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  • Summary: Designed and written by the same team that brought you Dragon Age: Origins, the Awakening expansion pack offers a brand new area of the world to explore known as Amaranthine, featuring an epic story that will allow players to unravel the secrets of the darkspawn - and their true motivations! Players face a range of horrific and terrifying creatures including an evolved, intelligent breed of darkspawn and other menacing creatures such as the Inferno Golem and Spectral Dragon. Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening provides exciting new ways for players to customize their heroes and party, including the ability to re-spec their character attributes, allowing even greater customization and replayability. Featuring an increased level cap, new spells, abilities, specializations and items, plus five all-new party members, players can continue their adventures from Dragon Age: Origins, or begin with a brand new character. [BioWare] Expand
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 90
    Awakening is definitely a nice companion for those that have exhausted the original game. There is plenty here to keep you occupied for at least 20 hours if you want to max everything out. Some may be a bit disappointed in the size by comparison, but for $40 this game is twice as long as most full-priced titles.
  2. A new chapter in fereldens storybook. New characters, new abilities and a new story combined with a lot of decision making. A BioWare game at its best.
  3. 85
    It has a strong narrative connection to the original game, but the sense that your previous choices matter isn't as strong as we'd have liked. I still miss the old companions, but the new characters are just as interesting once you get to know them.
  4. Awakening reinvigorates the interest in Dragon Age: Origins. This expansion pack is what an add-on should be: long, exciting, stimulating and a great fuse of what that BioWare's masterpiece really is.
  5. It's fun, but I'm not sure it's forty bucks worth of fun.
  6. 80
    DLC that's nearly on a par with the original Dragon Age experience. [Issue#192, p.96]
  7. Fingers crossed it gets a patch, because when it does, it'll be essential. [May 2010, p.105]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Jun 19, 2011
    Awakening Specific:
    For an expansion pack you get a lot of depth and about 20 hours plus of playtime if you choose to do everything that is
    available to you. The plot in awakening is not as well developed as it's longer origins predecessor, but the story is fantastic, and world-changing.

    Dragon Age In General:
    In my own opinion this is the number one RPG to date. I personally love the console version controls as opposed to the PC controls. Bioware has always delivered strong games, but the story as well as the vastness of the universe are just amazing. The only complaint I have for Dragon Age: Origins is with the technical issues. A few minor frame rate issues and bugs, as well as a large loophole in the import system from Origins to Awakening, are the only things stopping Dragon Age from getting a solid and undeniable 10/10.
  2. Nov 1, 2012
    Though this is way shorter than the game itself (obviously), I actually preferred this story. It's not as cliché. I must say I also liked these characters as much as the original ones. Sigrun being my favourite in Awakening! I wouldn't rank it higher than Origins, but it's close! Expand
  3. Mar 4, 2011
    everytime i play dragon age or awakening which is dragon age add on it captivates me... its a long game... beautiful world, but its a pc. port so it ain't killzone3 graphically ok... if u can deal with beauty a great story line and videogame rpg drama get this game... i got dragon age 2 preordered... i can't wait Expand
  4. Apr 26, 2011
    i have never played an expansion game before but this game has got me loonking for expansions of other games out there as well because it is so good. not much has changed in this game from origins but i love how the decisions you made in DAO affect gameplay and story in this game and it is also a blast to see that the story does not just end when you kill the arch demon and even though this is not a full game and just an expansion it is still long and you have lots to do and it also comes with a patch for the game which is a big help for those who cant get onto the internet with thier consoles (although those numbers are few). one of the only things i didnt like was that you could not talk to your companions whenever you want and you can't romace the characters either but other than that i cant really figure anything wrong with it and if you loved the first game this is defenatly a must have expansion Expand
  5. Mar 24, 2011
    First game I ever had that I was able to import a character from. For $40 it was a nice expansion story to tie me over until Dragon Age III comes out when the saga continues. I didn't like that you couldn't just engage in conversations with your companions like the first game and I thought the rune making part of the game was very poorly thought out. But overall, it's more of the same Dragon Age that I loved from the first game. And that's a winning formula. Expand
  6. Mar 12, 2011
    Nice expansion. A lot of quests, characters, things to do and great fun. It worths every single cents. Just like the old expansion pack of once (Baldur's Gate). Expand
  7. May 26, 2011
    Okay, enough is a enough. Stop the **** Bioware. Bioware is the ultimate ****. I loved neverwinter nights and neverwinter nights 2, as well as jade empires. But i have to call **** on dragon age, It sucks all the way round. Want a cool fantasy world to imagine? FAIL. It is the most re-chewed Tolkien world around. Want a new RPG with interesting game mechanics, **** that, if all your characters are fighters you win. If you ever wanted some racial or class that you are to matter,nevermind... Speaking of which, if you think any of biowares ideas are new read a ****ing book. This is a sad ****ing nuance for fantasy fans. You would be better off playing NWN for the 10th time, more fun. Expand