This past Christmas, my brothers really gave me presents that keep on giving! My youngest brother Daniel gave me two games, Dragon Age: Origins and Fallout 3. I was pleasantly surprised when I first started to play Dragon Age, it had most of the bells and whistles that Oblivion (my favorite game at the time) plus a rich and deep storyline. Well I am proud to report 6 months and almost 100 hours later, that the game is Biowares, Masterpiece!
What a life altering experience Dragon Age was for me. I thought Oblivion was a good game up to this point, but I have to say dragon age took it to another level.
“Dragon Age brilliantly combines the genre’s old-school conventions with a few modern twists to create one of the most addictive and expansive RPGs of its kind.”
Besides the deep gameplay, the game featured a truly realistic experience. Especially after I received my new 42″ Flat Screen TV! The game has six distinct openings which vary depending on the character the you select. It also features many tactical and strategic moves that you can use in battle. Do you want your party to hold their position? Or conduct a massive onslaught of an attack? Do you want to control the main character? Or do you need to switch to a mage and turn into a bear to attack the enemy? All of these and many many more decisions are at your fingertips.
Surprisingly enough, the dialogue was very rich and one gets immersed in the storyline. There are political, economical and spiritual elements to endure. One example is the emancipation of the elves from slavery. You can feel the tension from the dialogue with the elves as they remain secluded living deep in the Forrest.
You are immersed with a rich and deep experience the likes you have never experienced before! While on your journey, your characters even speak to each other while you are on your mission. This really makes you feel that the characters are real and not just a couple of drones following you around.
Speaking of characters, you really have to work as a team. You recruit characters along the way with various skills that make your team stronger and diverse. This allows for some a real custom gaming experience since you must choose four out of the many available characters that you recruit every time you stay at a camp or royal quarters.
Overall, I am thoroughly impressed with Bioware’s latest effort in the RPG market with Dragon Age: Origins. The replay value is so high with a game so deep and rich such as D A O, that I just might play it again. That will not be easy since now I am have Fallout 3 in the XboX 360. Not to mention Oblivion V is also rumored to be heading our way in 2011. That is one thing about RPG’s, you can plan your gaming choices for the next few years with all of the deep RPG games that are out there!
It is impossible to list all of the great moments and attributes of D O: A, in just one short article. If you haven’t considered giving Dragon Age and try and your an RPG fan, I say pick up a used copy and give it a shot. You will absolutely love this game!
What are your thoughts? Is this the best RPG game of all time? We welcome your thoughts.