Excerpt: Don't get me wrong — I'm not saying the Darkspawn aren't a threat because they are (just saunter unprepared into an ambush of high-ranking ones for all the proof you need of that), but at least you know what you're getting with them — brutal, unreasoning aggression. That's a lot easier to deal with than the webs of half-truths and lies spun by the average member of Ferelden nobility.
Excerpt: Â Share After almost a year of RPG gaming and various DLC packs, BioWare has given fans the final chapter in the Dragon Age: Origins story. Witch Hunt picks up the tale of Morrigan as the main character pursues her across Ferelden. Taking place at least nine months after the conclusion of the main story, [...
Excerpt: Whether it’s science fiction or fantasy, Bioware have a tremendous skill of crafting memorable and rich universes and allows you, through your choices, to have an effect on them, be it a profound one or not. Dragon Age: Origins is a fresh new world for Bioware, but is also, in more ways than one, a return to the developers Baldurs Gate and Dungeon and Dragons roots.
Summary: Parents need to know that Dragon Age: Origins is rated "Mature" and designed for players 17 years of age or older, primarily for its combat-heavy play, which includes plenty of blood spilled by both humans and creatures. The player will also be exposed to some sexual imagery, including bare demon breasts, as well as some coy discussions about sex which involve characters talking about going to their tents for intimate interludes.
Excerpt: If you've been watching TV at all over the past couple of weeks, you've probably seen the commercial for Bioware's new RPG Dragon Age: Origins. The slick rendered video is enough to catch anyone's eye, as it shows off not only some pretty cool fighting, but also an enormous dragon landing to challenge the game's heroes in a stark, snowy field.
Summary: : Dragon Age: Origins is a fantastic RPG from Bioware that takes all of the things that made Knights of the Old Republic great, sticks them into a medieval-themed setting, and improves on many of them until the end result is something that ends up one of the best games this year. The story is amazingly in-depth and well written, the graphics are beautiful and well detailed, and the audio is stunning and fits the experience exceptionally.
Excerpt: New games are expensive. While you can buy a new DVD (or blu-ray) for about a tenner, a new game however will usually set you back about forty quid, not cheap. Then again, how do we measure worth? Some games are drastically short, then there’s Dragon Age, a behemoth from the masters of RPGs at Bioware. It clocks in at fifty hours gameplay time on the first play through alone, and if you like this style of game your going to have more than one go at it.
Conclusion: Dragon Age has received a lot of plaudits since coming out, and deservedly so. The characters and setting may start off seeming a little familiar, but they are developed throughout so that they move far beyond archetypes by the time the denouement hits, and you can find yourself forming a genuine emotional attachment. The depth and challenge offered by the game itself is impressive, while the set pieces are cinematic and memorable.
Conclusion: If I had to come up with a single phrase to describe DA:O, it would be very professionally done, with numerous goofy exceptions . The game is smoothly executed. Everything fits together well. It looks good. The faces of the NPCs draw you in. The music stirs the heart. The voice actors are well chosen. The party dialog is vivid.