Dragon Age: Origins
An unforgettable journey.
I borrowed this game from my neighbor years ago when I first played it. To be frank, I wasn't expecting much because I knew he had some sort of fixation on games with obscene challenges (With Demon's Souls and Dark Souls as a part of his library, no doubt). I expected to just give up several hours into the game, bored out of my mind and lost with nowhere to go or without a clue how to get there. Little did I know I'd find myself becoming immersed into a grand adventure that I had no idea would engross me so much. Before I played Dragon Age: Origins, the only other game I played from BioWare was Jade Empire. I'm confident it helped me adapt to the game fairly quickly because the dialog options in the game are very similar to that of Jade Empire and that made comprehending the story much easier - as well as forging relationships between myself and fellow party members; A feature I never forgot playing through JE. The gameplay was also very easy to adapt to since many of the features of the combat system were also a part of Final Fantasy XII - a sort of Gambit system where your companions are controlled by the computer and their behavior can be customized by you to accommodate your strengths and weaknesses as a character; Ensuring your victory against any opponent once you know the dynamics of any party. Add on the superb graphics and unforgettable soundtrack with the feel-good vibe of wandering through the land of Ferelden with your most trusted companions by your side, and you'll wish your journey never came to an end - regardless of how extensively you've traveled within the game. This title was only the first chapter into the impending turmoil that would sweep all of the world of Thedas in the coming Dragon Age titles, so you could imagine my anticipation in seeing how the choices I made in Ferelden would affect the rest of the world in Dragon Age II. Sure, the reviewers insist on Dragon Age II to be a good entry point, but there is so much in the world that could be looked over just because you couldn't spare a few bucks to revisit the past. Don't look this over, trust me: You'll regret it.