User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 80 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 69 out of 80
  2. Negative: 1 out of 80

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  1. Aug 28, 2012
    9
    From reading user comments on the net I was only expecting a bit-part expansion, but there's really quite a lot to get your teeth into here with 5 new companions to get to grips with and a quest which is roughly around the 20 hours mark. Awakening has some really cool environments to adventure in too - most are twists on the familiar, but definitely significantly different enough to feel very fresh and fun. There is a slight over-reliance on codex entries and there's also the odd flash of what's to come in Dragon Age 2 as on the odd, very rare, occasion things feel very streamlined and soulless. But thankfully those occasions are few and far between and the overall package is a great little addition to DA:O. If you liked DA:O buy without haste, there's far more to be fun to be had in the 20 odd hours here than there is in all of DA 2. Expand
  2. Dec 12, 2012
    9
    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. Expand
  3. Aug 15, 2013
    10
    This is better than the original game. Very damn good. It almost made me believe that this is not a Bioware game at all. It's that good. If you bought DAO and liked it you should definitely buy this expansion pack. Also, don't buy Dragon Age 2. They screwed it up big time. It's like they listened to the people who liked DAO and then did everything just the opposite way.
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 83
    The gameplay systems have a similar "pretty good, but somewhat flawed" feel as the quest content.