Category: Video Game

Dragon Age: Origins

Dragon Age: Origins
Developer: BioWare Edmonton, Edge of Reality (console versions)
Publishers: Electronic Arts
Released: November 2009
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC, PC download, Mac download
Rating: M 17+

GENRE: Video Game, Role Playing

TEASER: You have been chosen to save your people. You will be forced to make difficult choices that will determine whether you fail or succeed.

SUMMARY: Dragon Age: Origins is a single player role-playing game. It is the story of Grey Warden, the last of an ancient order of guardians who have defended the lands of Thedas for centuries. You have been chosen to hunt down the archdemon and unite the shattered lands of Thedas.

CRITIQUE: This game has a lot of features that I didn’t know where available on games like these. One intriguing feature was that you could decrease the amount of blood and gore in the game. Now, this may not be a feature that a teenage boy would often use but I think it is a useful feature. It increases the range of the audience. You are given a number of options for chosing you character as well, including character customization options including: class, race, appearance, abilities, and equipment. There are also features which allow you to add subtitles and adjust the games coloring and brightness. The graphics are quite good as well. The story seemed to be well thought out and written.


CHALLENGE ISSUES: Some might have a problem with the level of violence in this game. Ther might also be some issues with sexual content and morality.

DEFENSE: I would remind them of the gore filter feature.

I would also suggest looking at the ALA’s support page for challenged materials.



WHY INCLUDED: I was told by a friend that this game was more accessible for people with disabilities. This instantly intrigued me.


Final Fantasy XIII

Final Fantasy XIII
Published by Square Enix
Released March 9, 2010
Platform: PS3, Xbox360
Rated T 13+

GENRE: Video Game, Role Playing

TEASER: Cocoon is not the paradise that they thought.

SUMMARY: Final Fantasy XIII is a role playing video game. The story takes place in Cocoon, a utopia-esque world in the sky. The people of Cocoon belief that they are living in paradise and that they are safe under the Sanctum’s rule. In order to protect the people of Cocoon, the Sanctum has ordered the purging of all people who have come in contact with Pulse, the world below. These people are l’Cie. They are given a focus and must complete it or be turned into a monster. Now Lightning must fight against the Sanctum to save her sister how has been made a l’Cie.

CRITIQUE: The camera controls are pretty good. There’s lots of range and it’s easy to control. The maps are also quite nice. The ability to zoom in on the maps is a nice feature. Aside from the fact that the cut scenes are gorgeous, you have the ability to skip cut scenes and pause them. This is not something that if offered in many games. The graphics are the best I’ve ever seen. The storyline is very well written. The characters are unique and interesting. I would play this game just for the cut scenes. The data logs are rather intimidating at first. For a new comer, it is quite confusing. Overall I enjoyed the game.


CHALLENGE ISSUES: This game contains violence.

DEFENSE: I would suggest looking at the ALA’s support page for challenged materials.



WHY INCLUDED: Final Fantasy was my first pick for a video game mainly because the graphics are so stunning.