Review by Sienrurouni
"Bioware's Masterpiece Shines"
The credits are still rolling as I write this review. This is the kind of game where you will pick up and never put down. I devoted countless hours to this game (ignoring the fact that the game counted them as forty hours and seventeen seconds) and never once regretted them.
It is a dark fantasy rpg, similar to The Witcher, made by Bioware, the company that created Baldur's Gate, Knights of the Old Republic, and Mass Effect. Combat is done in a fashion similar to the first two of that list, following a mildly turn based system, where you can have your characters move, and issue orders to them, but they don't simply attack when you hit the button.
Many people have complained about the graphics, but I personally had no real issue with them. They could easily have been better, but they in no way hindered my enjoyment of the game. Unless graphics are a huge issue to you, I doubt that they'll hinder it for you either.
The combat was flawed by the lack of a mouse, but it still worked. The conversations, movement, and inventory management all work seamlessly, and allow you to converse, wander, and micromanage to your heart's content.
The music was enchanting, the combat sounds convincing, and the voice acting perfect. The voices really added to the characters, and truly helped them come to life in my eyes.
It follows a somewhat cliche betrayal + revenge + evil army of monsters trying to destroy everything formula. However, the entire campaign had me on the edge of my seat, laughing, in tears, hating my enemies, and loving my kills at every proper moment. The characters are all incredibly likable (except for Sten) and much of the dialogue is genuinely hilarious. Few things cemented this for me better than Bioware's usual optional romance quest. At one point two different people were in love with me, and the reason that I had trouble choosing wasn't due to liking them both, but due to how convincing it was that the character's were really heart broken if you were to leave them. Never before have I been more moved by the pain of a collection of pixels on my screen.
Final score: 9/10
The game is absolutely amazing. I would give it a ten out of ten if I could manage to convince myself that any game deserved that score. The only issues with it are the occasional minor glitch, that does little to effect the actual game. If you like rpg's, Bioware, dark fantasies, or just games in general, chances are that you will absolutely adore this game.
Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 11/09/09
Game Release: Dragon Age: Origins (US, 11/03/09)
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