Some Random Hillbilly Reviewing Video Games - Dragon Age: Origins
Information and Summary of Dragon Age: Origins
Platforms: Xbox 360, PC, PlayStation 3
Platform I played on: Xbox 360
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Brief summary of game...
Dragons Age takes place in a mythical world where creatures called the Darkspawn have reappeared and are running rampant. Individuals called Grey Wardens dedicate their lives to fighting the Darkspawn. The player controls a player that becomes a Grey Warden and fights to save the world from the Darkspawn.
Summary of Review method
I can assure you that these will be my honest opinion I'm going to try to get detailed and try to present a total picture of the game. Of course this will be completely based off of my opinion so that doesn't mean that you will feel the same way. I would love to hear how people feel about my review whether they agree or not, and everyone is welcome to leave their opinions in the comment section of the review.
My system has 10 sections worth 10 points. 100 total. I also include 4 bonus sections worth 25 points.
The games total score is based on the combination of all of these points. For a more detailed explanation of my system for reviewing video games see my hub... Some Random Hillbilly Reviewing Video Games – My Method For Reviewing Video Games
For RPG fans Dragons Age is a blast. A great combination of story with great gameplay format and tons of customization options.
The storyline is fantastic. The storyline will hold the player enthralled. I've actually played through the game three times, and the various options of the story make it just as interesting each time.
Storyline Depth 10/10
The name Origins refers to the six various possibilities for the main characters back story. Depending on which options the player chooses at the beginning offers one of the six unique openings. They give a couple of hours of in depth story for you to really get a feel of where your character is coming from.
Much of the story revolves around the relationships that the player develops with the great characters that accompany them throughout the game. The character has choices in each conversation that really seem to make an excellent impact on the story. The game really makes you feel like you are the one in control of your character's destiny.
On par with most great RPG's, the game takes some where between 30 – 40 hours to knock out everything there is to do. What makes it great though as that each new area provides a different scenario and different enemies to fight. I was never bored going through this game.
Getting away from the classic turn based RPG, Dragons Age uses a format that allows the character to control what their character is doing and the ability to jump between characters easily. You don't directly control each swing your of the sword your character makes, but you won't find yourself sitting back getting bored either.
The controls are similar to the widely popular (and amazing) Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic created by Bioware several years ago.
The graphics were by no means bad, but they weren't cutting edge either. My understanding is that they had been working on this game for a long time, so perhaps they were little outdated. Nothing looks rough however, they just didn't push the graphics to look realistic. The game looks really good nonetheless.
The sound is on par. It didn't sound like the voice actors were struggling to match their tone to the game so dialogue transitions in to the story really well. The background music choices were also appropriate.
Mechanics 10 /10
Everything melds together really well for a wonderful gaming experience. Fighting transitions to dialogue really well. The cinemas are great. The customization options and all of the weapons and armor options are great.
Replay Value 10/10
I've played through this one three times and honestly could see myself playing it several times more.
While this game doesn't host an abundance of unique ideas, they took every great idea they could and made them better. The Origins thing is really cool. The Fade is crazy.
Dollar vs. Time 10/10
I paid $60 for this game when it came out. As I said it takes someone where between 30 – 40 hours to get through. I've put at least 120 hours in to this game so it works out in my favor. It's definitely worth the money.
The Bonus Points
Download Content + 10
Dragons Age offers a ton of DLC and it's all great.
Co-op + 0
There isn't Co-op
Multi-player + 0
There isn't Multi-player
Other + 5
This game deserves the bonus points for a ton of reasons. The story, the fade, the customization, etc. It even deserves the extra 5 just for the DLC which offers hours of more story, new weapons and armor, and even additional characters.
109 points total... Dragons Age: Origins if every RPG fan's dream come true
Dragons Age: Origins is one of it not the best fantasy genre RPG of this generation of consoles. It's like Mass Effect but with swords and dragons. There really isn't anything bad that I can say about Dragons Age. I loved every minute of it.
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