Thanks to one of our readers, I took the leap. I did it. I started Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening. Remember how scared I was to start, thinking based off Wadoobie’s experience, Alistair would be distant and unfeeling towards me? Well, he wasn’t. All I have to say is, it made me want to run right back to court to get with him. Thanks, Asperity!
Awakening has me remembering everything I loved about Origins. Although I’m a little disappointed with the lack of being able to interact with party members when you walk up to them. That bothers me. A lot. So now I have to run around looking for statues and casks and portraits to click on?
Speaking of those characters, what is up with Anders? I suppose he was meant to be sort of an Alistair replacement, with the similar-colored hair, the accent, the somewhat sarcastic attitude. Even his name, Anders, is similar to Alistair. But let me just point out one thing clearly. ANDERS. IS. NOT. ALISTAIR.
First of all, what is up with Anders’ womanizing-type attitude? He seems to want to get with anything female that moves – or even females that don’t; case in point: the Andraste statue – yet I haven’t seen him make a move. Nor have I heard about any of his fabulous womanizing adventures like I did with Zevran. But again, it’s not like I’ve been able to talk to Anders much.
And furthering that point, WTF?! Am I, the hero of Fereldan, the slayer of the Archdemon, a human noble Leliana look-alike, QUEEN, not good enough for him? While he has commented on every other female likeness or body around, he hasn’t said anything at all to me.
Granted, Alistair did make it clear while Anders was nearby that we were together. He kissed me goodbye. I think that might have thrown Anders off a bit.
But still! He could have said something before he knew all that! But noooooo, nothing. I guess BioWare is just making it clear that they’re not having any tenting this round. …and that makes us at Polish the Console very, very sad.
Secondly, yes, the kitten (Ser Pounce-A-Lot) is adorable. I love cats! But isn’t it kinda weird that Anders’ only company while locked up in the Circle Tower was a cat?! And the way he talks to the cat while you’re adventuring…is, to quote Alistair, “a little creepy, that”.
And…*shudder* the gold earring. Anders, sorry, but you’re not a pirate. Get that earring out. That’s disturbing. Only pirates should wear a single gold hoop, a low ponytail, and fur. Except…wait, I forgot that Duncan has a very similar appearance. Eh, Duncan gets a pass because he’s so badass. And he’s not wearing fur.
Finally, if freaking Jowan can escape the Circle Tower, Anders should be able to. If he’s worth his mana, that is. Come on. For shame, Anders, for shame.
I get the feeling that Anders is really all talk and no game. Particularly when he has a super hot babe who stopped the Archdemon running around and fighting with him. Therefore, Anders appears to be an a**hole.
Ah, well, I suppose it’s better than being introduced as a major character, only to die in the first hour of gameplay. *ahem, ahem* Mhairi *ahem*
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: