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Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening

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Suitable for mature persons 15 years and over.

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"Great plot, but buggy and lacking companion dialogue"
4 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

The story for this expansion is very nice. Intricate, complicated and with choices where there isn't a clear right or wrong choice. In other words it makes you think. The companions are also an interesting bunch, but they are unfortunately let down by the new dialogue system that Bioware decided to try out. There could have been a lot more companion interaction but there wasn't. This expansion is also buggy as anything, there are a few patches out now that fix some things (but not all) so be sure to download those and save frequently in new slots so you don't have to do a lot of backtracking in case you do run into a bug. Certainly worth playing despite the bugs though, I found the story better than the original campaign.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
"Make sure you can run patch 1.03 first!"
1 stars"

Bioware released patch 1.03, which makes changes to the engine, to prepare PC users for running DA:Awakening. It is included in Awakening but unfortunately many people have discovered that a series of bugs in it make the game unplayable. The changes affect both DA:Origins and DA:Awakening once Awakening has been installed.

If you can run patch 1.03 without crashes you shouldn't have any problems running Awakening. If you experience crashes you should wait for a new patch before buying or you will be disappointed.

As to the expansion itself, I was disappointed. It expands playing time but does not add to the story. If you liked the dialogue system in Dragon Age:Origins you may find the changed system unwieldy in Awakening. Unlike Origins, you cannot initiate conversation with your party members, instead, you click on items in the world and wait to hear if any current party member has something to say about it. This can lead to a lot of back-tracking with different party members to get the dialogue, most of which is needed for the storyline.

If you want a filler just to keep you occupied while waiting for new DLC for Origins then you may find this game is fun. Just don't expect it to behave the same as Origins, or for it to add anything to the story. It's more like a standalone quest than an expansion to the original game.

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
"Enjoyable and intriguing, lots of new stuff."
4 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Quite intriguing. Plenty of replay potential using the new skills and talents. Personally, I really enjoyed the puzzles, but you can skip them if its not your thing. I still havn't finished it, so more surprises to come, including the Architect!

0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Description

For centuries, the Grey Wardens-the ancient order of guardians, sworn to unite and defend the lands-have been battling the darkspawn forces. Legend spoke that slaying the Archdemon would have put an end to the darkspawn threat for centuries to come, but somehow they remain.

You are the Grey Warden Commander and have been entrusted with the duty of rebuilding the order of Grey Wardens and uncovering the secrets of the darkspawn and how they managed to remain.

How you choose to rebuild your order, how you resolve the conflict with "The Architect", and how you determine the fate of the darkspawn will be but some of the many complex choices that await and shape your journey as you venture to the new land of Amaranthine.



Features:
  • A Stunning World Expanded: BioWare’s deepest universe to date just got bigger with an all new area of the world to explore, Amaranthine
    • Unlock the secrets of the Darkspawn and their true motivations
    • Rebuild the Grey Warden order and establish their base of operations at Vigil’s Keep
  • All-new Complex Moral Choices: Embark on an epic story that is completely defined and reactive to your play style
    • Shape your entire experience based on the choices you make and how your handle complex situations
  • New Ways to Customize your Hero: Experience additional spells, abilities, specializations, and items to further personalize and customize your hero and party
    • Import your character from Dragon Age: Origins or start anew as a Grey Warden from the neighboring land of Orlais
    • Encounter five all-new party members and an old favorite from Dragon Age: Origins
  • Even more Bone-Crushing, Visceral Combat: Battle against a new range of horrific and terrifying creatures
    • Put your skills to the test against an evolved, intelligent breed of Darkspawn and other menacing creatures including the Inferno Golem and Spectral Dragon!

System Requirements:

Minimum System Requirements
OS: Windows XP SP3/Vista SP1
Processor: Intel Core 2 DUO @ 1.4 GHz/AMD Athlon64 X2 @ 1.8 GHz
Memory: 1 GB
Hard Drive: 20 GB Free
Video Memory: 128 MB (nVidia GeForce 6600/ATI Radeon X850)
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
DirectX: 9.0c
Keyboard & Mouse
DVD Rom Drive

Recommended System Requirements
OS: Windows XP SP3/Vista SP1
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (2.4 GHz)/AMD Phenom II X3 720 (2.8 GHz)
Memory: 2 GB
Hard Drive: 20 GB Free
Video Memory: 512 MB (nVidia GeForce 8800 GTS/ATI Radeon HD 3850)
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
DirectX: 10
Keyboard & Mouse
DVD Rom Drive
Release date Australia
March 19th, 2010
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Box Dimensions (mm)
135x191x13
UPC
5030930087609
All-time sales rank
Top 1000
Product ID
3749745

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