> Dragons, Elves, magic and fantasy -- these elements have the potential
to combine for an epic role playing game. I was very intrigued when
I saw that BioWare was creating Dragon Age: Origins.
I had high hopes for this game, especially after my disappointment in Mass
Effect being a FPS. BioWare has a history of
worthy RPG's, Knights of the Old Republic being one of my
favorite releases. Enter Dragon Age: Origins, a fantasy
third person action/RPG, that is right up my alley.
> I agree the graphics in DA could have been better, but they do have an
unusual artistic approach that grows on me. On the bright side, the
frame rate is always rock solid no matter how many characters and magic
spells are active. Speaking of magic, the spell effects are mostly
excellent, especially the lightning ones. Lastly, the camera angles
rarely disappoint and are easy to manipulate.
> DA's gameplay mainly consists of explore, talk, answer questions, make
moral decisions, watch cut-scenes, accept quests, kill enemies, and manage
your party. I love deciding whether to eliminate someone or let them
live, which is one of the many ways DA's storyline can branch. Battles
are real-time, except menu selections pause the action. You can take
up to four characters out on quests (including the main one), each of which
is fully controllable. Everything from moving your character to controlling
the camera angle is top notch.
> One of the reasons I love RPG's is that they tend to have some of the
best music in gaming. DA's soundtrack is certainly above average,
yet not exceptionally memorable. Environmental effects abound and
get the job done well. The voice acting is convincing, although it
doesn't appear to feature a high number of actors.
> DA is a highly satisfying adventure that could have been truly awesome
as a multiplayer online game. You'll gladly spend well over 50 hours
on this one. Also, the replayablility is good with such a rich character
creation and job specialization built-in. Not to mention you'll probably
want to go back and redo all the character and moral choices you screwed
up the first time.
> So I would definitely recommend DA to action/RPG fans everywhere.
The "Warden's Keep" and "The Stone Prisoner" downloads are a decent value,
since you get a party storage box and a great party member respectively.
Pray to "the maker" the next iteration will be dubbed "Dragon Age
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8.4 | Graphics: 7.5 | Control: 9.0 | Sound: 8.0 | Fun: 9.0