Throwback Thursday Review – DLC Remix – Dragon Age: Origins – Return to Ostagar

Another week, another Dragon Age: Origins DLC. What can I say, I like my Dragon Age DLC. Was there a lot of DLC for this game, hell yes. Was it all good, eh, but it wasn’t all bad either. Unfortunately this DLC ranges on the eh side.

If you played this game, which I hope you have because it’s awesome, you can probably tell what this DLC is about. You’ll be tasked with going back to Ostagar, because why the hell not. You’ll relive the battle that you didn’t fight in, luckily because the game would have been over then, and get some vengeance for that stupid king Cailan and Duncan. This makes me wonder if stupidity runs in that family because not only is Cailan not all that bright, but Alistair also follows suit. Maybe it’s just bad genetics.

This really isn’t even a great mission. I mean you go back for vengeance, mostly for Alistair’s sake to take down the ogre that killed Cailan and Duncan. When you think about it really, I mean it’s not like the ogre did it on purpose. This ogre is just a killing machine and didn’t have a grudge against Cailan or Duncan that he personally sought them out and killed them on purpose. While you’ll also receive Cailan’s armor, I guess this brings Alistair some closure. For this mission you’ll probably want to bring Alistair and Wynne since they were actually there, but you can always piss them off and not bring them. I found this a little odd too that you would travel all the way back to Ostagar even though once you leave Lothering you can’t go back because it’s overrun. How did you get back to Ostagar then? Doesn’t make much sense to me.

This DLC mission is also played in the main game and can be done at any time meaning that it has the same playability as the rest of the game. Save your game people, I can’t warn you enough that something can always go wrong with this game and you’ll lose everything. While this DLC runs fine for me, BioWare games make me weary and I hate losing data because I didn’t save enough.

Since the playability is the same, it’s safe to say that the graphics are the same as well. We already know that they aren’t great.

I hope you’re not playing this DLC for the extra trophies because there’s only one. It’s not a missable trophy and you should get it on the first try since it is for just playing the mission in its entirety. Not all that difficult.

Absolutely no multiplayer for this DLC.

Overall I give this DLC a 2 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ You get to see another side of Ostagar that you didn’t see when you had originally been there.
+ If you’re an Alistair or Wynne fan you can help them with some closure on the events that happened at Ostagar.

What’s not so Great:
It’s like this game had a quota on how much DLC needed to be made and this was thrown in to meet that quota.
One of the more boring DLC’s for this whole game as you really have no reason to go back and take vengeance for two people your character didn’t even know all that well.

This isn’t the best DLC in the game, but it isn’t the worst either. It’s just another mission added in to make your game last longer. While I’m all for that, I could have done without this DLC. If you’re a hardcore Dragon Age fan you’ll probably want to play this DLC, but for all of you casual Dragon Age players I would say to skip this one because it’s not worth the $4.99 price tag it still carries.

If you thought we were done with Dragon Age: Origins, you are sadly mistaken because we are so not done with this game. I told you there was a lot of DLC. Now for this one though, you can either qualify this as a DLC or an expansion but for the sake of this blog I’m going to count it as a DLC. It’s Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening. I’ll let you know more about it next week.


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