Well, here it is, finally torn myself away from Dragon Age to attempt to persuade everyone who hasnt bought this yet, to BUY IT!
I think theres quite a lot of deluded gamers out there at the moment i think, and i dont blame them. Theres a strange idea at the moment of what an RPG is. What it is not, is a game where you play through a bunch of quests and have persistant scoring and stats. Borderlands (yeah ok i know it was labeled a 'Role playing shooter') falls into this category, and (you'll hate me for this...) so does Fallout 3.
Personally i dont think collecting things, progressing through quests and talking to people makes up an RPG. I argue that these games are first person shooters with some depth!
My point is, you are bound to get kids who spend their time playing these games, and other intense, bubblegum shooters like Call of Duty, then when it comes to something like Dragon Age: Origins, become bored, unsatisfied and demanding some run and gun gameplay! (dont get me wrong, im guilty too!)
All of this brings me to suggest that this game is a TRUE RPG!
This personifies through the whole game, as you'll find out as you play through its vast content (and i mean vast). A great example to demonstrate what i mean is, combat usually consists of pausing the game before you begin, assessing the room you've just walked into, working out the enemies you have to tackle, the possibilty of triggering a trap sending shards of metal into your mates!
This thoughtful proccess that occurs for combat to be successful admittedly is not for some, and if your feeling tired, or possibly had a bit to drink, you might tend to find it too much hard work - but see that as a posotive aspect, rather than negative.
Millions of weapon and skill variants help keep Dragon Ages' combat consistently entertaining, forcing you to use your imagination when a plan isnt working - perhaps you need to mix up a few poisness bombs to dispel the line of archers ahead, or just send in your two knights with your crossbow weilding rogue providing covering fire.... you get the idea!
In terms of the story, i cant emphasise enough how perfectly its put together, and would make a good book its so well done! Admittedly its a bit of a spin off at times from Lord Of The Rings, but not enough for it to be a problem. I was overjoyed to find that the storyline is so shapeable to your choices during conversation, possibly the best factor of this game for my tastes.
The cutscenes are fantastic, some are even breathtaking, battlescenes fit for one of the LOTR movies, truly epic stuff. The same can be said for conversations you have with people, the same engine as Mass Effect used to expect nothing but brilliance in this area.
I really cant cover all the bases in this review, this game truly is sheer brilliance, and expeirience you can only benefit from through playing it yourself.
I ought to mention graphics, even though with gameplay this good, graphics take a serious back seat. However the developers have polished this aspect of the game off brilliantly, similar graphics to Mass Effect, but higher quality textures and no film grain, also a bigger variant of areas to see.
So, to conclude...
Graphics - 9/10
Storyline - 10/10
Gameplay - 10/10
Characters - 10/10
Dialogue - 10/10
Overall - 10/10 A proper RPG for proper RPG lovers!
Ran perfectly, no issues whatsoever on the following:
Quad Core 3.8GHz
Thanks for reading!