Dragon Age Origins (Ultimate Edition) ⚡Review

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Platform Played On: PC
Developer: BioWare
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Genre: Action RPG
Release Date: November 3, 2009

Wannabe Writer’s Note: This is the re-posting of the Dragon Age Origins Review I wrote on my old website. This article was originally posted on December 29, 2017. Enjoy past me’s unedited ramblings!

O Dragon Age Origins, why have I waited so long to play thee? I picked up the Ultimate Edition of this glorious RPG early this year. An edition that includes all the DLC plus the Awakening expansion for just $7 CDN?! Yass, please!! I got around to actually playing it in July, and then finally finishing it in November. My only previous BioWare experience had been with Dragon Age II, a game I enjoyed a lot. So why did it take me so long to play the original? I guess I just got distracted by the mountain of other games I want to play, and this series sort of fell off my radar. Then the wise Athena over at AmbiGaming appeared, as if sent by the elven Creators themselves. By constantly reminding me just how awesome this game series is, I guess she wore me down. I’m making my BioWare backlog a priority now, so a huge THANK YOU to my good friend Athena!

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Path of the Grey Warden 9: Originated

Wannabe Writer’s Note: This is the re-posting of the Dragon Age Origins babblethrough series I did on my old website. This article was originally posted on December 25, 2017. Enjoy past me’s unedited ramblings!

This is it! My 9th and final progress babbling post for the Dragon Age Origins Ultimate Edition. I can’t believe I actually stuck with something I said I was going to do… wow. Anyway, Grey Warden Ellen’s epic journey wrapped up with the Golems of Amgarrak DLC. However, I made a little side objective for myself before calling it a game – see the other 5 Grey Warden beginnings.

You know what? I think this is why the game has the word Origins in its title! There is a total of 6 different ways to start the game, depending on the race/background you choose. Each offers a completely different story, but they all tie together and branch out into the overall world beautifully.

!!!SPOILERS AHEAD!!! DO NOT read anything else unless you want this great game ruined… I’m serious.

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Path of the Grey Warden 8: Gruesome Golems

Wannabe Writer’s Note: This is the re-posting of the Dragon Age Origins babblethrough series I did on my old website. This article was originally posted on December 23, 2017. Enjoy past me’s unedited ramblings!

Oh Maker, this DLC… what is it with dwarves and creepy-freaking storylines? Anyway, Golems of Amgarrak takes place in an abandoned Deep Roads thaig after the events of the main game/Awakening. As usual, you have the awesome option to import your Grey Warden. I really feel like Grey Warden Ellen and I have been through so much together! This will also be the final leg of her massive journey – always a bittersweet moment when a big quest finally ends… sniffs.

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I won’t go into much detail outside of my spoiler area, but I will say this DLC very heavy on the Resident Evil-ish themes.

A dwarf named Jerrik Dace writes your mighty Warden-Commander a letter, pleading for your discreet help with an issue. His brother went missing while trying to find Amgarrak (hence the DLC name). Apparently, some intense research went down in there, and the dwarves are trying to uncover the secrets to restore their former glory… Yep, that never turns out good for ANYONE, EVER!

So, just how bad did it get? Well… let’s start from the beginning.

!!!SPOILERS AHEAD!!! DO NOT read anything else unless you want this great game ruined… I’m serious.

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Path of the Grey Warden 7: Defeated by Darkspawn

Wannabe Writer’s Note: This is the re-posting of the Dragon Age Origins babblethrough series I did on my old website. This article was originally posted on December 22, 2017. Enjoy past me’s unedited ramblings!

I’m going to get this babblethrough done before the end of the year. I have faith in me! Right after I finished Awakening, I jumped into the Darkspawn Chronicles DLC. This one was very out there. I’m not sure exactly what happened, but I like to think this in an alternate universe where your Grey Warden never existed. Specifically taking place during the final battle of the main campaign, you take control of a bloodthirsty Hurlock Vanguard fighting for the archdemon while leading a group of minions.

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Throughout the DLC, you’ll hear the archdemon whispering instructions to you. Creepy-cool!

The evil mission only took an hour, but I enjoyed seeing things from the perspective of the darkspawn. Don’t get me wrong, I feel terrible about what I did to all the innocent people, but it feels good to be evil sometimes… maybe? Here’s some babblings about my reign of terror!

!!!SPOILERS AHEAD!!! DO NOT read anything else unless you want this great game ruined… I’m serious.

