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Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening

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Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening is the first add-on to Dragon Age: Origins. After the death of the Archdemon in the main game, the Dark Spawn have been defeated and driven out of Ferelden. Well, it turns out the victory didn't last long. Those damn demons just relocated to the north and are now threatening the city of Amaranthine and its neighbouring lands. Worse yet, during the six months since their defeat the Dark Spawn got themselves a new leadership: the Mother and the Architect. And those two bred a new kind of Dark Spawn that are actually able to talk. Luckily the player arrives in the nick of time at Vigil's Keep to defend the castle from the Dark Spawn, take over control of the keep and prepare to deal the final blow against the Dark Spawn.

At the beginning of the game, the player has the choice of importing any existing character from a savegame of his choosing. The character neither has to have completed the game nor to have survived the ending. The game will adjust the character at the start moving up to the minimum level of 18 or assume he didn't die at the end. Importing a character will slightly change some dialogues and appearances during the following hours but nothing plot-related or really important. New characters, on the other hand, will start at level 18 and be proclaimed to be Wardens from Orlais who have been sent to take control over the region.

Gameplay-wise, the game remains the same as the original. Using a party with up to three companions, the player talks to people in multiple-choice dialogues to get missions or advance the story, kills monsters in tactical real-time battles, fulfills quests in the five main new areas and earns experience points to level up and gain access to new skills and talents.

To accompany the higher levels the players are now able to reach, 32 talents and spells have been added as well as two new specialisations for each of the three classes including an extra specialisations point being available at level 22 allowing for three specialisations to be chosen. The three new skills include the ability to craft runes. This is especially important since the new armor runes as well as the new high-level runes can not be found or bought anymore. The only way to get them is to make them out of lesser runes.

During the course of the game the player can find up to six new companions, two of each class and one being the dwarf Oghren already known from the main game. As opposed to the original however, the dialogues with the companions are now triggered automatically at specific points in the game-world or at a certain stage in the storyline. Romance-options are also not available anymore. Also new with the add-on: two additional tiers for weapons and armor, additional types of usable items and several kinds of enemies including Darkspawn children.

The PS3 and Xbox360 releases of Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening do not require the main game to play.


Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening PlayStation 3 Battling an Ogre... not so tough when you're level 25.
Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening PlayStation 3 Use wheel menu to assign abilities for quick use.
Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening PlayStation 3 Slashing through the pack of Blight Wolves.
Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening PlayStation 3 There are some recurring characters in this add-on, even as a part of your party.

Alternate Titles

  • "Dragon Age: Vérvonalak - Eszmélés" -- Hungarian title
  • "Dragon Age: Początek - Przebudzenie" -- Polish title

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ComputerGames.ro Windows Apr 15, 2010 91 out of 100 91
GamingTrend Xbox 360 2010 90 out of 100 90
IGN PlayStation 3 Mar 16, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85
Playstation Universe PlayStation 3 Mar 16, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85
ActionTrip Windows Mar 29, 2010 8.2 out of 10 82
2404.org PC Gaming Windows Mar 27, 2010 8.1 out of 10 81
videogamer.com Windows Mar 16, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Extreme Gamer PlayStation 3 Mar 22, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Gamers' Temple, The Windows Apr 20, 2010 80 out of 100 80
Game Revolution Xbox 360 Mar 22, 2010 B 75


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