Dragon Age: Origins – Leliana’s Song DLC Review (PS3)

Game Review: Dragon Age: Origins — Leliana’s Song (DLC)
Release: July 6, 2010
Genre: Fantasy RPG
Developer: BioWare
Available Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Players: 1
MSRP: $6.99 (560 Microsoft Points)
ESRB Rating: Mature

If you’ve played Dragon Age: Origins, I’m sure you’ll remember the fiery-haired beauty that is Leliana. Well, guess what; she’s back. In this new DLC, player’s take control of Leliana and, in the process, discover a little more about the brutal bard’s background.

Assume the role of Leliana, a young bard involved in a criminal ring that deals in political secrets. Accompanying her mentor Marjolaine on a high-risk mission, Leliana soon finds herself entangled in a game of intrigue that she cannot escape with just her beauty, charm, or stealth. The only way out of this game is to kill or be killed.

There isn’t a whole lot to say about Leliana’s Song. Did you like Dragon Age: Origins? It’s more of that kind of DLC.  The DLC starts off with a quick introduction to the main players as they engage in some objectionable activities. Before long, plans go awry, bad things happen, and Leliana has a score to settle. I really can’t say much more than that without spoiling the whole thing.

And therein lies the first problem: Leliana’s Song is short. Not short in comparison to Dragon Age: Origins, just short; I completed it in just a few minutes over an hour. Maybe I had set my bar a little high, but I was expecting at least two (if not three) hours of gameplay out of this. Beyond that, the framerate was horrid, but, then again, it never was that great.

As far as the story goes, two things: First, there was only one character I even remotely cared about, and he was only in it for the first half hour. Second, I saw the, ah…twist (for lack of a better, non-spoilerific term)…coming from the word go. Oh yeah, the ending was pretty abrupt, too. All-in-all, the story was just too short and too lackluster to leave much of an impression.

I didn’t hate Leliana’s Song so much as I was just very disappointed by it. It is more Dragon Age, just not enough to make me care. At $7, I think this is an only-if-you’re-a-completionist purchase. A $5 price tag would be more palatable, but even that feels a bit like robbery — and that’s coming from a guy who named Origins his 2009 Game of the Year.

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  • Julian Montoya (DarthJuLiOh)

    man… Dragon Age is like the best thing ever!

    and Leliana is as cool as she can get…

  • Just bought this today. Can’t wait to go through it. I’m a completionist who likes to know everything about the universe that is Dragon Age, so this was a must-own for me when it was announced.

    Thanks for letting me know how short it was. For the record, Awakening was 10-12 hrs long for $40, so 60-90 mins for $7 seems on par. I wasn’t expecting something longer. I would call it the ‘Origins’ storyline for Leliana, to be honest, akin to the beginnings of your character’s storyline in DAO, which ran anywhere from 30 mins to 2 hours.