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Dragon Age: Origins Review

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Kyocera 3rd November 2009, 09:43 Quote
please rework the site background, since all together looks not very convincing (too much white in the middle; more electric blue-lightning colour would do).
The MSI P55 board offering was better done; much better.
-VK- 3rd November 2009, 10:06 Quote
A 4 page review of one of the most highly anticipated games of 2009 and your only comment is on the advertising? *boggle*

Nice review Joe - I'll definitely be picking this up at the weekend!
yakyb 3rd November 2009, 10:17 Quote
interesting review

i took from this that the game is good but not groundbreaking

i have to be honest though this is the first game im interested in the DLC for
tennisball 3rd November 2009, 10:17 Quote
I agree with kyocera. Just to be difficult. :P
Radical_Monkey 3rd November 2009, 10:23 Quote
Something tells me these posts are meant for the Dragon Age review?
M4RTIN 3rd November 2009, 10:23 Quote
shouldnt this be the discussion for the mac news article :-s
The boy 4rm oz 3rd November 2009, 10:25 Quote
One of the most anticipated games of '09', this is the first time I have ever heard of it lol and I consider myself pretty good for with worth while release dates.
Abhorsen 3rd November 2009, 10:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by The boy 4rm oz
One of the most anticipated games of '09', this is the first time I have ever heard of it lol and I consider myself pretty good for with worth while release dates.

Then you have missed the boat on this one. Not loaded Steam up recently?
frontline 3rd November 2009, 10:29 Quote
hehe, one thread for 2 articles, that's what i call efficiency!
CardJoe 3rd November 2009, 10:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by The boy 4rm oz
One of the most anticipated games of '09', this is the first time I have ever heard of it lol and I consider myself pretty good for with worth while release dates.

Really? It's been featured in the mag for previews, we've done numerous full articles on it and it's been hyped all over the place...

http://www.bit-tech.net/search?q=dragon+age
PQuiff 3rd November 2009, 10:41 Quote
Good review....thanks for not going all PCGAMER fapp on us.

I think ill get boarderlands ....pick this up second hand
Toka 3rd November 2009, 10:55 Quote
Is this that game that you previewed a while back with the spell combos in?

Do I remember refernces to half nekkid pixels?

Have I bothered to read the review!

What have you done to the site background???!?!?!?!???!?

(Yeah, was thinking about picking up a 920 / SSD / 5870, thanks for providing more excuses *hug* )
licenced 3rd November 2009, 11:01 Quote
I've just started playing The Witcher after picking it up half price from Steam at the weekend. Dragon Age sounds quite similar, with the addition of recruiting a group. How do the two compare? I've played Baldur's Gate and Mass Effect - loved the first but tired of the second, so if Dragon Age is similarly done I'll leave this one alone and stick with Geralt
CardJoe 3rd November 2009, 11:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by licenced
I've just started playing The Witcher after picking it up half price from Steam at the weekend. Dragon Age sounds quite similar, with the addition of recruiting a group. How do the two compare? I've played Baldur's Gate and Mass Effect - loved the first but tired of the second, so if Dragon Age is similarly done I'll leave this one alone and stick with Geralt

They use the same engine, them two.

Personally, if you want something new and different then The Witcher is what you should get. If you want something familiar and safe then Dragon Age is your man. The Witcher is fantastic, but slightly uncomfortable. Dragon Age is fantastic, but hardly groundbreaking.
The boy 4rm oz 3rd November 2009, 12:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by Abhorsen

Then you have missed the boat on this one. Not loaded Steam up recently?

I don't touch Steam, the only reason I have it is because you need it to play DoW2 and because they decided to release Audiosurf on it, I followed that from BETA and was torn when they released it on Steam.

@CardJoe - We don't get the mag here in Australia and I hardly venture away from the main page and the modding forums on B-T anyway. I vaguely remember a run down in PC Powerplay but it hardly caught my attention because they actually gave it a rather low score (a 6 if I recall correctly). When compared to The Witcher it just didn't really stack up. Then again I am very selective with the RPG games I play.

There may have been a lot of hype overseas but in the Australian gaming community things have been pretty quiet, mainly bitching about Valve releasing a new L4D instead of keeping their promises with the original.
Veles 3rd November 2009, 12:20 Quote
It's not the most talked about game around, that would likely fall to something with big mass appeal MW2, but most people who are into their RPGs have at least heard of it. But I do see where you're coming from, didn't seem as prominent a release as ME was, I remember with ME there were some great developer walkthrough vids in 2 consecutive E3s that were released all over the place.
Mentai 3rd November 2009, 12:21 Quote
I have the collectors edition of this on preorder. I loved the narrative of Mass Effect so much that even if this is a repeat of that I'll probably still enjoy it heaps haha. Good review Joe.
Skiddywinks 3rd November 2009, 12:42 Quote
Didn't think it would ever live up to Baldur's gate. Such a shame. Probably still buy it though.

Your observation that each Bioware games gets more simple is an interesting one. I was shocked when I saw the amount of choices in character in KoTOR and ME; BG was vast in comparison. And I know no one wants me to say it, but it does reek of consolification.

*runs for his life*
quake1-rules 3rd November 2009, 13:08 Quote
Bit-tech - this didn't read like a review but a biased rant. You didn't go into much game's features/specifics. You rate fuzzy topics and quickly give opinions on them rather than trying to describe in detail and let the reader decide. There's a LOT of important stuff about this game that you didn't cover. Your review I rate a 4/10.
[PUNK] crompers 3rd November 2009, 13:12 Quote
i was going to buy this on release, but following the awesomeness of borderlands and this lack lustre review i reckon i'll pick it up cheap later on. tbh i think the graphics look fugly too.
HugoC 3rd November 2009, 13:32 Quote
Odd review, this one. Reading it I would expect a final result of 6 or 7. You gave it an 8. So, it's more of the same, simplistic and generally limited and uninteresting... an 8!
docodine 3rd November 2009, 13:36 Quote
I feel like you tacked on a few points just because the game was made by Bioware, and because they worked on it for a long time.
licenced 3rd November 2009, 13:41 Quote
I'd agree with that - I was surprised to see an 8 there after reading through the review
CardJoe 3rd November 2009, 14:13 Quote
Well, if it came off that way then I guess the tone got a little lost. I really like the game. It's a good RPG. But, on the other hand, it messes up a few things that it tries (such as the gore, sex, violence and quote-unquote adult tone). It's all been done before and it doesn't really live up to the expectations or promised depth. It is still a good game, just not a great game = 8/10.

For further thoughts, I'd suggest reading Oli Welsh's review at Eurogamer. He drew some similar conclusions to me, based on the quick read through I gave his review this morning.
[PUNK] crompers 3rd November 2009, 14:29 Quote
i think an 8 is fine, at the end of day he's saying all the elements that need to be there are there, and they work. its just nothing that hasn't been done before and is too genrefied
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