Dragon Age: Origins Review

1 September 2011
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Welcome to another Let’s Talk video with Meg!

This is a Dragon Age: Origins review; it’s a game full of witty banter, epic adventure and romance it has everything a good story needs, combine this with action-packed, well crafted gameplay and you’ve got one heck of a video game!

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    The dark fantasy epic…

    You are a Grey Warden, one of the last of a legendary order of guardians. With the return of an ancient foe and the kingdom engulfed in civil war, you have been chosen by fate to unite the shattered lands and slay the archdemon once and for all.

    The Story

    The story of Dragon Age: Origins is pretty epic.
    It is full of hope and danger if not a little unoriginal in basic plot. The creators of Origins really took time and effort to develop the different cultures, races and locations in such a way that it was a joy to discover and learn about them all.

    I think what really made the game and its story however, were the characters in your party.
    The witty banter between different team members was intriguing, touching and occasionally just plain hysterical! Earning their trust and friendship really made you feel as though you were getting to know them all.

    The story has the IT-factor that makes you want to play it over and over, like a good book you can’t put down or a movie you’ve watched so many times that you can memorize every word.

    The Gameplay

    The gameplay was great too; for the most part I think it offers a lot for the player to do!

    I liked the ability to assign abilities and skills. Leveling up wasn’t bothersome or complicated and the high-octane combat was enjoyable too.

    I also liked that the game relied quite heavily on dialogue that wasn’t too long-winded or involved (like Red Dead Redemption for example).
    The game is lengthy which makes a nice change from the cheap thrills we often see nowadays. Sprawling levels often lasted a few hours – maybe more if you search every room and cavern, you could also find some great weapons and gifts to sweeten up your team members.
    I also love the DLC’s so far too; they add to the core game and really freshen the experience up a little if you are playing it through for the second time!

    The Graphics and Visuals

    The Graphics are okay – nothing to write home about.

    Textures look good, the character models are fine and the animation is okay if not a little bit ‘buggy’.
    I think I was more impressed with the art direction than anything else.
    I felt the levels and location were really unique and interesting. You had no doubt that these locations were filled with a long history. My favourite area had to be Orzammar, I thought the colors were so rich, the place just leapt out of the screen! Redcliffe Village is great too purely because it just makes me think of ye olde England!

    The Sound of Origins

    I like the soundtrack to Dragon Age Origins but it’s not one of my favourites as an album.

    Certain tracks stand out: The Party Camp, Ruins of Ostagar, The Main Theme and Dalish Elf Encampment are great examples. As an album though I felt it was pretty disappointing. The tracks are all under a minute or so long (with the odd exception) and though they work well in-game, I feel as though the music loses something on its own.

    Final Thoughts – 9

    All in all, I am going to give it a score of 9 out of 10.

    The characters really stole the show for me but the gameplay has a lot going for it and the visual design is superb. As I said before though, the game just has the “it” factor that so many titles aim for but rarely grasp.

    Not familiar with the game? Check out the epic Ultimate Edition trailer!

    All of the music in this video is from the original Dragon Age: Origins score purchased from iTunes.co.uk! Here are the tracks in the order that they appear:

    • Party Camp – Inon Zur
    • Ruins of Ostagar – Inon Zur
    • The Dalish Elves’ Encampment – Inon Zur
    • Dragon Age: Origins – Inon Zur

    Liked this game? Who was your favorite character? Don’t forget to leave your own comments and opinions in the comment section below!


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    Meg Smith

    By Meg Smith: An avid gamer with a two year degree in Video Games Art and Design, she lives to broaden her gaming horizons and loves any game that captures the imagination or tries something new. Read her posts here and connect with her on Twitter, Facebook and at Google+.

    • Dragon Age: Origins is a game I’ll never get tired of playing, simply because he does not repeat itself, each dialogue can change a little history and experience of the character. The game could make you feel like you were actually alongside great friends and makes you want to protect not only them, but fight to save Ferelden, I love Dragon Age: Origins, each DLC’s worth it, they’ll provide tasting a little more that world. and I have two favorite characters, one is (obviously) Morrigan, I really fell in love with her??, though she is a cold person, I think I understood WHAT she was, for you have an idea, I used the ring she gave me, ALL THE TIME. And Ogrhen, for he is a dwarf and is the funniest character in the game.

    • Mike

      With all the different story options, I wonder how many times you can play through the game and still have a new experience?

    • With two different characters I’ve played over 100 hours, only the origins, with the expansion and DLC’s you have many hours of adventure ahead, but at some point it will be repeated, so surely. but still fun and enjoyable.

    • Mike

      Thanks man! That’s definitely worth the $28 the Ultimate Edition that has all the DLC goes for!

    • DAO is one of my favourite ever games.
      What reeled me in is the tactical pauses the game offers,as well as the ability to manage all your heros at once, or actually play as one.

      One small issue i did have (not really a problem with the game) was that the NPCs leveled up with the heros. For some reason i prefer areas of certain level NPCs so you can progress through at your own leisure.

      Lastly, the character relations always kept me interested, from Alistair’s comments to Morrigans witty abuse, and always kept me coming back for more.

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    • Dragon Age: Origins is one of BioWare’s many triumphs in gaming. It’s a game for tactical RPG fans as well as BioWare character development fans. Like most titles from BioWare, it is littered with virtually infinite possibilities, story and character developments. I often find myself never being able to play the game the same way twice. With downloadable content, you could even triple the possible amount of unique playthroughs. It’s definitely one of my favorite BioWare games.

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