Metascore
87

Generally favorable reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. 100
    Truly epic single-player RPG with a compelling story.
  2. This is definitely not the game for those frightened of the idea of micromanaging a game to the point where a large portion of it will be spent in a pause screen. However, as the sort of guy that has lovingly played an Infinity Engine game at least once every year for the past decade, I can think of no higher praise for this throwback than to say that Dragon Age: Origins leaves me feeling fairly confident I won't need to dig out the classics for this ritual next year.
  3. 100
    The folks at BioWare have shown that they're always looking for ways to make their games better -- each of their RPGs builds upon the previous title. Dragon Age displays this refinement, and while the story may not be completely original, it's told in a way that enthralls and enchants the player. It's the best RPG of the year -- and maybe the best of the HD era.
  4. 100
    A spectacular experience from beginning to end, and with an enormous amount of choices to make, cities to visit, dungeons to crawl, NPCs to interact with, treasure to find, quests to complete and crafts to master, I feel pretty confident in saying that Dragon Age: Origins is, without a doubt, one of the most enjoyable and immersive RPG experiences I've had since my Infinity Engine days. [Jan 2010, p.66]
  5. For as great as Knights of the Old Republic was in the day, Dragon Age: Origins simply trumps it.
  6. If you like the thought of Megan Fox on your lap hating A.D.D. kids with you, if you are in touch with your inner nerd, if you are intelligent and can actually pay attention to a story, and if you love awesome things that are truly full of awesomness that last for a million hours, then get Dragon Age: Origins.
  7. 93
    Quite simply, Dragon Age: Origins is the first true 100 hour console RPG I have ever seen. When it ends, you'll shed a tear. And if you don't, you may not be human.
  8. Dragon Age: Origins is much more than a game – it’s the glorious revisiting of Bioware’s past and a look at where they are going in the future.
  9. When it comes to voice work, though, you can't touch BioWare. The production is great, and astoundingly comprehensive.
  10. Even with its graphical hitches and proverbial chinks in its armor, and though the story may not move you by virtue of its resemblance to The Lord of the Rings, Dragon Age: Origins creates a comprehensive story-world that lives and breathes with the best that epic video games have to offer.
  11. Dragon Age: Origins is an excellent RPG with a great story, an awesome combat experience and definite replayability points.
  12. High fantasy role-playing at its finest. Its detailed world, memorable characters, meaningful choices, and engrossing combat system makes Dragon Age the sort of game you’ll want to replay from start to finish several times. RPG fans won’t be disappointed by this truly epic adventure.
  13. Dragon Age: Origins is a fulfilling, involving adventure that is worth picking up. The choices you make for your character, along with the twists and turns that follow, will keep you engaged. Furthermore, the controls are well done, even without the standard PC and mouse combination. This is one adventure you'll keep coming back to for months to come.
  14. A triumph of a game. It has depth and scale which will keep you interested for many, many hours.
  15. Dragon Age: Origins should appeal to all those RPG fans out there who believe that a good and compelling story weighs way heavier than the mindless beating of countless enemies. This game might entail the best RPG story there is on the PS3 - and is well worth every one of the 100+ hours you'll spend playing it.
  16. Impenetrable for twitch gamers, essential for patience imbued fantasy fans. [Jan 2010, p.72]
  17. Incredible storytelling, great characters, and exciting battles are just a few of the things that make this fantasy role-playing game so extraordinary.
  18. If you can get past the really bland game visuals and a choppy framerate, then in Dragon Age: Origins you will find one of the very best RPG experiences in years. Masterful gameplay mechanics and an amazing story grab you and don't let you go until either a power-outage or sleep deprivation.
  19. 90
    Dragon Age: Origins has sucked me in more than most other games this year. I find myself thinking about the game when not playing it, imagining other scenarios and different ways that situations could play out.
  20. 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.
  21. 90
    After logging over a hundred hours on Dragon Age: Origins, I still want to continue playing. I want to unearth more of its secrets, to better know its characters, to see how the decisions I make can impact its world, and yes, to see more of its endings. I can't think of a better recommendation than that.
  22. The thinking-man's RPG is remarkable for many reasons, but its overbearing scale and variety are the parts that stand out from the get-go. [Jan 2010, p.76]
  23. It’s clear that Dragon Age: Origins was built with the PC in mind but regardless of that fact, a fantastic story, great cast of characters and expansive world still make this an incredible experience. For those who just want to get into a bloody battle and spend a long period of time enjoying it, they will most certainly not be disappointed.
