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Dragon Age: Origins (Windows)

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Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 4.3
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.5
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.9
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.0
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.0
Overall MobyScore (71 votes) 4.0


The Press Says

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Legendra
Dragon Age: Origins ne révolutionne pas le genre, il n'en avait d'ailleurs jamais eu l'ambition. Bioware a ressorti un soft proche de Baldur's gate sur de nombreux points, et a posé une trame inspirée des classiques de la Fantasy. N'y jouez pas si vous cherchez avant tout l'originalité. Les autres, foncez ! Le gameplay vous accrochera, l'histoire vous séduira, et vous serez conquis par ses personnages, car ce qui vous attend est plus qu'un simple jeu. Dans cette ode aux stéréotypes de l'Heroic Fantasy, vous vivrez une aventure pleine de démons, d'elfes, de nains, de sang et de courbes généreuses. Bref, vous vivrez la Fantasy dans les règles de l'art.
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newbreview.com
This is the best RPG I’ve played in a long time and will take some beating. Don’t be surprised to see this around awards time.
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Cheat Happens
With Dragon Age: Origins, Bioware has once again solidified itself as the king of the western RPG. There’s really no way of recommending this title enough, with it’s amazing voice work, awesome mechanics and deep story, you’re going to want to pick up this gem of a title.
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GamesVault
BioWare stworzyło naprawdę wspaniały produkt, który mimo kilku zgrzytów potrafi przykuć na monitora na długie godziny, całkowicie odcinając gracza od zewnętrznego świata. Gra w pełni zasłużyła sobie na miano RPG 2009 roku!
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Game Arena
Dragon Age: Origins is amazing. Calling it next-gen Neverwinter Nights does it a disservice - it's more the next-gen Baldur's Gate (Ed - That clears it up!). BioWare has done an excellent job making such a huge game readily accessible while maintaining the vibrancy and richness of the game world, and the depth and strength of the story.
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The A.V. Club
The combat system closely mirrors BioWare’s Baldur’s Gate, allowing players to pause the action to issue orders to their party. In more chaotic fights, the tactics menu provides an invaluable tool, letting players give standing orders like “use a healing item when at half health.” Mastering the combination of automated commands and micromanagement is the key to victory, as fights can be brutally hard. Luckily, death carries only light penalties, and failure always feels educational. Add in excellent voice acting, gorgeous graphics, highly customizable characters, and complex systems for how spells interact, and the result is a game destined to become a new RPG staple.
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Cynamite
Seit Baldur‘s Gate konnte mich kein Offline-Rollenspiel mehr so sehr an den Bildschirm fesseln. Das Kampfsystem funktioniert fantastisch, die Übersicht ist vorbildlich, und die Atmosphäre dicht. Unzählige Details, Charaktere mit vielen Ecken und Kanten und – je nach gewählten Startcharakter – liefern dazu einen hohen Wiederspielwert. Das Kampfsystem der Konsolenversion ist mir allerdings zu fummelig, zudem sieht die Grafik bei Windows-Rechenknechten einen Tick besser aus.
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GamePro (US)
Dragon Age is a spectacular experience from beginning to end, and with an enormous amount of choices to make, cities to visit, dungeons to crawl, NPCs to interact with, treasure to find, quests to complete and crafts to master, I feel pretty confident in saying that Dragon Age: Origins is, without a doubt, one of the most enjoyable and immersive RPG experiences I've had since my Infinity Engine days. BioWare has crafted a spectacular journey with Dragon Age, and an unforgettable fantasy realm that's sure to resonate with fantasy and adventure fans the world over.
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1UP
The folks at BioWare have shown that they're always looking for ways to make their games better -- each of their RPGs builds upon the previous title. Dragon Age displays this refinement, and while the story may not be completely original, it's told in a way that enthralls and enchants the player. It's the best RPG of the year -- and maybe the best of the HD era.
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GameZone
Dragon Age: Origins is a single-player game, with a nice online presence, but it does not offer multiplayer or cooperative gaming. Does that matter? Maybe to some. But for the true RPG gamer, this game is of a level that has never been seen before. It is the new benchmark. The story is rich and engaging, the characters are memorable, and the journey is one that pulls you in, captivates you and compels you to move forward toward the conclusion. You can replay the game and make different choices, altering your path and creating a different experience. The game can be emotionally draining, but it is the type of game that begs you to immerse yourself in the character you create and live the fantasy. This is indeed a game for the ‘ages.’
