Dragon Age Origins: Awakening
The expansion totally inferior compare to the Original.
The price is too high for such short lengths of gameplay and not much to achieve. undoubtedly the original is amazing, but the expansion is lacking. Nothing new and creative of captivation, especially talents and spells is overwhelming thus alleviate challenge. Too little side quest, You level up and gain money at a much faster rate compare to Original, and Characters approvals from The Origins will not be transported into The Awakening, especially Characters sometimes approve/disapprove of actions even when they are not present. And the most despicable facts is for the gamers whom purchase the DLC content's only portion of items is transferable. The difference is widely disliked and despondent, Imo it subverted the system we used to. The only positives is higher level cap, higher tiers, new weapons and armors, craft runes in armor, and the ability to re-spec your character for improvising. I won't recommend this product unless price dropped, it doesn't worth the price for it's deterioration.
.....more Dragonage. What could be better?
What could be better than getting more Dragonage! After playing Origins for four months (5 playthroughs) I couldn't be happier to get more Dragonage. I've more or less just started playing DO:A and there are quite a few quests, new places to go, and I really like the new characters especially Anders and Nathaniel. To bad they can't be romanced and that is the ONLY thing I don't like, not being able to talk to the new companions in "camp" as you could in DO:O. But, the conversations among your companions can be really funny. Also, they "talk" to each other about thier previous lives. I like how, in certain convos with NPC's, they refer back to what you accomplished as a Warden. The new spells are very interesting and fun to try out. Great new weapons and armor - especially Justice's black and red armor. Some of the fights with bosses I've been in are extremely challenging. Lots of loot and money to pickup. No more worrying about how you're going to buy those injury kits or health potions. EXCELLENT EXPANSION!
Paid-in-Full and Can't Wait to Play!!!
I am greatly pleased that BioWare/EA Games is putting out this expansion for DAO! I am still playing the first game as I wait for the 16th! With both the Game and Strategy guild paid for! I am surprised that there was no Collector's Version thou. All the DLC so far, has been visually explosive and greatly enjoyable. What I am looking forward to is seeing how Ferelden has changed since Alister has become King. That they are jumping ahead in time is great as well. As it does not require that you finish DAO before you can play the expansion. Based on what I have seen online. I do hope that they are including a Multi-player feature in this one thou. Even if it is via a local area net connection. I know that DAO was created as a Single Player game. But with the release of the Toolset to the general public. I feel that BioWare should allow Multi-Player access. Look at how NWN 1 & 2 have thriving Online worlds. And imagine what 4 players logged in at the same time could do in DOA. Please Think about it BioWare.
Can't wait for the 'World of Dragon Age' mmo!...
Just kidding, but seriously, I have been addicted to pay to play mmorpg's for several years now, and nothing has gained my attention, until Dragon Age came along. The only gripe I have is that I wish the 'tactic' setup was a little more AI driven and not so 'user designed' so I can spend more time killing Darkspawn and less time figuring out how to get my constantly revolving party roster to act/react in combat. Otherwise, this game is a 10/10 in my book. It has it all. Now, after my second completion, and first successful 'Nightmare' success at 190 hours playtime, I am about to dive in again with the addition of a few community mods available that are capable of altering the entire campaign 'environment' for a different design of companions, npc's, locations, encounter locations, add-on mini quests, and so much more. I can probably make 2 more entirely different games out of the content freely available and updated just in the community stuff. Should tide me over until Awakenings ships, which I just can't wait for!
First in LINE!
I got DA:O for my kids for xmas - they watch me play - it is MY GAME now! I can't get enough of playing different character make ups/ make different choices based on out comes. I only wish my character actually spoke like in Mass Effect. My older son says the same thing. That is what turned him off of the game. Bioware/EA needs to incorporated character voice acting into the primary character from cocky to wise. The character VO on the companions is Excellent - Steve Valentine has one of the most sexiest voices I've heard. Melts the heart. Sten so stern and strong - Zen funny, cocky - could use some work on Lianna (she is irritating), love Morrigan'sVO too. Golem is awesomely funny. VO can make or break a game and Bioware/EA has done a fantastic job...keep up the great work = look forward to purchasing Awakening in Xbox and PC versions. I've nicknamed DO:A my 'soap opera' game. It is better because I make the choices! Hope for many more adventures and romance options in games to come by Bioware/EA - Women love this game!!!!!!!!
