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Dragon Age: Origins

by Electronic Arts
 Ages 18 and Over
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)

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Platform: Xbox 360
Edition: Standard
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  • A Stunning World to Explore: BioWare's deepest universe to date with over 80 hours of gameplay and more than double the size and scope of Mass Effect
  • –Travel throughout dozens of environments and fully immerse yourself in a shattered world that is on the brink of utter annihilation
  • –An epic story that is completely shaped and reactive to your play style
  • Complex Moral Choices: There are no easy choices
  • –Tailor your Dragon Age: Origins experience from the very beginning by choose from six different Origin Stories
  • –Decide how to handle complex issues like murder, genocide, betrayal, and the possession/sacrificing of children without the security of a good/bad slider to tell you what to do
  • Full Character Customisation: Sculpt your hero in your own image or fantasy
  • –Elaborate character creator allows you to create your own hero unique from anyone else
  • – Shape your character's personality and morality based on the choices you make throughout the game
  • Engage in Bone-Crushing, Visceral Combat: Battle against massive and terrifying creatures
  • – Unleash legendary powers and choose from over 100 different magical spells and skills
  • –Experience the adrenaline rush of brutal combat, beheading your foes or casting spells that make enemies explode from within

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Game Information

  • Platform:   Xbox 360
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 15 years and over Suitable for 15 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 15. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 15 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Platform: Xbox 360 | Edition: Standard
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  • ASIN: B002BWONI0
  • Release Date: 6 Nov 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,704 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: Xbox 360 | Edition: Standard

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Product Description
Dragon Age Origins places the survival of humanity into your hands. Created by Bioware, a developer known for richly detailed role-playing games and as the producers of Mass Effect, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and Baldur's Gate, Dragon Age is a high and dark fantasy epic of violence, lust, and betrayal.

Battle the demonic Dark Spawn
Battle the demonic Darkspawn.
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All Dragons Great and Small
Here be dragons.
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Upgrade your gear to survive
Upgrade your gear and weapons to survive.
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No-one fights alone
Befriend, influence and romance to survive.
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A whole new world
Explore a huge and richly detailed world
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Story
You are a Grey Warden, one of the last of an ancient order of guardians who have defended the lands throughout the centuries. Betrayed and abandoned by a trusted general in a critical battle, you must hunt down the traitor and bring him to justice.

Gameplay
Bioware have built Dragon Age Origins to have the most content of any of their games since Baldur's Gate 2, giving the player a huge world to explore in Ferelden whilst fighting the Darkspawn threat. With real time combat and command of up to three additional party members, balancing your attention between chaining together blows and using your party's skills to best advantage will be key. Being the saviour of the lands isn't the most popular job surprisingly, so conversation and diplomacy with both the reverent and the hostile is essential to progress in whatever moral and story path you decide. With crafting in traps, poisons and herbalism to refine your battle arts and boost your party in and out of battle, there'll be enough depth in items and statistics to satisfy the most hardened dungeon crawler whilst still providing a rich story-based experience for first timers to the genre.

Characters
Starting as a warrior, mage or rogue in Human, Elf or Dwarf form, Dragon Age Origins features a wealth of character customisation options both on and off the field. Each combination of race and class comes with its own "Origin Story", which combines with player dialogue choices in the game to produce a large variety of possible endings--all with voice dialogue.

With specialisations in skills earnt as your character progresses, evolve from an apprentice in your chosen field to become as focused or as versatile as you chose. Party members and support characters come with specialisation options of their own, and with an eclectic cast varying from fellow Gray Wardens to mages and spirit healers your back is definitely covered. With a dark fantasy plot married to Bioware's conversation and relationship system, choose your conversations with care as friendship, hatred, violence or love could be the end result.


