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Best fantasy adventure game to date
Posted by: urme from: San Antonio, TX on
I've been playing these kinds of games for over a decade. I've always enjoyed them, and this one blows all of the previous ones away. The storyline is great. The voice acting is great. And you can play the game more than once and enjoy the differences with each new character. I really got my money's worth with this game. Thank you Bioware.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Worth the Wait
Posted by: PMMM from: Maryland on
Dragon Age was supposed to be released a long time ago, but production issues hampered the developer team's ability to meet the original deadline. No matter...what finally made it to gold was well worth the wait.
Exceptional graphics. An engaging and engrossing main story. Side quests, unlike most games of the genre, which tie directly back into the main quest, and have the ability to alter the direction of the game. Many different ways to play.
Some feel that the game is a bit linear. Compared to The Elder Scrolls series (ie: Oblivion) or Fallout 3, every game runs on rails. But the way BioWare put this game together, your dialogue decisions affect furture events, as well as the order with which you choose to advance through the main quest. Any action you take...even killing off an NPC will reverberate through the rest of the game. You can't run across every field or climb every mountain as in Bethesda Softwork's offerings, but the ever maliable underlying story more than makes up for the compartmentalized world.
Some argue that it lacks roll-play-ability. Not true. You can play the game any way you want. In my first play-through, I chose to be a male elf warrior that only used two-handed weapons. How I needed to play each battle scene was dictate by my choice, thus required me to play the companions in a way to support that decision. My second play through I played as a female human rogue that specialized in distance weapons (and became a Ranger specialty class). The play-through was much different than the first character. Consider, also, that your gender affects how your party members react to you as well. The web BioWare created is extremely intricate, moreso than any RPG I have ever played.
The only issue I have with the game is the very limited random dialogue expressed by your character. These are the quips your character makes when you click on an action. I wish BioWare would have reserved a few more mb for this feature. If I hear my character say "Would you like me to get you a ladder so you can get off my back" one more time...
You will need a late-model gaming computer to play this game in all of its glory. The graphics are stunning at high settings, and mods are available on the net (fully supported by BioWare's insistance on providing mod-able games and tool-sets for said modding) which enhance the experience even more...if your PC can render it.
My computer was recently rebuilt with the latest and greatest quad-core processor and top-end SLUI graphics card and gamer-grade sound card, as well as 8gb of DDR3 RAM. I can peg all of the setting to max. I do not know how well it runs on a "lesser" machine. Sorry I can't help there.
In short, if you like Computer Role Playing Games, you need to play this game. It is the greatest CRPG created to date. Given Diablo, Baldur's Gate, Fallout, etc, that's saying something. Mass Effect 2 is out now...and I've been wanting to play it since I heard it was in development. Problem is, I am not finished with Dragon Age yet...I wonder if I ever will. There are so many different avenues of play I want to try yet. That's saying something.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Okay game: Repetative and Unoriginal
Posted by: Reeceypooh from: Salt Lake City, UT on
It's an okay game. The graphics are great, and it has good voice acting. I like the character story development at the beginning.
It all just ends up being more of the same. There aren't that many spells or skills to learn, so there is not a lot of variety in the gameplay. It ends up being pretty redundant, fighting the same guys, picking up treasures that you can't equip and watching people get betrayed over and over. Seriously, everyone betrays everyone in this game. Just wait for it. It will happen.
It was fun at first, and if you are new to the RPG genre, you may really enjoy it. I've been playing RPG's for 15 years, so this didn't really offer anything new for me. I like a little more freedom in exploring and how to engage an enemy.
Also, being able to stack 2-4 actions for support characters would be better than the Tactics/AI system. You could do both, but just Tactics doesn't meet the need of every situation/battle.
It was a fair game, but I would expect a little more from Bioware. This seems like a game meant as a distraction while people were waiting for Mass Effect 2. I'll keep buying Bioware because they have put out some great titles, I just expect a little more than this.
7 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Engaging game so far.................
Posted by: Crimsonbard from: IL on
It took me a while to finally decide to purchase this game since I am not a big fan of turn based games. Some of my favorite games are Diablo, Divine Divinity, Divinity 2, Witcher, Sacred, Oblivion etc. For those of you familiar with these, they are real time action games with varying degrees of quests and character dialog and development. I like to be able to wade in to a battle with only one character to manage and have the computer manage any companions.
That said, I am finally getting used to pausing and switching between orders of the group but I still find this much more difficult than single player games as my party is often overwhelmed. I have found a way around this in the use of scouting ahead and then sending a bow forward to target an enemy character and then having my character run back to the group in the hopes of drawing a few enemies. It works most of the time but is much more tedious than just wading in and kicking butt. :-)
See old dogs can learn new tricks. I am pleased with the graphics and the character acting and voice over work. So far about a 10th into the game, I feel it was worth purchasing.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Best RPG Ever
Posted by: zfactor from: on
Dragon Age: Origins just ascended to my number two slot for games.