If you liked the first one
you'll enjoy this one as more. It's basically a 15-20 hour extension of the first game. Cons: -no more romance options -you'll have to up the difficulty or not use over powered abilities like mana clash -no camp dialogue -it's expensive for 15-20 hours of gameplay (but realistically that's what, around two dollars per hour played?) Pro(s): -IT'S FIFTEEN TO TWENY MORE HOURS OF DA:O. - ability to carry your character over from the first game and see how your choices affected the world - 6 new specilizations (two per class) - higher level cap - new crafting (Rune) - new items (armor and weapons now go up to tier 9 and armor can now use runes) - 5 new party members and 1 returning member. - it seems to have fixed the memory leak bug that plagued the first (no more having to reset the game when it all of a sudden took 3 minutes for you to be able to loot monsters. If you loved the first one, you'll love this one.
Boo would be proud........
...... of the magnificent work done by the extensive team at Bio Ware in yet another eye-poppingly brilliant RPG masterpiece, Dragon Age; Origins. Approaching the final showdown with the Archdemon for the 3rd time now and still loving every moment, The plot machinations, game mechanics, complex decision making and particularly the characterisations of the party members are simply superb; quite frequently laugh out loud at some of the inter-party conversations, Wynne scolding Alistair for his errant sock still brings a smile! So, March 16th is on the calendar and hugely anticipated, 5 new party members to get to know and all those new beasties waiting to rip your head off and widdle down your neck to savour! Can't wait! I've played just about every RPG out for the PC over the last *ahem* years, from Age of Conan through Two Worlds and back into the distant past with the original Baldur's Gate and top of the heap is Dragon Age; Origins- no question. If only Bio Ware in their infinite wisdom brought out a Baldur's Gate II using the same game machinery and production team as Dragon Age; Origins- that would REALLY make Boo proud! :-D
Save Your Money
I loved Dragon Age Origins but Awakening was released to soon. The content seems rushed and compares more to an update rather than expansion. If you want it for continued storyline buy it but lower your expectations greatly. If you want it for gameplay save your money and buy a different game. There is very little interaction between your character and the group. The areas you travel to are small. The quests are in your face rather than having to search for items. I miss having a camp to travel to. They double teamed your camp with a main area. The cutscenes are thrown together and far and few. No surprise cutscenes or big finish. For the money I was very disappointed I would have rather waited a few months and been offered a game that could stand up to the original. They cut down in quality and quantity compared to Origins.
Could have been great, but came out broken
If this game had been release without bugs it easily would be an 8 or 9 on my list but it wasn't. The new characters are interesting as is the story and the decisions you make as Arl. But the bugs are rampant and have not been fixed more than a month after release. Not one of them. First many people have crash issues so bad the game is unplayable. If you're lucky enough to be able play many quests are bugged so as to be impossible to complete. Finally the mechanic that controls the companions opinion of the character is buggy so that it is sometimes impossible to develop relationships with them/ complete their personal quests. Since companions are such a big part of the experience that's quite a big deal. To conclude don't buy this game at least until its patched or if you like frustration and restarting to get past bugs.
Price too high for what you get
I played and enjoyed Dragon Age Origins a lot. This expansion was disappointing. Here's why: Character interaction - I really enjoyed the interaction I had with my party members in the camp setting, talking to them, seeing what their back stories were. You get new party members in the expansion, but don't really get to know them like you do in the original game. There's no romance in the expansion, if that was your thing in the original. Depth of Story - The story is just really shallow compared to the original game. Without giving away plot points, there's not much you can say beyond that. Bugs - There's bugs. Lots of bugs. You can check the Bioware boards for specifics, but basically this expansion was rushed and it shows. The ones that bothered me most were missing sections of cut scenes where it was obvious they didn't add in the character videos for your party members. If you play, save often. The game crashes often for a lot of people, although it was pretty stable for me. Length of Game - Considering that this expansion costs only $* less than the original game, you'd think it would be longer. I'd say this expansion has about a fifth of the content the original game did, if that. The price should be about $*, rather than $*considering what you get for the money. Overall, this expansion was rushed out the door without enough bug testing and costs more than its worth. Wait for it to be bug patched and for a drop in price before you buy it.