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Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening

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WindowsComputerGames.ro
I have to thank those who didn’t doubt Dragon Age: Origins Awakening for giving me the nudge and chance to play it. Because, although this expansion pack takes less than a quarter of the time required to complete the original story, it is exactly what his daddy should have been. Awakening is all about less bugs, fairer fights, missions whose briefing deserves to be read and some abilities that are designed to make your life easier. In addition, spanning over 25 hours of gameplay, the game has more to offer than most 50 euro titles on the market (although the price is a bit misleading, since you still require Dragon Age: Origins to play it).
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WindowsGame industry News (GiN)
In the end, this is a great DLC. For a fraction of the cost of a full game, you get what is really a complete title. Of course you can really appreciate it more, and all the inside jokes, if you have played Origins, but you don't need to, and that's the best way to put out a DLC. Awakening scores very highly for value. You pay very little, but get a whole lot. Now if March 2011 would only get here a little sooner.
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Xbox 360411mania.com
Perhaps the story and characters aren't as engrossing as the first game. But Awakenings remains a top-notch RPG that deepens your experience in this fantasy world and you can't help but admire the detail BioWare put into its development. The graphical shortcomings can be overlooked as the story is what matters and the great choices you're offered can lead to constant replaybility. Taken with the main Dragon Age game, this is one of the finest RPG experiences ever created and one that deserves to be played over and over again.
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PlayStation 3ZTGameDomain
Dragon Age Origins: Awakening is definitely a nice companion for those that have exhausted the original game. There is plenty here to keep you occupied for at least 20 hours if you want to max everything out. Some may be a bit disappointed in the size by comparison, but for $40 this game is twice as long as most full-priced titles. If you have been itching to get back into the world of Dragon Age like I was, this is a must-own experience. Fans of the original game should not hesitate in picking up this excellent addition to the lore.
90
WindowsEurogamer.net (UK)
Let's remove any confusion from the start. Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening is not another piece of crappy DLC following the dismal inclusions we've seen since the BioWare RPG's release last November. This expansion is 25 hours of full-scale new content, essentially an entire new game, that picks up the story however you may have left it. It has a new setting, a (mostly) new crew of companions, new abilities, skills, spells and talents, and most importantly, a re-imagined approach that's appropriate to a shorter format while still achieving the necessary sense of scale.
90
Xbox 360ZTGameDomain
Dragon Age Origins: Awakening is definitely a nice companion for those that have exhausted the original game. There is plenty here to keep you occupied for at least 20 hours if you want to max everything out. Some may be a bit disappointed in the size by comparison, but for $40 this game is twice as long as most full-priced titles. If you have been itching to get back into the world of Dragon Age like I was, this is a must-own experience. Fans of the original game should not hesitate in picking up this excellent addition to the lore.
90
Xbox 360GamingTrend
The only part that stings a little bit is the price tag, but when you equate it to roughly 8 full-priced DLC packs which would normally be 2-3 hours each, you can see that it’s about the price we’ve been paying all along for great content like Return to Ostagar. One would hope for a slight price break given that you are buying it all at once, but you won’t have that thought in your head once you start playing. If you enjoyed Dragon Age: Origins, this is must have expansion.
89
WindowsGamers.at
Bioware hat mit Dragon Age: Origins Awakening mehr als ihren Soll verdient. Neben der typischen Erweiterungskost gibt es wieder ein durch und durch spannende Story, die mit noch häufiger auftretenden Dialogen weiterhin punkten kann. Was möchte der Rollenspieler mehr? Freilich kommt Biowares aktueller RPG-Hit immer noch nicht an die Komplexität des früheren Baldurs Gate heran, doch wer seinen Helden mit weiterem Klassen-, Rassen- und Hintergrundfirlefanz beglücken möchte, sollte entweder bei sogenannten LARP Events oder auf klassisches Pen-&-Paper Rollenspiel zurückgreifen. Alle Normalo-Rollenspielfans, die bereits das Hauptspiel von Dragon Age: Origins erworben haben, können bei Awakening problemlos zugreifen.
88
WindowsCheat Code Central
BioWare makes great games; there's no doubt about it. Their games are so compelling, in fact, that gamers are willing to shell out a significant amount of extra cash to extend the experience.
88
PlayStation 3GamingXP
„ Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening“ schlägt im Geschichtsbuch aus Ferelden ein neues Kapitel auf. Eine Geschichte, die es wert ist, erlebt zu werden und eine großartige Atmosphäre, sowie natürlich die Freiheit über andere zu richten, lassen das „Dragon Age“-Feeling noch einmal hochleben.
