YMMV: Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: The Architect brings the uncomfortable detail that darkspawn are only Always Chaotic Evil because the taint doesn’t exactly give them a choice. Once awakened, they can be as morally varied as any other race (if with a somewhat higher predisposition towards insanity; being tainted and then awakened seems to be pretty hard on their mental stability). Following his argument, a good portion of the hordes slaughtered during every Blight could be perfectly decent people like the Messenger if they were just capable of choice, making them as much victims of the taint as anybody else. This is somewhat countered by the reminder of how the darkspawn reproduce.
  • Angst? What Angst?: Sigrun is amazingly cheerful for someone from a caste called Legion of the Dead, and is promised to only pursue death for the rest of her life.
  • Broken Base: Awakening either ruined Dragon Age forever, was a decent game that didn't have enough content for its $40 price tag, or was a great addition/conclusion to the story of Dragon Age: Origins.
  • Complete Monster: The Baroness of the Blackmarsh was a Vain Sorceress who murdered her subjects’ children to use their blood in rituals to keep herself young. When her subjects rebelled and burned her home down, the Baroness responded by killing her subjects and imprisoning their spirits in the Fade. Denied their eternal rest, the people of the Blackmarsh have their souls feasted on by the Baroness, now a Pride Demon, and are tormented by the demons prowling the spirit world. Should any person "die" they will only be revived back in the Fade for more misery. When confronted with her crimes, the Baroness brushes them off, saying that her subjects’ lives belong to her and are hers to do with as she pleases.
  • Cry for the Devil: Regarding the Mother, considering what we know about where broodmothers come from.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Nathaniel is easily the most popular character in Awakening. Many love him for his personality, looks, combat skills, and just in general being a good example of how to invoke a Misaimed Fandom In-Universe. His appearance in Dragon Age II also won him more fans, and many were disappointed by his lack of inclusion in Dragon Age: Inquisition.
    • Sigrun is also very popular for being the only Dwarf female party member in the entire series, as well as being a Genki Girl. Her usefulness in combat also greatly helps.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Anders telling Velanna that the chip on her shoulder has replaced her head is much less funny after what happens to him in Dragon Age II.
  • Game Breaker: Has it's own page here.
  • Good Bad Bug:
    • One bug in Awakening will allow you to max out your level before you even leave Vigil's Keep for the first time.
    • Another good bug in Awakening: In the City of Amaranthine, the smuggler leader quest line can provide infinite gold. Perform the first two tasks, but refuse the third. Every time you go back, he'll repeat the conversation, Including the part where he gives you 15 gold.
    • A bad bug as detailed on the main page: If you import to Dragon Age II, whether you save Vigil's Keep or not, anyone not with you to fight the final boss will be flagged as dead.
    • And then there's the bug where next to no DLC equipment will carry into this game - cue players having an Oh, Crap reaction when the Warden charges into battle in naught but their underwear.
    • It has since been fixed (unless you're playing the Ultimate Edition), but until very recently, a bug existed on the "Legion of The Dead Heraldry," a mostly cosmetic, practically free bit of modification you can buy to put a different image on your shield. Instead of the normal +3 to all attributes given by other heraldic designs (which is a pretty hefty bonus for a cosmetic reward, all things considered), the bug caused the Legion of the Dead emblem to provide +20 to all attributes, easily making any shield to which it's applied by a far and wide margin the most obscenely powerful piece of gear in the game.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Everything about Justice's conversations with Anders and Nathaniel.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Asking Anders if mages and the Chantry are all he talks about; this ended up being a criticism of his DAII attitude.
    • Similarly, one of the banters between him and Oghren has Oghren making fun of Anders' "delicate" nature, and finishing with "Oh no, big templar man. What are you going to do with that sword?" Given Anders' status as Ambiguously Bi in the sequel (and in fact confirmed bisexual by Word of God), his "Ew" reaction is even funnier.
  • It's Short, so It Sucks : Many fans weren't happy at Awakening being priced just as high as the main game, when it can be beaten in twelve hours or so.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Many see Velanna as a replacement for Morrigan. This is mostly for them having the same hairstyle and "angry witch" demeanor, although Velanna doesn't garner disapproval from accepting quests like her predecessor.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Though he wasn't a full-blown Scrappy, many people who disliked him in Origins warmed up to Oghren after Awakening, because he showed much more responsibility both for himself and others, and because of his new-found family.