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Path of the Grey Warden 5: Where’s the Wisecracking Witch?

Wannabe Writer’s Note: This is the re-posting of the Dragon Age Origins babblethrough series I did on my old website. This article was originally posted on October 15, 2017. Enjoy past me’s unedited ramblings!

Grey Warden Ellen’s back, baby! Pushing aside her intense grief over certain tragic events that went down in my main quest, she’s now on the trail of Morrigan in the Witch Hunt DLC. Unlike in Leliana’s Song, the Witch Hunt DLC gave me the option to import my character from the main game, which of course I freaking did! I also got my Mabari war hound, Max, back. Yay!

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I wanted to give Grey Warden Ellen a big hug!! I missed ya, girl.

This DLC story takes place two years after the archdemon has been downed in the main quest, so talking about exactly why I’m hunting the witch is kinda spoilery for the main game… but Morrigan is gone for some reason, and where the hell did she go? Let’s find out more in the clearly marked spoiler area, shall we?

!!!SPOILERS AHEAD!!! DO NOT read anything else unless you want this great game ruined… I’m serious.

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Path of the Grey Warden 2: Ah! Broodmother?! KILL IT!!!

Wannabe Writer’s Note: This is the re-posting of the Dragon Age Origins babblethrough series I did on my old website. This article was originally posted on September 10, 2017. Hurricane season is dangerous, I tell ya. Anyway, enjoy past me’s unedited ramblings!

Hope everyone’s having a glorious weekend, but my thoughts go out to everyone in Florida. Irma is a hurricane who means serious business and brings the potential for horrific devastation. Here in Nova Scotia, we had a direct hit from a pathetic category 2 one many years ago. It destroyed many things and crippled my province for weeks. My parents and I were without power for 8 days (that’s right – younger me had to endure 8 whole days without video games). I can fearfully imagine what a stronger one can do.

I was feeling a bit under the weather myself, so I’ve been Dragon Aging it up A LOT this weekend. I’ve actually beaten the main campaign now, but I still want to ramble about everything I’ve done to get there. I’ve been going nuts with the screenshots and progress notes too. I’ve also decided to break up my progress reports into a couple of posts that I’ll publish over time (maybe? I’m not good at doing things I plan to). This post will be my conclusion to the Orzammar saga. So without further inane pre-rambling, here we go!

!!!SPOILERS AHEAD!!! DO NOT read anything else unless you want this great game ruined… I’m serious.

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Path of the Grey Warden 1: Order to Orzammar

Wannabe Writer’s Note: This is the re-posting of the Dragon Age Origins babblethrough series I did on my old website. This article was originally posted on September 2, 2017, and right in the middle of the original Adventure Rules Blogger Blitz community event. Fun times! Anyway, enjoy past me’s unedited ramblings.

Thank the Maker, I’m enjoying Day 2 of my awesome 4 Day vacation! It’s Labour Day here in Canada on Monday (same as our American neighbours, except we spell it differently because of our great British overlords) and I’m visiting family in the middle of nowhere until Sunday night. Unfortunately, that means I had to leave Dragon Age Origins behind for a bit… but I can still ramble about it online! Besides, I really need a break from trying to write about robots and soccer balls.

By the way, I love taking in game screenshots! I have almost 6 GB of images from various video games stored on my hard drive. Since I’m playing the PC version of Origins, I’ve been quite the shutterbug. Every time I see something cool, I just have to tap a key and then I have a digital image to treasure forever (or until some sort of catastrophic technology error happens). It’s always disappointing when I have to go back to consoles that don’t have that glorious feature.

Anywho, something I really enjoyed blogging about this year was my journey through Horizon Zero Dawn, in the form of a bunch of rambling progress posts, complete with some of the over 1,500 screenshots I took in that game. I’m loving every damn minute of Dragon Age Origins (it’s already surpassed HZD for my personal GoTY) so I think I’m going to do the same thing with this game. I wish I would have done this sooner, but oh well.

Progress thus far…

Where I’m At: Just entered the Dead Trenches (it lives up to its name)
What I Just Did: Fought a bunch of creepy-freaking giant spiders to get to a journal. *shudders*
What I’m Doing: Searching for a missing Paragon, in what appears to be darkspawn grand central, all to resolve a ‘minor’ dwarf political dispute.
Grey Warden Ellen’s Level: 17 (4957/10000 until next level up)
Playtime: 39 hours 15 minutes

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That’s right! Grey Warden Ellen can mess anyone up now.

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