Pros: multi-threaded plot
great possibilities for development
looks old school
some fights are difficult like hell even at lower difficulty levels
There are additional rates for:
- graphics: 7/10
- music: 9/10
- playability 9/10
Because of the delay for the console ports, the PC game has been ready for a long time - even if they've still been tweaking and cleaning up a few things.
FWIW, the reviewable build I've had for a few weeks is rock solid - in over 80 hours of play, it hasn't crashed once and is very polished. No issues whatsoever aside from a single journal entry that improperly recorded the resolution of a quest (the Conor quest, Bioware guys).
If you've been looking for a party-based RPG with tough tactical combat, Dragon Age is definitely for you.
Which is not to say it's combat intensive - it's actually very dialogue heavy, and most fights feel like heavily designed, challenging, setpieces. The awarded "achievements" for keeping your character alive in combat are well-earned.