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Peliplaneetta.net
Useimmille pelaajille onkin romanssien sijasta merkittävämpää se, että Dragon Age on harvoja hyvällä lopulla siunattuja suurroolipelejä. Pelin viime tunneilla pelaajan ponnistelut Fereldenin yhdistämiseksi näkyvät välianimaatioiden sijaan varsinaisessa pelaamisessa. Peli kuitataan pitkällä hyvästelyllä, jossa selvitetään Fereldenin tulevia vuosikymmeniä sen perusteella, millaisia valintoja pelaaja teki seikkailun aikana. Vastaavalla tarkkuudella tällaista nähtiin viimeksi Fallout 2:ssa, josta onkin vierähtänyt jo turhan pitkä tovi. Kun peliin on upottanut kymmeniä tunteja, parin minuutin loppuviuhahdus vain suututtaa, joten kunnon viimeistely jätti hienon tunteen ja innosti minut aloittamaan uuden läpipeluun lähes saman tien.
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ZTGameDomain
Frankly if I am going to be honest here, writing this review has been hell for me, never have I had to write so much about something I wanted to do so badly. I've had to stop myself at least 4 times from tucking this away and jumping on Dragon Age. It's the best recommendation I can give the game, its beyond addictive, and the story is so good that I never want it to end. I will this though, this is not a game for someone who got their feet wet in the RPG genre with the likes of Fable 2, this is a downright, and pure blooded, PC RPG of the golden years that must be played by all of us.
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GameSpot
Few games are this ambitious, and even fewer can mold these ambitions into such a complete and entertaining experience. You might spend 50 or more hours on your first play-though, but there are so many paths to follow, so many details to uncover, and so many ways to customize your party that you'll want to play again as soon as you finish the first time. PC owners even get an extra dash of depth via the downloadable toolset, which lets you create new levels, spells, skills, and even cutscenes. But any way you slice it, here's the fantasy RPG you've been waiting for, the one that will keep you up late at night, bleary-eyed, because you have to see what happens next. Like the best fiction, Dragon Age will sweep you up in its world, so much so that when you're done, you'll want to experience it all over again.
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Total PC Gaming
This is a masterpiece of a roleplaying game that thoroughly deserves to rub shoulders with Bioware’s archive of classics.
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PC Gamer UK
This is the most enormously detailed game world I've experienced, its history stretching back thousands of years, its cultures vivid, beautiful and flawed, the battles enormous, the humour superb. Roleplaying games now have a great deal to live up to.
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Fragland.net
But we are really needle picking here obviously. As I mentioned before, Dragon Age: Origins is a very ambitious game with everything it tries to incorporate from the advanced morality system over the sheer size of the game to the freshly created realm. And as it goes with big and ambitious projects, there is a lot of room for error and failure and while not everything in the game is a crushing victory for Bioware, most of it is. Wherever the game doesn’t beat the opposition, if there is any at all, it sure as hell ties it. Dragon Age: Origins is without a doubt the best RPG of 2009 and probably won’t be matched in its genre for quite some time. On to Mass Effect 2 for some serious space role playing!
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GameStar (Germany)
Wut, Angst, Zerrissenheit, Trauer, Anteilnahme, Verblüffung, Freude. Die Emotionen, die Dragon Age bei mir auslöst, beweisen, wie gut sich Bioware aufs Geschichtenerzählen versteht. Ich fühle, leide und lache mit meinen Figuren, durchlebe ein packendes Heldendrama, treffe schwere Entscheidungen, spiele eine Rolle. Klar, Jäger und Sammler sind in einer offenen Welt à la Risen besser aufgehoben. Ich aber ziehe Schlauchlevels vor, wenn ich dafür ein konkretes Ziel vor Augen habe und Zwischensequenzen für Tempo und Tiefgang sorgen. Dass anders als in Mass Effect nun auch die Nebenquests und das Kampfsystem funktionieren, macht es für mich dingfest: Dragon Age ist mein Rollenspiel des Jahres!
