“For centuries, the Grey Wardens—the ancient order of guardians, sworn to unite and defend the lands—have been battling the darkspawn forces. Legend spoke that slaying the Archdemon would have put an end to the darkspawn threat for centuries to come, but somehow they remain.”
I’ve just finished playing this again with my second character (elven mage). In terms of expansions I think this one is quite good. There’s about 15-20 hours of new gameplay & story & you get to play with 5 new recruitable characters with a bold return from good ol’ drunken Oghren. From all these you’ll have your choice of 2 warriors, 2 mages, & 2 rogues (which is more balanced this time). You get some new abilities to experiment with & new skill sets. I like that you have the choice to either import your old character or make a new high level one, & that you can keep leveling him/her up. At one point my team was so strong & badass that none of us ever died during battle, & sometimes I found it too easy on “normal” difficulty level. I tried upping the difficulty a couple times so it would be more challenging. I mean, just the loot you get in this game & items you can buy in terms of weapons & armour are pretty damn badass! There are plenty of delicious swords, bows, axes, breastplates, helms & boots to saliva over. Some will boost your stats incredibly, making you an unstoppable force to be reckoned with lol.
What I didn’t like is that you don’t get to bond with the new characters as much as in Origins. The dialogue is very limiting & the companion quests are so minimal. It also would’ve been nice to explore more of Thedas instead of just focusing on the Arling of Amarathine.
Overall I give this game expansion an 8.5/10.
SOME SHORTER DLCS I”VE TRIED:
Warden’s Keep (Soldiers Peak):
This mission was decent, there is some good loot & you get a permanent party storage space afterwards. I give it an 8/10.
You would get this one free if you bought the game new & not used, but either way, it gives you the character Shale who proves to be a valuable team member. I give this DLC an 8.5/10.
The mission it gives you is really short, & is not all that interesting, & the end result is rather unsatisfying. HOWEVER, once you get through it, you do get a rather awesome reward that you get to keep in your inventory in Origins & Awakenings. Overall I give this DLC a 5/10.