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PlayStation 3Cheat Code Central
BioWare makes great games; there's no doubt about it. Their games are so compelling, in fact, that gamers are willing to shell out a significant amount of extra cash to extend the experience. I think if BioWare can continually put out expansions of this quality, players will likely buy at least one or two more of them. That being said, I'm not sure how many more expansions we'll see in the near future; a teaser card emblazoned with the now iconic blood dragon was included within the expansion case, hinting at a date of February 1, 2011. Whether this will be Dagon Age 2 or simply another massive expansion remains to be seen, but whatever it is, we're anxious for more.
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Xbox 360AceGamez
Considering BioWare pledged to support Origins with DLC and extra content for two years, we can only assume that there will be at least one more expansion before the sequel is released (as soon as Q1 of 2011, if reports are to be believed). Adding somewhere between 10 and 20 hours to the already-impressive play-time of Dragon Age: Origins (and depending upon how you play, it really can fluctuate that much), the only real complaint that can be levelled at Awakening is that, for whatever reason, it lacks some of the charm and magic of it’s big brother. However, that said, it still contains more content and replay value for £30 than a lot of full-priced, full-length games, and genuinely adds more to the original without feeling like either pointless, bolt-on filler or cheeky, plot-completing DLC. Well worth the pricetag and, frankly, essential for fans of the original. Welcome back to Thedas.
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MacintoshInside Mac Games (IMG)
Still, none of that really matters when you come down to it, because Awakening is still loads of fun. The increased level cap brings with it quite a few new abilities that flesh out the warrior quite nicely, add two additional specializations for each character class, and provide plenty of opportunities to abuse them in army battles. There's nothing quite as epic as the final darkspawn slaughter of Origins, but it's definitely more than enough to merit reentering the land of Ferelden. If you enjoyed the original, this expansion is a must have. It just would've been nice to have something a little longer.
87
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
„Bitte was?“, fragen Sie sich nun sicher. „Hat der noch alle Tassen im Redakteursschrank?“ Aber lassen Sie mich erklären: Einerseits deutet die Mot-Kurve schon an, wie extrem viel Spaß mir Awakening bereitet hat. Die Charaktere, Geschichten und neuen Areale überzeugen sofort. Doch genau darin liegt auch der Fluch dieses Titels. Denn nach nur 17 Stunden ist alles vorbei und man dürstet sehnlichst nach mehr. Klar, diese Zeit geht für ein Add-on völlig in Ordnung. Das ändert jedoch nichts an der dezenten Enttäuschung. Außerdem hätte ich mir doch gewünscht, mehr meiner lieb gewonnenen Gefährten aus dem Hauptspiel wiederzutreffen.
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WindowsTotal PC Gaming
Typically Bioware is forcing us to make judicious choices again, in the knowledge that we know Awakening will punish or reward us for them in future. The raised level cap and a couple of epic boss battles are the obvious new features of this expansion that everyone will look forward to, the great part about this expansion, as it gives the game a comforting open-world feel with a sense or real progression. Which is exactly what we look for in a good RPG.
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Xbox 360GamingXP
Auch „Awakening“ ist ein absolut geniales Rollenspiel. Aber warum hat Ihre Figur keine Stimme? Dadurch geht so viel Atmosphäre verloren. Wieso schafft es BioWare nicht diese Funktion einzubauen, wenn das doch bei „MassEffect“ so gut funktioniert? Dieses Manko kann aber nicht über eine tolle Geschichte, massig Items zum Sammeln und Behalten, knackige Kämpfe und die Freiheit Entscheidungen zu treffen hinwegtäuschen.
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PlayStation 3Digital Chumps
Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening quenched my thirst for a sequel, though it was just an expansion pack. There's plenty of improvement from Bioware here, but more importantly the story continues and it's still a fun ride. If you liked the first then you'll like the expansion pack. At the end of it all I want more of this game. I want another Dragon Age and I want it now!
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WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Huch, schon durch? Angesichts der kurzen Spielzeit bin ich ein wenig enttäuscht. Doch was ich in diesen Stunden erlebt habe, war ein Abenteuer in bester Dragon-Age-Tradition. Einmal mehr erzählt Bioware eine packende, wendungsreiche Geschichte, stellt mir bemerkenswerte Charaktere zur Seite und schickt mich von einem emotionalen Aha-Moment in den nächsten. Dass sich bis auf ein paar neue Talente spielerisch nichts tut, stört mich nicht. Schließlich war bereits das Hauptprogramm nahezu perfekt.