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Absolute Games (AG.ru)
За что любить? Да за все, что ценят капризные поклонники жанра: мир, продуманный до мелочей, минимум 60 часов путешествий по карте, яркие характеры персонажей, гибкую боевую систему, непростые ситуации и квесты, тексты, которые приятно читать и еще приятнее — слушать1… Dragon Age, словно хороший рассказчик, увлекает с первых минут. Она ведет повествование не спеша, смакует подробности, углубляется в витиеватые лирические отступления и ловко поддерживает интригу, заставляя ерзать на краешке стула.
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Game Observer
A perfect game where deep storytelling meets high levels of party micro-management and disturbingly difficult combat.
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Cheat Code Central
There is so much more to Dragon Age: Origins I just don't have room to explain here. Simply know that there are tons of weapons and loot to find, craft, and coat with poison, thousands of quests to take on, storekeepers to intimidate, and NPCs to persuade. If you're a Western-style, fantasy RPG nut, or if you love a great tactical challenge, you simply can't go wrong with Dragon Age: Origins. BioWare has outdone itself once again - they've created an RPG masterpiece that I'll be playing till Mass Effect 2 drops.
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PC Games (Germany)
Bioware hat es mal wieder geschafft – auch wenn Dragon Age: Origins nicht in allen Dis­ziplinen perfekt abschneidet, das Wichtigste haben die Entwickler 200%ig hinbekommen: dem Spieler starke Charaktere in einer grandios erzählten Story zu präsentieren, die man von Anfang bis Ende komplett in sich aufsaugt. Bis jetzt habe ich eineinhalb komplette Spieldurchläufe hinter mir, sah noch längst nicht alle Nebenquests, schwärmte für die schöne Hexe Morrigan, lachte mich über Stens und Oghrens Kommentare teilweise scheckig, trauerte um den Verlust von Wynne und anderen Charakteren, spielte alle sechs Origins ausgiebig an – Dragon Age bietet mir persönlich das Rollenspiel­erlebnis, das ich seit Baldur’s Gate 2 lange vermisst habe: fette Story, taktische Kämpfe. Mit den technischen Unzulänglichkeiten kann ich locker leben, auch die bekannnte Bioware-Levelmodulwelt stört mich nicht – im Gegenteil, ich freue mich auf die Abenteuer, die das integrierte Toolset ermöglicht.
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GameSpy
After logging over a hundred hours on Dragon Age: Origins, I still want to continue playing. I want to unearth more of its secrets, to better know its characters, to see how the decisions I make can impact its world, and yes, to see more of its endings. I can't think of a better recommendation than that.
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RPGFan
When I finally figured out the proper way to play DA, I found a deeply rewarding and fun experience. I can’t help but feel, however, that a more robust tutorial would have helped. Asking players to juggle multiple characters, skills, positions, enemy placements, and environmental effects is just ridiculous without proper direction. Once I figured out how to play, though, I did find the game a bit too easy, and had to up the difficulty, and even that wasn’t enough to stop my perfected party. Combat is basically a puzzle that, once solved, really doesn’t provide any challenge unless the game decides to play dirty (stupid mages...). Dragon Age does allow for some experimentation, but it will brutalize you for mistakes in battle. Bioware has crafted a truly remarkable game, but don’t be surprised if you have to pour over an FAQ to find the right combination for your party.
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Games.co.il
פנינת משחקי תפקידים בתורות שראוי לזמן של כל גיימר שאוהב את הסוגה. המשחק נראה ומרגיש כמו סרט פנטזיה הוליוודי עם תקציב מכובד, והעיצוב האומנותי, הדיבוב והמוסיקה חוברים כדי ליצור חוויה יוצאת דופן.
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2404.org PC Gaming
The existence of a big-budget, very traditional computer role-playing game (CRPG) alone makes Dragon Age: Origins a huge accomplishment. It’s the kind of game you just don’t expect in this day in age, as development costs are always rising and five-year development cycles are just financially irresponsible. Yet, here we are, with a brand new franchise and game that goes back to what worked well back then – isometric combat, choices and consequences and skill checks – and proves that it still works just as well now. Obsidian’s Neverwinter Nights 2 expansions and indie CRPGs have managed to keep the genre breathing, but Dragon Age: Origins essentially has jumpstarted it back to life. I pray this is the beginning of even bigger things.
