BS Translator: Dragon Age Awakening Game Length?

I’m proud to Announce that our Patented “Bullshit Translator” is Back! And even more exciting is that our Tech Division is hard at work at an all new version for the future! But of course, without fail, the PR Bullshit continues to fly – and its our Job to Weed these corporate responses out and Translate them into pure Unaltered Truth*! *Give or take a few bits

This time we focus on the Response Given to the question, “How many hours are you planning to add to the Dragon Age Experience (with this Expansion)?


Gamespot asks a question that most Interviewers have ignored when talking about the New Expansion to Dragon Age Origins, Just how many gameplay hours are waiting for us?

Priced at $39.99 it seems fair to me that players should have the right to ask just how many hours they will be getting. However EA & Bioware clearly came prepared for this one, regurgitating a rehearsed corporate response perfectly – Producer Fernando Melo replies with;

Corporate Response

Its a really good question actually – the first thing that tended to come out of origins that we realized is that hours was a really poor way to try to communicate how much stuff was exactly in these games, uhm awakening is cut from the same cloth, in origins we saw people that finished the game in 30 hours, some people were finishing at over 100-120 hours, uhm and awakening very much so the same way with the number of options you have, the party members you bring with you, the side quests your taking – your mileage is going to vary quite a bit. I think what would be fair to say is that just like with Origins nobody is going to be upset with just how much stuff is in actually in here – its just as big as most full games these days.

Uhm, Except that the question wasn’t how much stuff is in “these games”, it was just how many gameplay hours are the story lines, side quests included. Nobody asked about “the stuff”, like weapons or armor or spells or reading books for hours, none of that. We simply want to know ballpark how long the story is, it doesn’t have to be an exact number, estimate.


Alright, well forget this were obviously not going to get a straight answer before the game releases so lets run this quickly through the BS Translator at a Low Setting and see what we get;

BS Translator – Low Setting

We don’t like having to quantify our game into “hours”, because if we have a direct measurement, however wide ranging, it might be easy to compare the games overall length to that of our competitors. If the game isn’t perceived as long enough it might make potential buyers hesitate about purchasing it on day one.


Hmm, okay, thats a bit more like it, lets see what we get when we turn it up to the Highest Setting;

BS Translator – High Setting

Dragon Age: The Awakening Expansion is half as short, 12-15 hours, as similar full retail expansions such as Oblivion: The Shivering Isles at around 25-30 Hours.

Ah, no wonder we got such a well crafted answer at first. While not always entirely accurate, the technology within the Bullshit Translator as been proven to get to the core of the issue at hand.

Despite this i’m still incredibly excited about Dragon Age: Awakening and plan to purchase it on Day One – I just hope its not overly short. Time will tell!

Preview Hype: 8/10

How long would be an acceptable length for you to purchase an RPG full retail expansion? and Should the Bullshit Translator be featured in the AngryJoeShow again?
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Producer Fernando Melo Corporate Response found in Gamespots DA: Awakening Interview Video Posted Here:


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  • avatar VErbal
    March 27, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    I just finished origions at 119 hours, all side quest done except for wardens stash, left soldiers peak, didnt know it locked up after. then did lelianas song, which hunt, and golems. now into awakenings. and this is all under my noble human 2 handed warrior. so i’m guessing around 160 hours all tolled. And i still have all the other races/skillsets to go. So iff i went throuh all of the combinations, i could be well over 750+ hours. If i dont get bored, and move on, i think that this is well worth the money spent.

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    April 1, 2010 at 6:52 am

    I enjoy playing further with my warden, and i am almost drowning in side quests, and i am an completionist, so its my goal to complete all of them. I have playede in 11+ hours, and i havnt completede all the side quest or the main plot

  • avatar Lhaull
    March 25, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    What a pisser, 19 hours and its finished, I was so pissed about it.
    One little baddy to fight and you’re done.

    Poor show Bioware.

  • March 22, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    i believe the bullshit translation device should always be used general joe.
    I think a good 7 to 8 hour’s should be the minimum amount for most game lengths!!!

    Lunic Informer signing out…………

  • avatar RaNDM G
    March 21, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    As long as I get to fight that Skeletor look-alike, I’ll pay almost any price.

  • avatar Mercuri
    March 20, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    You finished the game at 13 hours! The BS translator is really awesome, every good reviewer should have one!

  • avatar MattEvansC3
    March 18, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    I have to agree with Bioware on this and that gameplay hours is not an adequate measurement for RPG games anymore or most games for that matter.

    While Oblivion and the Shivering Isles were good there wasn’t any replay value so the 25-30 hours of content was an accurate guidance of how long the game was though how much of that was down to just plain walking from one section to another is up for debate.

