Dragon Age: Origins

A classic cRPG developed by the famous Canadian studio BioWare – the creators of such iconic RPGs as Baldur’s Gate, Neverwinter Nights, and Mass Effect. The game is set in a typical fantasy universe inhabited by several non-human races. Long ago, in response to a demonic Blight, the elite brotherhood of Grey Wardens is created to fight the spreading evil. Now, as the Blight returns under the reins of an arch-demon, you have to gather an army and personally take command of up to 4 characters to stop it once again. Gameplay is built around real-time combat with active pause and story quests, featuring many dialogues, interesting characters, and moral choices, whose consequences become evident later in the game. While playing, you can choose between the classic isometric view – typical of earlier BioWare games – and modern third person perspective.

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PC / Windows
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Dragon Age: Origins

Dragon Age: Origins | PC

RPG, TPP, fantasy, classic RPG

Companies responsible for Dragon Age: Origins

BioWare Corporation | game developer

Electronic Arts Inc. | publisher   Official website

Dragon Age: Origins release date for PC:

game language:
English

03 November 2009 | Worldwide

06 November 2009 | Europe

03 November 2009 | USA

Game mode: single player , size: 2 DVD
Game score 9.0 / 10 calculated out of 11315 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 8.6 / 10 calculated out of 1337 players' votes.  

Sony PlayStation 3
Game Dragon Age: Origins (PS3) Cover
Dragon Age: Origins

Dragon Age: Origins | PS3

RPG, TPP, fantasy, classic RPG

Companies responsible for Dragon Age: Origins

BioWare Corporation | game developer

Electronic Arts Inc. | publisher   Official website

Dragon Age: Origins release date for PS3:

game language:
English

03 November 2009 | Worldwide

20 November 2009 | Europe PAL

03 November 2009 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player , size: 1 BD
Game score 8.6 / 10 calculated out of 1389 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 8.4 / 10 calculated out of 216 players' votes.  

Microsoft Xbox 360
Game Dragon Age: Origins (X360) Cover
Dragon Age: Origins

Dragon Age: Origins | XBOX 360

RPG, TPP, fantasy, classic RPG

Companies responsible for Dragon Age: Origins

BioWare Corporation | game developer

Electronic Arts Inc. | publisher   Official website

Dragon Age: Origins release date for XBOX 360:

game language:
English

03 November 2009 | Worldwide

06 November 2009 | Europe PAL

03 November 2009 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player , size: 2 DVD
Game score 8.4 / 10 calculated out of 639 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 8.4 / 10 calculated out of 211 players' votes.  

Dragon Age: Origins for PC / Windows is a role-playing game created entirely BioWare. For the Canadian studio, it is a return to the roots. In 1998 the company became famous for the cult Baldur's Gate and later gained more renown for other role-playing games such as Neverwinter Nights, Knights of the Old Republic, or Mass Effect.

Story

The action of Origins takes us to the kingdom of Ferelden, located on the continent of Thedas. This region, inhabited by humans, elves and dwarves, became the object of an attack by the darkspawn, a plague composed of all sorts of monsters under the command of a powerful archdemon. To protect the Fereldans from evil, Grey Wardens, an order of all sorts of people sworn to fight the darkspawn, were summoned to help to defend the land. In the game, our character is offered a chance to join this group, so as to be able to stand up to fight against the rampant evil. The single player mode provides approximately 60-100 hours of gameplay, and also provides the ability to download DLC expansions.

One of the most interesting elements of Dragon Age is the necessity of making choices and thinking about their consequences. Almost every quest offers us many different solutions, and the decisions made not only shape the main character, but also affect the game world.

We are also forced to choose between two not very optimistic options. For example, during the journey, we encounter a possessed boy whom we can personally murder or allow to sacrifice the life of another person in order to save his soul. Another essential element of Origins on PC / Windows are the dialogues implemented similarly to those from Mass Effect, enriched with mimics, behavior of specific characters, and a wide variety of dialogue options. The conversations are made of over 900 thousand words. All primary and secondary characters are voiced-over. For this purpose, more than 140 actors were involved.

Gameplay

Following the example of many other role-playing games, the game begins with creation of the main character. We set the the race, gender, and class (warrior, rogue, mage), as well as an origin. In the latter case, we decide between the initial six stories, such as urban elf, human noble, dwarf commoner, or a mage. The way you start the adventure is reflected in the later stages of the game.

Combat takes place in real time, but the developers of Dragon Age for PC / Windows gave a system of active pause at our disposal. The game presents a relatively high level of difficulty. Consecutive victories are connected with the necessity of matching and skillful use of a variety of skills, talents, and spells. The player’s party can consist of a maximum of four characters, whom we can issue commands or scripts their behavior, making it unnecessary for us to interfere at all. The team consist of some interesting people, including an assassin, Zevran, the witch, Morrigan, qunari, Sten, or Alistair, the Templar. Inactive characters are waiting for their chance at adventuring at the camp. In that place we can also improve our relationship with them (hearing their stories, giving them gifts, etc.). We can also have a mabari warhound.

Technology

We can watch the world in two main ways, namely: from the perspective of a third person, or from the traditional isometric view reminiscent of the classics (the Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale series). The developers put a great emphasis on providing detail and unique appearance of each of the main areas we visit, among which we find the city of Denerim, the Brecilian forest , the dwarven fortress of Orzammar, or the elven mage tower ruins. The environment is partially interactive and the game looks even more attractive thanks to the realistic play of shadows and light.

PEGI Rating

Age rating. The PEGI rating considers the age suitability of a game, not the level of difficulty.Game contains depictions of violence.Online Game.

System requirements

Recommended: Core 2 Quad 2.4 GHz, 2 GB RAM, graphic card 512 MB (GeForce 8800 or better), 20 GB HDD, Windows XP SP3/Vista SP1

Dragon Age: Origins Ultimate Edition

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Dragon Age: Origins Game Guide

game guide 18 November 2009

This main guide to Dragon Age: Origins video game contains a detailed info on primary and secondary quests available in the game.