Dragon Age Origins
Really enjoyed it! WAY HARD!
BioWare is my favorite game company, and this game doesn't dissapoint. Is it the second-coming of Baldur's Gate? No. I'm not even sure such a thing is possible. (I'll believe it when I see it.) But Dragon Age: Origins is a really terrific game, and I never got tired of it. One thing (they addressed later in a patch) is the the difficulty. This game was EXTREMELY HARD - if you play through as a warrior. Magic is where it's at. (Unfortunately, I didn't know this in the beginning.) I found the easy setting to be like an average game's hard; which was frustrating. I'm looking forward to all of the expansions. (Hopefully there will be a lot of them!) The only other thing I didn't like about the game was the lack of a voice for the player character. (I got spoiled with Mass Effect.) I remember that Baldur's Gate hardly had any voice work at all, and none for the player-character... so I let it go pretty easy and it was no big deal after I got used to it again.
I Luv this game!!!
I am an avid PC gamer. I have tried all genres on the PC and let me say the Role Playing is the best genre to play on pc. Now i read through some of the other review before i wrote this one and for the most they were all good and to the point but there was one guy who said that there wasnt much action in this game etc etc. I really want to know what game he was playing. This game had plenty of action. It was a good story, and the plot was excellent, but the best of it all was nothing was exact. The way everything played out could have gone 200 different ways. I went back and replayed this game in every culture, Human, elf, dwarf, warrior, mage, etc. This is one game that swallows you up into the gameplay and story. I couldnt stop thinking of it when i wasnt playing it. Overall one the best games ever invented and i cant wait to play DA2. I know there will be more stories like Oblivion. The way this was layed out it could go on and on like that game but this one i played from the beginning woo hoo!!!!.
Best of the Best but get the boxed set
I am completely blown away by this game. I have played RPG's for years and this is one of the best in years. I would rank this up there with Baulder's Gate. The story has me engrossed like few other RPG's have been able to do. Much like another reviewer, I agree it feels like I'm playing a movie. One of my biggest complaints of games of late is the way they handle camera angles. DA:O lets you control what perspective you want and change it on the fly for specific situations with out disrupting your game play. My biggest complaint and it is one that is a show stopper is the digital download. Every time I downloaded the files, I got corruption. This is a common problem and there are extensive threads in the forums about this problem. The solution goes beyond what the casual gamer would be capable of doing. EA support and Gamestops support was not able to provide a suitable solution. My overall opinion is that is was worth the trouble and the game is stellar but I'll never go with the digital download again.
So, when this first came out I wasn't in any mood for any type or RPG or the sort. I passed over it easily and went for something else. However, soon after I gained the mood for a new RPG and looked into this. I debated between the xbox version and the PC and eventually went with PC which from what I hear is the best option. After playing it, I know it was the best option. The game immerses you into a deep story line which is very entertaining. The fighting is tons of fun, much more so than many other RPG's I've played before. I hate the ones where if your in combat, you can hit the guy from 10 feet away with a 2 foot short sword. Here however it seems you have to get much closer to actually engage into combat. There are obviously many other good aspects of the game, like being able to pick and choose how you react to people and making your own decisions. Overall, I recommend this to anyone looking to dedicate several weekends to an RPG with a good story.
This game looks amazing!
This game looks like another great RPG from Bioware. After looking at the previews for this game in Game Informer, i can't wait for it to come out. The way the story unfolds is great. The way ur story goes is based on the character u make, and from there ur story picks up based in the characteristics of your character and the decisions u make. This game greatly involves the player by giving more attention to the decision making part of the game. Game play looks pretty good, more strategy oriented than just clicking away madly, so the game play seems fun and challenging. Overall the game looks to be something any RPG fan can really look forward to and i would highly recommend any RPG fan to get this game when it comes out. And don't be dismayed if ur not a PC game fan. I believe there will be a xbox 360 and ps3 release for the game, but that won't be until around november or december of 09'. This promises to be another great game from Bioware.
This game is 100% perfect!
A lot of people are ranting about how the game didn't live up to their expectations, such as the guy ranting about how it isn't free roaming. Are only free roaming games good? I went into this game with 0 expectations and no knowledge about it from previews. I knew it was Bioware, so I gave it a shot. It's amazing. It has absolutely perfected the RPG genra. People are comparing it to Mass Effect, NWN, and Oblivion. It's nothing like any of those titles. People who are disappointed in this game expected a different TYPE of game, such as the guy hating how it isn't Oblivion. I have seen 0 glitches. I've had at least 5 or 6 moments in the story line where I actually cared about outcome of the decisions I had to make. The story is amazingly well done. It differs enough between classes that I plan on immediately restarting the game as a different class to see the game from a different perspective. Get this game, it is an instant classic.