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PlayStation 3IGN
It should come as no surprise to fans of the original game that Dragon Age Origins Awakening is going to give you more of what you want. There's an epic story with choices that really matter, fantasy combat with loads of amazing enemies, and a deep character system with lots of flexibility. It has a strong narrative connection to the original game, but the sense that your previous choices matter isn't as strong as we'd have liked. I still miss the old companions, but the new characters are just as interesting once you get to know them.
85
PlayStation 3Playstation Universe
Awakening produces plenty of new content to warrant a full-on expansion. There are many hours to keep you busy and fully draw you back into the world of Dragon Age. In part, not changing any of the core gameplay mechanics or visuals means the game is still lacking in certain areas, but if you can get past these flaws you will be in for quite a treat. The new story is well told through dialogue, which like the core game, requires you to think and choose what you say carefully. Awakening is more than just the cherry on top of an awesome sundae that is Dragon Age: Origins; instead, it’s like you’ve been given a few extra scoops of RPG goodness.
85
WindowsIGN
Dragon Age Origins is easily one of my favorite games of the last few years and I think that I love it for exactly the same reason that many other gamers can't stand it -- it's big, it's heavy on story, and it's unashamedly nerdy. So when the chance came to dive back into Ferelden with the Awakening expansion, it was a done deal for me. As long as BioWare didn't rock the boat too much, I was pretty much guaranteed to enjoy it. I'm happy to say that Awakening delivers more of the same stuff we loved the first time around. It has fun combat, a good story and great sense that your choices actually matter. There were a few features that just weren't as well developed as we'd hoped but once we dug into the content, we found it easy to forgive these faults.
85
Xbox 360Xboxdynasty (XD)
Aber neben dieser ganzen Quengelei ist Awakening durchaus eine der besten Erweiterungen, die wir jemals gespielt haben. Die Geschichte ist spannend präsentiert, die neuen Gefährten führen witzige Unterhaltungen und bringen frischen Wind nach Ferelden. Ja, Awakening wäre ein grandioses Spiel, wenn Origins nicht alles ein wenig besser gemacht hätte. Für jeden, der Origins gespielt hat, empfehlen wir dennoch diese Erweiterung. Denn so erlebt ihr weitere, unzählige Stunden in der geheimnisvollen Welt von Dragon Age und steigert ganz nebenbei die Vorfreude auf Dragon Age 2.
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Xbox 360IGN
It should come as no surprise to fans of the original game that Dragon Age Origins Awakening is going to give you more of what you want. There's an epic story with choices that really matter, fantasy combat with loads of amazing enemies, and a deep character system with lots of flexibility. It has a strong narrative connection to the original game, but the sense that your previous choices matter isn't as strong as we'd have liked. I still miss the old companions, but the new characters are just as interesting once you get to know them.
85
Xbox 360Meristation
Para los fans de Dragon Age: Origins, para los que quieran más contenidos y nuevas misiones, Awakening les ofrecerá mucho más de lo deseado. Todo ha sido tratado como si de un nuevo título se tratara, con una historia épica donde nuestras decisiones sí importan, con combates espectaculares y enemigos terroríficos, y por supuesto, el sello inconfundible de BioWare, con personajes profundos, complejos, con diálogos y situaciones muy variados. Cada nueva aventura será distinta de la anterior, aumentando profundamente la rejugabilidad de un título enorme. Hay conexiones con Origins, aunque menos de las deseadas. Es un renacer, un nuevo despertar de la saga, que nos invita a meternos de lleno en el apasionante mundo de Dragon Age una y otra vez. Y esto no ha hecho más que empezar; tendremos nuevos episodios de Dragon Age durante los próximos dos años. Y que sean muchos más.
85
Xbox 360GamersGlobal
Awakening ist eine typische Erweiterung: Sie bietet mehr vom Gleichen – in diesem Falle sogar sehr viel mehr. Schwächen des Hauptspiels werden jedoch keine ausgemerzt. Neben technischen Problemen stört uns vor allem die gekürzte Interaktion mit den eigenen Begleitern. Da aber die Stärken des Hauptprogramms wie die gelungenen Dialoge, die moralischen Entscheidungen und die abwechslungsreichen Aufgaben weiterhin vorhanden sind, müssen Dragon-Age-Origins-Fans einfach zugreifen.
85
WindowsGamersGlobal
Awakening ist eine typische Erweiterung: Sie bietet mehr vom Gleichen – in diesem Falle sogar sehr viel mehr. Schwächen des Hauptspiels werden jedoch keine ausgemerzt. Neben technischen Problemen stört uns vor allem die gekürzte Interaktion mit den eigenen Begleitern. Da aber die Stärken des Hauptprogramms wie die gelungenen Dialoge, die moralischen Entscheidungen und die abwechslungsreichen Aufgaben weiterhin vorhanden sind, müssen Dragon-Age-Origins-Fans einfach zugreifen.
85
PlayStation 3GamersGlobal
Awakening ist eine typische Erweiterung: Sie bietet mehr vom Gleichen – in diesem Falle sogar sehr viel mehr. Schwächen des Hauptspiels werden jedoch keine ausgemerzt. Neben technischen Problemen stört uns vor allem die gekürzte Interaktion mit den eigenen Begleitern. Da aber die Stärken des Hauptprogramms wie die gelungenen Dialoge, die moralischen Entscheidungen und die abwechslungsreichen Aufgaben weiterhin vorhanden sind, müssen Dragon-Age-Origins-Fans einfach zugreifen.
84
WindowsMana Pool
Whilst worth playing, Dragon Age: Awakening’s lack of polish makes it disappointing in places. I highly recommend that anyone playing this game be prepared for a few frustrating sections, but at least it is worth the effort.
83
PlayStation 3Gaming Nexus
Dragon Age: Origins’ expansion, Awakening, gives you 20+ more hours of an experience that entails characters with depth and a captivating storyline that picks up and expands in a very unique way from the original game. While the gameplay may not feel very creative, and lagging may be abound, the new enemies and the new dilemma presented to the Grey Wardens is worth exploring.
83
PlayStation 31UP
But all in all, Awakening is a fine expansion. It occasionally asks a bit too much of the player (really? I need to read a spin-off book for the villain to make sense?), and man, does it bum me out when it glitches. Though, this is somewhat reminiscent of a previous BioWare pattern, where Tales of the Sword Coast is a decent (yet not great) expansion to the really-good Baldur's Gate. If Tales begat the utterly amazing Baldur's Gate II, and this pretty good expansion is what we need for a fantastic Dragon Age 2 (plus another great BioWare NPC), then so be it.
83
Windows1UP
Besides introducing another great character to the Short List of Badass BioWare NPCs, Awakening adds five other party members (two per class total, and only one is a returning character from Origins); an increased level cap; several skills, specializations, and talents for said level cap; additional items (and tiers that indicate quality; Origins stopped at Tier 7, and you can now have Tier 9 items); new enemy types (including monsters that look like a cross between giant spiders and the monsters from Critters); and a 20-25 hour campaign. It's basically the Dragon Age 1.5 that you knew you'd be getting, as opposed to a, "you expected Dragon Age 2 but actually get Dragon Age 1.5" situation.
83
Xbox 3601UP
But all in all, Awakening is a fine expansion. It occasionally asks a bit too much of the player (really? I need to read a spin-off book for the villain to make sense?), and man, does it bum me out when it glitches. Though, this is somewhat reminiscent of a previous BioWare pattern, where Tales of the Sword Coast is a decent (yet not great) expansion to the really-good Baldur's Gate. If Tales begat the utterly amazing Baldur's Gate II, and this pretty good expansion is what we need for a fantastic Dragon Age 2 (plus another great BioWare NPC), then so be it.
82
WindowsActionTrip
You should know that this is still a great addition to the Dragon Age universe and if you enjoyed the original there's no doubt you'll have fun with this game too.
81
Xbox 3604Players.de
BioWare hat hier eine sehr durchdachte und überaus epische Erweiterung entwickelt, die vor allem Schurken und Kämpfern mehr Schlagkraft verleiht. Die Questqualität schwankt zwar zwischen gewöhnlich und sehr gut und man vermisst Dungeonrätsel, aber dafür gibt es einige versteckte Highlights. BioWare versäumt es allerdings, einige an der Glaubwürdigkeit so mancher Situation nagende Designfehler auszumerzen und auch die Schwächen der Konsolenversionen bleiben vorhanden. Unverständlicher ist zudem der Verzicht auf die Romanzen als Beziehungselement, die sich hier aufgrund der neuen Charaktere fast aufdrängen. Unterm Strich wurde ich mit diesem Epilog allerdings sehr gut und vor allem sehr lange unterhalten - Ferelden hat einige wichtige Facetten als Spielwelt gewonnen und man sollte sich jede Entscheidung drei mal überlegen. Spätestens wenn man die Konsequenz erlebt, liebt man dieses Rollenspiel.
81
WindowsCPU Gamer
Overall Awakening is an expensive but fun extension to a quality game and easily recommended to fans of the series.
81
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
BioWare levert een stevige uitbreiding af die je weer uren aan het scherm gekluisterd houdt. Voer voor de fans!
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Windows2404.org PC Gaming
Still, when distilled down to its core, I did enjoy Awakening a little bit more than I did Origins. I found the focus in the story to be very strong, and I always felt like what I was doing was important or building towards some goal. Perhaps Origins would have benefitted from a bit more focus and less needless map screen marching, which still makes an appearance here but is far less annoying. I would love to describe and discuss the ending and my observations about the importance of the decisions you make within the game, but that would add far too many spoilers to a simple review (expect an upcoming blog discussion). Overall Awakening is an expensive but fun extension to a quality game and easily recommended to fans of the series.
80
WindowsGamers' Temple, The
That said, if you liked Origins you will like Awakenings. However, I don't think the asking price of $40, which isn't that much less than Origins itself, can completely justify itself. While it is a good time, it's a little short and not quite up to the standards set by its parent.
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WindowsGame Over Online
Of course, the point's the journey, really, and Awakening is another chunk of BioWare's story, characters, and above all else, dialogue. I paid $40 for it and don't feel terribly ripped off, but ideally, expansion packs should either cost less than this or last longer. It's fun, but I'm not sure it's forty bucks worth of fun.
80
WindowsGame Kudos
Dragon Age Origins: Awakening is a great extention to the experience; there isn’t a doubt about that. However, it’s a great piece of content because it is simply a story, inventory and character expansion on the original title, which was already great. It falls a little on the short side, clocking in at around ten to fifteen hours, twenty if you’re a perfectionist. A fair warning to those of you who weren’t playing RPG games when they were primarily exclusive to PC gaming, this is not going to suddenly change the entire game for you; if you didn’t like Dragon Age Origins, you won’t like Awakening, but if you did, this should be right up your street.
80
PlayStation 33D Juegos
Con El Despertar tenemos un muy interesante "más de lo mismo" que, dada la calidad del original al que expande, resultará muy apetitoso. Buena duración que, pese a su escasa aportación de novedades, justifica plenamente su compra para los que al terminar Origins quedaron con ganas de más.
80
PlayStation 3Extreme Gamer
Even before I typed up this review, the hardcore 'Dragon Age' clan have already made up their minds. 'Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening' is a must buy... and if you love Dragon Age, how could you disagree? I wasn’t totally sold on everything Bioware added to the new story, and I felt a little “tired” of running around at certain times, but that is bound to happen from time to time-- even in the greatest of RPGs. However, when it was all said and done, I felt completely entertained by the entire ‘Awakening’ package, and happy I made the journey into Amaranthine. It’s going to be a long wait for 'Dragon Age 2' (any amount of time seems long), but I’m sure Bioware will keep us stacked with new DLC along the way, and if its all at the quality of Awakenings, then just maybe all the wait won’t be so bad.
80
PlayStation 3XGN
Eigenlijk moet iedere Dragon Age: Origins liefhebber zijn game weer afstoffen en deze uitbreiding opstarten. Awakening brengt meer van hetzelfde, maar dan vooral in positieve zin. Er zijn weliswaar technisch nog verbeteringen mogelijk, en we hadden graag meer broederliefde tussen Dragon Age: Origins en Awakening gezien, maar deze uitbreiding is dubbel en dwars zijn, toch al niet hoge prijskaartje, waard.
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PlayStation 3PSFocus
Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening is een zeer nette uitbreiding. Het bevat een nieuw verhaal, nieuwe items, mogelijkheden voor je personage, vijanden en nog veel meer waardoor het als een zeer waardige uitbreiding gezien mag worden. Het geheel sluit ook prima aan op het verhaal uit het origineel en de paar minpuntjes, zoals het ontbreken van je spullen, alsook de ingewisselde partners is iets wat misschien wat anders aangepakt had kunnen worden. Tevens is het visueel nog steeds niet echt sterk. Verder kunnen we vrij kort zijn over dit geheel. Als je Dragon Age: Origins tof vond, dan zul je met Awakening nog vele uren extra speelplezier beleven.
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PlayStation 3videogamer.com
Which is why Awakening isn't an expansion that'll convince Dragon Age sceptics to dip their toes in BioWare's fantasy universe. If Dragon Age didn't float your boat, neither will Awakening. Dragon Age enthusiasts, however, should consider it an essential purchase. It offers more of the same - no bad thing - in a great value package. With it, BioWare is honouring its commitment to its fans and making good on its pre-launch promise of treating Dragon Age as a platform. Just don't expect an evolution.
