Dragon Age: Origins Review
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Dragon Age: Origins is a stunning fantasy RPG that will draw people in with its compelling storyline and realistic characters. Aside from the occasional visual hiccup, this is one of the best and most expansive games we have played in a long time.
- The impressive and epic storyline
- The classic RPG combat system
- The lengthy, 40+ hour quest
- The occasional visual and dialogue hiccup
(continued from previous page) ...due to the fact the AI remains incredibly polished, and knows how to hold its own in tight situations. For much of the game, you’ll travel with just two companions, allowing you to pick up an extra party member depending on the situation. While the combat system may sound relatively uninspired, it isn’t in the least. You have abilities or spells linked to different buttons, giving you the option to land massive combos or explosive blows. There are times, though, where the pace quickens considerably and you may feel overwhelmed by your opponent’s onslaught; rest assured, however, you will take down your enemies with time and skill. This style of combat steers away from recent RPG titles like Demon’s Souls, which opted for a style that has you physically swing a sword or fire an arrow. Dragon Age’s combat system works perfectly for its type of game, and never feels slow or unmanageable.
However, combat isn’t the most important part of the game. We were truly impressed with the depth of the relationships you’ll build in the game. In classic RPG style, you’ll have the option to persuade or intimidate NPCs, frequently leading to battles or new friendships. You will also need to manage your relationships with your fellow party members. Worst-case scenario, you piss them off and they leave – but that is easy to avoid by offering them gifts, even if that feels a bit like bribery. These relationships can lead to, shall we say, sexy encounters. BioWare is sort of famous, or infamous depending on whom you ask, for raising the bar of sexuality in video games. Sadly, the relationships between men and women are pretty thin. Don’t get us wrong, we’re not going out of our way for a bit physical action in our games, but when a sexual encounter does occur in Dragon Age, it feels decidedly awkward at best. The game is also very graphic in terms of gore, which we enjoy, but there doesn’t seem to be a strict rule for who and what gets bloody in a battle. At the end of a two-minute battle, the entire area will be covered in a bloody mess, and so will all of your party members.
BioWare has plans for a year worth of downloadable content for Dragon Age, meaning the game is nearly endless. Chances are you won’t need any DLC for a while, as the Blu-ray disc comes with more than 40 hours of gameplay, which you can further extend by undertaking side quests. Fantasy RPG fans will love Dragon Age for its sheer size; we love it because it has so much to offer. This is a game you can really sink your teeth into. Despite its graphical flaws, the game is well polished with a captivating storyline, intriguing characters, and intense combat. Overall, Dragon Age: Origins is a must have for any fantasy RPG fan, and we can’t wait to see what BioWare has in store for DLC over the next year.
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