Key Features:

  • A Stunning World to Explore - BioWare's deepest universe to date with over 80 hours of gameplay and more than double the size and scope of Mass Effect.
  • An Epic Story - Completely shaped and reactive to your play style, multiple endings await based on your actions. Choose wisely..
  • Complex Morality - Murder, genocide, betrayal, the possession of children—in this world, there are no easy choices.
  • Tailor your Dragon Age - Origins experience from the very beginning by choose from six different Origin Stories.
  • Full Character Customisation - Sculpt your hero’s image, personality and morality based on the choices you make throughout the game.
  • Bone-Crushing, Visceral Combat - Battle against massive and terrifying creatures with legendary powers and choose from over 100 different magical spells and skills, including beheading your foes or casting spells that make enemies explode from within.

Product Description

From the makers of Mass Effect, Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic, and Baldur's Gate comes an epic tale of violence, lust, and betrayal. The survival of humanity rests in the hands of those chosen by fate. You are a Grey Warden, one of the last of an ancient order of guardians who have defended the lands throughout the centuries. Betrayed by a trusted General in a critical battle, you must hunt down the traitor and bring him to justice.

As you fight your way towards the final confrontation with an evil nemesis, you will face monstrous foes and engage in epic quests to unite the disparate peoples of a world at war. A romance with a seductive shape-shifter may hold the key to victory, or she may be a dangerous diversion from the heart of your mission. To be a leader, you must make ruthless decisions and be willing to sacrifice your friends and loved ones for the greater good of mankind

Game features:

  • A Stunning World to Explore:
  •  BioWare's deepest universe to date with over 80 hours of gameplay and more than double the size and scope of Mass Effect
  •  Travel throughout dozens of environments and fully immerse yourself in a shattered world that is on the brink of utter annihilation
  •  An epic story that is completely shaped and reactive to your play style
  •  Complex Moral Choices:
  •  Tailor your Dragon Age: Origins experience from the very beginning by choose from six different Origin Stories
  •  Decide how to handle complex issues like murder, genocide, betrayal, and the possession/sacrificing of children without the security of a good/bad slider to tell you what to do
  •  Full Character Customisation:
  •  Sculpt your hero in your own image or fantasy
  •  Elaborate character creator allows you to create your own hero unique from anyone else
  •  Shape your character's personality and moralit

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best RPG since Final Fantasy 7 14 Sep 2010
Platform for Display:Xbox 360|Edition:Standard
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Bioware, makers of Mass Effect, bring dragons to life in this stunning RPG developed by EA Games. You are one of the last remaining Grey Wardens and Ferelden's only hope of defeating the Blight of Darkspawn and the dreaded Arch Demon.

You are given the choice of playing as a human, an elf or a dwarf. You then select your combat type, you can either be a mage, a warrior or a rogue. You can also choose your background type (whether you want to be a noble, a city elf, etc.) You then get to select your character's personality type and change their appearance in vivid detail, making it as personal to you as you'd like. Being able to make your character so lifelike is definitely one of the perks of the game.

Before you can defeat the Blight and chop off the Arch Demon's head you must first gather an army, in doing so you will recruit members to your party. Your actions and decisions throughout the game will influence your party members' opinion of you and you can even win them over by giving them gifts, as well as having the chance to experience the thrill of romance with a select few! Being able to be so thoroughly interactive with the other characters is the meat on the bones of Dragon Age and definitely makes it worth playing.

Your travels through the cities and villages of Ferelden will give you the opportunity to take up side quests which will allow you to obtain money, treasure and much needed battle experience, as well as unlock the many areas of the map. Most of the side quests are optional, but it is recommended that you do them to get the full experience of the game.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Passionately Recommended 11 Jan 2010
Platform for Display:Xbox 360|Edition:Standard
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Being a fan of medieval fantasies similar to Oblivion, loyal to the makers of Knights of the Old Republic, and a massive fan of RPGs: this game was for me. Dragon Age while not delivering what feels like the whole package, is a real time-sucker. There are many times where I've told myself: "Okay, another half an hour an then I'll come off", and then find that I've played an hour, which eventually turns into an hour and a half and so on and so forth.

The games I listed at the start of this review are clear inspirations for this game. True, Bioware created KOTOR and is famous for its RPGs, so that's not much of a surprise. What is a surprise however, is that saying that they STILL manage to surprise me! The characters are as lovingly put together and as real as you would expect or hope for. I especially love the character Morrigan (voiced by Claudia Black) for her dry wit and dark humour; and she in turn is reflected by Alistair, a relatively new Grey Warden who is dependable in battle and funny for his ability to assess each situation with his light, and equally dry humour. I guarantee you'll keep him your party through most playthroughs.

