Do you think I should play Awakenings first?

#1 Posted by Daveyo520 (6686 posts) -

Not for any save game move over but for the story? I will play it eventually don't worry but do you think I will miss out on stuff in II if I don't?

#2 Edited by Nottle (1912 posts) -
@Daveyo520: The story in Awakening is alright. But a few things happen in it that are very important and world changing in a way concerning darkspawn. If thats brought up it may spoil  a cool part in awakening.  Also Anders and Justice are worth checking out. 
#3 Posted by Yummylee (21540 posts) -

Sure, might as well.

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#4 Posted by OldGuy (1552 posts) -

I say yes.

#5 Posted by Daveyo520 (6686 posts) -
@Abyssfull: Well it is just that I will take forever to play it. I spent 82 hours on Origins. 
#6 Edited by FreakAche (2953 posts) -

I had this same question. The stories aren't connected on the same level as Mass Effect right? 
 
Edit: Oh whoops! For some reason I thought this question was about Origins. I should clarify that I haven't played the original game, or the expansion.

#7 Posted by Saseav (56 posts) -

i prefer the story, while short of awakening. specifically concerning the darkspawn.

#8 Posted by Yummylee (21540 posts) -
@Daveyo520 said:
" @Abyssfull: Well it is just that I will take forever to play it. I spent 82 hours on Origins.  "
lol oh lordy no. Awakening is at most around 13 hours, even if you decide to do all the side missions and stuff.
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#9 Posted by DeeGee (2121 posts) -

Nope. Little to no story and one dimensional boring characters. Skip it.

#10 Posted by Crono11 (1645 posts) -

I actually just beat Awakening, and I have to say it was better then I thought I would be.  
 
The companions you get were interesting, and I thought the story parts, while limited, were good. It's a little buggy but I never lost any progress and was able to complete everything. 
 
I'd recommend it. 

#11 Posted by Yummylee (21540 posts) -
@DeeGee said:
" Nope. Little to no story . "
Say wuut??? I can understand why people may think the stories bad, but saying that there's close to no story is pretty off the mark. I won't post it here, obviously, for spoilers sake.. but there is a story here, and one that I thought was pretty good with how it added a whole new layer of depth to the Darkspawn.
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#12 Posted by AlexW00d (6238 posts) -
@Daveyo520 said:
" @Abyssfull: Well it is just that I will take forever to play it. I spent 82 hours on Origins.  "
I did pretty much every thing in Awakening and it took 18 hours. 
#13 Posted by lokey013 (109 posts) -

It's interesting to see Justice's and Ander's banter if they're both in your party....but I did enjoy Awakening....the magic looked cooler and it was nice to see a bit what happened after Origins with your Grey Warden.... 
 
I'm really curious how my actions will affect Dragon Age II
#14 Posted by Ravenousrattler (1417 posts) -

only thing i can think of is getting to know anders before you meet him in 2

#15 Edited by CottonWolf (89 posts) -

It's also really interesting if you've read the books, which granted most people haven't. But if you're really into the fiction you'll get more out of it than most, there's a quite significant call back.

#16 Posted by DonChipotle (2730 posts) -

Yes. If only because a certain character from it appears in 2. Also, the end  is pretty cool.

#17 Posted by damswedon (3185 posts) -

I did most of Awakenings in about 10 hours on normal.

#18 Posted by Example1013 (4834 posts) -

If you have Warden's Keep installed, uninstall it first. Trust me on this, it's worth it. And as long as you don't try to go back to Origins until you're done with Awakening you should be fine (as in you uninstall Warden's Keep, do Awakening, and reinstall it). 
 

 
I liked Awakenings except for one of the really major bugs that has never been fixed. 
 
 
 
OBVIOUSLY don't read the spoilers if you don't want anything at all revealed. 
 
