Dragon Age: Origins (in Off-topic)


QBRanger November 4 2009 9:36 PM EST

Anyone know if this is a game worth getting?

[The Wretched]Freekie [Lower My Fees] November 4 2009 9:43 PM EST

Im quite curious myself...

QBRanger November 4 2009 9:47 PM EST

I read some reviews, and saw a few videos and I think it may be the best game RPGwise I have yet to see.

BHT November 4 2009 11:01 PM EST

Worth getting for sure, based on reviews. 100+ hours of gameplay is awesome, let alone the great story, gameplay and graphics.

I'm picking it up in the morning after class.

BHT November 4 2009 11:27 PM EST

Also you can play the flash game Dragon Age: Journeys to unlock some limited edition items for Orgins. (need an EA account)

I posted the link for the game on the 'Out of BA' page

AdminQBVerifex [Serenity In Chaos] November 4 2009 11:27 PM EST

Some guy at my work got it and says its great. Although I've forbidden myself from buying it until I've finished either A) Oblivion, or B) Fallout 3

QBsutekh137 November 5 2009 12:34 AM EST

Oblivion, HA! I have been sitting on the last two quests for several months now! Best 20 bucks I ever spent, my god I must have 200 hours in...

alaskanpsyko November 5 2009 1:50 AM EST

just by the commercial i've seen it looks its good. probably better if you had people with experience on it or reviews stead of my thoughts. had thoughts on it while i had money...am now regretting i didnt get it.

Demigod November 5 2009 7:23 AM EST

Metacritic:
http://www.metacritic.com/games/platforms/pc/dragonageorigins?q=dragon%20age

Joystiq:
http://www.joystiq.com/2009/11/03/review-dragon-age-origins/

Both gave it glowing reviews, but I'm personally not going to buy it. Despite it sounding like a "game of the year" title, I just don't have time for 100+ hour RPGs anymore.

BHT November 5 2009 5:35 PM EST

Just came home from Best Buy, I'm updateing my PS3 right now. Grrr I hate waiting...

I'll let you guys know how it is in a few hours, if I can take the time away from it to post :P

BHT November 5 2009 8:28 PM EST

This game is Amazing, Iv'e never been so into an RPG. Buy it!

Eliteofdelete [Battle Royale] November 5 2009 8:45 PM EST

What is so good about it gateman?

Demigod November 5 2009 9:07 PM EST

Especially since it turned into crack for you after only three hours. ;)

BHT November 5 2009 9:08 PM EST

Right when it started it reeled me in. You make your detailed character, (Im an Eleven Warrior), pick your skills/stats/etc, and then it throws you into a scene where you get to make all these sweet choices and control what happens throughout the game. Im 2 hours into it and I only stopped to grab a drink, food, smoke and burn some BA.
Overall it's the best game I have ever played, honestly. The graphics aren't as good as some others but the story and gameplay more than make up for it. Granted i'm sure some people won't like it, but there's always them. :P
The play is quite unique to, you run a party (most of the time) and you can equip yourself and your party members with gear (theres tons) and venture off into the wilds and kill some baddies, doing in-depth quests and finding sweet loots. I love the fighting system as well, it's not turn based but it feels really smooth and I really like it, the only minor problem is sometimes the camera targeting views are bad, but the R stick can fix that.
You must play this game if your a fan of Bioware or any RPG for that matter. I'm sure everybody here would enjoy it.
Back to the Game!

Tyriel [123456789] November 5 2009 11:25 PM EST

I'll be getting it this weekend.

BioWare and RPG are my two favorite words to combine. The only two words that come even close are Square Enix.

I mean, Baldur's Gate, NWN, KotoR, Mass Effect... That history of games speaks for itself, IMO. I don't think I'd have to hear anything about Dragon Age: Origins other than that it's an RPG by BioWare to be persuaded to at least try it out, most likely buy it.

But I guess I'm a sucker for a deep RPG or strategy game, regardless of who makes it. Always looking for a good one to play! :)

QBRanger November 24 2009 11:14 PM EST

This is perhaps the best RPG game I have ever played.

