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GF Rating
7.7

19505 ratings

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

BioWare has another winner!

posted by Greyhat (RACINE, WI) Dec 23, 2009

Member since Oct 2008

81 out of 97 gamers (84%) 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.

Gameplay 8/10
Graphics 8/10
Story 10/10

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

Couldn't get into it

posted by brett83501 (LEWISTON, ID) Apr 17, 2012

Member since Dec 2009

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Tried playing this game, but after about 30 minutes of playing was enough for me. I used to play world of warcraft and seems like this game borrowed heavily from a lot of the game layout. For instance I chose a dwarf warrior and the main town you were in looked pretty much like Ironforge off of WOW, Controls seemed awkward, never really told me how to fight just draw swords etc. Wasn't for me.

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

The nay-sayers just don't get it.

posted by Estrada (NOBLESVILLE, IN) Dec 11, 2009

Member since Sep 2009

31 out of 42 gamers (74%) found this review helpful

Dragon Age: Origins. A solid game. Everything but the graphics we're up to par, and even then they didn't ruin the game. In fact, nothing ruins the game IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR AN RPG.

Common complaints:

"The combat system sucks!!1!"
Yes, the combat system is not hack and slash. It requires....gee, I don't know, SKILL. You have to micro manage your party, not just hit attack over and over to win. People also complain that mages get over targeted. I guess they expect the computer to ignore the dudes shotting fireballs for massive damage and hack their way through your line of warriors.

"This game is too hard!!1!"
First off, children, you can change the difficulty at any time. So (another toughy), what do you if you get stuck? Go and cry about it on gamefly? No, lower the difficulty. Or, even better, try making a better character?

"Too many cut scenes!!!1!"
This an R.P.G. Its not Halo or CoD. If you didn't want a good story, go play Boarderlands.

"Too many quests in different menus!!1!"
So what if they didn't spoon read you the key to every quest and told you exactly where to go? Poor kids, they had to read the game....

Too small inventory!!1!"
First, you can upgrade it. Second, I'm sorry your guy can't carry 100+ suits of platemail everywhere.

I think that is most of the complaints. It comes down to this. If you like RPGs, get this game. Buy it. I would say 150+ hours of play for a few playthroughs. There are lots of different ways to play, so you shouldn't really get bored. Even the main quest isn't too linier. Just a great game.

If you don't want to think/read. And just want an easy game. Don't get it.

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