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Dragon Age: Origins Awakening - Playstation 3

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Platform: PLAYSTATION 3
  • Experience additional spells, abilities, specializations, and items to further personalize and customize your hero and party ? Import your character from Dragon Age: Origins or start anew as a Grey Warden from Oralais.
  • Embark on an epic story that is completely defined and reactive to your play style ? Shape your entire experience based on the choices you make and how your handle complex situations.
  • Encounter five all-new party members and an old favorite from Dragon Age: Origins.
  • BioWare?s deepest universe to date just got bigger with an all new area of the world to explore, Amaranthine ? Unlock the secrets of the Darkspawn and their true motivations ? Rebuild the Grey Warden order.
  • Battle against a new range of horrific and terrifying creatures ? Put your skills to the test against an evolved, intelligent breed of Darkspawn and other menacing creatures including the Inferno Golem, Spectral Dragon and others.
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Platform: PLAYSTATION 3
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0032LTVX6
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: March 16, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,413 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Platform: PLAYSTATION 3

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Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening for PlayStation 3 is the first expansion to the award-winning single player RPG, Dragon Age: Origins. Developed by role-playing game (RPG) specialists, BioWare, Awakenings is a standalone expansion, meaning that ownership of the original game is not necessary, although players of the original game are afforded the choice of utilizing their character from the original game or starting with a fresh character. Additional features include an expanded storyline, new creatures, locations and more.

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New character Anders in action in Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening
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New creatures of the dark.
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Queen of the Blackmarsh, a deadly Spectral Dragon from Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening
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Story
For centuries, the Grey Wardens — the ancient order of guardians sworn to unite and defend the lands — have battled the darkspawn forces. Legend says that slaying the Archdemon would have put an end to the darkspawn threat for centuries to come, but for all the Grey Wardens' vigilance, somehow the creatures remain. But there is a new spark of hope. 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.

Gameplay
As with the original Dragon Age: Origins game, the Awakening expansion is a single player RPG in which the path of a player's created hero is determined through a combination of ongoing actions throughout the game and the character's particular backstory, known as an Origin Story. Origin Stories relate primarily to the combination of the chosen race of the character and that individual's socioeconomic status. For example, a player who favors a Dwarfish character may have a variety of options, including the choice of being a commoner or a noble. As the character progresses through the game he will interact with any number of non-player characters (NPCs) who may have a particular opinion of Dwarves which may or may not be altered by the fact that the character is of noble or commoner status. These built-in impressions, blended in real-time with the character's interactions and choices alter the hero's personal path and eventually the outcome of the events of the game. Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening is a standalone expansion, meaning that ownership of the original Dragon Age: Origins game is not necessary for play. That said, players of the previous game are afforded the added benefit of importing their character from the original game to continue that adventure, or beginning anew with a new character and Origin Story.

Key Game Features

  • A Stunning World Expanded - BioWare’s deepest universe to date just got bigger with an all new area of the world to explore, Amaranthine.
    • Unlock the secrets of the Darkspawn and their true motivations.
    • Rebuild the Grey Warden order and establish their base of operations at Vigil’s Keep.
  • All-new Complex Moral Choices - Embark on an epic story that is completely defined and reactive to your play style, allowing players to create an entire experience based on both overall choices made and how complex situations are handled.
  • The Varying Influence of "Origin Story" - Begin your character's adventure with a specific socioeconomic Origin Story that will affect attitudes and exchanges with NPCs, creating the possibility of a wide variety of game endings and thus add to the game's replay value.
  • New Ways to Customize Your Hero - Experience additional spells, abilities, specializations, and items to further personalize and customize your hero and party.
    • Import your character from Dragon Age: Origins or start anew as a Grey Warden from the neighboring land of Orlais.
    • Encounter five all-new party members and an old favorite from Dragon Age: Origins.
  • Even more Bone-crushing, Visceral Combat - Test your skills against an evolved, intelligent breed of Darkspawn and other menacing creatures including the Inferno Golem, 'Queen of the Blackmarsh' - deadly Spectral Dragon and The Children, a hideous and huge arachnid like scourge.

Product Description

"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. "

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Certain things should not be rushed March 27, 2010
Platform for Display:PLAYSTATION 3|Verified Purchase
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Dragon Age: Origins is a fantastic RPG with a fresh, challenging, vibrant new world to journey in. With that said...
Awakenings is more glorified DLC (with flaws) than an a quality expansion.

The story, perhaps understandably, is rather direct. For the type of game this is, it fits. This is pretty much hack 'n' slash with some dialogue thrown in. The whole interpersonal aspect of the original is mostly gone. My wife misses the tales and long nights with Alistair & Zevron; I tend to run around just killing things; but I miss the choice of interacting with NPCs. It lacks ambience, but again, that owes a bit more to flavor of Origins than a failing of Awakenings. Some nice things are thrown in, like runes and very sweet weapons. Graphics, although not earth shattering, are very alluring.

What does fail about awakenings is the lack of difficulty. I brought in a level 25 character (level 35 cap is a joke) and ran around with my 3 NPCs almost naked (Velanna smacks a mean punch) on nightmare and tore through grunts & bosses. The boss battles lasted literally under two minutes each. The frame drops and slowness during battles & using stealth is discouraging. Also, some of the quests are insanely short. And the ending (and one of the main quests) is as anti-climatic of any ending in any book, movie or game I have come across. Ever.

