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Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening Review
13 November 2010
Excerpt: In the run up to Dragon Age: Origins' 2009 release, developer BioWare banged on about it being a platform from which new content would be unleashed upon the gaming world. So far, BioWare's efforts haven't exactly set the world of Ferelden on fire. Return to Ostagar rehashed already explored areas.
Excerpt: What often separates a good adventure from a classic one is whether it leaves you immediately wanting more. So it is with last year’s Dragon Age: Origins , a game sometimes hampered by technical and balance problems but broadly acclaimed for its storytelling and depth of character.
Excerpt: The Blight is over, the Archdemon fell, and the Darkspawn was defeated. Depending on how the first game ended, there were a number of different ways the above statement could have unfolded, but the outcome was inevitable.
Summary: Continuing the Grey Wardens’ struggle against the Darkspawn comes Awakening, the first full expansion for last year’s Dragon Age: Origins. In Awakening you can choose to import your previous character or start up a new generic Grey Warden tasked with rebuilding the order by rehabilitating Vigil’s...
Excerpt: When a PC Game of the Year, or a RPG of the Year gets an expansion pack within six months of the original’s release, you can normally expect some tacked on DLC. It will be shallow compared to the original, and it will most likely score nowhere near the original’s score.
Excerpt: Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening is the first full expansion for BioWare's new RPG series. It's a mixed experience, because as an expansion it does many things wrong, but if treated as a stand-alone experience it is as impressive as the main game in many aspects.
Conclusion: We are not exactly sure if the package justifies its steep price of 40 bucks, even with everything BioWare managed to cram into the adventure. If this seems to be a bother, then maybe you can take comfort in the fact that both the add-on has an adequate dose of replayability to it (more so than a...
Pros: The plot offers some interesting eye-openers and explanations giving you a chance to get deeper into the Dragon Age universe, a satisfying range of new skills, spells and items;
Cons: Bugs that aren't too serious but should still be ironed out, characters not as compelling as in the first game, veteran gamers might feel inclined to move the difficulty up a notch or two, although the plot is generally good there are some moments that disappointed us.
Excerpt: Bioware has a lot of great expansion packs in their past, and Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening is the first for their new franchise. When you install Awakening and start a new game, you're presented with the choice of either playing the original Origins campaign or the new expansion.
Conclusion: Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening quenched my thirst for a sequel, though it was just an expansion pack. There's plenty of improvement from Bioware here, but more importantly the story continues and it's still a fun ride. If you liked the first then you'll like the expansion pack.