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  • Summary: As the spiritual successor to BioWare's "Baldur's Gate", one of the most successful role-playing games in the industry, Dragon Age: Origins represents BioWare's return to its roots, delivering a fusion of the best elements of existing fantasy works with stunning visuals, emotionally-drivenAs the spiritual successor to BioWare's "Baldur's Gate", one of the most successful role-playing games in the industry, Dragon Age: Origins represents BioWare's return to its roots, delivering a fusion of the best elements of existing fantasy works with stunning visuals, emotionally-driven narrative, heart-pounding combat, powerful magic abilities and credible digital actors. The spirit of classic RPGs comes of age, as Dragon Age: Origins features a dark and mature story and gameplay. Epic Party-Based Combat – Dragon Age: Origins introduces an innovative, scalable combat system, as players face large-scale battles and use their party’s special abilities to destroy hoardes of enemies and massive creatures. Powerful Magic – Raining down awesome destruction on enemies is even more compelling as players apply "spell combos," a way of combining together different spells to create emergent unique effects. Players develop their characters and gain powerful special abilities (spells, talents and skills) and discover ever-increasing weapons of destruction. With its emotionally compelling story, players choose with whom they wish to forge alliances or crush under their mighty fist, redefining the world with the choices they make and how they wield their power. Players select and play a unique prelude that provides the lens through which the player sees the world and how the world sees the player. The player's choice of Origin determines who they are and where they begin the adventure, as they play through a customized story opening that profoundly impacts the course of every adventure. [BioWare] Expand
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  1. Positive: 38 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. 100
    Truly epic single-player RPG with a compelling story.
  2. 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.
  3. Dragon Age: Origins is an excellent RPG with a great story, an awesome combat experience and definite replayability points.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 72 out of 98
  2. Negative: 12 out of 98
  1. Mar 24, 2011
    10
    No other RPG game has caused me to play over and over again. The sheer breath of this game was more than I expected. The dialog was so inNo other RPG game has caused me to play over and over again. The sheer breath of this game was more than I expected. The dialog was so in depth that you could have a conversation/arguement with any of your companions at any time. Quite an immersive experience. I almost brought this game back because to me it wasn't on the par of Oblivion, specifically I couldn't free roam, but the storyline and character interaction was beyond what Oblivion was. On top of that, the characters didn't look hideous as the latter either. Strange about how the beards looked like costume tie-ons. Six origin stories means lots of game time. My all time favorite game. Expand
  2. yourmother
    Dec 1, 2009
    10
    best rpg since baldurs gate2. the story is epic and the battles well balanced. who cres about graphics that are no match for uncharted? There best rpg since baldurs gate2. the story is epic and the battles well balanced. who cres about graphics that are no match for uncharted? There used to be a time when gameplay was important. Expand
  3. Jan 17, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand 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. Expand
  4. Oct 24, 2014
    9
    I am The Destroyer. I will break games, complain about the littlest detail, and tell you whether or not the game is worth buying. A lot ofI am The Destroyer. I will break games, complain about the littlest detail, and tell you whether or not the game is worth buying. A lot of things to say here, but can't due to the 5000 character limit.

    First off, this game isn't for dummies. If you came here expecting to find easy & casual play, requiring no thought process whatsoever, your gonna die a lot! Not only is this an RPG game, it's also about Tactics, and Survival. Survival because you can permanently screw yourself by leveling up the wrong way, saving your game in a bad location, choosing dialogue options that can get your party members killed, or running out of healing items to deal with tough bosses. This game will show no mercy if you take it easy at any time.

    1. Story
    The darkspawn are upon us! It is up to the Gray Wardens to slay thy enemy so that Ferelden may rest peacefully once again. How your story begins varies on the race you pick, and the class you chose to play as. How the story unfolds lies solely in the dialogue options you input. From righteous hero to a$$hole renegade, one thing is clear -- The archdemon must be exterminated. Now prepare yourself to journey a world of fantasy where chaos rules, and hope for survival continues to diminish every day.

