Dragon Age: Origins - Witch Hunt

Game review by
Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media
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Short, gory, cliff-hanging conclusion to the Origins game.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The gist of the story line involves demons, theft, a bastard child, and dark magic. Along the way of the 90-minute-or-so adventure, the party that includes the gamer's character will hack and slaughter numerous foes in a visceral manner.

Positive Role Models & Representations

While the imported character may have the noble intention of finding a friend (or if a male character, the mother of his bastard child), generally the characters are in a maelstrom of bloody battles. This is about killing in a violent and brutal manner to get to an all-too-short final scene with Morrigan.

Ease of Play

In order to play the game, the original titles have to be installed -- which means that players have familiarity with the control schemes. There are new challenges here, but the core control elements have not changed.

Violence

DAO Witch Hunt is an extremely hack and slash game with blood fountaining, gore, bloody pools, dismemberment, skeletal remains, and animals pinning down enemies to chew on them. In-game characters are often splattered with blood after battles.

Sex

There is no overt sex in this download but -- depending on the relationship with Morrigan (the "witch" referred to in the subtitle of the expansion) -- there can be some tension in the confrontation at the end of the campaign.

Language

There is playful banter between characters, and while there is nothing that is blatant in the dialogue that underscores the entire game. In-game characters may get testy and anxious, but the script does not drop foul language into the mix.

Consumerism

Witch Hunt is a downloadable content pack that requires Dragon Age: Origins or Dragon Age: Awakening game to play.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTom_Gamer_Tom September 11, 2010

Its Dragon age, Obviously gore.

Dragon Age was originally violent with people getting dismembered and a very hack and slash nature. The DLC of dragon age is obviously going to be pretty identi... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byBionic Reviewer March 4, 2014

Brief, Forgettable Epilogue runs on Nostalgia

Witch Hunt is a good chance for Origins players to return to the land of Fereldan after their adventures in Awakening, but it fails as both a nostalgia trip and... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bycerealkiller189 February 28, 2012

A few hours of good fun isn't worth that much,but still awesome game.

I finished the campaign in 30-45 minutes as it was a breeze for me,even on max difficulty.This came with the Dragon Age:Awakening pack which I got at GameStop.H... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in games and how to separate what is seen on a screen from real life. What is the impact of media violence?

  • How downloadable content is extra and not included in the price of the original game.

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Price: $7
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Electronic Arts
  • Release date: September 7, 2010
  • Genre: Role Playing
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood, Intense Violence, Language, Partial Nudity, Sexual Content

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