|Game:||Dragon Age: Origins|
Age carries a Mature(17+) rating:
Not since Age of Conan has a game had a warning box this big, Dragon Age managed to pick up just about every caveat available, Jack Thompson is foaming at the mouth over this one I’m sure. While often times the warnings can be overly cautious, this game delivers the guts and the glory and will leave your armor soaking in blood for most of the game’s duration. There is currently no setting in the game to tone down the elements that garnered this rating, and for good reason; Ferelden is a bloody land and no amount of candy coating can change that. Parents will want to pay attention to these warnings and save game time for when the little ones are safe and snug in bed.
graphics of Dragon
Age have gotten a fair
amount of criticism for not being bleeding edge or as ultra-realistic
of the game’s counterparts, and while I don't disagree with
I will tell you this - they don't need to be. Dragon Age graphics fit
to a tee, they make you feel a part of this fantasy world in a way that
"realistic" graphic model could.
The game is filled with cut-scenes that help tell the story and move the plot along. The scene graphics have the exact same look and feel as the in game graphics which wraps the whole thing into a cohesive package. The creatures are unique, the demons are frightening and the dragon is awe-inspiring. If you’re picking up Dragon Age purely for graphics punch, then you’re probably not its story-driven target audience. Even so, you won’t likely be disappointed.
Dragon Age has excellent overall audio quality, with voice acting, background sounds and music all at the level one would expect from BioWare. The music seems classic without feeling like a rehash of scores from other fantasy games or movies, a feat harder to accomplish than you’d think these days. With the staggering numbers of fantasy RPGs both single and multi-player (or massively multiplayer for that matter) it is not at all uncommon to hear a fantasy game score and get a sense of Lord of the Rings or Braveheart déjà vu.
The sheer amount of voice acting here is staggering. Not only is every single cut scene fully voice acted, but you’ll even hear background interactions amongst your party mates as you traverse the lands. All of this vocal talent ultimately leads to a rich and immersive experience, but every once in a while the dialogues and monologues break into a near Shakespearean tempo that drags down the moment. Fortunately these scenes are few and far between past the first main gameplay area and if you do encounter them you can turn on subtitles or hit the escape key to move past them.