    2. Voice Acting
    Your party members are the only ones believable, which is a good thing considering you'll be with them the entire game. The rest of the side character show lack of enthusiasm overall, especially King Cailan.

    3. Graphics and Visuals
    The graphics and animations are beautiful to look at. It's so easy to fall under a trance of this fantasy-like world when you take a look around. Every now and then though, you'll notice the odd pallets that haven't loaded when cut-scenes start, but it will quickly fix itself.

    4. Gameplay
    Gameplay refers to combat, customization & level up, and various areas you can explore within the game. Put it all together and it's above average!

    -Battle System-
    The game will randomly spike up difficulties to in-human levels, and it will do this multiple times throughout your playthrough. Strategy tactics will be required for winning almost all battles, and guaranteed the final boss is going to destroy you if you're new to the franchise. Battles allow up to 4 characters in your party at a time, and you must be able to control all 4 of them at once while under stress. Because of the difficulty, combat never goes stale. Enemy continues to grow as you progress, so will always be one more challenging foe after another. Any one who clears the entire game without changing the difficulty to "casual" deserves phrase.

    -Customization-
    What is likeable about the customization is that there is a lot of moves to pick from regardless of whatever class you chosen to play as. Armor changes your character costume too as you equip them. And it is possible to build any kind of class you want. However, the dysfunctional inventory menu can leave players frustrated, and you wind up spending more time in this menu than you do in actual combat or exploration.

    -Exploration-
    You'll be exploring forests, mountains, underground caverns, ancient temples, and many more. The strong enemies will also give you plenty of time for exploration since you'll be taking your time through tactics. I am so grateful that the developers didn't put in blank empty rooms like every other RPG. It feels fun to explore a library after slaying abominations, or check out a tower once these darkspawn have been removed. Other companies should take notes.

    5. Soundtrack
    It's all mood music here. It will sound beautiful at first, but because of how hard the game is, you will wind up spending 3x longer in a dungeon than you thought you would, listening to the same track for that period of time. It gets repetitive quickly.

    6. DLC
    The DLC isn't worth the money, and you'll feel compelled to buy it any way when it flashes all over your main menu. Most DLC relates to the main storyline & doesn't feel like a spin-off, which in-turn further improves the experience. But even then it just feels like it was added to give players an item boost. For these reasons, I cannot give a recommendation as to whether or not you should buy any DLC.

    7. Bugs & Glitches
    - Casual gamers! There is hope after all! A bug exists in Origins that lets you duplicate items, allowing infinite money and health potions. Google "Exploits Origins" for more details.
    - There is a bug involving Alistair and the main storyline depending on what you do during the Landsmeet. It can't be stated in this spoiler-free review, but it hurts the game play experience.

    8. Personal Enjoyment
    The final battle is epic! It is a must-feel experience! The 60 hours you put into the game will be well worth it.

    9. Overall Verdict
    I am proud to state that this game deserves to be saved instead of destroyed. Only being held back by bugs and bad inventory organization, Dragon Age Origins gets a 9 out of 10! Frigin awesome! It is a must-buy!
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  5. Nov 23, 2010
    8
    great game great designs for once i felt like 100 hrs of gameplay was 2 much...rpg ers this is for u! however it is a pc rip so the graphicsgreat game great designs for once i felt like 100 hrs of gameplay was 2 much...rpg ers this is for u! however it is a pc rip so the graphics will make u scratch ur eyes out. Expand
  6. Mar 17, 2011
    6
    Really, really needs a patch. PS3 version has multiple problems, including one well documented game breaking bug. Bioware appears to haveReally, really needs a patch. PS3 version has multiple problems, including one well documented game breaking bug. Bioware appears to have abandoned development in favor of the execrable Dragon Age 2. A successful patch would earn this game an '8', but that's probably a pipe dream at this juncture. Collapse
  7. ja
    Nov 16, 2009
    0
    This game sucks! Graphics are terrible, combat is boring, and all the dialogue is tedious. Demon's Souls is 1000 times better.

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