I've lost over 100 hours to Bioware's fantasy epic since a copy landed on my doorstep back in the winter of 2009 and I don't regret any of them. Fantastically messed up, dripping with mature themes and significant amounts of gore, and the same rag-tag Bioware tropes tweaked this time to fit a setting that resembled Middle-Earth in more ways than one, Dragon Age was a glorious RPG feast for the generation reared on the Baldur's Gate games, now all grown up...although it must be said that DA doesn't quite match those games for sheer brilliance, but then few games do.
Zavvi are currently offering both console versions of the game - a little inferior if you ask me, turning combat into a bit of a mess rather than the tactical treat it is on the PC - for just £12.95. Whilst this might not hugely impress PS3 fans who are able to get it 20p cheaper over at Tesco with the FTSL15-1 code if you haven't already used it, this should please X360 owners, who'll be saving a couple of quid on the nearest price over at Sendit.
- Click here to buy Dragon Age: Origins for £12.95 from Zavvi [PS3]
- Click here to buy Dragon Age: Origins for £12.95 from Zavvi [X360]
I love this game, it's absolutely everything you'd expect from a Bioware RPG. True, that makes it somewhat predictable, and we've all seen these complex character tropes in every other Bioware game, but an average Bioware game is still a lot better than most other games out there. The overarching story is typical of the genre: medieval-esque kingdom beset by demon horde, but it's the little sub-plots that make the game stand out, not least in the six origin stories from which you choose at the start. In fact continuity throughout the game is so affecting that it seems a shame not more of this was made when Awakening rolled around earlier this year.
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll cheer and you'll probably shout 'WTF?!' at least once, but you won't regret picking this up if you're an RPG fan. Sure, it doesn't really bring much new to the table, don't be expecting a KOTOR or a Mass Effect here, but when a bread-and-butter RPG is done this well it's always worth checking out. Also, the voice acting is exemplary...Molyneux take note!
Need to think about it some more? Why not check out my review for a more in-depth look at the game.
Thanks to tinodz at HUKD