So….. Where shall I start with Dragon Age: Origins, the latest video game by BioWare. I started playing this game last week, when it first came out. Trask asked me for a review, and I whole-heartedly agreed. Unfortunately, I got so addicted to this game, that I couldn’t break free to write it until now (and Trask had to bribe me with some Alpha Omega action). I am waking up in the morning and playing the game for a bit before work. Then playing again during my lunch break (thankfully I work from home). Finally start playing again after work until my wife threatens me with divorce. This game consumes me. So, I guess that is review enough, in and of itself. However, I have a few reasons that I would like to share with the Livingdice.com readers on why Dragon Age: Origins is the BEST RPG game I have ever played. And I have pretty much played them all.
You can go to several places on the web if you want to learn more about the specifics in this game, how it is played, and its content. I am not going to focus on the game-guts itself. I recommend both BioWare’s website and the Dragon Age Wiki. What I will offer is the reasons why I feel you should immediately drop what you are doing and check out this game. If you are playing World of Warcraft, you should be ashamed. That is like reading a choose-your-own adventure book instead of a George R. R. Martin!
Lets start with the Dragon Age lineage. BioWare is no stranger to some of the best RPGs out there. Dragon Age is the spiritual successor to one of my all-time favorite video game RPG’s, Baldur’s Gate. But it doesn’t stop there. you are hard pressed to find a gamer who hasn’t played at least one of their amazing titles. Aside from the Baldur’s gate series, they did the Neverwinter Nights series, the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic series, and Mass Effect; all top-notch, best-in-class RPG video games. Dragon Age lives up to that history and more.
The most important, and pretty much key reason for this game’s awesomeness, is the story. The story is great and that is no surprise given what BioWare has put out before. But this story is HUGE. There are epic cut-scenes and hundreds of NPCs with things to talk to you about. At one point, I was watching cut-scenes and interacting (conversation selections) for about 10 minutes straight. This is the main reason I can’t stop playing this game, I want to see what happens next!
Another aspect of the story is how events and characters are intertwined. The detail they put into this game, the dialogue, and the story, is amazing. Every class has a different beginning to this game. But, when you get through the opening scene, it opens up to a whole world where you can choose what order to do things. I had a friend who started the game at the same time. He played a rogue and I was a mage, so our starts were completely different. Into the game, he went one way, and I went another. But there was one thing that we both got hooked into, only in completely separate ways. And this is the norm with this game. When an NPC is taking to you, they key in on your race, class and decisions you made earlier in the game.
And finally, for those who loved the abilities in Neverwinter Nights, to create your own adventures, that was just the beginning. The Dragon Age Toolset is going to let people create, not only the full-length campaigns, but cut scenes, massive battles, and the like. Check out the Toolset Website for more details.
That’s it in a nut shell. I would say more, but the game calls to me. I must obey my Dragon Age master. And by the way, if you didn’t know, Green Ronin is in the middle of producing the tabletop RPG for Dragon Age and TOR books has produced two novels. So this will be a full fantasy environment. You can check out more information about that here. This is going to get interesting!
But check this out. If this trailer doesn’t’ give you goosebumps, you need to check your pulse.