About the Product
- Includes The 2009 ?RPG Of The Year? Dragon Age: Origins, The Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening Expansion Pack, Plus All Nine Additional Content Packs
- Critically acclaimed winner of more than 50 awards including over 30 ?Best Of 2009? awards
- A tremendous $114 value at one low price
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If you haven't had a chance to play this game, start with this "Ultimate Edition." No question about it. DA:O is certainly good enough as is, but BioWare released a series of add-ons since its release that aren't quite worth the price tag they were given. This collection, on the other hand, is a great deal. Buying DA:O, its "expansion," and every piece of DLC at release would have cost you a grand total of $160. Unacceptable and insulting, especially considering the quality of some of the DLC. On the other hand, the cost for the "Ultimate Edition" is a fine price for you to enjoy the heck out of DRAGON AGE: ORIGINS, and make up your own mind about the add-ons without conflict.
NOTE: The package includes two discs. The first contains only DA:O, while the second is an installation disc for the add-ons. You WILL have to install the DLC from the second disc to play them. They're not terribly big files, but people with limited HD space should take this into account.
-DRAGON AGE: ORIGINS (5/5 Stars): In my old Amazon review, I gave this game 4/5 stars because of its difficulty, but that was nearly a year ago...and I'm still playing.Read more ›
Graphics: I have often heard people speak ill of the graphics of Dragon Age. I suppose the graphics are only slightly better than that of Xbox 360 games that came out on release day, but definitely not as poor as PS2 graphics that some people claim it sports.
Considering what they have done with the game, I can't say I would complain about the graphics. Every single piece of armor shows on every character on every cut scene. Cut scenes change based on what you have done and who is in your party, and every dialogue piece changes depending on who is in your party. It is remarkable to see little details such as what boots a character is wearing showing accurately in every scene. I consider this to be an impressive game. And it may not be FF 13 graphics, but it does some far more impressive things than FF13 ever attempted.
Glitches: Yes the game consists of glitches, are any of them game breaking? I haven't run into any as I had with Fallout 3. The glitches are sometimes audio fails to properly trigger, some characters outfits or beards tend to fall into each other, there was one scene where my character performed the killing blow on thin air because the monster had already fallen, so glitches exist, and they can be distracting.Read more ›
One of the great things about Dragon Age is the approval system -- your game choices and your dialog options and you use of various "gifts" will influence how much esteem your party members hold you in. Earn their loyalty and you'll unlock special skills, and maybe even romance. Alienate someone too much and they might outright leave.
This nuanced system replaces the literally one-dimensional morality mechanic in games like Mass Effect, Fable, KOTOR and others. I find it so much more realistic.
Here's what the feastday DLC pack does: it takes this innovative game mechanic, and completely destroys it. It gives you abundant access to cheap gifts that *hugely* pump up the loyalty ratings of everyone in your party. If you want to keep everyone at max approval, it's just too easy. It'd be really hard not to.
For each character there is one special gift that gives +50 approval, and one "prank" gift that gives -50. Here's how it went down for me. I had a character who I'd worked hard to get up to, say, 80. Not knowing what the gifts do, I gave her the "good" gift. Her approval maxed out at 100. Then I gave the prank gift. It went down to 50. I thought, "hey, I got robbed! I should get it back to 80 again." Well, this is easy: you just buy three copies of "Thoughtful Gift" from your local merchant. (I'm serious.) That's it. Only once I'd done that, I was drunk on the whole idea, long story short, five minutes later everyone in my party had max approval. Yeah, I'm weak.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this game so far. I bought it for my husband but wound up stealing it from him and playing it myself! Great game!!Published 17 days ago by Daylon
Graphics are pretty, but seems drab in coloring for some reason which makes everything feel like a London winter. Read morePublished 5 months ago by shawn