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Jeuxvideo.com
Ne cherchez plus le successeur de Baldur's Gate II : avec son système de jeu qui repose sur la gestion d'un groupe de plusieurs personnages, sa vue aérienne tactique et son système de pause active, Dragon Age : Origins renvoie forcément à cette illustre parenté. Parfait mélange de vieille école et de modernité, le titre ne distille ses possibilités que de façon très progressive. Doté d'un univers riche et fouillé, il invite constamment le joueur, au gré de dialogues dynamiques, à influer sur le déroulement de l'histoire. Le nouveau jeu de rôle de Bioware souffre bien de quelques carences en matière d'immersion mais il propose des combats vraiment fabuleux, qui figurent parmi les plus tactiques, les plus exigeants et les plus épiques jamais vus dans le genre. En un mot comme en cent : une tuerie.
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JeuxVideoPC.com
Du grand art ! BioWare, fidèle à sa réputation, frappe fort. On ne déplore qu’une IA alliée un brin tatillonne et quelques soucis de pathfinding vite réglés à la main eux aussi dans ce Dragon Age : Origins. Le vrai gros point noir reste la distribution du jeu avec un retard pour la version boîte PC et ces contenus supplémentaires qu’on aurait aimé voir intégrés dans le jeu de base pour tous.
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Game Informer Magazine
In the middle of reviewing Dragon Age, I had a couple vacation days scheduled. During my long out-of-state weekend, the game was constantly popping into my mind – how I could have won a fight differently, or how I might spend my next few talent points. As soon as my flight landed back in Minneapolis, I didn’t even fight the urge; I drove straight into the office and spent an entire Sunday night in front of the computer fighting darkspawn and saving Ferelden. The number of titles that can foster this level of dedication and obsession are few, and Dragon Age: Origins is among the best of them.
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IGN
Incredibly deep and expansive, Dragon Age: Origins is one of those titles that can easily swallow up dozens of hours of play and keep you coming back for more. The fact that BioWare chose to include downloadable content, including a new character and side quest, on launch day proves that they have an extensive plan for supporting the game. Couple that with the fact that each character can be developed in radically different ways, and you have an adventure that earns its own place among BioWare's expansive RPG collection. This is the kind of adventure that fantasy RPG fans have been hoping that BioWare would deliver – a game with a ton of re-playability and an incredibly vivid world that is the start of an impressive franchise.
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GamersGlobal
Der vielleicht von manchem erhoffte, alle anderen Rollenspiele in den Schatten stellende Oberknaller ist Dragon Age Origins nicht geworden -- selbst, wenn ihr uns das nach euren eigenen ersten Spielstunden vielleicht nicht gleich glauben werdet. Aber es ist ein großes, intelligentes, forderndes, in Grafik und Ton erwachsenes Rollenspiel geworden. Davon gibt es nicht sehr viele.
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Gamesmania
"Dragon Age: Origins" ist ein rundum gelungenes Rollenspiel, das mit frischem Regelwerk, toller Atmosphäre, guter KI und hevorragendem Gameplay punktet. Die Konsolenfassung wurd zwar zugunsten einer komfortablen Steuerung ein wenig abgespeckt, verliert dadurch aber keinesfalls an Wert, da Dinge die auf dem PC eurer Entscheidungsgewalt unterliegen, durch gut agierende KI ausgeglichen werden. Die Story ist durchweg interessant und - typisch für ein Biowarerollenspiel - durch euer Verhalten beeinflussbar. Uns hat der Titel sehr viel Spaß gemacht, da es Bewährtes mit frischen Elementen kombiniert und dabei zu einem gelungenen Genrevertreter avanciert!
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Mana Pool
Dragon Age: Origins is a solid RPG, and is a highly enjoyable return to form for Bioware and fantasy RPGs in general.
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PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Dragon Age laat de concurrenten van dit jaar ver achter zich, maar wordt op zijn beurt ook gepasseerd door zijn eigen verleden.
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YouGamers
Dragon Age: Origins is an exceptional role playing game that features a strong setting and storyline and offers quite a challenge, effectively requiring you to either stack your group and abuse overpowered abilities or play on Easy as combat is poorly balanced. Suffers also from offensively poor handling of downloadable content - when will the DLC milking stop?
