I've been hesitant to write a review for DA: O, though, because my feelings towards the game have been more than a little conflicted. While there's been a lot to love in the game, I can't help but feel that certain changes could have really put this game up over the top.
|Building my Dwarf Warrior|
Playing as a Warrior, I swiftly gravitated towards two-handed weapon talents...and promptly cleaved my way through the game. Even without a shield, my main character was a juggernaut of destruction, simply hacking through most enemies. The "darkspawn"--a not-quite-orc, not-quite-undead horde that swept across the continent of Ferelden--simply posed little challenge. Even my basic "auto-attacks" dealt upwards of 100 damage per swing, felling enemies with a single slash. Often, combat simply meant switching between targets as I faced one, then another, then another...occasionally whipping out a multi-target slash when surrounded, or a high damage ability when facing a major foe.
Even "red" enemies, with increased hit points and special abilities, were little more than meat sacks ready for me to hack through. While the game itself was artfully developed, the enemies grew...well, boring. Some true weirdness in a dwarven tomb was a welcome change, fighting against the hideous "Broodmother", but monsters like that proved to be the exception, rather than the rule. Similarly, the trip through a corrupted mage tower was suitably icky, but that section was marred by a lengthy (and mandatory) puzzle section, which frustrated me much more than it entertained.
|Morrigan and Leliana:|
Two of my lovely companions in DA: O
|Honestly, would you trust someone|
who looked like this?
|The brooding Jon Irenicus, |
voiced beautifully by David Warner.
Despite my nitpicks, I really enjoyed my time through Dragon Age: Origins. Immediately after completing the main campaign, I found myself playing through "Witch Hunt"--a downloadable "epilogue" based around the fate of Morrigan, my sardonic mage companion. I'm already planning to make it through the expansion pack "Awakening" over an upcoming holiday weekend, as well as picking up Dragon Age II. While reviews of DAII are mixed, its smaller-scale plot and more dynamic gameplay may be more up my alley. We shall see, I suppose!