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Dragon Age: Origins


$60.00 Released October, 2009

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Multiple character 'origins' - based on class and type, players experience one of five different backstories. Gameplay outcome is based on the choices in dialog you make. Interesting characters who all develop fluidly.

The Cons:Not as good for consoles as it is for the PC - more difficult to control, some combat options such as the ability to order magic cast is stripped. Items can only be equipped to an individual if that individual is selected - impossible to tell if you're selling or buying anything useful for other party members. Your party is limited to four characters.

Dragon Age: Origins is an action-packed RPG developed by BioWare Edmonton and released by Electronic Arts on October 20 of 2009 for Microsoft Windows, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360. Considered a ‘spiritual successor’ to the Baldur’s Gate series, Dragon Age: Origins is a single-player game with two available camera angles: over-the-shoulder (third-person), or iso-metric (top-down).

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This allows users to play third-person whole wandering the realm, but switch to iso during intense tactical pause-and-play battles. What makes Origins exceptionally unique is that the user can choose not only a race to join, but also in which class to begin. (E.g. Human Noble versus Poor Dwarf). Plus, the user is responsible for multiple NPC allies during real-time combat, during which he/she must manage attacks, special attacks, and spells. The game is played via keyboard/mouse, Xbox 360 controller, SIXAXIS, or DualShock3.

Features

  • Action RPG
  • Single Player
  • Multiple Camera Angles
  • Multiple Races/Classes
  • Multiple NPC Management
  • Keyboard/Mouse
  • Xbox 360 Controller
  • SIXAXIS
  • DualShock3

User Reviews (8)

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Pros
  • 6

    multiple character 'origins' - based on class and type, players experience one of five different backstories

  • 6

    gameplay outcome is based on the choices in dialog you make

  • 6

    interesting characters who all develop fluidly

  • 6

    collect and use multiple characters on your quest - each with their own unique back-stories, motivations and personalities

  • 6

    good replayability due to the large number of characters, 'origins', playing styles and decisions

  • 6

    a large number of codex entries - textual entries that give real weight and substance to the game's world

  • 6

    impressive voice acting

  • 6

    high amount of character customization - both visual looks and stats/skills

  • 5

    driven story

  • 5

    heavy tactical aspects - pause the game to assign orders to each in your party

  • 5

    lots of blood

  • 5

    designed to be improved with expansions and downloadable content

  • 4

    includes the option to develop romantic relationships (even same-sex ones)

  • 2

    Very dark and mature world; not as fuzzy and childish as most RPG worlds

  • 2

    Decisions hold a substantial weight in storyline and experience

  • 2

    Several in-game tributes to Baldur's Gate and various Bioware games

  • 0

    great graphics - especially on PC

Cons
  • 4

    not as good for consoles as it is for the PC - more difficult to control, some combat options such as the ability to order magic cast is stripped

  • 4

    items can only be equipped to an individual if that individual is selected - impossible to tell if you're selling or buying anything useful for other party members

  • 2

    your party is limited to four characters

  • 2

    only rogue class characters can open locked chests

  • 2

    graphic requirements are pretty high

  • 1

    Xbox 360 achievements require multiple playthroughs

  • 1

    Very difficult to use the rogue class effectively. Most people will just bring one around to open chests.

  • 1

    Final battle is ridiculously hard.

  • 1

    Can't zoom out on the Xbox 360 version

  • 0

    few weapons, armor, shields, etc...

  • 0

    Graphics on PS3 issues, objects constantly go through the ground (feet, back's and backpacks of people fallen on the ground)

  • -1

    walking path is limited, (can't climb or jump small obstacles)

  • -2

    mages are fun to play, every other class is useless in almost all respects

  • -3

    game will get really boring before you get to see and experience the variety of interactions you might otherwise have enjoyed

  • -3

    Only 3 classes

  • -4

    world is too generic fantasy

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Anonymous
Anonymous: #dragon_age_origins i bought the pc version of dragon age origins ultimate edition thinking you did not have to hooked up live to play. is this game only made for on-line play only because it does not say so on package ar advertising where sold. my computer has windows 7 and can play any game i want., but where we live i can't get service. i have the xbox 360 version but my sister fight over who is going to play first. if there was a computer version that was not a on-line game it would be great. biowear you forgot us. Oct 24, 11
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dialupinternetuser
dialupinternetuser: #dragon_age_origins I don't know about the console topic. Sure, you can't zoom out and such, but you still have mapped abilities. And because you can't zoom out, the world feels so much more real because you don't see any of the "black void" that is the world outside of the building you are in. Feb 16, 10
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BrileyKenney
BrileyKenney: #dragon_age_origins Awesome game, and gory! :) :) :) Maybe that's slightly sick but most Mature "adult-oriented" games lack the gore factor these days. Dragon Age is a great tactical game mixed with unique hack and slash elements.

Game of the year, hands down.

Also, I waited until I played Mass Effect 2 to put this review up but between the two this is the better game. Spend your $60 on this; unless of course you have a console... then don't bother. :P Feb 9, 10
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dialupinternetuser
dialupinternetuser: #dragon_age_origins Forgot to say, the difference between SD and HD with this game is huge. As in massive, as in "sucks" to "pretty good." Play it in HD on a monitor if you don't have an HDTV. Jan 25, 10
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Yale
Yale: #dragon_age_origins I agree about the difficulty - holy shite. The only useful class is mage, which is so fun to play. Everyone else gets their ass handed to them, and aren't fun at all because of it. While the depth of characters and plot is great, I gave this game up because of this. Jan 24, 10
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dialupinternetuser
dialupinternetuser: #dragon_age_origins Beat this game today, and have a lot to say. First off, don't judge this game by it's name, or the trailer graphics. I wasn't expecting much with this, so I split it with another friend. It turned out to be better than KOTOR, and one of the best RPG's ever. I put in a little over 50 hours with no DLC, same with my friend, however another friend of mine did it in 17.

BioWare did a great job at creating a world and characters that feel very real, especially because of the impact dialogue has on the outcome of the game. There are so many choices that affect the ending, and then after the final battle you make some major choices that will affect the next Dragon Age.

My main complaints center around difficulty, however. I played through the entire game as a mage on normal, and it was hard in places, probably the hardest RPG I've ever played on the default difficulty. The final boss was almost impossible, and is the hardest boss I've ever played in any video game. The rogue class is also very difficult to use effectively, especially if the character is at a lower level. For the first 70% of the game, my rogue's greatest use was opening chests and dying.

At any rate, if you put in the time, and have liked any previous BioWare games, you'll love Dragon Age. In my opinion it was the best game of 2009. Jan 24, 10
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