Dragon Age: Origins Awakening (NA)
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This is an expansion pack for the original Dragon Age: Origins game. You must own the original game to be able to play.
"It's the best RPG of the year -- and maybe the best of the HD era." - 1UP.com
"Dragon Age: Origins feels like a real throwback to the good old days of PC role-playing epics." - GiantBomb.com
From the Makers of the Best RPG of 2009, Dragon Age: Origins, comes the first official expansion pack.
For centuries, the Grey Wardens-the ancient order of guardians, sworn to unite and defend the lands-have been battling the darkspawn forces. Legend spoke that slaying the Archdemon would have put an end to the darkspawn threat for centuries to come, but somehow they remain.
You are the Grey Warden Commander and have been entrusted with the duty of rebuilding the order of Grey Wardens and uncovering the secrets of the darkspawn and how they managed to remain.
How you choose to rebuild your order, how you resolve the conflict with "The Architect", and how you determine the fate of the darkspawn will be but some of the many complex choices that await and shape your journey as you venture to the new land of Amaranthine.
Great expansion, but not as in depth as I would likeVeniVichi | Sept. 28, 2013 | See all VeniVichi's reviews »
Dragon Age: Origins is one of my favorite games of all time, if not THE favorite game of all time in my collection. I couldn't help be disappointed by the expansion but I was nevertheless very impressed by how good it was.
My biggest problem is that some of the DLC armor you have when you finish Origins can't transfer through to the expansion. Buffing out my Warden in her Commander armor from the Warden's Keep DLC and then arriving in a burning stronghold in her underwear kind of ruins the moment.
That is all eventually made up for with the new armors introduced in the game, my favorite being the Sentinel Armor, which reminds me of the Effort set from the Deep Roads. The new companions are fun, though I personally didn't enjoy the return of Oghren (least used character by FAR).
The story is rather straight forward, but running the keep as well as taking care of things in a new city and new places was nice, refreshing, and fun. Though the city was really small it still helped keep things interesting. Some of the side quests take a tragically dark turn and it was kind of depressing, and other quests left me confused and frustrated, but as a whole the main story was great. There's no romance in the game, and I like romancing characters, puts some depth into the game, so that was a minus for me, though not a big one.
Overall the story was good and the gameplay remains the same with new armors and new companions, most I very much enjoyed. (Though the one I enjoyed the most died straight away so that was disappointing)
An epic expansion to one of the best RPG's of the decade.actionjohnson | Feb. 14, 2013 | See all actionjohnson's reviews »
Dragon Age Awakening takes place after the events of Origins and continues your characters story where it was left off. Because of the conclusive nature of the original game, starting in the expansion to find everything you fixed fallen apart again is a little bit disheartening but it's easy to let go. Awakening features an almost entirely new cast of characters, and while some of them might not be as interesting as fan favorites such as Morrigan or Zevran, but they still make for good inclusions to keep the game feeling fresh. The storyline isn't as well told as Origins, nor does it have the same level of gravity, but it's still miles beyond it's competitors. It's a story that is easy to get lost in and the choices it forces you to make feel heavy as ever. Though there are missteps with the story and characters, Awakening is a great addition to Dragon Age and will excite any fan of the game return to Ferelden one more time.