Dragon Age: Origins PlayStation 3

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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. 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.
  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. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    90
    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]
  5. Pelit (Finland)
    88
    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]
  6. 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.
  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: 75 out of 111
  2. Negative: 14 out of 111
  1. 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
  2. Aug 28, 2014
    10
    Now, some people have the guts to rate this game in a negative way. Shame on you. Dragon Age:Origins is a PERFECT game, PERFECT! The graphicsNow, some people have the guts to rate this game in a negative way. Shame on you. Dragon Age:Origins is a PERFECT game, PERFECT! The graphics are good, it as a great story, a good character customazation. This game was aplauded worldwide, and yet some people have the guts to give this game a 1/10 or a 0/10. That is disonest. If the game is indeed so bad like some people say why has he aplauded worldwide. Shame on you. Some people have no idea what a game of 1/10 is. If they give 1/10 or 0/10 I would like to see waht would be the rating that they would give to, for example, Mindjack. Expand
  3. ChrisM
    Dec 31, 2009
    10
    This game scores on every category which makes an RPG great. The story is very long but ultimately satisfying, the combat is both simple and This game scores on every category which makes an RPG great. The story is very long but ultimately satisfying, the combat is both simple and hard (if you wish it to be) through micro-management, team mates work with you, rather than against, if you configure their tactics and the graphics are adequate. Out of the previously mentioned, the only weakness is the graphics. Character models and armour details are poor, but the quality of the environment is amazing. You will find yourself standing in awe in certain circumstances. This game requires immense hours to be put in (I finished at 36 hours and mainly focused on the storyline, with a few side quests) but if you are ready to go on an epic fantasy adventure, akin to the Lord of the Rings, get this game. Just be prepared for the long haul. Absolutely fantastic! Expand
  4. GT2
    Dec 16, 2009
    8
    Before you buy the game here is the checklist: 1) You like true RPG games (NOT action "RPG-like" hack n slash games). 2) You are interested Before you buy the game here is the checklist: 1) You like true RPG games (NOT action "RPG-like" hack n slash games). 2) You are interested in a good story and enjoy dialogue. The dialogue in the game is not there just to progress through cutscenes, it is as much part of the game as fighting. 3) It is not hack n' slash. You control any character at any one time and you guide him towards the enemy and press once to attack. You only press buttons to use special moves called talents. 4) If english is not your native lang make sure you know above average. 5) Don't neglect to read the codex pages as you find them. They explain the story so you always know what the NPCs are talking about. 6) You can control everything about your party's AI if you like and micromanage everything but you can also focus on your character alone without much thought of anything else. It's your choise. Just make sure you play on the NORMAL difficulty, otherwise it may seem too easy. If you are OK with these points then you are going to enjoy this game. It is a massive, epic single player game. The story although not original is very well written, the characters are very interesting, the battles are great. The only complaint I have about this game is that it is not open world (like oblivion). A very good game nonetheless. Expand
  5. 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'tfinishing 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. Expand
  6. TylerH.
    Nov 5, 2009
    7
    Game suffers from many issues, not limited to but including ps2 style graphics engine and almost no surround or stereo sound. Obviously a Game suffers from many issues, not limited to but including ps2 style graphics engine and almost no surround or stereo sound. Obviously a port from the 360, an overall disappointing outing from Bioware, I expected more from them after playing Mass Effect for PC, obviously should have gotten this for that and not ps3. Some backgrounds are clipping into each other and appear 2D, while other sections of the game look like cardboard. If you get past all the games faults, this has proven so far to be an enjoyable game. Renting first would be wise. It seems companies are getting better and better at making great previews, while the game suffers or lacks major quality. Still a good game, have not beaten it obviously as it just came out, and worth while to play... just be cautioned that it has many errors and flaws and may make you cringe graphically... go with the PC version if your able, Im sure you'll be happier with the choice. Expand
  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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