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ActionTrip gives the expansion an 8.2/10:
We are not exactly sure if the package justifies its steep price of 40 bucks, even with everything BioWare managed to cram into the adventure. If this seems to be a bother, then maybe you can take comfort in the fact that both the add-on has an adequate dose of replayability to it (more so than a majority of games these days). Still not satisfied, eh? Well, it's up to you, of course. You should know that this is still a great addition to the Dragon Age universe and if you enjoyed the original there's no doubt you'll have fun with this game too.
While Gamers Wish List gives it an 8.0/10:
The game offers new maps, new specialization classes, new companions, new skills & talents, a new level cap, new weapons, new armor, and some new game mechanics that really improve over the original title. There are a few let downs, such as the fact that your DLC won't transfer over, but these are just annoyances to an otherwise excellent experience. The game is still flawed, much like the original, but if you didn't mind the glitches and sub-par visuals in Dragon Age, then you won't be displeased with Awakening. In short, if you thought Dragon Age was just OK and barely made it through one story, there might not be enough here to make this a worthy purchase. On the other hand, if you've already reached level 25 with six characters and are itching for more darkspawn to behead, this expansion is exactly what you're looking for.