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Dragon Age: Origins (2009) is an action role-play game with an emphasis on combat and player choices. You play the hero in the medieval fantasy world of Thedas, exploring the world and using your power to stop the impending darkness spread across the land. It stands out for the scale and scope of the world, the amount of choice and character development offered to the player and the depth of its lore and world-building.

You play a Grey Warden of the country of Ferelden in Thedas, and must defend the land from an evil uprising of savage Darkspawn creatures. You explore the land and fight monsters, meeting and recruiting characters along the way and making choices about what to say and do.

You choose from different classes of characters and level up your skills by interacting with characters you meet to take on combat and missions which offer upgrades to your character. When you are in conversation with other citizens of Thedas, you can choose from a variety of responses. Get this right and characters you meet can join your party. Get this wrong and you can find yourself with a new enemy. Each person's opinion of you is affected by your dialogue choices and actions, meaning no two play-throughs are the same. Depending on your choices, some characters may be allies or obstacles. Combat is tactical, and you must direct your companions to attack in a cohesive strategy against your enemies.

The result is a game that gives you the freedom to live out a medieval adventure in whatever way you want. In many ways inspired by Middle Ages Europe and its folklore, it offers a chance to inhabit a fantastical world and play through challenging combat scenarios, all while making meaningful in-game decisions that shape the course of your story, interactions and even the ending.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Dragon Age: Origins 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 3 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Role-Play game with Adventure, Fighting and Narrative elements. This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 30 hours and 75 hours to complete. The myriad side quests and extra details in the games allow you to spend many hours away from the main plot, greatly increasing the game's length and letting you play for over an hour at a time. If you've not had as much experience in the genre, you may also find some areas take longer to beat.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 for Violence.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Mature Accompanied (MA 15+) for Strong Violence.
Rated 18 by the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) for Strong Bloody Violence.

Skill Level

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. It's also important to ensure children understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. The game is quite complex and requires you to manage lots of different systems. The ability to form an overall strategy in combat quickly is also important.

CostsCosts

Dragon Age: Origins usually costs £14.99 to £24.99. 

Dragon Age: Origins

There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
 
The first game, Dragon Age: Origins, has an add-on that can be purchased and costs £10. It acts as a prequel to the main game and has a new storyline and plot to follow. You can also purchase the game and the extra content in one version: The Ultimate Edition, which costs £25.

There have been three games in the main series, which were released on consoles and PC:
  • Dragon Age: Origins (2009) PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
  • Dragon Age II (2010) PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014) PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

There have also been several spin-offs and tie-in games:
  • Dragon Age: Journeys (2009) Web Browser
  • Dragon Age Legends (2011) Web Browser
  • Heroes of Dragon Age (2013) Android, iOS
  • Dragon Age: The Last Court (2014) Web Browser 
 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 03/11/2009, updated in 2009

Price: 90% off

Out Now: PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Role-Play (Adventure, Fighting and Narrative)

Accessibility: 24 features

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: Bioware (@Bioware)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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