(Number one is The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, which happens to be untoppable)
The game thrusts you into the massive world of Ferelden. It has many locations that vary from towers to castles to mountians to villiages. Of course, if you don't like the map, you can add your own content with the downloadable toolset (which is a bit too complex to jump right in...)
However, the main storyline of the game will keep you occupied for over 50 hours. If you do every side quest you come across (and there is a multitude of those) gameplay can well exceed 100 hours. Some side quests are mini series, with completion of the first unlocking the next. As of this review, I have done some (about half) of the side quests and 75 percent of the main quest and have 73 hours of gameplay. Of course that is with one character...
The best part of this game is the "origins story" of the characters. There are three playable races: humans, elves, and dwarfs. You can choose to be male or female, pick from three different classes, and then an "origins story." This is a prequel to the main game and adds varience to replays before taking up the main quest. NPCs also react differently to different classes and races, but it doesn't really influence gameplay. They basically say "Didn't expect to see an <insert race here>!"
Your companions add another level of depth with romances, additional side quests, and they react to your every choice. If you do something they very much oppose, they may leave your party or attack you. But if you did something they liked, thier feelings towards you increase, and they gain minor status bonuses for liking you enough.
Combat is strategy based. You will not get very far running in with your soldier and hacking away at everything. You have to use your abilities wisely, maybe paralizing the frontline, then taking out the archers and mage with one character, while keeping the frontline busy with another. Playing the game is the best way to develop this strategy...
Overall, go buy the game. Just go do it now. Why are you still reading this? BUY THE GAME!!!
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
I have never seen its like....
Posted by: Zwomann from: Toledo, Ohio on
This game is simply amazing. Who would have thought that a game would make you laugh so much, cry so much, love so much - I kid you not. I have played it three times through already and am STILL hearing new dialog between the characters that cracks me up. I think I even had an xrated dream about Allistair... lol. I know, I am lame. I have always loved fantasy RPGs, and have NEVER had one that has had me itching my palms in excitement of getting back to playing. Anyway, the voices, the dialog, the massive amounts of customization, the open non-linear play. WOW. The only reason I chose good from excellent on graphics was that there was some armor clipping but the game is so good I didn't notice it until the 2nd time around. I was SCREAMING and crying at my monitor the first time around at the end. You will see why… lol The second time around I made different decisions to get an ending I liked better. The third time around I decided to be a total jerk to see what would happen. I am telling you, make sure your house is clean and the kids have dinner before you sit down to play, because you will NOT want to stop playing once you start. Oh, I originally bought this for my son at Christmas but he was being a jerk so I opened it and played it myself. Needless to say, he didn’t get it back.
5 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Epic Game - In my Top 5 List
Posted by: DC4912 from: Knoxville, TN on
Pros: Pretty Much Everyting
Cons: Long loading times on world map (if you’ve been playing a long time).
Dragon Age is like a combination of Neverwinter Nights 2, Knights of the Old republic & Oblivion. It is absolutely in my top 5 list. It’s a great blend of Strategy and Roll Playing.
The character creation is just like Oblivion, where you can change your character’s features (hair, color, nose, eyes, etc…).
The interface is almost identical to the Neverwinter Nights 2 overhead view. And when you zoom in, you have a 3rd person view.
It has a pause feature before combat initiates, just like in Knights of the Old Republic (which you can turn off if you like).
It definitely has Re-playability. For me, the installation was smooth as silk and I’ve have had no problems at all so far (and I’m playing it for the second time).
The graphics, cut-scenes and story line are all superb.
The variety of Weapons, Armor and Magic is incredible.
This game is worth every penny spent.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Do not buy, the link is broken!!!
Posted by: CB33707 from: on
I've called 4 times, and Best Buy will not give me a solution or a refund. Very frustrating!
2 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Great FRPG game with beautiful graphics
Posted by: RonM from: OKC on
A Very good game for people who love Fantasy Role Playing Games. High-end graphics and audio as well as a very engaging game play make this game VERY good. To see all of the effects, movies, cut-scenes and experience all of the graphics you will want at LEAST a GeForce 9600 video card, GTS250 or better recommended. You can use a GTS8800 but you may wish you had two of them in SLI mode. You will want a monimum of a 2.4Ghz dual core CPU (Athlon or Pentium) and a couple of Gb of memory.
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Best computer game I've every played
Posted by: Dean1958 from: Mount Dora, FL on
This game is the best computer game I have ever played, and I have played plenty. Half-life 1 and 2, Diablo, Fallout 3. All great games, but none have sucked me into a new world as completely as this one. The characters all are interesting, have their own motivations, and interact with each other differently. Character creation is simple but has a huge impact on the game. Also, the game is just plain fun.