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PlayStation 3Game Over Online
Of course, the point's the journey, really, and Awakening is another chunk of BioWare's story, characters, and above all else, dialogue. I paid $40 for it and don't feel terribly ripped off, but ideally, expansion packs should either cost less than this or last longer. It's fun, but I'm not sure it's forty bucks worth of fun.
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WindowsGameSpot
They say you can't go home again, but whoever coined that old adage apparently wasn't talking about the realm of Ferelden. Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening returns you to this familiar and fair fantasy world, where degenerate demons called darkspawn have ravaged the land. The forces of evil may still lurk, but fans of 2009's wonderful Dragon Age will settle easily into the game's first full expansion pack, which harbors few surprises but delivers all the loot-happy adventuring that they'd expect. Awakening is not as exceptional as the main game; its story and characters make little impression, which is a disappointment compared to Dragon Age's splendid yarn. But in spite of some story frustrations and scattered bugs, Awakening is more of a terrific thing. It isn't a groundbreaking expansion, but it's an entertaining one that reminds us that if it isn't broken, there's no need to fix it.
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Windowsvideogamer.com
Awakening isn't an expansion that'll convince Dragon Age sceptics to dip their toes in BioWare's fantasy universe. If Dragon Age didn't float your boat, neither will Awakening. Dragon Age enthusiasts, however, should consider it an essential purchase. It offers more of the same - no bad thing - in a great value package. With it, BioWare is honouring its commitment to its fans and making good on its pre-launch promise of treating Dragon Age as a platform. Just don't expect an evolution.
80
Xbox 3603D Juegos
Con El Despertar tenemos un muy interesante "más de lo mismo" que, dada la calidad del original al que expande, resultará muy apetitoso. Buena duración que, pese a su escasa aportación de novedades, justifica plenamente su compra para los que al terminar Origins quedaron con ganas de más.
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Xbox 360Cheat Code Central
BioWare makes great games; there's no doubt about it. Their games are so compelling, in fact, that gamers are willing to shell out a significant amount of extra cash to extend the experience. I think if BioWare can continually put out expansions of this quality, players will likely buy at least one or two more of them. That being said, I'm not sure how many more expansions we'll see in the near future; a teaser card emblazoned with the now iconic blood dragon was included within the expansion case, hinting at a date of February 1, 2011. Whether this will be Dagon Age 2 or simply another massive expansion remains to be seen, but whatever it is, we're anxious for more.
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Xbox 360Extreme Gamer
Even before I typed up this review, the hardcore 'Dragon Age' clan have already made up their minds. 'Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening' is a must buy... and if you love Dragon Age, how could you disagree? I wasn’t totally sold on everything Bioware added to the new story, and I felt a little “tired” of running around at certain times, but that is bound to happen from time to time-- even in the greatest of RPGs. However, when it was all said and done, I felt completely entertained by the entire ‘Awakening’ package, and happy I made the journey into Amaranthine. It’s going to be a long wait for 'Dragon Age 2' (any amount of time seems long), but I’m sure Bioware will keep us stacked with new DLC along the way, and if its all at the quality of Awakenings, then just maybe all the wait won’t be so bad.
80
Xbox 360videogamer.com
Which is why Awakening isn't an expansion that'll convince Dragon Age sceptics to dip their toes in BioWare's fantasy universe. If Dragon Age didn't float your boat, neither will Awakening. Dragon Age enthusiasts, however, should consider it an essential purchase. It offers more of the same - no bad thing - in a great value package. With it, BioWare is honouring its commitment to its fans and making good on its pre-launch promise of treating Dragon Age as a platform. Just don't expect an evolution.
80
Xbox 360XGN
Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening is verplicht voor iedereen die het origineel heeft gespeeld met een glimlach op het gezicht.
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WindowsGame Informer Magazine
The Archdemon is dead, the Blight is quelled, and peace is restored to Ferelden. For a Grey Warden who specializes in saving the world, what else could you possibly accomplish? As a full expansion to Dragon Age: Origins, that’s the question Awakening is called upon to address. Unfortunately, the answer seems to be “not much.”
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WindowsGame Revolution
For a sequel that is about half of the original title, Awakening would have been more comfortably priced at $30; either that, or be given another year in production to expand into a full-fledged sequel. This isn’t to say it is rushed, but more that it is unpolished and unsure – too long for an epilogue, too short for a stand-alone title. Still, an enjoyable romp with an intriguing story can be found somewhere between the two, and you won’t have to be wide awake to see it.
75
PlayStation 3Game Revolution
For a sequel that is about half of the original title, Awakening would have been more comfortably priced at $30; either that, or be given another year in production to expand into a full-fledged sequel. This isn’t to say it is rushed, but more that it is unpolished and unsure – too long for an epilogue, too short for a stand-alone title. Still, an enjoyable romp with an intriguing story can be found somewhere between the two, and you won’t have to be wide awake to see it.
