Reviews for Dragon Age: Origins Awakening (NA) dns

70

Great game, questionable expansion

Lunk | July 23, 2012 | See all Lunk's reviews »

Judged on its own merits, I really liked DA:O Awakening. The gameplay is pretty much exactly what you (hopefully) loved in the base game, there's a lot of playtime to be found in the package, and I felt like the storytelling (and particularly the decisions the player is asked to make) are a solid improvement over the original. There was one point where the game actually forced me to stop and seriously consider what the right choice was - not "which option will give me the best reward?" but rather, which one was honestly the right thing to do - which I find is very rare in RPGs that too often default to very obvious, extreme choices.

The downside is that it feels awkward as a followup to the story you just concluded in DA:O. You play a prominent role in all kinds of climactic events (trying to avoid spoilers here for anyone who hasn't played the base game), and then you boot up the expansion and all of a sudden your big shot hero is back to being asked to deal with lowly bandits or to track down a woman's philandering husband. I also experienced some technical difficulties with the save import process, with decisions I had made not being recorded correctly and random pieces of equipment failing to carry over.

There's a lot to like about Awakening, but it definitely has some flaws.

93

An amazing expansion to an amazing game.

ruready12 | March 12, 2012 | See all ruready12's reviews »

This expansion pack is absolutely wonderful. Expanding a game that was amazing to begin with is an added bonus to the work and carefulness put into this game. This expansion pack provides a deep, inspiring expansion to the game and will last for hours upon days of time. I have also seen a quite noteable graphics increase in this expansion compared to the game itself. I highly reccomend you buy this expansion as it will last you hours.