Inside PlayStation Network – Dragon Age: Origins: Warden’s Keep

The digital delights of Sony’s scrumptious PlayStation Network service know no bounds. Aside from letting punters compete in online gaming, stream films, browse the Internet and more, its premier attraction rests in the copious supply of downloadable games ripe for the picking. From PSN exclusives to PSOne Classics, minis and plain old add-on content, Sony’s online space is chock full of goodies battling it out for your hard-earned digital dollars.

Welcome back to another installment of Inside PlayStation Network, where every Monday – Friday we’ll pluck a PSN release—be it new or old—and put it in the spotlight for a thorough dissection. Fancy getting a new PSN game but don’t know what one to plump for? Perhaps this feature will help. Didn’t realize that a game was available in your region until now? We’ve got you covered. Or, perhaps you were musing over what those lucky Japanese folk were tucking into over in the Land of the Rising Sun? You can be sure our coverage will extend to those rare regional exclusives as much as those firmly embedded on the public consciousness.

Today, we take a gander at Dragon Age Origin’s Warden’s Keep DLC.


Developer: BioWare
Region(s) available: North America, Europe
Players: 1

Warden’s Keep has players carrying out a favour for Levi Dryen, who wants the reputation of his deceased grandmother, a former Grey Warden captain, restored following a dispute with a tyrant King years ago. The catch? You have to penetrate a haunted, crumbling old castle and flush out the demons and undead denizens that now inhabit it. All in a day’s work in the world of Dragon Age: Origins, then.

The quest largely mirrors the fantasy RPG’s campaign quests albeit in bite sized form, with the castle itself providing ample atmosphere despite its relatively small size. There’s plenty of lore fleshed out along your journey too, with resident spooks providing heaps of info on events that transpired some three decades ago. Pleasingly, Warden’s Keep also offers multiple pathways to take thanks to the various dialogue choices you plump for.

Given the aforementioned bite-sized nature of the quest, expect to breeze through Warden’s Keep in less than an hour or so. There’s plenty of highlights on offer though, as aside from the obligatory creatures looking to take a chunk out of your hide you’ll also come up against anywhere between two – four boss battles depending on your choices. Still, there’s more to Warden’s Keep than the main attraction, however.

Players can also unlock the castle as a base complete with a pair of merchants, as well as a chance to store your party’s inventory. Naturally, there’s also plenty of looting opportunities, particularly for those who favour Warriors and Blood Mages, as well as new abilities unlocked by gulping a potion stored in the Keep itself.

Join us again on Monday as we once again venture Inside PlayStation Network.