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Top Customer Reviews
The story is well written (though this is usually a given for Bioware games) and the playthrough is fun enough. But due to the linear playstyle and lack of any character development, there is really little reason to play more than once. All previous downloaded content is incompatible with this expansion. Rather sad to try and play my previous character and find that I started out completely naked.
I had hoped that loading a previous campaign would fill out the story and world I made through my previous actions and encounters, but it actually changes little. You see a familiar face, but not one anyone really cared about.
The new skills are nice to have. Each class has a new row of advanced skills which have level requirements rather than any stat pre-requisites.
I didn't try out the mage campaign, so I can't comment on how well the new spells work but I can't see how this should make or break this game.
In the end, I would have given this a higher score, but the price tag is nuts for an expansion. After buying the game, all of the DLC's and now this expansion we are looking at $80 to $100 just to get everything. Not being able to use your download content items is rather sad as well. Expansions should "expand" a game, not add a disconnected tangent to a story.
Then there is the liner generic rpg quests that seemed mostly just time killer, search all over map for dragon bones, search all over map for rare seeds, search all over map for particular tree...etc, much of it was pretty boring leg work. There isn't any unique quests besides the main ones, also, there are very few places to go, I know this is an expansion, but you only have ONE city you can go to and its very small.Read more ›
The expansion is a solid game, but it's nowhere near the level of its predecessor. It's excessively easy (the original was a challenge at certain points even on Easy mode, but it's quite possible to get through nearly this entire game without ever reaching 3/4 health), not terribly well-plotted, and very short - especially in comparison. The clever sidequests and elegantly unfolding main plot of the first one are replaced with what are pretty much exclusively fetch quests, to the point that characters sometimes even give you actual recipe lists of loot to gather for them. A few of the original voice actors return, but they're not given a lot to work with - the story is rushed and the script lackluster, and most of the characters aren't very well fleshed-out. Even the levels are brief and full of padding, and a lot of it felt like they were just ticking off boxes to reuse existing stuff from the first game (the four main components are a city level, a forest level, a Deep Roads level, and a creepy village level, plus there's a lengthy detour to the Fade - sound familiar?). Even down to reusing character models for what were cool and unique challenge fights in the first one, like the Broodmother and the High Dragon. It was a little difficult to escape the feeling that I'd seen all this before, even with the new content.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Arrived promptly, was as described, was well packaged, was as expected, very satisfied.Published 5 months ago by Pat Hunt
an extention of the gamelplay of the original. Story is not as good but new specializations are neat. worth the buy.Published 10 months ago by John A.
This game is fun and exiting. Extend your dragon age origins experience with this add on. You will enjoy hours of more killing. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Cosmic Jester