Dragon Age: Origins - Witch Hunt Video Review
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- Sep 9, 2010
In this video review, Kevin VanOrd goes on a wild Witch Hunt in the latest DLC for Dragon Age: Origins.
The most disappointing thing about Witch Hunt is how it turned such a memorable part (your relationship with Morrigan) of one of the most amazing stories in gaming ever (Dragon Age: Origins story) to a meaningless and disappointing "mystery", and I do use the word mystery here very loosely. Mystery is supposed to be nice, but you know when some mysteries are frustrating or annoying? If you know, then that's Witch Hunt's biggest problem and disappointing. And what makes this whole thing even more frustrating and disappointing is that the Awakening expansion does not answer questions from Origins, questions related to Morrigan at least, and Dragon Age 2 is already out, and without Morrigan or anything remotely related to who we were in Dragon Age: Origins apparently. Morrigan and Alistair were such memorable and lovely parts of Origins, and I would've loved to know what happened to them both or even continue adventure with both of them, whether in a proper DLC that is as big as an expansion, or in a proper expansion. Witch Hunt was cheap, and such a big disappointment, to put it shortly.
@VampiriLestat I'd still put Baldur's Gate 2 as the best RPG of all time. NWN2 has nothing on it except graphics - Though that game was good too.
I think DLC can be a good way, yes, for a company to milk money out of a video game franchise but to also give those of us who really enjoy the title a way to milk more gameplay and more story from it for a modest price. I have DLed extra stuff for DAO and I have found most of it lacking, whereas Mass Effect 2 satisfies me time and again (the "Lair of the Shadow Broker" DLC was fantastic). Where DAO's DLC dudes have put out some stuff worth playing, like Leliana's song, it hasn't been all that. It now appears that they utterly failed this time and dragged Morrigan, DAO's strongest character, down with it. C'mon! Don't they know about you guys and all of your comments (the relevant ones anyway)? Don't they know by now that if they put out something that sucks we'll hear about it instantly and the next DLC will be treated with even MORE skeptisim? Do they think we're ALL suckers? But this is why I am grateful for all you guys and gals. Sometimes I am willing to see for myself if DLC sucks or not, but not when it's this unanimous. Thank you all for saving me $7 and 60-90 minutes of my life. And I hold out some hope that the DAO people actually read this stuff and will remember this the next time they try to pull some s(beep)t.
@TheReaper180 Couldnt agree more. Found out long time ago that any thing that got the EA logo on it wont be great. It might be good or ok at best because it feels rushed. It IS rushed.
The problem is Dragon Age had a full story, even Awakenings which was decent, seemed kinda tacked on. Claudia Black just has an addictive way of stitching together words which made everyone love Morrigan, but she was playing a role in a bigger story and her leaving made sense.
This is really disappointing to hear: I think a lot of people, myself included, found Morrigan to be their favourite Dragon Age character and there was a lot of mystery surrounding her (and particularly her intentions at the end of the game) that I was hoping would find some significant resolution here. It bugs the heck out of me that I won't even be able to fight the power by getting this pre-owned. God I hate DLC.
@ peteywentout have you ever played neverwinter nights II ??? I mean is it just me who finds dragon age to be mediocre at best?! I got so freakin' bored with it! although I did enjoy the character I definitely don't find it such a great game. For me the top or one of the top rpg's is nwn 2 and I totally disagree with people who claim dragon age to be ''the best rpg'' although I do intend to master my strength and finish this game... Also, on the video subject, sounds like an awful dlc. From it's title it sounded epic but after watching this naaaah...
Will gamers PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE remember that a $7- $10 DLC that lasts a couple of hours, however good it is, is like paying $70 - $100 for a 20 hour corridor shooter and $210 - $300 for a 60 hour RPG!!!!! DLC is a total rip-off and I hope this review shows that Gamespot is beginning to understand that!
@ lindallison :say what? dragon age ruined games for me, they set the bar too high for me now, its just an incredible experience, the gameplay is near perfection, the characters are deep and interesting, and the story does take a while to get somewhere, but its still a great story what so ever... i played starcraft 2 as soon as i finished dragon age for the 2nd time, and it felt like eating a diet cookie and a punch in the crotch, while siting on a nail board set on fire..
