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.
Conclusion: Dragon Age locks off sections of the game to you and isn't truly as open a world as a game like Sacred 2. That said, the world of Sacred 2 always felt a little bit empty and lifeless. I don't get that sense in Dragon Age. Instead I feel like I'm playing a good game of D&D. Instead of looking across the room at an ugly dungeon master- I get to look at ugly graphics. I take that trade off.
Excerpt: …the spiritual successor to old school Bioware favorite Baldur’s Gate, or so they claimed. Though likely more associated these days with Knights of the Old Republic and Mass Effect, it was the aforementioned Dungeons & Dragons magnum opus that really put the Canadian RPG masterminds on the map.
Excerpt: It’s Like… …the spiritual successor to old school Bioware favorite Baldur’s Gate, or so they claimed. Though likely more associated these days with Knights of the Old Republic and Mass Effect, it was the aforementioned Dungeons & Dragons magnum opus that really put the Canadian RPG masterminds on the map.
Conclusion: With six different branching stories to begin your epic quest with, Dragon Age: Origins replay value is through the roof. Couple that with the ability to decide your fight and the route you take throughout the game, Dragon Age: Origins is one of the most in-depth titles of this generation. With solid visuals and fantastic audio work, it makes you wonder what can Bioware possibly do to top this epic title.
Summary: Dragon Age: Origins represents BioWare’s return to its roots, delivering a fusion of elements from existing fantasy works with emotionally-driven narrative, heart-pounding combat, powerful magic abilities and credible digital actors.