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- 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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So, I was surprised to hear about this expansion so soon after the main game's release. I mean...when I first heard about this at the beginning of the year: barely two months after DA:O came out. I was concerned that this was just going to be a moneygrab by Bioware/EA, since...who has ever made an expansion that quickly? (Maybe EVERQUEST). Additionally, though Bioware have proven that they are the best at creating absorbing story/character-driven video games, they absolutely suck at DLC. (Pinnacle Station RAGE!)
Is this expansion worth buying? That's difficult for me to say. Hopefully my experience will help you make up your mind.
Chances are very good that this expansion will not snugly sync up with your ending from the main game. In my case, I had made it pretty clear to everyone that I was going to leave with Zevran to track down Morrigan. Then, I begin DA:O - AWAKENING to discover that I had apparently changed my mind and decided to become a commander of the Crown's army.Read more ›
But here my fears were unfounded. A solid 20 hours of fun later, I wrapped up Awakening having enjoyed a full-fledged and very enjoyable Bioware experience. An experience that can change next time around thanks to story choices that impact the game, adding even more bang for your buck.
That's not bad at all for a $40 expansion.
Adding to my fun was importing my character from Origins and watching as he climbed to godlike levels of power, with equipment that would make the archdemon weep with fear. Awesome.
If you're already a fan of Dragon Age or Bioware you know the gist of how their games work. RPG, moral choices, yada yada yada. So let's just cut to the chase and throw out some pros and cons:
The beginning and ending are both a bit abrupt; you're plunged right in with a too-brief intro, and the game ends two seconds after the final battle.
You don't see enough of former allies (the one cameo is from my least favorite character). After spending 60 hours with them, I'd like to have seen them again.
A few bugs made at least one quest impossible for me to finish.
Some "new" monsters are just old monsters with new colors. Didn't palette-swapping die in the 16-bit era?
The elf chick was a total dud of a character.
Some great new characters; Anders is a new favorite, and the new dwarf rocks.Read more ›
It is clear this product was hastily rushed to release with minimal quality control. Not only that, but the lack of connection to the original story makes it seem like this was a cheap cash grab on the part of EA/Bioware. They didn't put the same love and care into it as they did with the original game. Compared to any other Bioware game or expansion, this is by far the worst, and easily the biggest letdown. If you can stomach how much your decisions from DA:O are basically disregarded, and can get past the first 40 minutes of ridiculous, inconsistencies and poor storytelling, there is actually a decent adventure in there. However, it does not live up to the greatness of the original and is not worth the $40 pricetag.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not as extensive as I would have liked, definitely better seen and played as an extension of the first game.Published 12 months ago by Sarah
It's a few years old (2015 as I write this) but still totally fun to play. Not as "open" as Elder Scrolls, not as linear as The Diablo games. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Doctor Gangreene
This game is much more action oriented. So if you enjoy a faster pace game. You'll enjoy this gamePublished 22 months ago by Brent
A good expansion pack for one of my favorite games ever! My dog broke the last disk, so the last purchase was a replacement because I cannot live without my Dragon Age.Published on July 22, 2014 by Thistle