the fun. Eventually I became so annoyed of hearing the game talk to me that I promptly just drifted away from playing it.
Summary: So I end up the group of people who don't get the hype of this game. I liked the Baulder's Gate series, as well as the more recent Mass Effect, and figured I'd be into this game. But the first 7 hours or so play like a tutorial level. Not to mention the characters are boring and forgettable. As for the "Multiple Origin starts", it's basically different tutorial levels... well yay.
Summary: Graphically, it is quite beautiful. I didn't really care for the excessively bloody fighting, but understand that that is part of the experience (fighting, that is). However, there should be an option (other than the persistence of blood splatter) to reduce the level of bloodiness. I enjoyed the story lines, but found the methods for saving/reloading games difficult to use.
Summary: I have not played the game yet so this review is only for the extras you get in the collectors edition The cloth map is pretty much a waste of time. I would have rather had a paper map than this. It's a small piece of cloth with a poorly colored map printed on it that has loose strings coming out of the sides. I guess they were going for the "old tattered map" feel but all it is is a peice of cloth with annoying strings all over the place. Doesn't look tattered at all.