- Series: Prima Official Game Guides
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Prima Games; 10.4.2009 edition (November 3, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0761561420
- ISBN-13: 978-0761561422
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dragon Age: Origins: Prima Official Game Guide (Prima Official Game Guides) Paperback – November 3, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
THIS guide is nothing of the sort. The maps are very small, (3 or 4" on a single page small) and monochromatic, with difficult to follow legends. The quest guides and walkthrough are short, bullet point summaries. They contain virtually no information you wouldn't otherwise know if you're doing the quest.
The sidequest guides are literally a paragraph long, and are basically summaries of the in game quest text. No map, maybe a single screenshot. They are useful only in finding quests you didn't know about. However, in exploring areas, you easily stumble upon all the sidequests. The guide is packed full of spoilers with no warnings. It's easy to flip through looking for something else, and spoil a story point for yourself as you glance over the text.
The "full equipment section" is utterly useless. It contains a full list of unique weapons and armor in the game, but absolutely no location information, so it gets you nowhere. You may see something you'd like to use, but with no location listed, you are left hoping you find it, or looking online for where to get it.
On the plus side, the character creation and class guides are useful, helping you identify the best abilities and where to put your ability and talent points as you start out. The companion guides are also handy, helping you figure out who likes what gifts, how to pursue a romance with a particular character, and how to build them. However, this information is largely available for free on the Dragon Age website and official forums.Read more ›
What's useful to me? How about:
a) A discussion of all the races and classes. Statistics, theories, backstories, descriptions and discussion of different ability choices and so for.
b) Information about setting up a party. A list and discussion of all the NPC's that you can recruit. What's good about them, what's bad, how to influence each one. Information about stuff like possible romances and how that effects the game, and how to pull it off. Suggested settings for the tactical window. Suggested builds (tank, ranged dps, etc) both at a class level and at a party level.
c) Lists of spells and equipment, along with relevent statistics about each one. Others said this is not useful, I disagree. Just having this to read "offline" lets you strategise about how you want to try to equip your characters, and gives you an idea what to buy from merchants and what to "hold out for".
d) The walkthroughs. Ok, so the walkthroughs are high level. I kinda like that. Not useful? Pfft, hardly. For example, I was just in this fight that I had no idea how to win. I walk into a courtyard and seemed to be immediately set upon by an insurmountable force. I had pretty much given up. But the book gives you just enough that now I'm ready to give it another try, with much more of an idea of how I can win it.
e) information about all the quests. One thing that I frequently wonder while playing a game like this was "what did I miss?" when I leave a region. Now I can know that!
In short, I find this guide to be just what I need, and definitely enhances my enjoyment of playing DAO. After reading it myself I really can't fathom why others dislike this book so strongly.
As I said, absolutely useless.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great guide and plenty of information. Covers all those little things you forgot about when you play through for the 3rd or more times.Published 1 month ago by Vincent L. March
learnt about sub-quests i didn't know existed. also interesting additional information and fun facts.Published 8 months ago by leah warburton
Dragon Age Origins is a wonderful totally awesome game. This Guide helps me with some of the puzzles. I would rather have a guide than constantly looking stuff online. Read morePublished 8 months ago by RJ the Great Cat Lover