2010 Reviews

Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening

  • Review Date: 2014-04
  • Release Date: 2010-03
  • Developer: BioWare
  • Rating: 8.0

The important thing to remember when start Awakening is that this is an addon pack, not a full length sequel. While I pumped 50 hours into Origins, while in Awakening I would have easily completed it within 15 hours. That being said, most action titles come in well under 15 hours, so this is still a very respectable length.

However, it does still feel like just a continuation of the first game. The graphics and combat are all exactly the same. If you choose to you can continue your Origins character (which I did), so I was even playing with all the same gear and levels. But you do get some new allies to help the fight, a new story and several new areas.

I won't go into the story, but it's actually pretty decent and in the end reveals important new facts surrounding the Blight and Dark Spawn.

Despite importing my previous lvl 20 character, I didn't find Awakening too easy. I'd hate to have started fresh (I believe it starts you on lvl 18 - but poor gear?) which must make Awakening pretty damn tough. I also carried through some pretty good gear in the Paragon armor and Starfang II. I didn't pick up anything in Awakening to replace this. Along with Oghren with pretty superior Origins gear that carried over (I think) meant only my other two campanions were a little poorly equipped (usually Anders and Nathaniel). I must admit, the companions weren't quite as interesting as Origins or even Mass Effect.

There weren't too many tough battles, apart from the final boss which I was having a huge problem in getting anywhere until I discovered the camping spot that made it very easy. Without that, it would have taken me many attempts (like that goddam Origins dragon). Otherwise gameplay is all the same as Origins. A few new enemies have been introduced, that's about it.

So you get to play in a series of new levels, nothing spectacular, just the same style as Origins. Honestly, overall, there's not much to talk about in Awakening. It's just more of the same. You could almost consider this a very long DLC. It you enjoyed Origins, you'll enjoy Awakening.

Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening

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