Publisher EA and highly regarded Canadian game developer Bioware have teamed up to produce a dark fantasy of epic proportions. Dragon Age : Origins follows the history of the Grey Wardens, charged with protecting the land of Ferelden from a coming scourge.
One of the most intriguing aspects in Dragon Age : Origins is the player's ability to choose from one of six starting backgrounds, selected via the character creation screen. Once the player has chosen a race (from Human, Elf, or Dwarf) and a basic class (Mage, Warrior, or Rogue) then the historical options are provided. Each starting story is unique and will determine a great deal of the plot and backstory provided through each play-through.
Gameplay is somewhat unique to other titles typically produced by Bioware - it is neither a third person FPS style as offered by new intellectual property Mass Effect, nor is it menu based as in Knights of the Old Republic. Somewhat similarly to Blizzard's massively popular MMORPG World of Warcraft, the player is able to link a variety of spells, attacks, and skills to controller hotkeys and sling them out in quick succession, waiting only for the cooldown to reset.
Dragon Age : Origins is already drawing criticism from many reviewers and players for its somewhat staid graphical palette, a critique which has to be given at least some merit. The textures presented, even in high-definition, are not up to par with other Bioware titles such as Mass Effect. This being said, the game does not suffer overmuch in this capacity, and still manages to present an interesting visual atmosphere.
The variety of character customization via skill-trees and prestige classes is also extremely nice to have for fans of the role-playing genre. The spells and attacks are somewhat unique and interesting, and allow for a degree of specialization that allows for a wide variety of character builds.
Dragon Age : Origins is currently available for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.
Overall Rating : 8.5 / 10