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Dragon Age: Origins Review

By BwwDtt | 12 December 2020
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Dragon Age: Origins is a dark fantasy-themed single-player roleplaying game developed by BioWare.

  • Fascinating storyline and non-linear plot
  • A good skill levelling system
  • Three races and three classes to choose from
  • Deeply customizable appearance and background of the playable hero
  • Unique enemies and bosses
  • Addons that extend the in-game time by many hours

Dragon Age: Origins Description

Dragon Age: Origins is one of the classic RPGs in the style of dark fantasy. It was developed by BioWare studio and published by Electronic Arts. The release took place in November 2009.

One of the main features of the game is the variety of initial plotlines, which will depend on the choice of the character's background in the customization menu at the beginning. However, following the story of each of the background, as a result of the player is faced with a Gray Warden Duncan. He deals with a set of recruits into the ranks of the Order, as the Blight approaching. Blight in the game universe is called the invasion of monsters known as "Darkspawns", led by the Archdemon - the desecrated Elder God in the guise of a dragon. From this moment, the main plot begins, as well as the player's adventure.

Dragon Age: Origins Gameplay

According to the developers themselves, Dragon Age: Origins was inspired by the Baldur's Gate series, which is why you can find similar gaming features here.

Combat system of Dragon Age: Origins

Unlike most RPGs, Dragon Age: Origins has a turn-based combat system. Even though the game can be fought in real-time, in the later stages in challenging battles, you will often have to use the pause mechanic. With a pause, the whole game world freezes, and the player at this time can plan out which character with what skill and on which opponent will use it.

Dragon Age Origins Combat system
Battles are tied to strategy and the ability to take advantage of the strengths of your team competently.

Storyline of Dragon Age: Origins

One of the main advantages of the Dragon Age series is a captivating storyline, and a game world thought out to the smallest detail. It has its background, many sources, having studied which you can get acquainted with the game universe, etc. Besides, the player can also influence further actions, since the game has thought out some non-linear events, as well as several endings. The course of the game will largely depend on the decisions of the player, as well as his relationship with other characters.

Development of the game world

Comparable to the scale of the game universe, Dragon Age: Origins has no less large-scale locations close to a full-fledged open world. The elaboration of both individual buildings and character models is designed in the style of dark fantasy. The gloomy atmosphere created with the help of the environment pleases, which is rarely seen in old-school RPGs.

Character Customization in Dragon Age: Origins

At the beginning of the game, the player is allowed to edit the external parameters of the character. Also, the player can choose one of the six suggested backstories.

Dragon Age Origins Character Customization
Each player can customize parameters like appearance, gender, race, voice and class.

System of skills and character development

Dragon Age: Origins has implemented the classic role-playing model of character development, tied to gaining a level. At the beginning of the game, when creating a character, the player is given a choice of one of three classes: warrior, mage or robber.

Dragon Age Origins Character Customization
Each of them has a unique combat style, as well as its skill tree.

At the seventh, as well as at the fourteenth level, it is allowed to choose a specialization — with the help of it you can get additional abilities that radically change the role of a character in a squad.

Dragon Age: Origins System Requirements

Minimum Requirements

  • Memory: 1GB (1.5 GB Vista and Windows 7)
  • Graphics Card: ATI Radeon X850 256MB or NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT 128MB or greater (Windows Vista: Radeon X1550 256 MB or NVidia GeForce 7600GT 256MB)
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Single 1.6 Ghz Processor (or equivalent) or AMD 64 2.0 GHz Processor (or equivalent)
  • File Size: 20 GB HD space
  • OS: Windows XP (SP3) or Windows Vista (SP1) or Windows 7

Recommended Requirements

  • Memory: 2 GB (3GB Vista and Windows 7)
  • Graphics Card: ATI 3850 512 MB or NVidia 8800GTS 512MB or greater
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 Ghz or AMD Phenom II X2 Dual-Core 2.7 Ghz Processor or equivalent
  • File Size: 20 GB HD space
  • OS: Windows XP (SP3) or Windows Vista (SP1) or Windows 7

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