Had your fill of Dragon Age: Origins? Looking for a new experience to tackle and have already completed the downloadable content? Then Dragon Age Origins: Awakening is just the sort of expansion that's right up your street, offering a new area of the world to explore called Amaranthine.
Following the events that take place in the main game, you assume the role of a Grey Warden Commander who is tasked with rebuilding the order of Grey Wardens. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, not really. The land is regularly attacked by darkspawn, despite the slaying of the Archdemon dragon. A bit frustrating.
So not only have you got to 'get the band back together,' you've also got to uncover the mystery as to why these creatures are still running amok. Among these fearsome enemies is a new breed that is more intelligent than the others, requiring fresh strategy to defeat. You'll also get to do battle with other monsters such as the Inferno Golem and Spectral Dragon – and they're about as nasty as they sound too.
But not all hope is lost. Dragon Age Origins: Awakening also adds new ways to customise your characters and equipment, allowing you to further enhance yourself beyond that which can be achieved in the original Origins game. Increased level caps, new skills and spells and five new members for your party are just some of the additions that will give you an even chance against this new threat.
Dragon Age is a kind of game that is becoming increasingly rare: a deeply immersive single-player RPG with an interface clearly designed for the PC. It's easy to sling around the word "immersive" at any game that looks pretty, but DA isn't messing around - the world of Ferelden shows a unified sense of design and depth that blows even famously vast games like Oblivion out of the water. Coupled with consistently excellent writing and across-the-board quality character design even down to relatively unimportant NPCs, the game truly does feel like it's reacting to your choices dynamically from the very beginning, and how you play your character can have amazingly subtle effects on the way the story finishes.