Definitely a game that wants to get serious!
There is a modest learning curve in getting to know this game (atleast for me there was).The game controls and game menus and awesome powers and talents of the characters are very well thought out- the game requires it for all its depth! This game was everything I hoped for in a magic style good versus evil game! AWESOME special effects.*applaus*. Congratulations on a game that really delivers the goods, entertaining, and even scared my 10 year old daughter a few times while I was in a big ugly blood, magic, and giant fist smashing-down on the enemy battle. P.S. there is NOTHING cheap about any characteristics of this game-every movement was natural-NOT squared or cut cornered when the attack was coming 'round...which carelessly programmed games will have. To sum this game up, it is the kind of game that one could play multple times and find something different about it each time...play it -its a good game but give it a chance to grab you.
Dragon Age's focus on story makes fantastic game
I wasn’t expecting much from Dragon Age. Honestly, the name turned me away and made me dismiss the game as some geeky Medieval-themed game that we’ve all seen far too many times. Seems I was wrong.
My favorite part of Dragon Age is the sheer intricacy of how the game can be played. From the beginning, the first thing that you will notice is the several dialogue options given in every conversation that ultimately influence how you will handle an event or person. Throughout the game, your choices will increase in how serious their impact is on a quest and the ultimate outcome of the game.
Games like Dragon Age break the mold of traditional video games in the sense that the player writes the story as they choose. Through the numerous choices presented throughout the game, it can be said that, in a sense, every player’s gameplay experience ends up being a unique one. This also makes the game that much more addicting. Dragon Age’s plot can’t be spoiled like that of other games. Before long, I found myself playing through the game not because of the challenge of winning, but instead to see what was going to happen next in the story.
In most games, the storyline is shoved under the table; it is set from the beginning of the game and the player can influence little of it. It ends up not being an essential part of the game. To compensate, these games rely on graphics, elaborate missions, and a good bit of bloodshed (and for those who love this in their games, Dragon Age won’t let you down). Dragon Age capitalizes on plot, but the developers knew that it would have to be player-interactive if it were to be the key part of the game.
Every aspect of the story is based upon how the player wishes to play the game. You customize your own character in the beginning and pick what you want the background of this character to be (elf, human, dwarf, coming from nobility or a lower caste), which in turn will change how the game is played. The storyline is then consistently kept close with gameplay throughout the game, as every quest ties into the grand scheme of the plot and every task is relevant to the story behind your objectives.
Some might say that a game like this ends up being too complicated if there are always different ways to do things, each with their own consequences later in the game. I, however, appreciate the extra effort put into Dragon Age’s story. It’s like playing a video game inside a good book, taking the interactivity video games have to offer and combining them with the good plot of a book to make one highly addicting game.
First of all, I must say that the graphics were excellent. The storyline was quite interesting. The companion characters were also interesting and their dialog was quite entertaining and downright hilarious at times. In my opinion, Alistair could have been less wimpy for my taste and Morrigan a bit too 'hard core'. The boss battles were challenging. I purchased the entire collections of add ons and the Awakenings expansion pack. They definitely made this particulalr game experience very enjoyable. The enemy drops plenty of weapons and armor if you wish to save your funds for really stronger armor later in the game. Also, in my opinion, Shale (add on stone Golom) is a must have as early in the game as possible. The Golom's strength is helpful getting through some of the heavier battles. This game has many different playable possiblilities so I will play this one again. And yes, I did beat this game.
I must say it's ben a long time since i've played a game that stays with me hours after I have stopped playing. Dragon Age however is one of them and i assure you you will find yourself singing the opening theme song several times throughout the day without even realizing it.It is such an easy game to get immersed into as it slowly consumes much of your days and ultimately nights you have almost complete control and can play the game several times over and discover something new every time.I'm not going to give away any story but it's enthralling and deep enough to keep even the most easily distracted of us interested. Unfortunately there is a down side,it is very apparent to see that this game was in fact meant to be on a PC as the controls do leave something to be desired as well as a little graphical tearing here and there. But if your able to get past that you'll have an awesome experience It's been a long time coming and although this review was mainly for console users,whatever you play this game on Ferelden will definitely cast a powerful spell on you for months to come