Product Type: Electronic Arts Xbox 360 games
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Immersive, emotional, incredible.
Dragon Age: Origins (Xbox 360)
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Dragon Age: Origins (Xbox 360)
Advantages: Beautiful story, fantastic music, gorgeously designed characters
Disadvantages: Clunky combat
As a huge BioWare fan, I eagerly followed the development of Origins from May 2009 up until it was released in November of the same year and I have gladly placed it on my list of 'Favourite videogames of all time'.
To create a completely new world, new lore, history, religions and characters can't be easy. But somehow BioWare do so consistently, and do so better than any game developer out there. The world of Thedas and the kingdom of Ferelden, the country in which Origins is set, is immersed in it's own incredible history and corruption and is so emotionally engaging that it's hard to stop playing once you get fully stuck into the main story. In addition to being beautifully voice acted, Origins is filled to the brim with gorgeously designed and fantastically written characters, though the most impressive characters are most definitely the companions your player character (the newly conscripted Grey Warden) can travel with during his/her travels. Each one has their own useful set of skills and each one is wildly different in their views, personalities, likes and dislikes, and by bringing out different companions to fight alongside your Warden each time you will find that they are prone to having deep and quite often humorous conversations with eachother.
The origin stories that play out at the beginning of your Warden's playthrough that determine their race, class and backstory pave the way to giving your character their own unique personality that ensures that you will eventually become attached to them enough to care about what happens to them and how they react to the world around them. And, like with all BioWare games, there are romances to be pursued with four of the companions, each with their own wonderfully written dialogue and quirks unique to them.
Sadly the one thing I can complain about when it comes to Origins is the combat. Though after a while it becomes familiar and easy to use, it is nevertheless clunky and somewhat boring and for those that enjoy playing as the magic-wielding mages, you will unfortunately be left disappointed at how difficult and ultimately unsatisfying it is to play as a mage.
That being said, I have spent hours upon hours playing this game and continue to play it and enjoy it even now, more than two years after its release. BioWare most definitely hit the nail on the head with this game, and it's almost perfect reviews and awards won for it's spectacular writing are testament to the hard work put in by the developers and the writers of this fantastic game. There are a few hiccups here and there, but all in all, it is a masterpiece of the RPG genre and believe me, it is well worth playing again and again, as a lot of the time you will realise that in a game as large as this one, you probably missed something during your first run of the game!
Summary: A++++ --BioWare's done it again!
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