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Play.tm
It has been the best part of a decade in the making, but Dragon Age is a worthy successor to Baldur's Gate II. That, alone, will be all most people need to hear. It is unmistakably a BioWare game, but nobody makes them quite like they do. I can see myself playing it for hundreds of hours.
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CanardPC
Dragon Age ne succédera pas à Baldur’s Gate dans mon coeur mais s’impose comme un indispensable si vous aimez les combats tactiques et l’ultra violence. Malgré quelques défauts vraisemblablement liés à la technique et un univers travaillé qui manque parfois de personnalité, le dernier BioWare m’a beaucoup plus emballé que, au hasard, Neverwinter Nights 2. Malheureusement, la politique commerciale désastreuse faisant la part belle aux DLC oblige à acheter la version collector pour profiter du titre complet, au risque de le déséquilibrer. En espérant que l’éditeur permette par la suite de s’affranchir de nouvelles dépenses.
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Eurogamer.pt
Mas como não quero ser demasiado depreciativo para este título, as minhas palavras finais serão positivas. Aconselho Dragon Age: Origins a todos os fãs dos jogos da BioWare, e principalmente a quem adora um role-playing game de boa qualidade.
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D+PAD Magazine
The characters exude life and soul despite the game’s clunky animations and less than stellar voice acting – that’s the power of Bioware’s effective writing. The same, unfortunately, cannot be said for the environments: all the rote forests, castles and dungeons tend to blur into a single indistinguishable mess. It’s also too bloody hard in places, with a wonky difficulty curve comparable to a diagonal line drawn by a Parkinson’s sufferer sitting on a moving bus. Though that’s not nearly enough to undo the game’s stellar tapestry: Dragon Age throws a player into an epic trek of good, evil, politics, levelling up and great big bloody swords, creeping into your psyche and consuming countless hours. Repetition and a lack of imagination tar the landscape, but lately the first thing I’ve thought about after waking up in the morning is playing some more Dragon Age.
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Eurogamer.net (UK)
In its desperation to infuse this setting with "maturity" - be it of the sober, political kind, or the game's painfully clumsy gore and sex - BioWare has forgotten the key ingredient of any fantasy: the fantastical. Without it, you're still left with a competent, often compelling, impressively detailed and immense RPG, but it's one that casts no spell.
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Gamekult
Incroyablement timide sur les originalités scénaristiques, Dragon Age aligne en plus les fautes de goût techniques avec ses zones extérieures étroites, ses chargements aussi interminables qu'omniprésents et ses personnages laids, inexpressifs et dénués de personnalité pour la plupart. Si Dragon Age : Origins se place indéniablement au niveau des plus grands sur tout ce qui concerne le gameplay, la durée de vie et le niveau d'écriture, on était indéniablement en droit d'attendre un peu plus de génie, d'ambition et de risque artistique de la part de celui qui revendiquait si bruyamment son titre (en partie usurpé) d'héritier légitime à l'inoubliable Baldur's Gate II : Shadows of Amn.
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JeuxActu
A mi-chemin entre un Neverwinter Nights (ce qui n'est pas forcément un compliment) et un Baldur's Gate (ce qui, pour le coup, est plus qu'un compliment), Dragon Age : Origins est incontestablement signé Bioware. Si l'on peut lui reprocher un certain classicisme, il faut reconnaître que la recette fonctionne toujours aussi bien. Les quelques défauts techniques n'ont finalement guère d'importance face à l'efficacité du gameplay et à la richesse de l'histoire contée. Le véritable frein à l'achat se trouve en réalité dans la politique de l'éditeur, qui multiplie les DLC payants dès la sortie du jeu et semble vouloir looter au maximum le portefeuille des utilisateurs. Faut-il cautionner une telle méthode de vente quasi-forcée ou attendre un an ou deux qu'une édition intégrale voie le jour à prix réduit ? A vous de décider !
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TotalVideoGames (TVG)
It should also be noted that Dragon Age: Origins is a tough game unless you choose to slide the difficulty down dynamically during the game. Due to the way in which the game scales adversaries around you, you never get to a point where you feel as though you can wade through areas without a challenge. Don't get me wrong, this is a good thing particularly given its stance as a more PC centric RPG experience. It's also worth remembering that Dragon Age is a game that will last, with anything between 50-80 hours of gameplay depending upon how many of the side missions you choose to take on.