I could almost close my eyes and imagine this review being about Origins, except the parts about it being short and 7 dollars.
Never really got the concept of these dlc's... being a huge fan of BG2 myself i loved the expansion and i'd rather have them over small bits of dlc, independant of one another.
I can almost promise you EA is really pushing Bioware. They always seem to try to milk everything until the cow is dead or dying.
Man of all the DLCs Bioware have released this is the one you expected to be the best of them all. The DLCs sole purpose was to rob money out of people. This DLC didnt answer anything. I may expect these stupid moves from THQ, Activision and Capcom( Resident Evil multiplayer DLC) but never from Bioware. Lets hope they dont pull a similar stunt on DA :2
So where are all the Bioware fanboys that blindly supported all the Mass effect 2 DLC's? They seem suspiciously quiet when Confronted by a DLC that's blatantly a rip off .
@truelori Not true, just check the last DLC to Mass Effect 2, Lair of the Shadow broker. Bioware can do it right. To me, this one is a sad tale retold many, many times. Team redirected to make DA2, DLC understaffed and launched to rip off us poor fans. Not me, not grabin this crap.
I guess Rockstar, Bethesda, and Epic are about the only ones who get DLC right -_-. P.S. If your asking why i mention Epic, remember the Titan Pack ....that all i got to say >: )
From all the DA:O DLC i was going to buy this one , but not going to now after seeing this. Really bioware? Can you make a good DLC ever? If you put all the DLC from Dragon age and mass effect 2 the only good one is maybe Lair of the Shadow Broker.Now you make a DLC about Morrigan yet answer nothing about her? Seriously who logic meter was running low? Let make a DLC about a very famous and important character yet let answer nothing about her and let her only make a 5 second cameo. I am missing something here?, is bioware that stupid? Really ..some one any one have an answer for this?
I bet this is just another one of EA's schemes to get another 7$ from people... damn it bioware, stop churning out meaningless stuff and take a stance against EA's moneyhungry decisions and give us the good quality addons we know you can provide.
the game was cool i enjoyed it, yes some elements were a little bit misleading but all in all it was a very nice experience. but this DLC seems so clumsy and unfinished, what a pity :(
Dont understand why did BioWare gave so short and shallow story in form of DLC to one of the most important characters from Origins?
I did the whole "give Morrigan her baby" thing at the end of Origins so I was really excited for this. Now not so much.
Thought it was a decent dlc though honestly not worth the money. Most of the new enviroments aren't new , they're all just pinched from other dlcs or the original game itself. They have improved the game visually slightly but the ending is just confusing. It points towards the child being Hawkes even though that's not true if he came from lothering having survived the blight... (well atleast that was my take on it).
@Pilz-E_Uk Huh actually the way you say it is the way I say it. I'm not sure I've heard anyone say "darta"...Maybe in the south or something.
It's not a bad dlc. The content itself is fun: the new companions have hilarious dialogue and the quests are interesting. The disappoinment comes from the broken ending and how little dialogue you have with Morrigan. Also, reusing the same locations doesn't help. Bioware should really stop treating Dragon Age like a stepchild compared to Mass Effect. I'd give it a 7.
I thought it was a good dlc.... I don't know why he describes the party members as generic, I thought their dilogue was tremendous and I really enjoyed having the mage in my party (he was quite funny)
@Flat_Spectre it cannont be typed its in the pronounciation, another example would be for data, u say "darta" we say dayta"
Wow that sucks, I bought the others except Lelianas song and was hoping for a challenge like in the Golems add-on. Kinda hope you can bring something from Origins to Dragon Age 2 because I killed Flemeth so could I perhaps have a different story then?
WITCHER 2! WHERE IS WITCHER 2?!?! ENOUGH WITH DRAGON AGE! THERE HASN'T BEEN A SINGLE STONE LEFT UNEXLORED!
goes to show dlc doesn't work. should of took everything that was released as dlc and combined it to make one single game expansion, then we could of just bought a single disk and called it a day.
@roganth -- I know; I didn't even notice the weird pronunciation until I watched the review afterwards. Dammit--I'm a gamer, not a linguist! But yeah, it was a bit of a tongue flub. Ooh, I created a new phrase: tongue flub.