gamers (93%) found this review helpful
I wanted to wait until I had played this game a lot before posting anything here. Those who reviewed on day one couldn't have given more than a glancing review.
Dragon Age is a really good game with most areas being solid. I don't know if it is GREAT in any area other than being addictive in advancing your character skills and collecting better loot. It is good in all other areas though, and that is rare in my opinion.
Graphics are above average, but not Unreal quality or anything. The camera pans a little shaky sometimes during cut scenes, but art design is really cool and the fantasy world is at times lovely/horrifying depending on what type of environment you are in.
Voice acting is really good and music and sound effects are perfect for the fantasy setting. The folks at Bioware have always been good at this going back to the old Baldur's Gate series on the PC.
There are a lot of skills to learn and the only bad thing about this is that you want to have them all. Well, I guess you will have to replay the game as a different character to try out the other skills, right? I already have 6 characters going right now, but I've focused on a mage to try out as many spells as possible. The spell effects look good and there are many different effects to choose from. I suggest making sure you have several spells that paralyze or freeze enemies in place because you WILL get surrounded by enemies frequently, and they WILL outnumber your four character party.
There are a lot of little touches in the game that make it more enjoyable (and replayable) such as story development between characters in your party and finding out new things about your party members as the overall story progresses. There are many likeable characters to bring into the fold, so you may also want to replay the game with different configurations.
Dragon Age is deep and highly replayable. Any RPG fan will want to spend at least 150 hours of game time here playing and replaying it.
Bioware returns with a clash and a thunderous boom
posted by beeronasti (ODESSA, TX) Nov 3, 2009
Member since Dec 2006
gamers (86%) found this review helpful
Dip your toes but a little and you scratch the surface of a deep and twisted world, where you feel like you want to not only apprach the intricate problems posed from a single angle, but rather explore them from all of the 6 view points(or more if you count some that change with gender and profession)to find out what changes. This kind of a game draws you into it and forces you to emotionally connect with not only the main character but also the NPC's that make up the majority of the game. This is an opportunity for a True hero to help or an evil hero to hinder, but regardless of the outcome the ride will be most enjoyable.
To be fair, the graphics are not extrodinary, however the maps do a resonable job at adding middle distance objects to the well detailed near and far. The landscape is mostly mute colors with the exception being the bright and exquisite landscapes which make up the backdrop of the game. The facial expression can sometimes be odd and the faces seem strangely proportioned, however the dialogue and voice acting shines and makes all of those seem unimportant.
Combat is a mixed bag with some people angry, I however actually like the ability to free my mind from the button mashing hack'n'slash games that dominate the present market. Partly this is due to how it reminded me of long off days watching Knights of the old republic light saber battles with a warm glow. Once you start attaining skills you being to weave in new abilities and it really makes combat intense and exciting.
I assure you that this is a game worthy of a puchase absolutely as much warrented as that of fallout 3. After all to truly play this game while renting it would likely cost you months in dues.
gamers (83%) found this review helpful
Dragon Age, like BioWare's "Mass Effect" is simply amazing. Definitely one of those games you can easily play through 2-3 times. I decided to read the poor reviews on this to see if it could sway my opinion, it did not. The people giving this game 1-2's did NOT even play the game or even read the manual. "Where's the dragon," somebody said, I must question if this person even played an hour into it, as he/she was definitely not qualified to submit a review.
Dragon Age's battle system is almost that of Final Fantasy XII. You control one party member & the other 3 are controlled with tactics. Extremely similar to the gambit system in FFXII. You target & press A to fight, & use special abilities you unlock as you level whenever they are needed. Tactics are setup to have party members perform actions during certain situations. You can set a mage to heal allies as their HP drops below 50%, or even have warriors intercept enemies targeting your mage.
The level up system is very well done. You level by doing quests, & killing enemies. When you level, you are given 3-4 points to spend on stats, points to spend on talents (learned traits), & points to spend on abilities (mostly battle related).
The story is amazing, & changes depending on what race & backgrounds you choose. There are 3 races: Human, Elves, & Dwarves. Several backgrounds ranging from noble to commoner, & a special mage background.
My favorite part, the choices & consequences aspect on Dragon Age. Things you say/do drastically alter the storyline, giving you power to change the game. How great is it seeing that your actions actually have an effect, on the story & society in-game? Unlike most games where everything is going to unravel anyways, as the writer designed it. The story eventually becomes very emotional as the game progresses & you subconsciously become close to the characters in the game.
This game is worth much more than a rent, but at least that.