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WindowsGame Shark
As much as it does have a lot to offer, Dragon Age: Origins: Awakening, does feel like something of a misstep for Bioware. It’s a $40 expansion that offers upwards of 20 hours of gameplay –less than Origins, but more than most other full single-player games- and yet it doesn’t feel like a tremendous value. It has a satisfying story and a new cadre of interesting characters, but the whole of the experience made me feel like this expansion was rushed out the door without being given the usual Bioware polish.
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Xbox 360Gameplanet
For us the trip back into Fereldon was worth the purchase. Don’t get your hopes too high, but certainly if you enjoyed Dragon Age: Origins there is no reason why you wouldn’t enjoy Awakening. The added content, spells and techniques are great simply because when it comes to this title, more is better.
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Xbox 360Game Revolution
For a sequel that is about half of the original title, Awakening would have been more comfortably priced at $30; either that, or be given another year in production to expand into a full-fledged sequel. This isn’t to say it is rushed, but more that it is unpolished and unsure – too long for an epilogue, too short for a stand-alone title. Still, an enjoyable romp with an intriguing story can be found somewhere between the two, and you won’t have to be wide awake to see it.
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WindowsCanardPC
Après des DLC à la qualité franchement discutable, le contraste est évident. Awakening ajoute enfin un contenu à peu près digne de ce nom à Dragon Age. L’aspect RPG s’est un peu trop effacé au profit des combats, les nouveaux compagnons n’ont pas beaucoup de saveur… Pour autant, ceux qui ont aimé DAO peuvent voir en cet add-on un moment, si ce n’est transcendant, au moins agréable, puisqu’il reprend à son compte certaines bonnes recettes du jeu de base. Mais un moment agréable à 30 euros, tout de même.
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MacintoshMacworld
Admittedly, Dragon Age: Awakening feels like a letdown because the game it’s expanding is so well rounded. Some games don’t need expansions because they got so much right the first time. But trying to augment the epic Dragon Age: Origins storyline with sentient darkspawn and villains like “The Mother” and “The Architect” was likely a poor narrative choice. Fighting “The Architect,” a character that conjures up images 1960’s Batman villains, does not compare to taking on a demonic dragon. When a feature in any expansion is lacking, in this case story and characters, the game suffers more so by being easily compared to its predecessor. Dragon Age: Origin’s story, believable characters, and incredible writing and dialogue made the world compelling and worth fighting for. Awakening’s is full of vague motivations, silly moral choices, and characters that I’d be fine sacrificing. Especially Velenna.
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WindowsGameOn
While the game doesn't quite reach the heights the original did, in terms of overall story and characters there's enough here to keep fans more than happy with their purchase. It costs £19.99/$39.99/€29.99 on Steam and is worth every penny to series fans. You won't get the same amount of playtime as you did with Origins, but you'll still get about 30 hours worth including side-quests, which is more than most single player games of late. Despite the drawbacks, the gameplay is as solid as ever and just as tactical. The characters, while I personally didn't like them as much as my old gang, are likeable with good back stories, and the story itself is told well enough. Heartily recommended to series fans, maybe a wary purchase for newcomers.
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Xbox 360TeamXbox
BioWare has a history of major content expansions for their flagship RPGs, from Baldur’s Gate I and II to Neverwinter Nights. With estimates from BioWare of 30 hours of playtime and a full year in development (in parallel with the final QA for Origins), it sounded like Awakening was set to continue that tradition. However, fifteen hours later, I’m left feeling more ambivalent than I thought I would – and with more free time that I’d thought I’d have, to be completely honest. As the continuation of the events of Origins, it feels surprisingly disconnected, and threads left hanging there are never explored here. If you can make peace with its issues, Awakening has much more content than four 800 MS Point DLC releases would. But, at two-thirds the price of Origins with about two-fifths the content, a return trip to the land of Ferelden doesn’t feel like the deal it seemed it would be.
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Xbox 360RPGamer
Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening serves as a good stopgap between major releases, but it doesn't fully satisfy the Dragon Age craving. While it had great original characters, it did little with them. The story offers a bridge between the original game and either a sequel or another novel, but does little to tie up any real loose ends. The game just needed more depth, more meaningful decisions to pine over, and more character interaction. With those things it could have worked as a smaller scale spin-off or sequel, but as is, it's Dragon Age 1.5. It was never meant to be anything more than an expansion, but with so much untapped potential lurking within its story, it feels like it could have been. As such, I often felt like I was judging Awakening as a full game because it was so close to being one, but it's not. BioWare has crafted more Dragon Age with lots of what made the original amazing, but just missing some key pieces.
