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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: 87 out of 123
  2. Negative: 15 out of 123
  1. 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
  2. JonSmon
    Nov 26, 2009
    10
    Amazing game. So much gameplay. Great story and dialogue. Though my only complaint is my wife loves it so much I hardly get to play it! I Amazing game. So much gameplay. Great story and dialogue. Though my only complaint is my wife loves it so much I hardly get to play it! I hope they put out a ton of expansions for this one! Best RPG ever!! 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. Jun 27, 2018
    9
    Mi juego favorito de la vida, es algo fantástico de principio a fin. La versión de PS3 es un poco incómoda comparada a la magistral edición deMi juego favorito de la vida, es algo fantástico de principio a fin. La versión de PS3 es un poco incómoda comparada a la magistral edición de PC, pero es un juegazo. Expand
  5. Nov 12, 2010
    8
    Dragon Age was a heavily hyped game that didn't quite live up to what I was hoping for. I've heard the PC version is the best (requires theDragon Age was a heavily hyped game that didn't quite live up to what I was hoping for. I've heard the PC version is the best (requires the most strategy), but on the PS3 this plays less like a classic RPG and more like a pseudo action game. The story is terrific, although the game does not always do a good job of immersing you in it. The voice acting is well done, but the scripts are pretty generic and melodramatic. On the plus side, it is entertaining to play, there is a ton of content, and lots of replay value. If you really enjoy the gameplay you will definitely get a lot of bang for your buck. In the end it is a fine game, but definitely not a "great" game. Expand
  6. GW
    Nov 16, 2009
    7
    Overall, to me the game play is not good, but then again I am not into RPG games unless they have a ton of action in them. To me I give it a Overall, to me the game play is not good, but then again I am not into RPG games unless they have a ton of action in them. To me I give it a 6.5 as my game suffered from lags and constant interruptions in audio. Might take it back as it doesn't want to play correctly for some reason on the PS3. 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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