Overall, it is an enjoyable, low difficulty hack 'n' slash; but not close to memorable. With such high standards in Origins, this seems rushed, done for profit and amateurish in a sense. Like Bioware let relatively promising interns take over the project while they work on DA2.
All the best.
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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't even feel like Dragon Age: Origins. March 28, 2010
By T.Ras
Platform for Display:PLAYSTATION 3
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
I bought this game for the PS3. I love Dragon Age: Origins and was insanely excited to get my hands on this expansion. My husband and I played Origins together, made several characters, and have gone through the story half a dozen times over the past few months. We got tired of this expansion in one weekend. The expansion just feels rushed and incomplete, and it doesn't fit well with Origins for me. It doesn't feel at all like the same game that I loved.

The storyline here seems to be more linear than in the original Origins, but it's also more vague. I wasn't sure what exactly was going on half the time that I was playing, and just seemed to be rushing aimlessly from one dot on the map to another.

Also, the game seems to have a lot of glitches. I lost interest pretty quickly during one of the first main quests when everyone in town got angry at my character for "choosing the other side," when I hadn't even done anything yet. The entire quest just glitched and I couldn't do anything in the town after that.

Another favorite glitch would be clicking on an item that I want to pick up, suddenly having a party member try to talk to me instead, and then the game blacks out and my character winds up on a part of the map that isn't even accessible (such as behind a cliff, enveloped in blackness, or stuck in the middle of a swamp).

In Origins, I really felt like my characters were defining themselves, growing in their own unique way, and forming unique relationships based on their choices. In Awakening, I feel like my character is wandering aimlessly, easily hacking and slashing down weak enemies, and it's all pointless and linear.

I loved talking to party members, having conversations, and giving out gifts in Origins.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Acceptable for the Dragon Age Lover March 17, 2010
Platform for Display:PLAYSTATION 3
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I have to say enjoyed this expansion and personally feel it was worth the money. I am a self-professed Dragon Age obsessee. The new spells and abilities are fun to play around with, and I like the new characters.

I imported my old character (a female human noble) and was happy to see Alistair's reaction to her, as she married him at the end of DA:O. Seeing old characters again was also fun, and I love the one they chose to return as a companion/follower.

Also, since I didn't have her equipped with anything from the DLC, she had all of her armor and everything, including some odds and ends she'd still had in her inventory I hadn't bothered to sell before the final battle. [I've read that armor loss is a problem for those with DLC armor equipped at the end of the game, but I am hopeful there will eventually be a free patch for this.]

However, I do have a few tiny issues. You can't talk to your companions to have actual dialogues with them, just a pop-up sentence or two when you select them, and your returning companion loses all of his affection for you so you have to win it all over again.

And...the new spells and abilities weren't terribly useful to me. They're great. I mean, who doesn't want to raise the dead? But I could do just as well in the battles, it seems, without them and just using the ability boosts. Don't get me wrong. I wouldn't trade them, but I am slightly disappointed.

I love Dragon Age, and for me, this expansion was worth the money. I don't know that every Dragon Age player would agree, however. It isn't an epic adventure, being only an expansion, and it doesn't cost much less than the original.

I can recommend it for those who really love the game and want more of it, in any form. If that isn't you, I think you should look into this expansion before buying it, particularly if you don't have $40 to burn.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
This expansion pack doesn't work it just attempts to load for hours on end
Published 3 days ago by Broken_Malice
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent fun, though pricy.
As someone who enjoyed Origins and played it to death, Awakening was a welcome opportunity to spend more time with the world of Thedas and with the Grey Wardens. Read more
Published 21 days ago by fiertia
2.0 out of 5 stars bad
I heard many reviews of this game many loved it, but personally the story was not that engaging and the controls were not that good.
Published 3 months ago by Elio
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game.
Very fun, and as far as in-between games go, was above my expectations.

I'd fully recommend this (and the whole series) to anyone who likes dark and/or fantasy games.
Published 3 months ago by Sheila Chaffins
5.0 out of 5 stars dragon age:origins awakening
all i have to say about this game is awesome this is a must buy if you like the first dragon age origins game. Read more
Published 5 months ago by brett
4.0 out of 5 stars We'd like the game... if we could play it!!
The game is fine.... but for other people that plan on getting it, make sure you have the DISC to Dragons Age: Origin the first one.... Read more
Published 6 months ago by sjnapp
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing RPG
Great story, lots of variety in classes, multiple races to choose from. This is one of the best RPGs on the PS3.
Published 6 months ago by N. Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok
Not really as fun as the original game, but it adds a little something to it. I didn't really use any of the new power ups or items they gave me. Kinda easy...
Published 12 months ago by Jade
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy RPG
I enjoy role playing games and this one is great and it was at a good price to try it for the first time.
Published 13 months ago by Stephanie M. Warner
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent extension.
Awakenings works well as a continuation of a great game, and can be worth it for people that loved Origins. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jeff M Spies
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