The plot itself is the before-seen fantasy tale. Heroes against impossible odds and a horde of enemies who seem to kill everyone easily except you. But saying that it's still a loved theme, and the magical thing is that they made another interesting tale out of it fit for a fantasy author's series.

The gameplay is for me, fun and interesting. But people aren't making mountains out of molehills when they say that the radial menu is a nuisance, when you're a warrior or rouge it doesn't pose much of a problem but as a mage with an ever-increasing spell list it can get a tad fiddly; something the pc version has the upper-hand in.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have you ever licked a lamppost in winter? 26 Dec 2010
Platform for Display:Xbox 360|Edition:Standard
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This game has gotten ye olde marmite love it or hate it response, and I for one vote a resounding love.

Personally, I like games with a rich storyline, and it doesn't come much better than this. Firstly, you get to create your own character, which is always a good thing, and each choice comes with a different story. Also, not only can you choose your own responces to the events that take place during the game, rather than watching cutscene after cutscene, but those choices effect the future gameplay.

I've read reviews of people complaining that it is boring, and I cannot see how this is possible. There is so much to do within the gameworld, almost too much, with the additional downloadable/expansion pack content. Its got bloodshed, romance, and a very satisfying conclusion. The achievements are also obtainable, if through a couple of playthroughs - though considering each time you play the storyline is a little different, I don't see this as a problem, but as a bonus.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I have played through multiple origins and endings and put in an embarrassing number of hours. The controls are very easy to pick up, though I almost always go for Rogues and occasionally Warriors, and agree with other reviews that the radial menu is fiddly for Mages. Personally I hate being a mage, hiding at the back casting spells from behind a tree when I could be wading in with a great sword or sneakily going for a cheeky backstab. I find levelling up easiest with Rogues as you quickly become highly persuasive and useful with locks/ traps. Heading straight to Thedas store in Denerim for the accessory that gives you 75 experience for every codex entry is a good way of levelling up quickly.

The gameplay is fun and addictive, but for me story wins over strategy. Unlike a lot of RPGs I've played, party experience is given to everyone, not just the 3 travelling with you. This means there's no penalty for swapping characters/ party combinations whenever you want, as they're all basically the same level. This allows you to learn more about your companions, as they have conversations with each other while you're adventuring. I personally think you get the most out of your companions playing as a female human noble. You have your pick of romances to pursue, but Alistair is probably the best option (unless you're a guy and like the idea of lady love with Leliana!). Alistair is a superb character no matter what gender you play as, but his cheesy chat up lines are hilarious and very heart warming if you go for a girl! Plus who wouldn't want to be queen of Ferelden?! Morrigon is the other stand out character with dry humour and cutting put downs (mostly aimed at Alistair).
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Published 3 days ago by Daniela
3.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable, fun, confusing.
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Published 2 months ago by aliceandjack2011
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Came fast and in good condition, booklet was a little ripped up,but for at the price it was and the fact that it was pre-owned, that is no bother at all. Many thanks
Published 3 months ago by Lily
5.0 out of 5 stars Again
Bought it as a present and it put a smile on a little face, what more can you ask for.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4 star
Good game, very cheap, only four stars because gets very repetitive. Other than that a really good game. :) :)
Published 5 months ago by harry bucknall
4.0 out of 5 stars Dragon Age
This was a good game in its day, still a nice looking adventure game has a lot more depth than dragons age 2 in my opinion.
Published 6 months ago by John Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this game!
I absolutely love this game. Unable to stop playing it once I've started! It's so easy to become engrossed and spend hours playing this. Will be buying dragon age 2 for sure.
Published 7 months ago by susie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic game
I tried playing this ages ago but thought the combat was too fiddly and put it down. After playing SW:KOTOR and getting to grips with the party control system I came back to it and... Read more
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This was quite a challenging game for my daughter but she enjoys playing it on her Xbox 360 games console.
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