Think of being part of a huge novel where you play the main character.

Decisions you make influence others and what responses you get.

The combat system will let you take as much control as you want. From none to micromanaging everything. You can control what NPCs do in every situation.

The negative is that it is so immerse that you will not see the light of day for weeks. It is that good.

If you love RPGs and have time to spare, you can do no better.

kevlar November 24 2009 11:16 PM EST

I wish I had time to spare :/

rrowland November 24 2009 11:17 PM EST

Probably the only thing I'll ever admit to agreeing with Ranger on. This game was amazing.

Demigod November 24 2009 11:33 PM EST

My PC video card sucks, and the reviews for the 360 version sound like it's just not as good as the PC's. I'll probably d/l a swarthy, swashbuckling copy at some point...

BHT November 24 2009 11:48 PM EST

Couldn't have said it better myself Ranger. :)

BHT November 24 2009 11:52 PM EST

I have over 26 hours of gameplay and I just finished assembling my army for the final battle. I'm going to try and finish off some side quests tonight to prepare for battle tommorrow, the side quests are often quite useful. A lot of my good gear was obtained from side quests, as rewards.

Admiralkiller November 25 2009 12:00 AM EST

Lots of fun going to have to play again.

Ariac November 25 2009 12:25 AM EST

The problem I have with most Bioware games is that they all feel like the same game with a different setting. I couldn't get into mass effect but I loved Kotor. I respected Baldur's Gate for what it was but I couldn't get into it. I'm going to download this game tonight and hope they switched the combat up a bit from Kotor seeing as I'm sick at tired of that combat system.

Drama [Just for fun] November 25 2009 1:10 AM EST

Is it a copy of Morowind?

AdminShade November 25 2009 1:21 AM EST

not at all, it is very different from morrowind in my opinion.

Drama [Just for fun] November 25 2009 2:30 AM EST

I'll check it out thenif it seems so cool, there wasn't much advertising about it tho. First time I hear of it.

Sickone November 25 2009 4:15 AM EST


I've played it for about 8 hours with a dwarf noble female warrior, then restarted as a human magi male, passed roughly the same storyline point in about 4 hours...
...(would have been less if the origin storyline wouldn't have been different enough - by the way, it was a MUCH better start if you ask me, the dwarf story, the way I played it anyway, it yanked out all of my nice goodies while the mage story, again, the way I played it, allowed me to keep everything - and it was a lot of awesome stuff I got at the very start with all possible DLCs enabled)...
...and kept playing for another 5 hours or so afterwards.

I then uninstalled the game out of frustration.

But not just frustration with the game itself, don't get me wrong, the game itself at its core is awesome.
The main reason is that my PC is "work-oriented" and not a "gaming rig"(el cheapo Dual Core E2140 @ 1.6GHz, almost decent 8500 GT with 512 MB, and 4 GB of RAM on XP, so I only get to see 3.5 GB or so), therefore as such has some "not quite just mild" problems FPS-wise even at medium-to-low graphics settings.

Still, there was some game-related frustration too.
For instance, I noticed that I was completely spoiled by Mass Effect...
...(a game which I finished three times already, by the way, with the first playthrough on a much worse machine, so I wasn't really bothered by low-ish FPS for a shooter, but I was bothered by it on a RPG?)...
...Mass Effect, a game:
* where there was auto-loot (but not in DAO, and believe me, not only is the looting pretty tedious but the corpses have a nasty habit of occasionally taking from a couple of seconds to almost a minute on rare occasions to turn into lootable containers)
* where you didn't need to spend skillpoints to have support characters use the powers they have (well, at least occasionally, but they used them all without spending precious skillpoints in "not being a complete moron when not directly controlled")
* where every skill, power and item piece was precisely described numerically (as opposed to, say, having a skill that does "a little" or "moderate" damage in a certain field, but each doing different damage in different schools and so on and so forth in DAO ; not to speak of weapon damages which LOOK as if they would be clear enough, but equip them and look at the "DPS" listed number and "whoops, it's got nothing to do with the listed number at first sight")
* where I could swear the camera didn't intentionally try to kill me or hide important stuff from me (unlike another game called DAO)
* where I didn't feel I had to run to the wiki every other hour to avoid missing out on massive amounts of content
* a game where I didn't feel I needed to save before and load some time after just about every conversation with some key NPCs in order to unlock some stuff for "future play-throughs and achievements", unlike DAO where it becomes almost a reflex
* and last but not least, a game where I *didn't* feel the need to keep removing members from my party then add them again JUST TO ENGAGE IN CONVERSATION WITH SOME PLOT-CRITICAL NPCs (I'm looking at you, Morrigan, you copypasted generic sociopathic hot woman believing she's an unique snowflake and acting like a total <expletive deleted>)... oh, and guess what, you could simply bypass that "problem" by grinding away at things, selling the loot and buying her some inconsequential jewlery trinkets which are only available at some select (non-jeweler) trading NPCs (because there are no jeweler NPCs even if everybody buys and sells gemstones, for instance).

