I’ve been meaning to make a post like this for a long time now, but just haven’t gotten around to it because I haven’t even played Dragon Age in a while but now it’s time.
I first discovered the Dragon Age games in 2012 I think. Dragon Age: Origins happened to be on sale on Steam and I had heard good things about it from a friend… So I tried it and immediately loved it because I could make my own character and everything! I hadn’t played a lot of games in general back then (only PC games I had were Assassin’s Creed ones) and DA:O may have actually been my first Steam game ever so it was all very amazing to me. Imagine my face when I realized I can romance my companions!
There are currently three Dragon Age games and they’re all very different so I’m gonna talk a little bit about each of them separately.
So, the one that started it all. In Origins you can be either human, elf or dwarf, and depending on your race and class choices the game has a totally different beginning (there are six origin stories in total). You become a Grey Warden and your mission is basically to get everyone to work together and save the world from the Blight. You pick up a bunch of companions on the way and you can romance some of them (Alistair is my favorite boy). Origins is probably my favorite of them all since it was my first Dragon Age game and it just has a soft spot in my heart. It’s obviously old and the combat system is a little clunky and slow, but I love it anyway. I should really do a proper replay again one day because it’s been a long time.
If you’re interested in giving the Dragon Age games a try I definitely recommend starting with this one even though you technically can play them in whatever order you want, because Origins is the best introduction to the world being the first game and all that. Origins also has a DLC called Awakening that’s basically 20 more hours of gameplay with new companions that takes place after the base game! That and all the other DLC come with the Ultimate Edition so just get that one if you get DA:O.
Dragon Age 2 is a bit different from the previous game. First of all, you can only play as a human, Hawke, and rather than adventuring all over Ferelden the game only takes place in a city called Kirkwall where you fix whatever problems people might have. And trust me, that city is a mess. Many people say 2 is the worst game in the series because it was very rushed, I won’t deny that, but I still enjoyed it a lot. I got a lot more attached to the companions than I did in Origins and the smaller scale was nice because it was so different. The romances in Dragon Age 2 were all available no matter which gender Hawke you chose to play, so that was fun.
Turns out the only screenshots of the game I had available on this computer were of a graphics glitch so uh.. I’m sorry. All I can say is that if you play this on PC, go to the game settings and switch from DirectX 11 to 9 to avoid this and a lot of other weird problems! Because there are some.
The events at the end of Dragon Age 2 are directly related to the next game, and you will even get to see your Hawke again there briefly, so those are some reasons to not skip this one.
Aaand the newest game. Dragon Age: Inquisition lets you pick from the three races like Origins did, plus they added a fourth one called Qunari, but there are no origin stories. The game is again very different compared to the previous ones, this time much bigger in scale. The world is in chaos because there’s a literal hole in the sky that’s causing demons to pop up everywhere, and your character ends up becoming the Inquisitor who’s naturally expected to fix everything. You get many big areas to explore and you also have a war table full of side quest stuff that you can assign to your advisors and you also have a whole castle that you can decorate a little bit. The exploring can feel a little MMO-like which can get a little boring but the game is really beautiful so I didn’t mind it much. It makes replaying a pretty tedious though.
One thing that annoys me about Inquisition is that the actual proper ending of the game is a DLC (Trespasser), so definitely get the Game of The Year edition if you’re thinking about getting it.
Also, funny story: when DA:I first came out I got it for PS3 since I didn’t have a good enough PC for it and no newer gen consoles and was expecting the beautiful game I had seen in videos etc. and it turned out to be… not like that at all. The PS3 and Xbox 360 versions look very sad compared to PC/PS4/Xbone and they also don’t have all the DLCs available so I wouldn’t recommend them at all unless you’re just really desperate to play DA:I and don’t have other options available. I moved in with my fiance a few months after the game came out and he gave me his old gaming PC so I got DA:I for it as soon as it was on sale and it was like playing a new game. So much better and I was very happily in love with the game again and I think I have spent at least 200 hours on it.
I hope you guys enjoyed my Dragon Age ramblings. I tried to be a little bit informative and not just gush about how much I love them because I know they also have their flaws. These games have been a huge part of my life for years and I really hope the next game will be good as well. I have a couple of other game series I could talk about like this too, if anyone is interested?
ALSO, I run a fan community on Discord for Dragon Age (and Mass Effect) called Spectres & Wardens and we have a lot of fun there so feel free to join us!