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on 11 January 2011
There's not a whole lot else to be said about Dragon Age by this point. It's a fantastic return to form for Bioware, who have struggled to produce anything decent since the first Knights of the Old Republic game. With Dragon Age they have taken the KoTOR formula of combining real time and turn based RPG gaming and thrown it into a blender with Oblivion, Lord of the Rings and a small pinch of Mass Effect to create a genuinely epic RPG that couples satisfying, rewarding gameplay with a great story and characters. If you haven't already played it by this point, then you clearly aren't much of an RPG fan. This Ultimate Edition was my first time properly playing the PS3 version of the game, having previously bought the original at release on 360, so this was going to be a somewhat 'fresh' enough experience for me that I was sure I'd have no trouble replaying the game again and still getting full enjoyment out of it. I wasn't wrong either. It's still very much a fantastic game, and the new added content really adds to the package... for the most part.
As you no doubt know by now, the Ultimate Edition includes the full DA Origins game, the 'Awakening' sequel/expansion pack and all of the downloadable content released for the game(Which is quite a bit of content in itself). To say this package represents tremendous value for money would be putting it mildly, as the actual game alone is one of the most extensive RPGs around, taking me around 60 hours or so, and that's not even doing everything and only going off one of the six unique 'starter' stories you can play. This collection would be an absolute steal... if not for the fact it has one very glaring flaw that proved instensely frustrating once I noticed it: The game does NOT have all of the downloadable content included on disc, despite what it says on the box.
Yep, the DLC pack "Return to Ostagar" is NOT on this disc. Yes, you will see it available to install from the disc when you put the disc in, but no matter how many times you install it, it does not appear in the game. It is NOT on the disc. I know EA have promised to provide free codes to download the DLC if you contact them, but even so, this is an amateur hour mistake for such a high profile release and I find it hard to believe there was no better way to spare us all some inconvenience here. It may seem a comparatively small complaint, but it does still make this release, by it's very name, a pretty blatant piece of false advertising, a lie pressed in Blu-Ray if you will, and it is for that reason I'm cutting the score in half for this release(You'll see it as 3 stars, but it's a spiritual 2 and a half). That reason and no other.
There's no reason this shouldn't have been caught in quality control, so it's hard to forgive no matter how much gate closing when horsey is long gone EA do. I bought this disc in good faith, and I got an incomplete package. Would you buy a Kit Kat if one of the fingers was missing? This is the same thing in my eyes. It doesn't matter how tasty the other three fingers are, you pay for FOUR fingers, you have a right TO FOUR FINGERS!
Get your crap together EA, or I'll be getting my chocolate elsewhere in future.