Dragon Age: Origins
Released in 2009 by Bioware, I haven’t had the chance to play this game, my HP Compact laptop was too lame to be able to support it. However, to play Dragon Age 2, I had try out DA: Origins first.
So, I chose a human mage, and found myself in Ferelden. And unwittingly caught up with some darkspawn. To save my own life, I had to become a Grey Warden. I suppose that was not the fun part, drinking darkspawn blood *shudders*
The goal is pretty straightforward- group all forces to defeat the darkspawn, kill the Archdemon and viola! we win~ Along the way I picked up Alistair, Leliana, Morrigan and a few more characters.
Depending on the decisions you made and the Friendship and Rivalry between you and your characters, some interesting development might happen. Don’t forget persuasion, and survival skills, even though they seem unimportant they actually make life a lot easier.
Beware though, some DLC made some locations cannot be accessed, it is a glitch, all I did was reinstall the DLC and it went fine.
And what you do in this game affects what happens in Dragon age 2, only a little.
Dragon Age 2
With DA2, the story begins with you, Hawke, running away from some darkspawns, and along the way you picked up 2 Templars, Aveline and Ser Wesley. By the way, the choice you get is mage, warrior or rouge and you would be human.
And with DA2, the graphics are definitely better and the game play is slightly different. Unfortunately I have to say I prefer the game play of Origins better.
Battling dragons has never been this hard, thank God for the Pause!
You have less choice in weapons and armors, they are mostly character specific and very annoying.
Friendship and Rivalry plays a prominent part in this game as well, if you want a good ending try to be friends with everyone.
Depending on your decisions in Origins, you might find some interesting side quests and characters that might appear. This made me want to go back to play Origins just to see what the differences are, but it’s too hard.
So I prefer Dragon Age: Origins to DA2, mainly because the gameplay is must simpler and the story is just easier to finish. Being a person with a minor obsessive issue, I simply had to finish all the side quests, like tick all the quests boxes before I move on, you can’t imagine how annoying it was to begin with.
The maps are nicer in DA2, having just to click on where you want to go, and the less ambush. But hell, just to get from Point A to Point B in the place takes too long!
What do I think about Dragon age?
It is my first decision making RPG that I played, mostly I prefer action RPG where the decisions I make rarely makes a difference. I find that I often wonder what would have happened if I decided A instead of B or C instead of D, but when I read the walk-through I realized that the difference wasn’t big, unless you count friendship and rivalry. So I just find it worth to play once, just to know the story and have a bit of fun.