  24. A well made traditional fantasy RPG, even though the marketing department in Bioware would have you think otherwise. The world is well fleshed out and the story is traditional, but still interesting. The game lacks the truly epic atmosphere and realistic looking actors of Mass Effect, but it still manages to be great fun. Big plus for surprisingly challenging combat, which you don't see that much nowadays. [Nov 2010]
  25. Except some mashed textures, this game is the best RPG in a long time!
  26. 88
    Dragon Age: Origins is a sturdy RPG, with plenty to do to keep you coming back to the world of Ferelden again and again. Bioware has claimed it is the spiritual successor to Baldur's Gate, but the console version has to admit defeat to the superior classic. Despite several dull patches on the sword, Dragon Age: Origins still cuts the opposition in half easily.
  27. 87
    Incredibly deep and expansive, Dragon Age: Origins is one of those titles that can easily swallow up dozens of hours of play and keep you coming back for more.
  28. Despite its lack of innovation Dragon Age: Origins is the best RPG in 2009. Its great value and addictive gameplay are among its main highlights.
  29. Whatever the game may lack in visual splendor it makes up for with a deep story and pure awesome fun.
  30. If you're looking for the best RPGs of the Hi-Def Era, this game certainly ranks near the top alongside Lost Odyssey and Valkyria Chronicles.
  31. If you're a Western-style, fantasy RPG nut, you simply can't go wrong with Dragon Age: Origins. BioWare has outdone itself once again - they've created an RPG masterpiece that more than rivals its competitors, even if it loses its tactical luster in translation to consoles.
  32. 84
    It's a delight to give into a fantasy setting with such a dense back story, even if the gameplay still rarely breaks away from conventions established a decade ago.
  33. 84
    This game is a really good RPG with a few unique possibilities. It’s got a big story, a lot of gameplay and really good audio. Only the graphics aren’t the best we’ve seen on the PlayStation 3 and this version also got annoying frame rate problems. Besides of that, Dragon Age: Origins is a good title.
  34. 82
    Evidence of talent and experience is all over it; evidence of effort is not. [Issue#186, p.76]
  35. On the whole Dragon Ages: Origins is magnificent and will continue to evolve as BioWare promise new quests and missions, with some already being made available for purchase.
  36. The story and its multiple branches will grab your attention, and the combat – while different in style – delivers plenty of thrills. I prefer the PC iteration, but it’s still good on PS3 and 360, and way better than not playing Dragon Age at all.
  37. As great as it is, there are too many irritations with the combat (and too many unnecessarily drawn-out combat sections) to hail it as a true classic.
  38. The bottom line is that for all its promise and potential, Dragon Age: Origins is a game that never comes together to be anything but a mediocre game with an interesting premise and a lot of issues.
  39. Then there's the combat, which just isn't fun at all. [Christmas 2009, p.104]
  40. Origins is so concerned with trying to create something complex and epic, it forgets all the basics and ends up a mess. [Christmas 2009, p.76]
  41. The graphics are dated, the battles are like pulling teeth and while there is a lot to accomplish, none of it ever actually borders on being fun.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 486 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 93
  2. Negative: 12 out of 93
  1. Aug 31, 2011
    9
    The story, the setting, the characters and the gameplay are fantastic i actually couldnt stop playing it. Its like a book you cant put down until you know what happens next Full Review »
  2. Nov 28, 2011
    8
    finishing Dragon age: Origins made me feel like I'v played a true RPG. I don't usually play RPGs, so when I decided to play this game I wasn't exactly feeling like a "veteran" of the genre. The game has a predictable "Lord of the rings" tale that has that "good VS evil" feel to it. The real meat of the game lies in it's dialog/story and combat system which are all fun and interesting. the characters and the dialog options you have in a conversation are all brilliant, and probably the high point of the game.The combat itself on the consoles is decent, but seems like it doesn't fit console controlls to say the least, but it get's better when you know the characters well,especially after having so many conversations with them, and knowing their desires and conflicts.The RPG elements are all here, and while there is nothing groundbreaking, I still feel like the game is fresh, seeing how many cheap action games are coming out nowadays.The game is 2 years old but still kicks most RPGs that i'v played this generation in their butts. The console versions are genuinely worst compared with the pc version, so if you are playing the game on a pc add another point to the score. The game let's you role play and make decisions as you go. The game almost never forces you on one way to do things, and your opinion allways counts. This defines DAO for me, and is really what makes it stand out as a true RPG experience, at least in this generation. Full Review »
  3. Jan 17, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. This game fulfilled my needs of high fantasy epic for the last months of 2009 and, with the DLC, most of the 2010. A great experience fueled by a great script with astounding companions. Full Review »