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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Dragon Age: Origins - Witch Hunt is a mature role-playing game with very adult themes. It is a downloadable content pack that requires Dragon Age: Origins or Dragon Age: Awakening game to play. It is brutal, violent, contains sexual overtures and should not be in the hands of younger players. The violence is quite intense and, depending on the difficulty setting, the 70-90 minutes it takes to finish the campaign can be edge-of-the-seat gaming, which could be too much for many players. There is strategy involved, minor puzzle solving, but mostly it is about battle tactics. This is a linear game that allows for some branching dialogue choices that all, ultimately, lead to the same conclusion.
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What's it about?
DRAGON AGE: ORIGINS - WITCH HUNT concludes the storylines of the earlier Dragon Age games with a brief return by Morrigon, the Witch of the Wilds. At the end of Dragon Age: Origins, Morrigan conceived a child with a Gray Warden in order to spare the warden's life during the climatic battle with the arch-demon. She left after that, ostensibly to raise the child, but has returned looking for old relics. A new character can be created or an existing character can be imported to journey across the five environments to meet Morrigan in front of a mirror that will portal her to another dimension. This is more of a cliff-hanger than a conclusion and is a precursor to more intrigue, and battles, to come.
Is it any good?
There was a distinctive sense of "is that it?!?" at the conclusion of this download, simply because there was more intrigue than resolution left on the virtual gaming table. A couple of new characters join the party, bringing new dialogue and witticism to the game, as well as powerful attacks. Soon into the game, instead of strangers, they begin to feel like friends. The action is brutal and the ending is less than satisfying, but this downloadable campaign should be played by fans of the license. It feels short, but is enjoyable and challenging, nonetheless.
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