Review by ThePeopleShow
"One of the top 3 RPGs released for the xbox360 to date."
One of my favorite past-times is playing rpgs on consoles (I've never been a HUGE computer player, but I have dabbled in a few games). In my personal opinion it has been since the release of Fallout 3 that anything truly fantastic has been on the market. A few weeks before Dragon Age: Origins was released in the US I saw a comercial for it on the television. It looked absolutely EPIC, so I jumped on my computer to do a bit of research on it. I had been searching for an RPG that could keep me interested for more than a few days at a time, or at least a game I couldn't beat in 6 hours (like Fallout 3). I picked this game up 11/3 and 10 days later I can still hardly put it down.
Music/Sound Effects (4/10)
This is the only area of the game where I really have any major complaints. There is nothing memorable about any of the music in this game (I mean I haven't played pokemon in 8 years, but if I heard the music I would automatically know what game it was), in fact you could go as far as saying it is quite forgetable.
Yes the graphics are not "perfect", but they are by no means bad. The only real issue I have is the same problem most rpg games have had since I can remember. Sometimes if you initiate a conversation with someone (near a fire for example) the people become very distorted and a bit glitchy looking. Other than that the graphics are pretty much what you would expect from a rpg game; good, but not amazing.
The dialogue options you have when talking to npcs or party members can range from serious talks to obvious sexual references. The range of options you are presented with keeps the game fun and interesting (Even when you've played 60 hours already!). The dialogue your party members have with each other when you are not in combat is also quite hilarious at times. Overall I think one of this game's best aspects is how much your words can change the gameplay.
Character Interactions (10/10)
My favorite part of this game is how much BioWare emphasized the importance of character interactions. Each party member responds differently to how you act; either in conversations with them or in how you chose to complete quests. In certain situations some party members might like it if you play the "nice-guy", whereas some members may disapprove of your actions. There really is not enough room for me to talk about all of the different things you can do in this game just with conversation (So I'll move on).
Overall the gameplay is pretty amazing. It is exactly what you would expect from BioWare, and it does not disappoint. The only flaw, which seems to occur only if you play for extended periods of time at once, is that the game can be a bit buggy in some places. In all honesty no game is ever going to be perfect, most rpgs tend to share the same problems with gameplay.
Difficulty Levels (6/10)
The difficulty levels are a bit disappointing due to the fact that the easiest level (casual) can be considered a joke and the hardest level (nightmare) is controller breaking tough.
In my opinion, if you like BG and BG2 or any other BioWare games, this game is TOTALLY worth the $60. Also, this is one of the only games that the guide to it is actually quite useful as well. I know a lot of people have shunned this game because CoD: MW2 just came out, but it really is worth the time (and money) you'll put into it.
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 11/13/09
Game Release: Dragon Age: Origins (US, 11/03/09)
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