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Platform: Windows Vista, Windows XP

Rating: 3.3 / 5.0 (96 votes)

Released: 2010-03-16

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Dragon Age: Origins Awakening by Electronic Arts

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Brand: Electronic Arts Category: Role-Playing Platform: Windows Vista ESRB: Mature


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Description

“From the Makers of the Best RPG of 2009, Dragon Age: Origins, comes the first official expansion pack. For centuries, the Grey Wardens—the ancient order of guardians, sworn to unite and defend the lands—have been battling the darkspawn forces. Legend spoke that slaying the Archdemon would have put an end to the darkspawn threat for centuries to come, but somehow they remain. You are the Grey Warden Commander and have been entrusted with the duty of rebuilding the order of Grey Wardens and uncovering the secrets of the darkspawn and how they managed to remain. How you choose to rebuild your order, how you resolve the conflict with “The Architect”, and how you determine the fate of the darkspawn will be but some of the many complex choices that await and shape your journey as you venture to the new land of Amaranthine. “

Features

  • Experience additional spells, abilities, specializations, and items to further personalize and customize your hero and party ? Import your character from Dragon Age: Origins or start anew as a Grey Warden from Oralais.
  • Embark on an epic story that is completely defined and reactive to your play style ? Shape your entire experience based on the choices you make and how your handle complex situations.
  • Encounter five all-new party members and an old favorite from Dragon Age: Origins.
  • BioWare?s deepest universe to date just got bigger with an all new area of the world to explore, Amaranthine ? Unlock the secrets of the Darkspawn and their true motivations ? Rebuild the Grey Warden order.
  • Battle against a new range of horrific and terrifying creatures ? Put your skills to the test against an evolved, intelligent breed of Darkspawn and other menacing creatures including the Inferno Golem, Spectral Dragon and others.

Editorial Review

Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening for PC is the first expansion to the award-winning single player RPG, Dragon Age: Origins. Developed by role-playing game (RPG) specialists, BioWare, Awakenings offers players of the original game the choice of utilizing their character from the original game or starting with a fresh character. Additional features include an expanded storyline, new creatures, locations and more.

Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening game logo

Story
For centuries, the Grey Wardens — the ancient order of guardians sworn to unite and defend the lands — have battled the darkspawn forces. Legend says that slaying the Archdemon would have put an end to the darkspawn threat for centuries to come, but for all the Grey Wardens' vigilance, somehow the creatures remain. But there is a new spark of hope. You are the Grey Warden Commander and have been entrusted with the duty of rebuilding the order of Grey Wardens and uncovering the secrets of the darkspawn and how they managed to remain. How you choose to rebuild your order, how you resolve the conflict with “The Architect”, and how you determine the fate of the darkspawn will be but some of the many complex choices that await and shape your journey as you venture to the new land of Amaranthine.

New character Anders in action in Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening
Powerful new new characters to utilize.
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A screenshot of one of the Children, a new creature found in Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening
New creatures of the dark.
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Queen of the Blackmarsh, a deadly Spectral Dragon from Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening
And creatures of the light.
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New game enviroment Virgil's Keep from Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening
Brand new game environments like Virgil's Keep.
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Gameplay
As with the original Dragon Age: Origins game, the Awakening expansion is a single player RPG in which the path of a player's created hero is determined through a combination of ongoing actions throughout the game and the character's particular backstory, known as an Origin Story. Origin Stories relate primarily to the combination of the chosen race of the character and that individual's socioeconomic status. For example, a player who favors a Dwarfish character may have a variety of options, including the choice of being a commoner or a noble. As the character progresses through the game he will interact with any number of non-player characters (NPCs) who may have a particular opinion of Dwarves which may or may not be altered by the fact that the character is of noble or commoner status. These built-in impressions, blended in real-time with the character's interactions and choices alter the hero's personal path and eventually the outcome of the events of the game. Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening is the expansion to Dragon Age: Origins, players of the previous game are afforded the added benefit of importing their character from the original game to continue that adventure, or beginning anew with a new character and Origin Story.

Key Game Features

  • A Stunning World Expanded – BioWare’s deepest universe to date just got bigger with an all new area of the world to explore, Amaranthine.
    • Unlock the secrets of the Darkspawn and their true motivations.
    • Rebuild the Grey Warden order and establish their base of operations at Vigil’s Keep.
  • All-new Complex Moral Choices – Embark on an epic story that is completely defined and reactive to your play style, allowing players to create an entire experience based on both overall choices made and how complex situations are handled.
  • The Varying Influence of “Origin Story” – Begin your character's adventure with a specific socioeconomic Origin Story that will affect attitudes and exchanges with NPCs, creating the possibility of a wide variety of game endings and thus add to the game's replay value.
  • New Ways to Customize Your Hero – Experience additional spells, abilities, specializations, and items to further personalize and customize your hero and party.
    • Import your character from Dragon Age: Origins or start anew as a Grey Warden from the neighboring land of Orlais.
    • Encounter five all-new party members and an old favorite from Dragon Age: Origins.
  • Even more Bone-crushing, Visceral Combat – Test your skills against an evolved, intelligent breed of Darkspawn and other menacing creatures including the Inferno Golem, 'Queen of the Blackmarsh' – deadly Spectral Dragon and The Children, a hideous and huge arachnid like scourge.

System Requirements:

Minimum Minimum
OS: Windows XP with SP3 / Vista with SP1
CPU: XP: Intel Core 2(or equivalent) running at 1.4Ghz or greater AMD X2(or equivalent) running at 1.8Ghz or greater / Vista: Intel Core 2 (or equivalent) running at 1.6Ghz or greater Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4Ghz Processor or equivalent
RAM: XP: 1GB or more / 1.5GB or more 2 GB (XP) / 4 GB (Vista)
HDD: 20GB
Video: XP: ATI Radeon X850 128MB or greater, NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT 128MB or greater / Vista: ATI Radeon X1550 256MB or greater, NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT 256MB or greater ATI 3850 512 MB or greater, NVIDIA 8800GTS 512 MB or greater, AMD Phenom II X3 Triple-Core 2.8 GHz or greater
Other: DVD-ROM drive for physical disc play; Mouse/keyboard/gamepad for gameplay
EA DISCLAIMER:

Acceptance of end user license agreement required to play. EULA and feature updates can be found at www.ea.com. EA may provide certain incremental content and/or updates for no additional charge, if and when available. EA may retire online features after 30 days notice posted on www.ea.com.

More Details

Publisher: Electronic Arts Category: Role-Playing Binding: DVD-ROM Language: English

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