If you're an Xbox 360 owner and an RPG lover, or if you know someone who is and you haven't bought them anything for Christmas yet, then rejoice! Somehow a whole bunch of stars have aligned and led the folk at Gameplay to lower the price on the Xbox version of Dragon Age: Origins to just £23.98, so those of you console owners left weeping over the amazing Steam deals of the last few days finally have something to cheer about.
God only knows how long this particular deal is going to last, but it probably won't be very long, and considering you're making a saving of £10 on the nearest competitor (DVD.co.uk - £33.99) this one's a bit of a steal.
I've waxed lyrical about my love for BioWare RPGs, and this game is essentially Knights of the Old Republic mashed together with a Lord of the Rings-esque fantasy setting, with eight unique starting chapters to choose from depending on which class and race you choose for your character at the start.
Essentially the plot is as follows: you and your band of trusty cohorts trot off around the land trying to marshal the three main races - Humans, Dwarves and Elves - as well as a spire stock full of mages, to help defend the kingdom against an enormous army of uruk-hai....I mean darkspawn. Along the way you'll find yourself beset by many a moral dilemma, lashings of gory real-time combat, some great voice acting, oodles of textual information and narrative stuff, and also The Worst Sex Scene Ever Made.
Dragon Age: Origins isn't a massive game, or at least it doesn't feel like it should be, but I'm well into my seventieth hour. As a world, Ferelden sucks you in and refuses to let go; and yes the graphics are duller than your average Scottish beach, but the story and the characters, in particular, are so richly drawn and observed, that before you know it it's 4am again and you've got to be up in less than three hours.
This game doesn't really tread new ground, but it gives you a lot of bang for your buck and rewards long periods of play with a great game epxerience as well as back ache and eye strain. You can check out Lydia's appraisal of the game here, or for a longer ramble on just how much love I have for this game you can read my review. Regardless, at this price you're getting a hell of a lot for your money, and it comes in the form of one of the best games of the year.
Thanks to phill01 from HotUKDeals