Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Spectacular. [Issue#58, p.86]
  2. If you enjoyed Dragon Age: Origins, this is must have expansion.
  3. 90
    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.
  4. Well worth the pricetag and, frankly, essential for fans of the original.
  5. Although your character has no voice, this game is really good, especially because of its great story, the nice fights and the system of free choice.
  6. 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.
  7. If you've been dying to jump back into the world of Dragon Age, well, chances are that you've already played or are currently playing the expansion Awakening. It's a solid follow-up to the first adventure, and it contains enough new abilities, content, items, plot and spells that it's definitely worth a look for any fan of the original title.
  8. For those who want more content and new missions, Awakening will offer much more than desired. Everything has been treated as if it were a new title with an epic story where our choices do matter, with spectacular combats and terrifying enemies, deep and complex characters with brilliant dialogues. It's a rebirth for the franchise, which invites us to get involved into the exciting world of Dragon Age again. And this is just the beginning.
  9. 83
    Awakening might feel rushed at times, but it tells an important story and allows the Commander of the Grey to kick tremendous ass, and there's little more satisfying than that.
  10. 83
    The gameplay systems have a similar "pretty good, but somewhat flawed" feel as the quest content.
  11. Most will be happy with the 20-plus hours of entertainment they get from the expansion - it's more of the same and, for that, we're happy. [Issue#95, p.126]
  12. Truncated but still truly impressive. [May 2010, p.95]
  13. If Dragon Age didn't float your boat, neither will Awakening. Dragon Age enthusiasts, however, should consider it an essential purchase. It offers more of the same - no bad thing - in a great value package.
  14. Even though it doesn't address the original's faults or expand the gameplay to new heights, there's more than enough new content (talents, characters, terrain to explore) to keep you swinging your sword.
  15. It's fun, but I'm not sure it's forty bucks worth of fun.
  16. Dragon Age: Origins fans will be happy enough with Awakening just for the extra time it gives them with their Grey Wardens.
  17. Though there's not nearly as much content as the first go-round, there's still an awful lot to love.
  18. However, when it was all said and done, I felt completely entertained by the entire ‘Awakening’ package, and happy I made the journey into Amaranthine.
  19. Expensive but expansive, this is a hefty and thoroughly enjoyable addition. Shame about the dwarf. [June 2010, p.120]
  20. In the end, for those like myself who absolutely adored what Dragon Age: Origins had to offer, you have no reason not to pick up Awakenings and continue your Grey Warden’s epic adventure.
  21. 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.
  22. 80
    Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening is mandatory for anyone who has played the original game with a smile on his or her face.
  23. 80
    All in all, Awakenings is a must-buy for any Dragon Age fan. It's packed full of new adventures, side quests, cameos from old favorites, and an engrossing original storyline that will keep players busy for hours.
  24. 75
    While Awakening is mostly a worthy follow-up to Origins, it manages to touch greatness in several areas, only to quickly shrink away from it. The story is genuinely interesting, but the plot unfolds in such an uneven manner some folks may stop caring before the big reveal
  25. The best experience with this title will be had by someone who enjoyed Dragon Age: Origins until the very end.
  26. Unpolished and unsure – too long for an epilogue, too short for a stand-alone title. Still, an enjoyable romp with an intriguing story can be found somewhere between the two, and you won’t have to be wide awake to see it.
  27. Awakening is a great expansion. It delivers around 20 hours of role-playing goodness, which flows better and is more varied than what we got in the original game. We also get new and interesting characters and a bunch of new abilities and items to play with.
  28. The new content does its job of keeping the appeal factor high, but the bugs, lack of story depth and uninteresting characters don’t exactly invite in newcomers.
  29. At two-thirds the price of Origins with about two-fifths the content, a return trip to the land of Ferelden doesn’t feel like the deal it seemed it would be.
  30. 70
    Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening serves as a good stopgap between major releases, but it doesn't fully satisfy the Dragon Age craving.
  31. This is truly for hardcore Dragon Age fans only and even they may well feel that the whole game has been dumbed down way too much to be recognizable any more.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 80 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Apr 6, 2011
    Thoroughly enjoyable. Higher ratio of fighting to story than in origins but it was a a great addition to the original. Took me about 23hours to beat which isn't bad for the $15 I paid for it. Full Review »
  2. Jan 14, 2011
    I was happy with this purchase. It was well worth the $20. You can expect close to 20 hours of new gameplay. You get a new cast of characters (and one old). There's lots of loot, experience, and new locales to be had. This is the best of the bunch as far as DA DLC goes. Full Review »
  3. Dec 12, 2012
    This is really a fantastic expansion pack that almost qualifies as a game on it's own. This is the kind of expansion that any gamer would want for any game. It's stays true the original formula it adds plenty of new ideas, character and locations. Really terrific new party members, a real shame they weren't given as much depth as the in DA: Origins, but that's only a minor quirk as they still did a great job all things considered. Overall: A MUST BUY for anyone who loved DA: Origins. Full Review »