If you haven't already run to the nearest game store, knocking old ladies out of your path willy-nilly, to pick up your very own copy of Dragon Age: Origins then... DO IT NOW, and old ladies be damned!
BioWare is sweetening the pot for any gamers who jump on the band wagon early with a couple of codes for free DLC. Just to pique your interest, I'll also let you know that some of this free DLC will also cross over to Mass Effect 2 once it releases. Since nobody likes free more than gamers, it sounds like BioWare may be on to something here. Nobody is more finicky than gamers either so I can hear you asking me, "Just exactly what is this free DLC that we get for, umm...free?" (Gamers don't have time for sentence structure).
The first code is for a free set of the Dragon Blood Armor, some sweet looking full plate armor with lots of tasty bonuses for you character. Better yet, activating this code in Dragon Age: Origins will also unlock a set of also very sweet looking Dragon Blood Armor for your character in Mass Effect 2. At the time I downloaded this, it was showing a regular price of 400 MS points.
The second code is for a free copy of the game add-on The Stone Prisoner. This DLC gives you not only a new adventure but also includes new items and new areas to explore. It also includes Shale, a stone golem and possibly one of the most powerful characters in the game, whom you can then recruit into your party complete with backstory and fully integrated into the game. Oh, and an extra 50 gamerscore to boot. At the time I downloaded this DLC it was showing a regular price of 1200 MS points.
There is also a third DLC available for Dragon Age: Origins at a cost of 560 MS points. This game add-on, entitled Warden's Keep, is a complete adventure to an ancient and abandoned Grey Wardens fortress and includes new quests, talents, spells and unique items. It also includes a new party camp, a nice little party chest where you can stash extra items that are cluttering up your inventory or weighing you down, and new stores and shops. You can also chalk up another 50 gamerscore here.
I have already started delving into the realm of Ferelden, and let me assure you it is a most interesting and exciting place. I won't spoil anything for you, but I can tell that this game is wildly successful in combining the best of old style RPGs such as Icewind Dale or Baldur's Gate with the intensity and gameplay of newer RPGs such as The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion.
If you are any fan at all of RPGs, then don't hesitate. Go knock down a few old ladies today!