Saying I wasn’t excited for Leliana’s Song would be an outright lie and saying I haven’t disliked virtually every piece of downloadable content for Dragon Age: Origins would be exactly the same. However, a difference in expectations allowed me to enjoy Leliana’s Song, much more than the ill-fated Darkspawn Chronicles which only managed to get one spin before being declared a puddle of money grabbing garbage.
The premise of Leliana’s song is simple; it chronicles the last mission she undertook while still under Marjolaine’s guidance and the betrayal that followed soon after. Leliana tells the Warden this story in game but of course, doesn’t give any real details when offering a recount of what transpired and this is where the DLC comes in.
The PROs: There really aren’t any difficult combat situations to be found throughout the entire story, which does take away challenge but allows players to focus on the story, which is the meat of the content here. You’ve also got a pair of companions that I actually started to like more than half of the companions in Awakening: a sensible elven mage and a tough silk loving dwarf. There’s another that joins later on, but he’s not terribly important.
All of the bards refer to their deeds as the game and the atmosphere for the first half of the story matches that incredibly well. The music feels like it belongs at a fair and there are several mischievous rather than malevolent acts that you get into as the mood changes the music does as well, moving to a very distinct sense of betrayal from the original tracks included. The content is also fully voiced, including the minor characters that you come across.
The CONs: There really isn’t any difficult combat situations to be found – while the combat is usually pointed to as the weakest link some players do enjoy a good challenge. Even though Leliana’s Song only truly tells the story of one segment of Leliana’s life it is perhaps the most important and if it had gone on for another hour I doubt there would have been many complaints. My personal finish time was an hour and forty-two minutes, which is still a good thing compared to the previous content which could be smoked in under an hour. As for the conclusion, there were a few things that were purposely hidden from the player.
Overall Leliana’s Song was an enjoyable experience that merited a pretty cool item to use in the main game. Watching Leliana as her old self was just what I wanted to see, the only thing one could have ask for were a few lies in her story to the warden.