Shop now Shop now Shop now Wedding Guest Edit Shop All Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Learn More Shop now Shop now Shop Fire Shop Kindle Oasis Learn more Shop now Learn more
Customer Review

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A triumph of story over game engine., 31 May 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Dragon Age: Origins (PS3) (Video Game)
I have to confess that I came to this game late. In fact, it was immediately after sinking countless hours into Skyrim. Consequently I have some sympathy for the reviewers here who claim it's nothing like Skyrim. They're correct, it's an entirely different game ethos. It's not like any Bethesda game, nor is it like Dragon Age II in any other way than the lore. I had such a shock transition that at first I didn't like it at all. But something told me this game had hidden depths and I'm so glad I stuck with it. As with my other reviews, I'll try to give a female gamer slant to things.

What really shines in DA:O is the writing. The story is rich, full of political intrigue, backstabing, rich well developed companions and the best romance system in any RPG I've ever played (and I'm not talking about the sex scenes which admittedly are a bit comical at times). The combat is a bit clunky, the codex is badly designed for the quantity of wonderful lore that you collect, and the graphics are sub-par even when taking it's age into account. All of that is forgivable because of the writing.

Story? You design a character (can be female wahey!) and then pick an origin. This means you have several different locations and stories with which to start the game. A human noble starts in a castle with a story of political backstabbing. A Mage starts with a magic test in a demon realm. A dwarf starts undergound in a huge dwarven city. I think there are seven possibilties in total. My personal favourites were elven female mage, romancing Leliana and a human female noble, romancing Alistair (possibly one of the most rewarding romance options - I won't spoil it but I recommend being a human noble with high persuasion skill).

Romance? Deep, complicated enough that there are a few bugs with the approval system, well written, satisfying and best of all, very immersive. Bioware at it's best. Unlike DA:II you have to work at romances here and you can mess them up permanently if you say/do the wrong thing. As it should be really.

Story? Tons of lore, an engaging main quest with many branches, emotional well written endings of which there are many, determined by your choices throughout the game.

Loot? Good. You get to choose what your companions wear. Some of the mage gear, especially the headwear is a bit on the dorky side.

Game mechanics. You could write pages on the problems with the game mechanics from spell animations that stop you seeing anything (try having blood magic and arcane shield active at the same time). As a rogue I was constantly trying to position myself to get a good backstab position which was really clunky.

DLC (not included in this version).

Soldiers Peak. Short dungeon, but it does give you a party storage chest which really should be in the base game, and also some armour and blood mage robes depending on decisions you make. There's also a new ability to unlock.

Shale. Nice quirky new companion, couple of new dungeons to explore.

Awakening. Whole new map, main quest, side quests, loot, bossing people around, new companions. Nice extension to the main game.

Witch Hunt. More new dungeons but the ending lacks resolution.

There are also various add-ons like Feastday pranks which whilst worth having, are probably not worth paying for unless you want to play around with the in-game approval system.

So in summary, if you like a roleplaying game with a deep involving story with lots of lore and aren't too fussy about the game engine or pretty graphics, then this is a must-have.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in

Review Details



F. Martin

Location: UK

Top Reviewer Ranking: 88,812