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Dragon Age: Origins Guide

Dragon Age: Origins Walkthrough and Guide

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Dragon Age: Origins Guide

Unofficial Guide by Chris Boots-Faubert for

In an interview with, Bioware online producer Fernando Melo provided some insight into the game and the comparisons that were being made online and in the gaming press with the company's other games:

“Dragon Age was always thought of as a a successor to Baldur's Gate, there were many things that we wanted to transfer from there, and part of that is what we enjoy about that kind of game, the combat system, pause and play tactics, party members, these things are the core of the game, and it doesn't translate as well to an action game. But it depends on the kind of gamer that you are. You can totally play it without pausing as well, but on the PC you have a lot more advantage, a lot more incentive to use pause and play and more tactics than you would on the console.”

You might expect that as an action game, being compared to the other smash-hit Bioware title, Mass Effect, is a given - and strictly from a technical viewpoint, that makes a lot of sense - but if you are expecting the play experience to be on-par with that title, you may be in for a surprise!  There is a much greater depth to the experience in Dragon Age over Mass Effect, and it is evident that great care was taken to build upon the experiences that the company had with Mass Effect and improve upon it as the same dynamics were applied to Dragon Age, with great effectiveness.

According to the manual that comes with the game: "Dragon Age: Origins is a modern re-imagination of an epic party-based fantasy role-playing game, dense with story and tactical combat."

This is a pretty accurate assessment - though it does not quite do justice to the intensity and scope of the game.  It is massive in its content and unique variations in story line, and immersion in the story is very easy to experience. There is a subtle flavor to your interaction with the characters you encounter in the game that encourages the development of a moral identity for your avatar that succeeds in making it a personal experience where other games fail.

There are six unique story lines - called Origins - that you can experience, based upon the race and origin of your avatar.  In most RPG games these different origins would be a simple rehashing of the same basic story - but that is not the case here.  Each origin line is unique, contains original plot material, and quests that appear only in that origin story.  This is in my opinion a brilliant approach and is the kernel through which your attachment and empathy for your avatar begins.

If video games were listed in a restaurant menu format, a lot of games would fill the appetizer sections, and still more would populate the dessert section - Dragon Age: Origins however would have to be listed in the "All-You-Can-Eat don't plan on doing anything for a week" section.  Borrowing from the stuffed shirts who write wine reviews, I might add: "This game displays an underlying characteristic of adventure with noticeable hints of blood, valor, and rage.  It presents to the palate in a very entertaining manner, yet stays with you long after you turn off your console in exhaustion and often makes its way into your dreams at night.  I give it a 10.0 out of 10.0!"

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Comments for Dragon Age: Origins Guide

4 comments, latest first.
Nov 28th 2015 Guest
How do I get past the golem of amgrrak it is confusing I just need to get into the red but I can't the game won't let me
I need help!
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Mar 1st 2013 ClassicSilver
To unlock Shale you must download 'The Stone Prisoner'
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Feb 6th 2013 Magrat

Sorry, that came out all wrong. I typed it all neat and tidy, but it doesn't look so good from this view point. Just read the last paragraph of my comment and see if it makes sense.

Hope it helps.
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Jan 31st 2013 Xanmann
How can I cross the ghost bridge so I can get the urn ?? I have been stuck here for hours
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