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.
Excerpt: Morrigan's sharp tongue and vain indifference made her one of Dragon Age: Origins ' most intriguing characters, so you might have been excited to learn of her return in that role-playing game's newest downloadable content, Witch Hunt. Sadly, you should temper your expectations: Witch Hunt is a lifeless escapade without wit, soul, or character, with Morrigan herself appearing in a cameo so brief that she might as well have not appeared at all.
Pros: Some of the environments look lovely, A cool boss fight
Cons: Morrigan's role is so tiny that it's practically unnecessary, Throwaway party members, Way too easy, Story lumbers toward an ending that illuminates nothing
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.
Excerpt: If you're the kind of gamer who frantically pounds buttons to end cutscenes as quickly as possible, finds long conversations with computer-controlled characters boring, and pays as little attention as possible to the stories in games, then Dragon Age: Origins is not for you. Ferelden, the world that developer BioWare has crafted for this RPG is epic in scope.
Dragon Age: Origins - Return to Ostagar Review - PC - Review
14 April 2010
Excerpt: What we see in this DLC content is no real strong story elements; instead players should be on the lookout for loot. And why not; this DLC has some of the strongest loot in the game. But is this DLC worth your purchase and time? Set before the final battle, players run across a message in a forest after being attacked by Dark Spawn. After defeating them creature, it tells you why it’s out wandering the forest -- thus, the story begins.
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.
Summary: Overall, Dragon Age is a great game for action RPG fans. The luster and shine from previous BioWare games can easily be seen. There’s a lot here to explore and find, and a lot of variety when it comes to playing. Definitely worth a purchase to play.