Awakenings ran me 20 hours on my first trip through, and only 10 on my second. So it's not all that long, and probably worth it plotwise.
#19 Posted by SomethingClever (419 posts) -

If you want to mostly just get the story of it I would suggest setting the game to casual and just run through it.  It's only around 12 or so hours, on casual it might go faster.   
 
I only have a few hours into it but so far I'm enjoying it.  The thought that keeps going through my head though is "man, this is easy."  I'm playing on normal, just like I did Origins but so far Awakening has been a joke difficulty wise.  I've encountered a couple of what I assume should have been difficult bosses (in Blackmarsh) that I was able to simply hit 'attack' and just put the controller down until it was over.

#20 Posted by haffy (673 posts) -

Only problem I had with Awakenings was it was just too easy compared to origins.

#21 Posted by Santa_8aby (97 posts) -

While I enjoyed Awakening, I would say that it isn't neccesary to play before DA2.  Due to the manner in which the games are linked, i.e. story choices versus transferable player character, the impact of Awakening on DA 2 overall will be low.  Besides, the choices you make in Awakening probably won't carry over because as far as I know, only a DA:O save game can be imported, not Awakening.  So how could they?
#22 Posted by CottonWolf (89 posts) -
@Santa_8aby: Don't know the details, but Awakening choices definitely ARE imported.
#23 Edited by Santa_8aby (97 posts) -

@CottonWolf:
Interesting.  I was under the impression from a friend who bought the game today that Awakening save games weren't importable.  I've done some serarching and it seems Bioware hasn't made it clear exactly what DLC is importable, which leaves the issue clouded.  I know you said you don't know the details, but if someone does, it would be vaulable info for interested parties. I've read on various forums that Witch Hunt is importable as well, but confirmation would be appreciated.

#24 Posted by StarvingGamer (8156 posts) -
#25 Posted by Santa_8aby (97 posts) -
@StarvingGamer:
Great, thanks for the redirect.
#26 Posted by Erebus (52 posts) -
@CottonWolf said:
" It's also really interesting if you've read the books, which granted most people haven't. But if you're really into the fiction you'll get more out of it than most, there's a quite significant call back. "
This +1
 
I read both books before playing Awakening (even though only The Calling was related to Awakening).
 
Awakening is a bit easier to understand if you've read The Calling which introduces the antagonists.
#27 Posted by Daveyo520 (6686 posts) -
@Abyssfull said:
" @Daveyo520 said:
" @Abyssfull: Well it is just that I will take forever to play it. I spent 82 hours on Origins.  "
lol oh lordy no. Awakening is at most around 13 hours, even if you decide to do all the side missions and stuff. "
lol okay good. Then I shall do it. Boy did I do everything in DA:O :P
#28 Posted by sickVisionz (1268 posts) -
@Saseav said:
" i prefer the story, while short of awakening. specifically concerning the darkspawn. "
Same here.  DA:O seemed like a game that was about you collecting a bunch of party members but Awakenings was much more focused on an overarching plot.  The changes they made to the darkspawn were interesting to me and the main baddie is a hell of a lot better than Dragon in DA:O.  I think the level design is noticeably better as well.  THere are two parts of DA:O that I hate to a point that I won't replay it.  There are no areas of DA:A that I dislike.
#29 Posted by Gabriel (4061 posts) -

Justice is a pretty cool character I wish Dragon age II wasn't going Liquid Ocelot with him and Anders though. 

#30 Posted by ArbitraryWater (11636 posts) -

Sure, go for it. It's kind of easy, thanks to some seriously overpowered high level abilities, but it's more Dragon Age and I think certain aspects of it are handled better than origins. Of course, I also finished it in 10 hours, so take what you may from that.

#31 Posted by BraveToaster (12590 posts) -

I bought Awakening on Sunday and I'm almost finished. I don't think it's worth 2400 Points.

#32 Posted by Lonely_Misanthrope (43 posts) -

I think you should.  It will lower your expectations so that Dragon Age II won't be such a disappointment.

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