Dragon Age: Origins

Published by Shahdaroba Wednesday 18th January 2012
From Within Game © 2013 Electronic Arts Inc.

Dragon Age Origins is a role-playing game viewed from a third-person perspective developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts. The game is set in the fictional kingdom of Ferelden during a period of civil strife, As the leading character, you can choose the role of either a warrior, mage, or rogue. You are recruited into the Grey Wardens, an ancient order that stands against some rather nasty forces known as “Darkspawn”, your task is to defeat Archdemon that commands them and put an end to their invasion.

BioWare described Dragon Age: Origins as a “dark heroic fantasy” it is set in a unique world and is a spiritual successor to their previous Baldur’s Gate and Neverwinter Nights franchises. Its setting was inspired by The Lord of the Rings and A Song of Ice & Fire. BioWare described their game as a mix between high fantasy and low fantasy.

While playing through the chosen character background you are introduced to Duncan the leader of a group of warriors known as the Grey Wardens. From then on Duncan leads you to become a Grey Warden.

This elite band of warriors has dedicated their lives to the destruction of the Darkspawn. Who is a force of demon-like creatures, living underground and have at various points in history invaded the surface world and earned the title of the Blights?

You then, with Duncan, make the journey to Ostagar in southern Ferelden. Here the intention is to join King Cailan of Ferelden to make a stand against the Darkspawn. Duncan’s senses lead him to believe the gathering of the Darkspawn is the first true Blight in 400 years and is being influenced by an Archdemon.

We are jumping the gun a little. Before you get to battle the Blight, you and other initiates need to be ordained into the Wardens by undergoing a dangerous ritual called the Joining. This ritual involves the consumption of Darkspawn blood, a powerful poison. By consuming the blood a prospective warden places their life at great risk in order to attempt to tap into the supernatural means of communication the Darkspawn use and become able to sense the presence of Darkspawn. From here on in things go from bad to worse and the order of the day is for you to put it right.

As I have not reached the end game yet I do not wish to know any more than I have already spoken about. My advice, for what it is worth go out and buy this game if you like the R.P.G. genre. Enjoy it. You won’t be disappointed!

Below are the Minimum & Recommended Requirements

  • Title: Dragon Age: Origins
  • Genre: RPG
  • Developer: BioWare
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Release Date: 6 Nov 2009
  • CPU Speed: Intel Core 2 (or equivalent) running at 1.4 GHz or greater (Vista/7 requires 1.6 GHz or greater), AMD X2 (or equivalent) running at 1.8 GHz or greater
  • RAM: 1 GB (Vista/7 requires 1.5 GB)
  • Operating System: Windows XP with SP3, Vista with SP1, Windows 7
  • VIDEO CARD: XP: 128 MB NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT or greater; ATI Radeon X850 or greater (Vista/7: 256 MB NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT; ATI Radeon X1550)
  • VIDEO RAM: XP: 128 MB, Vista/7: 256 MB
  • PIXEL SHADER: XP: 2.0, Vista/7: 3.0. VERTEX SHADER: XP: 2.0, Vista/7: 3.0
  • DISK SPACE: 20 GB HD space