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WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Dragon Age : Origins – Awakening est un add-on solide qui mise sur ses nouvelles possibilités d'évolution, particulièrement fournies, et sur de nouveaux compagnons à enrôler plus attachants que les précédents. Le reste est plus convenu : la nouvelle campagne se laisse suivre sans déplaisir, mais dégage une certaine impression de déjà-vu. Qui plus est, la durée de vie somme toute décevante du contenu proposé, qui ne représente guère plus de 15 heures de jeu, confère à Awakening un ratio prix/longévité moins intéressant que celui du jeu de base et n'en fait pas l'extension indispensable qu'on attendait.
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PlayStation 3Jeuxvideo.com
Dragon Age : Origins – Awakening est un add-on solide qui mise sur ses nouvelles possibilités d'évolution, particulièrement fournies, et sur de nouveaux compagnons à enrôler plus attachants que les précédents. Le reste est plus convenu : la nouvelle campagne se laisse suivre sans déplaisir, mais dégage une certaine impression de déjà-vu. Qui plus est, la durée de vie somme toute décevante du contenu proposé, qui ne représente guère plus de 15 heures de jeu, confère à Awakening un ratio prix/longévité moins intéressant que celui du jeu de base et n'en fait pas l'extension indispensable qu'on attendait.
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Xbox 360Jeuxvideo.com
Dragon Age : Origins – Awakening est un add-on solide qui mise sur ses nouvelles possibilités d'évolution, particulièrement fournies, et sur de nouveaux compagnons à enrôler plus attachants que les précédents. Le reste est plus convenu : la nouvelle campagne se laisse suivre sans déplaisir, mais dégage une certaine impression de déjà-vu. Qui plus est, la durée de vie somme toute décevante du contenu proposé, qui ne représente guère plus de 15 heures de jeu, confère à Awakening un ratio prix/longévité moins intéressant que celui du jeu de base et n'en fait pas l'extension indispensable qu'on attendait.
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WindowsLegendra
Awakening est une extension décevante, malgré une base clairement excellente. Supprimant certains petits éléments du gameplay, facilitant les combats, il en ressort une extension empreinte de grosbillisme qui fait un peu "gros DLC" sur la forme et bien mieux sur le fond. Malheureusement, le scénario et les personnages très prometteurs ne sont pas assez mis en valeur à cause de la faible durée de vie de l'histoire principale. On a donc un addon loin d'être indispensable, qui satisfait durant l'histoire et beaucoup moins lors des annexes. De plus, le constat est d'autant plus dur au vu du prix de cette nouvelle campagne, en particulier sur consoles.
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Xbox 360newbreview.com
If you loved Origins, but can’t be bothered to fork out that much for just an expansion I’d recommend waiting for the price to drop a little. It makes for a brilliant and quite lengthy add-on to the original story, however its identity crisis could be a negative point. It is worth it, however, if you’re a fan; it’s all just dependent on how much expendable cash you’re ok to part with.
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WindowsHonestGamers
When I had decapitated my last Darkspawn and earned the Awakening epilogue, I was forced to admit that the expansion just hadn't gripped me in any meaningful way. I wanted to relive the glory of the Origins campaign, to keep playing and remind myself of what a good game Dragon Age really was. I clicked on "New Game" and was immediately presented with a choice: Dragon Age: Origins or Awakening? I sincerely doubt that I will ever choose Awakening again.
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Xbox 360Xbox360Achievements
While you may well get a nearly ten hour piece of content here, it is far from a finished product and feels very much as though it was rushed out of the door thanks to the limited character interaction, poor story, minimal side quests and numerous technical issues. At the very least you should wait until Awakening becomes part of the Deal of the Week on Xbox Live, or buy the retail disc so you can trade it back in and recoup some of the exorbitant costs. This is truly for hardcore Dragon Age fans only and even they may well feel that the whole game has been dumbed down way too much to be recognizable any more.
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Xbox 360HonestGamers
Instead of having fun with Awakening, I spent most of my time thinking I was playing an easy, chopped-up version of Origins loaded with disappointments. Such as the end of one dungeon where things had been leading up to an epic encounter with multiple Broodmothers. When you reach their den…all you do is trigger a couple things while avoiding tentacles in order to "earn" a majorly anticlimactic victory. There are some cool things in this game, but overall, it doesn't live up to most of the Dragon Age-related stuff I've played.