gamers (79%) found this review helpful
First off, Bioware and the fine folks that work there are by far the best game devs in the entire world. Bioware knows the importance of story, character development, dialog, and likable NPC's/Party members.
Lets get the "bad" out of the way first. The graphics for the console version of this game are sub-par at best. Compared to Mass Effect, you can really see that they could have done so much more. The PC version however is amazing and much easier to look at. Graphics do not make the game however so no points will be deducted.
Combat and controls take some getting use to (again much easier and better on the PC version) but once you do get use to them the game opens up to a world of awesome tactical possibilities. You are able to pause game play at any time and issue commands to each party member, or assign them a default tactic to use where they will bascially do what the AI tells them to do.
The story is amazing so far and just a few hours into it, it will have you on the edge of your seat. Twist and turns are a plenty and you best expect the unexpected. Not only is there the main quest/story to follow, but there are tons of side quest and story related to your party members.
The characters are very likable and you easily get attached to them. For the first time in 10+ years I actually care about my party members and I am hanging on to their every word. Bioware really brought the personality to this game and it shows in the dialog options between yourself and your party members.
Customization is great and really has that D&D feel to it without it being a complete rip off. You can build your character pretty much anyway you want, spending points along the way in your area of interest.
On top of all that this game has endless replayability options. You get a different story for each class/race, and the modding community will keep this game going long after what one would think would be a normnal lifespan.
gamers (75%) found this review helpful
I loved Dragon Age: Origins, but then I expected to being that it was coming from Bioware. I think that this is one of those games where you know if you're going to like it or not before you even turn it on. If you liked KOTOR, Jade Empire, or Mass Effect (basically if you like what Bioware does best) then you'll most likely enjoy Dragon Age. The characters were well filled out, graphics were mediocre (nothing to write home about) and I felt that the Mage was the only class that really gave any strategy or depth to the gameplay. The shining star of Dragon Age is, of course, the story and the gameplay choices you make depending on your characters origins and personality. Sometimes I found that the consequences of my actions were extremely different that the goal I was shooting for, but I guess that makes for unpredictable story telling. It just sucks when you make decisions you think are going to earn you approval from your companions, only to have them walking out of the story because they disagree, taking all of your hard earned gear with them (I'm looking at you Alistair!). The DLC is great for the game and you can definitely muster at least one play through (I don't really see a draw in doing more than one). Brass Tacks: if you like what Bioware does best, you'll enjoy Dragon Age. It's no KOTOR or Mass Effect, but it's a fun romp through a cool fantasy setting, done by the best in the genre.
gamers (67%) found this review helpful
Besides the much touted man on man elf loving, this is a standard Bioware game done big.
Standard... really standard.
Look, I love Bioware games. I will argue that Knights of the Old Republic is the best western RPG. And the reason why it was so awesome is that you felt like your chocies had real impact. You could order a wookie to kill a runaway child that's in your party. You can destroy the universe or save it... You can do lots of things.
This one not so much. You can change things a little bit here and there, but the end results feel the same.
Elves with bows. Warriors with swords. Bar wenches with heaving graphics. Midgets that somehow are also miners. The entire thing is so standard that it actually becomes a nice ground for cliche. It's so done to death that they can abandon convention and do what they like. The dialogue, sense of humor, and voice acting of other Bioware games is there... which is good because that's what you'll spend about half of the game dealing with.
The combat system is about as solid as you can ask for on a console. You have the ability to play like you enjoy it. If you don't care about a sense of accomplishment you can switch difficulty up and down whenever you like. You have many tactical options for those that like to play it hard.
And kill Allistair. He blows.