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- Scalable combat options that let you decide the level of control you have over your party, including NPCs. Issue orders, set your own tactical AI, or take control of any party member to lead the charge.
- 6 possible playable preludes known as 'Origin Stories' which along with your play, define how your hero character will see the world, how it sees you and sets the tone for the entire story.
- Travel across the vast and varied lands of Ferelden; from the conspiratorial halls of the last great dwarven city, Orzammar, to the untamed snarls of the Korcari Wilds.
- Dragon Age: Origins will give you deep character customization options including: class, race, appearance, abilities, and equipment.
- At the heart of the storm sweeping across Ferelden. Decide the fate of nations, people and, ultimately, yourself. Just remember: for every choice, there is a consequence.
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Become immersed in a dark and heroic fantasy world realized with BioWare’s trademark depth and expertise, enriched with its own unique lore and brought to life by some of the best artists in the industry. Deep customization gives you control over your character in Dragon Age. Race, appearance, abilities, and equipment all affect how you look. What you do will affect how you are perceived. Your origin defines your place in the world and how others see you. These playable sequences introduce the world and let you decide how your character becomes a hero, setting the tone for the entire story to come. Stand at the heart of the storm sweeping across Ferelden. Choose the fates of nations, people and, ultimately, yourself. Just remember: for every choice, there is a consequence. Control your perspective as you guide a party of four into battle. Issue orders, build your own tactical AI, or take control of any party member to lead the charge. Downloadable content will provide you with exciting new stories and ways to expand your Dragon Age experience beyond the original game. Use the provided toolset to author your own adventures to share with friends.
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Highly polished and well finished, there are a few tiny bugs that pop up here and there that don't disturb the game play and are gone in an instant. For instance, while confronting the demon in the Fade while rescuing Connor, if you click too fast on a party member after combat is over, the game loops back into a dialogue you already had, with the demon you just fought invisible on the screen. The sound didn't quite catch up to the graphics in this case, but just clicking through the dialogue and the game returns to where it's supposed to be.
The game mechanics are the best I've ever seen in a role-playing game. This game could just as easily be labeled as a strategy game considering the infinite ways in which you can respond to the hundreds of different tactical scenarios it throws at you. When taking into account the options, including what party members you choose for a particular mission and the high degree of variance in their individual attributes (there are only three classes, but specializations can create very different characters within a single class), and we're left with a game with insane amounts of strategic fun and replay value.
All told, this game has all the right stuff. It does everything well, if nothing best. Not making a bigger and better followup game worthy of this original would be a travesty to the large group of diehard fans of this great game that I am now definitely a part of.
Well I wrote the review and was kindly flamed. Yes, the criticism was merited. Although I still think EA's advertisements and marketing were pushing this game to Fallout 3, Oblivion, and even Halo fans. A little more research on my part probably would have made me avoid Dragon Age, realizing that this game is not like any of those games. Oblivion has similar atmosphere, but Oblivion's control system is strictly FPS (or third person) -- not strategy based team fighting. Avoiding Dragon Age would have been a mistake on my part -- I would have missed a lot of fun. I deleted my prior review and wrote a new one.
With that said, and some tender commentary flames licking my boots, I persevered and played to learn what all the great reviews were all about. What I have discovered is that Dragon Age is a very fun role playing game with detailed and spectacular graphics which immerse a player in a fantastic story line that is just complicated enough to hold attention and keep you playing.
Some of the battling requires little planning, and I found the key-more difficult battles fun to lose a couple of times to find the strategy that works. As with most battle oriented games it pays to avoid overwhelming odds and draw fights into managed bits, Dragon Age takes this a bit further especially when you have to coordinate movements and actions of people by periodic pausing, and even changing strategy mid-battle. For someone not used to this system, it did come easier with time. I was pleasantly surprised that even if I died and moved into another character -- as long as one of us won in the end, all of us would come back (with some injury, but still back to life!). I like this type of recovery in a game.
As for the cinematic immersion that makes this game great, Dragon Age runs just fine on my laptop running on Vista 64 with 4 gigs of RAM, and a Nvidia 9800m GS graphics card. I can run Dragon Age at the highest graphic settings available without stuttering, lockups or other obvious problems.... As far as I can tell, Dragon Age was fully vetted prior to release--there have been no unrecoverable errors or game shut downs. Action or cutaway scenes all run perfectly.
There are still times when I struggle to control the camera angles or playing field, but in my view, it is certainly better to have that level of control than let the AI choose. I am glad I tried this type of game, even though I was initially frustrated. For people that are more confused than I was, or find the game complicated, I would give you the same gentle flames that drew me closer to the fire -- keep playing and learning -- you may find Dragon Age to be one of the most fun games you will play in 2009-2010.
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I'm very upset that I spent 10 dollars for this and I couldn't even play it.