Well, well, well. First of all, I have to say a huge thank you to my sister’s fiance right now. He let me borrow Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening, because he knows I love DA:O so much. In fact, he would tease me about how much time I spent playing it. Look, I’m just a very slow RPG gamer. I like to explore, enjoy, and of course, most importantly, tent. These things take time. Anywhos, so I have the Xbox 360 version of Dragon Age, and when you’re friends with someone, it shows what you’re playing, so he always knew when I was Dragon Age-ing. (Dragon Aging?)
So Saturday I took home Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening. It’s brand new. Unopened, even. I stared at it, in its clean, unopened case, for several minutes. I hesitated.
Yes, while I thank BioWare greatly for making the best RPGs known to man (and woman!), I still hesitated. Some strange fear was growing in my mind, a dark shadow of doubt.
While I was ecstatic to see Alistair again, I was also a little afraid. I remembered Wadoobie’s post about no tenting in Awakening, which upset me because I knew that meant I would be seeing much of Alistair this time around. I also heard that he would be a little…distant.
I don’t know if I can handle that.
What if…what if Alistair doesn’t love me anymore? What if he has had continued fantasies of Morrigan from the Dark Ritual night, and is now wishing he hadn’t decided to (agreed to, rather) marry me?
Plus, how will my royal subjects respond to me leaving on a quest? I mean, I’m the Queen now. And, granted, I was the hero of Fereldan when I battled and killed the Archdemon, but still, won’t people be rather upset when I go off questing again?
You know how Pirates of the Caribbean wrapped the first movie up nicely, and everything was happy and good? Well then you watch the second and the third movies, and you’re like, ‘WTF just happened?’ They basically ruined a good ending. It kind of shatters the happy image you had of Will and Elizabeth.
I’m just hoping my happy ending (*ahem* no pun intended) between Alistair and Avaline isn’t destroyed.
I know, I know. I’m fixated on Mass Effect 2. Well, this tends to happen to me. I start in on a good RPG, and I’m just stuck there until I finish. In other words, you will essentially know what I’m playing at all times based on my posts (mainly).
I also have a side note / confession to make to everyone. This is truly, truly horrible. Prepare yourselves, folks –
I still haven’t bought Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening.
Okay, now that the gasps of horror are pretty much over, I know you’re all thinking to yourselves – and this girl says she’s in love with BioWare?! How dare she do them the dishonor! It’s true. I feel awful. I really want to get DA:O-A (whew, what a mouthful). I just haven’t yet due to my distraction with ME2.
Speaking of which, has anyone noticed the presence of a rather odd, Richard Gere-inspired item in the game? I think it’s cute that you can buy fish for your fishtank (but dammit, do they die quickly…) but the Space Hamster really intrigues me.
Has anyone determined if it does anything more than peek out of its hidey-hole and then dart back in timidly? While adorable, it doesn’t really serve a purpose rather than being somewhat amusing.
UNLESS…unless this is really a…creepy indication that our Commander Shepard is rather lonely. Lonely and willing to try a Richard Gere maneuver with a hamster. It’s rather gross to dwell on, even by Polish the Console standards.
If you’re wondering, the kiosk description of the space hamster is really what gave me this idea. See the incriminating image below.
By the way, you may also note in the picture below that the cost to purchase said space hamster is 7,666 credits. That’s a mighty hefty price for something that just plays coy and peeks out at you occasionally. This seems like it could qualify as a ‘companion of the night’ price, if you get what I’m saying. *wink, wink, nudge, nudge*
Anyone else get this weird vibe from the space hamster? And dammit, how do you keep those fish alive? (besides treating Kelly Chambers kinda like the space hamster and getting her to do it)
Yes yes, its a little late. But none the less here is our review of Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening.
Quickly how the Dragon Age tables have turned. When last we saw our Gray Warden they were either dead after killing the Archdemon, married with a errant step child, or single with a baby momma wandering somewhere in the forest. Parenting aside Dragon Age: Origins was a fantastic RPG. The sequel was something that Polish the Console was anxiously awaiting. It does however leave a few questions to be answered:
Why is my imported Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening Character Naked?
When I first laid eyes on my Warden I felt as though I was seeing a friend I haven’t seen in a while. Then I noticed he wasn’t wearing anything. Basically just what happens when I see a friend I haven’t seen in a while. Why was my Gray Warden running around in his underwear? Did he lose his laundromat ticket? Is the armor chafing? Has life with an Orlesian Bard (Leliana) left him wanting a life free of the encumberments of pants?
The answer to all of these is no. BioWare just did not allow for the import of any DLC armor or weapons. While this didn’t deter me in the least it was certainly comical. How am I supposed to take The Withered seriously when Oghren is mocking him and I’m naked?
However this may be the first time my Warden openly showed off the taint to everyone. Yeah, cheap joke, I know.
Can you save Mhairi?
No. Just like you couldn’t save Daveth…and Jory was a whiny bitch so who cares about him. But no, Mhairi’s death is to signify that the Joining is in fact dangerous and potentially fatal to the wrong person. The Gray Wardens Joining is kinda like dodge-ball; you gotta have gumption to make it through to being a Gray Warden. You can’t just want it, you gotta be good enough.
Where is Sandal?
Seriously…I loved that little guy. Where is he BioWare? He killed an army of Darkspawn by himself so please bring him back.
Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening: The Good
This video game is fun. The story is well thought out, the characters are rich, the setting is fantastic, and the gameplay is spot on where it was the last go round. On top of that you can further expand on your character making the bad assness even more full of bad…and with the naked start its also full of ass. WOO!!
The new darkspawn and eight boobed Brood Mother have me anxiously awaiting to find out what their plot is, where they came form, what they want, who they are, and where they get their snappy wardrobe.
I am absolutely hooked.
By the way: Oghren’s lines still have me wetting myself with laughter.
Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening: The Bad
It certainly seems to hiccup a lot. You can tell when you’re in a big battle because everything slows down. It only froze once on me though (way to beat Heavy Rain). Starting naked wasn’t terrible, it just ruined the congruity of everything.
Even though tenting would seem totally out of place in setting of Dragon Age it would still be fun.
Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening: The Score:
4 / 5
Its an expansion. It’s not going to be groundbreaking, overly inventive, or totally new. However do you think they could have fixed the naked start problem? That just seems like a HUGE oversight.
Listen, its cool if you want to release an expansion pack where my characters can’t tent one another. Really, it’s alright. But I ask you: what’s up with filling this video game with female characters? The majority of gamers are male and that percentage gets even higher when you select gamers that play RPGs. I’m not saying I have anything against female characters, but when I’m coming fresh off the phenomenal tent-straviganza that was Dragon Age: Origins I feel a little…well….slighted.
Mhairi is (relatively) attractive, can take down an Ogre, loyal, and been fighting for a month without a joining. What’s not to want to tent? When you compare Mhairi to Morrigan she’s a wonderful delight. Morrigan was, lets just say, abrasive. I mean sure with the armor on nobody seems as cuddly, under the soft moonlight in a camp setting? Lets just say Sandal won’t be the only one doing some enchanting.
Here is Mhairi’s grand introduction: