The company that brought many great RPGs such as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Mass Effect have returned, and with a vengeance. Biowares newest game Dragon Age: Origins is now on the shelves, but how does it hold up?
With Dragon Age Origins, we return to a simpler time of fire and steel, rather than futuristic setting as previous games. Though those other RPGs may have been great hits, will Biowares newest titles hold a candle to the others? Let’s take a look at the Hots and Nots!
Just like with many of Biowares other titles, the story if Dragon Age: Origins is incredible. With strong details to cover the main story, and even details to back up all the side quests, you will never feel like you are doing a quest for nothing. Every time you take on a new quest, you will want to see it through to the end to see how everything turns out. Not only are you driven to finish the quests, you can finish them however you want. For instance, you need to talk a mercenary into helping you defend a town, however he is very reluctant. You can bribe him, persuade him, or if you have no chance, simply kill him and take his items to help yourself. Moments like this happen all throughout the game, even in the very beginning. Did I mention the beginning? Almost all races and classes have their own unique start, meaning the start of the game will never be the same twice (except in one or two cases). The race and class you pick from the start will also affect many of the quests you take, and even how people react to you.
Want to be friends?
Every action has a reaction in this game, and this holds true even in your group. With all characters that can join your party, you will have certain dialogues with them that will determine how they feel about you. The effected meter in this part of the game is called the Approval Rating. So when these dialogues pop up, be sure to make your choices wisely to get that character to like you more. The more they like you, the better they are in combat. Even If you make all the wrong choices, you can always bombard the party member with gifts until they like you. Watch out though, there are a few gifts that some party members will not enjoy. This is all helps boost the character development in the game, and can even spark a relationship or two.
As stated before, every action you make has a reaction with the game. Being how your party relates to you, or even how other NPCs in the game react to you. After playing for awhile, you will begin to find yourself being very careful with every choice you make. You begin to care about the world and its inhabitants and not want anything to go wrong. This is another trademark of Biowares great RPG making, and the ability to make an amazing world.
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Choose your path
Whatever class you pick in the game has multiple ways they can be played. You will always find yourself wanting to go back and play the game again, even if you pick the same class. For instance, when you play a mage, you can choose to become a healer, master of elements, or even have the ability to draw power from your enemies. The same can be said for the other two class’s warriors and rouges. Through leveling up, you can choose to increase your stats in any way you see fit and can make your character play however you choose.
You will find yourself coming back to play the game again and again with all the variety to choose from. Choosing different races and classes will make you want to play the game at least twice, but so will all the quests. There are multiple ways to complete and end quests, and you will wonder what would happen if you went a different route with a certain quest, making you want to go back and play again. There are also multiple endings to the game, and you will defiantly want to treat yourself to all of them!
Though the graphics in Dragon Age: Origins are not horrible, they do fail in comparison to games such as Elder Scrolls Oblivion and Mass Effect. You will find yourself staring at awkward features of characters such as fingers, and even some facial expressions. The games environments look great; it is just some simple things that you see throughout the game that you will have a hard time trying to ignore. There are also some frame rate issues that occur here and there, but nothing major.
Dragon Age: Origins is one of the best RPGs to come out this year. With it’s amazing story telling, believable characters and world, and the almost endless ways you can play the game, there is no doubt this is a must own. Even after completing the game over three times, you will find yourself going back for more and more. You can also expect to see a lot of DLC coming out for the game over the next year, which will make you want to play the game even more!Dragon Age: Origins Review,