Oh well... if the FPS would have been great, I probably would have glossed over most of these so-called issues.

All in all, I STILL highly recommend the game.
Me, I kept all my savefiles, and I'm quite sure than after I buy a new and much faster machine (in a few months if I have an overabundance of cash, or maybe a year if it's just about average cashflow, or whenever it breaks down so I have to get a new one because I work on it, whichever comes first) I'll be right back on playing it.

BHT November 25 2009 8:10 AM EST

* where there was auto-loot (but not in DAO, and believe me, not only is the looting pretty tedious but the corpses have a nasty habit of occasionally taking from a couple of seconds to almost a minute on rare occasions to turn into lootable containers)
-I also hate that it sometimes take awhile for them to be lootable. Most often it is because they had a spell cast on them and you have to wait for the effect to cool down. (with me its often because Morrigan freeze them with her ice spells) This is a very minor issue though and personally I would rather loot myself, looting is fun and I enjoy seeing what I pick up, or don't.
* where you didn't need to spend skillpoints to have support characters use the powers they have (well, at least occasionally, but they used them all without spending precious skillpoints in "not being a complete moron when not directly controlled")
-You can auto-level up your party members if you choose to. I like to spend there skill/stat points to build them the way I want and make sure my party works well together. There is also a tactics menu where you can control there battle actions and set conditions on what they do in battle, it can get pretty in-depth if you want it to.
* where every skill, power and item piece was precisely described numerically (as opposed to, say, having a skill that does "a little" or "moderate" damage in a certain field, but each doing different damage in different schools and so on and so forth in DAO ; not to speak of weapon damages which LOOK as if they would be clear enough, but equip them and look at the "DPS" listed number and "whoops, it's got nothing to do with the listed number at first sight")
-I only played Mass Effect for about 20mins, so I don't recall what your refering to, but I can say that I really like the way the armor tiers are setup, how there is many different qualities and how its setup with fatigue. (note: enemies are more attracted to you the heavier armor you wear.)
* where I could swear the camera didn't intentionally try to kill me or hide important stuff from me (unlike another game called DAO)
-The camera does mess up occasionally, but this is a very common problem with games setup like this. A flick of the R stick fixes everything.
* where I didn't feel I had to run to the wiki every other hour to avoid missing out on massive amounts of content
-This is your choice obviously, I am 28 hours into the game and havent used a guide/wiki a single time and I feel like im doing quite well. I plan on replaying it anyways so what I miss this time around I may run into next time or the time after that and It will make it more enjoyable finding/doing something new.
* a game where I didn't feel I needed to save before and load some time after just about every conversation with some key NPCs in order to unlock some stuff for "future play-throughs and achievements", unlike DAO where it becomes almost a reflex
-The only time I manually save is when im done playing, the auto-saves are quite frequent and serve me just fine. I'd rather just play through the game, rather than worry about missing something.
* and last but not least, a game where I *didn't* feel the need to keep removing members from my party then add them again JUST TO ENGAGE IN CONVERSATION WITH SOME PLOT-CRITICAL NPCs (I'm looking at you, Morrigan, you copypasted generic sociopathic hot woman believing she's an unique snowflake and acting like a total
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