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This review was submitted by Gary Lim. If you’ve played Dragon Age: Origins, or just want to ask Gary more about it, leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Dragon Age: Origins (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
Dubbed as the spiritual successor to Baldur's Gate II, in Dragon Age: Origins you select one of six different origins to start the game and traverse the world of Ferelden to stop the blight that is about to doom man/elf/dwarfkind.
Lore: It is said that the make or break of any RPG is the storyline. In this case, the lore and storyline of Dragon Age is brilliant. The scraps of parchment and books within the land of Ferelden makes for a fantastic backdrop of lore and makes you want to collect all the lore available in the world.
Decision Making: Will you choose Morrigan? Or will you choose Leliana? This is one of a myriad of decisions and choices you have to make in the game, all of which will affect how characters look up to you and the buffs they receive.
Replayability: Each origin brings a different starting location and delivers different choices through the rest of the game. The amazing replayability is emphasised as you pick up different spells when you choose a different class as well as different companions.
Codex: The codex list is huge, immense and informative but the sheer volume is also where it falls down a little. On quest related codex entries, there is no way to scroll all the way to the bottom of the codex to read information that is important.
Dragon Age: Origins is a great single player RPG experience for anyone that is even mildly interested in a fantasy world. It is easy to pick up for first time RPG players with varying difficulty settings. Yet it can also be satisfying for RPG old-timers with spell combinations and deep character development. A must-have for any RPG fan, die-hard or not.
Reviewed by: Gary Lim
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