I came into Awakening with the highest of expectations after months of expectancy. I left it waiting for more and planning my next replay of both Origins and its expansion.
If you loved the gameplay and narrative style of Origins, there is no reason not to also love Awakening. You will find codices of history and other lore as you travel the world slicing up darkspawn. Combat will still be tactical and exciting. Dialogue will still be touching and moral decisions enlightening. Little has changed in that regard. Rather than innovating on what Origins did right, Bioware chose to simply add on to what it already had going. A fine choice, I think, as I’m not sure I would have been pleased with too much difference between Origins and Awakening.
by Emily "Adarel" Bembeneck