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Dragon Age: Origins - Ultimate Edition (PC)

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Genre: Role-playing / Video Game for Windows Vista / Windows XP / ESRB Rating: Rating Pending / Release Date: 2010-10-29 / Published by Electronic Arts

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      03.05.2013 14:33
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      Dragon Age Origins: Ultimate Edition
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      Introduction
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      This is a fun game which has a really long game play on some forums people have said that just the vanilla game play can take you 60-80 hours. Then the awakening dlc can take you 10-15 hours with the rest of the dlc taking 9-12 hours to complete. One of my favorite armors in this game is the blood dragon armor which you also unlock in mass effect 2 by having it on this game, this armor also unlocks on dragon age ii. There are many dialogue choices that you can make which will affect the storyline of the game there are also consequences for your actions such as losing a party member if you take a action that they do not approve of.

      This game has you trying to stop a unstoppable force of evil called the darkspawn which only rises from the underground system in this game during blights which will be led by an arch demon. The game also has religious elements, such as the chantry which seems to be a more extreme version of the church with their Templar's whose job it is to hunt down rouge mages.

      I bought this game on steam while it was on steam and that meant that i managed to buy it 75% off at £4.99 although now that i have played it i would have quite happily paid the full price for it. This is because of the replay value which i feel a lot of games are missing which makes you feel cheated especially when the games storyline can't be affected by your choices. this is what games need cause and effect which makes them more fun because you feel like the world is evolving around you instead of staying static.
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      Storyline
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      The origin stories on this game can differ greatly although so far i have only played as a female human mage and a male human noble just these two choices are excellent with the fact that you start in completely different locations. when you are a human noble you are a cousland while as a mage you start out by entering the fade which is explained as where you go when you dream. the different types of characters also offer you more background on characters you did not know much about on your last playthrough. there is also the choice to be a dwarven noble or commoner as well as i believe the choice to be a elf either living in the dalish forest or being a elven mage.

      There is also continuity other all of the origins because no matter what you are introduced to Duncan the Grey Warden. You are always selected as a potential Grey Warden recruit and you will eventually during the game play end up choosing to go with him because the current characters might want to get rid of you for a crime or they might want to betray you. some origin stories might actually close of choices for you because of the prejudice of the NPC's.

      The storyline has lots of plot twists which can happen at unexpected moments, which will be explained to you eventually. With this game when you just think that the game has ended more events happen which drags you back in. I will not go into too much detail about this because i will most likely end up releasing spoilers which is something i would like to avoid. In my opinion this is one of the best games that bioware have ever produced, if you like Zaeed Massani from Mass Effect 2 and 3 then i a sure that you recognize his voice for the mayor of Redcliffe villiage.

      you can also roam around the map although you should make sure that you get the Lothering quests done before a certain point in the game as the darkspawn will attack and then make it inaccessible to you. you will be able to unlock new areas along the way which also gives you the chance to find new NPCs and new characters that might join your party. you will find it difficult to make money in this game which is why I like the fact that a merchant will set up at your camp which will mean that you can sell the excess items in your items so that you can pick up other items on quests instead of destroying items in your inventory.

      The battle system is very different from other games that i have played in that you right click on the enemy you want to battle and your player will keep on attacking and then you can use powers such as bashing your enemy with your shield which is fun because as well as dealing some damage it has the chance to disorientate your enemy. what i don't like about the battle system is the way in which you can be stunned and if your health is near depletion then there is a chance that you could die this is why i would recommend to make quick saves often so that you are not pushed too far back.
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      Why buy the Ultimate Edition?
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      If you do not own the normal version of Dragon Age Origins then in my opinion it is worth buying it as the ultimate edition because it comes with all of the downloadable content, which includes awakening which i have not played yet which is why i have not reviewed that part of the game yet. In the future once i have i will add that onto this review, most of the DLCs add new story lines and campaigns to the game which makes the world much more interesting it also makes you appreciate how much time and effort Bioware have put into this game of theirs.
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      Final thoughts
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      This game is a must have game for any gamer who likes RPGs and likes to immerse themselves in the game world like the Mass Effect series there is a codex that you can read which really pulls you further into the game lore. in my opinion you have to have a tactical mind to complete some parts of this game because it gives you a interesting view of the world. I have not really played any other RPGs other than the Mass effect series but this game uses the technology available excellently.
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      Requirements
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      Minimum
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      OS: Windows XP SP3/Vista SP1
      Processor: Intel Core 2 DUO @ 1.4 GHz/AMD Athlon64 X2 @ 1.8 GHz
      Memory: 1 GB
      Hard Drive: 20 GB Free
      Video Memory: 128 MB (nVidia GeForce 6600/ATI Radeon X850)
      Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
      DirectX: 9.0c
      Keyboard & Mouse
      DVD Rom Drive
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      Recommended
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      OS: Windows XP SP3/Vista SP1
      Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (2.4 GHz)/AMD Phenom II X3 720 (2.8 GHz)
      Memory: 2 GB
      Hard Drive: 20 GB Free
      Video Memory: 512 MB (nVidia GeForce 8800 GTS/ATI Radeon HD 3850)
      Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
      DirectX: 10
      Keyboard & Mouse
      DVD Rom Drive

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