    Dragon Age Origins and Awakening on the other hand may be shorter in length but do have considerable replay value which means you can double, triple, quadruple, etc your game time (this applies more to Dragon Age Origins). A single playthrough may take about ten hours but to see all content, choices and outcomes may clock in at over fifty*

    *Times stated are illustration purposes and are not representative of real-life usage – well if this type of disclaimer is okay for Apple its okay for me 😉

  • avatar BADBLOOD19
    March 17, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    joe not to be unfair but u said in a preview u where going to do a BB:company 2 review so whens is coming also i think from all iv played of said game just so u know it gets a 8.5 from me its unlock thing is not as good as u think theres only a hand full of maps all the fights seem to go on in just one part of the level the unlocks in cod:modern warfare 2 are better. the perks , the way u unlock them r better in battlefield BC 2 in cod it was just to easy to unlock. the way u can destroy anything is a huge advantage as the fact that cod’s c4 is usless in a indestructable map u can change your gun in more than one way. the tanks and stuff is nice but in cod when u get a kill streak and u see it u feel satisfied in battledfield i can’t care! some maps feel long and very annoying
    for all those things and more i say modren warfare still has the crown maybe some DLC can save it but the fanchise war can happen but only if battlefield gets some DLC. email me if u agree or think diffrent or just tell me here i’l check each week so here my address 8.5 maybe a 9

  • avatar LongTimeViewer
    March 16, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    As a PC gamer i don’t really care about the playtime of an expansion to a modifieable game. Maybe you need to switch the viewpoint on this one. As long as community created mods are released and the graphics aren’t that bad a game, at least for me, always continues. Just take a look at the nexus sites*, these are filled with thousands of hours of gameplay made by the community. New textures, items, armor pieces, gameplay changes, character, companions and, soon, even world spaces and buildings will be created.

    In conclusion: A game that can be modified will always be alive and played.

    * in the top right corner are the links to the Oblivion and Fallout 3 Nexus sites.

  • avatar Tibbleton
    March 16, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    I’ve just finished my first playthrough of Awakening. Going straight through the main quest chains with very little deviations outside them took me just a little over nine hours. What there was in the game was great, but from a financial standpoint I need to go through the game again and explore everything possible before I start throwing out the BS bomb at BioWare.

  • avatar Munkey
    March 16, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    more BS translator please.

    When they first announced it I was thinking it would have 10-20 hours worth of content. But maybe its just me, but i really like going thru bioware games multiple times. I’ve have beaten ME 5 times, ME2 almost 3, and DA:O twice. My wife has done ME atleast 15 times, and DA:O 4 or 5 times. Hours of content isn’t as meaningful to me for bioware games since I play them so much. While in other game series(FF, COD, GoW, Elder Scrolls, Lost Odyssey) game play hours means more because I tend to not beat them more than once unless I have a reason to, so far every bioware game I’ve played I’ve wanted to play thru several times. Bioware puts out good medium length RPGs that can be beaten fairly quickly(5-15 hours) or that you can do everything and really take your time and see everything there is to be seen. That is my only complaint about the older FF games, you have to let them suck your time away just to beat it once, and while they are very good games, the minimum length keeps me from wanting to beat them again unless I have a ton of time to spare.

    So I say 10-15 hours? Perfect. Bioware has yet to let me down by releasing a bad game. Length may be lacking, but replay value is extremely high. Now if they would release an Apostate mage origin, I would be very happy.

  • March 16, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    More BS Translator please.

  • avatar thehivemind33
    March 16, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    I went and blew my money on AvP 3 like the idiot I am so I won’t be getting this for a little while. I am sure this will be much more worth it than AvP 3 and I will enjoy it a lot more. I mean, it’s Dragon Age! They did a great job with DA:O and I am sure they did great with Awakening.

  • avatar B0rg168
    March 16, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Yes, the BS Translator is back! Now if only it could fax the translated BS back to the PR people who give us answers like this, so that they know that we’ve caught on to their BS.

  • avatar rpgfan121
    March 16, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Have to say if it is gonna end up being short I’ll be upset. However Bioware is known for a good story, and so if it is short then it will most likely still be worth waiting till the price drops some before purchasing it. But I can’t say I’d be all too happy about them wanting $40 for that which may not have $40 worth of game play within.

  • March 16, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Im really wondering how this gonna work out.
    I heard this expansion is about an hour of gameplay?
    Does anybody knows how much gameplay it adds?

    Dont know if thats true but im finding 40 bucks for an expansion really hard to understand.
    Like wtf ,thats what you pay for a whole game?

    • avatar Talvrae
      March 16, 2010 at 6:26 pm

      It’s more than an hour long that i can say already since make 2 hours i play it, still have plenty left to do but dont know how long it will last

  • avatar Talvrae
    March 16, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    I just got my copy… will say you my impressions in a few days

  • avatar Blizzard
    March 16, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    like most full games these days *thinks* aw crap it’s going to be like ODST!

  • avatar Blackguard82
    March 16, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    BS translator FTW! Keep it up Joe! I don’t buy expansions as a general rule because they are always overpriced(same goes for DLC) unless it is a game I really really like. In this case I would say that for 15 hours gameplay the price should be just a little under the said price. Comparing this of course with that 15 dollar for 5 map DLC for MW2 you can clearly see that unlike some other greedy jerks(i am looking at you MW2) this is actually pretty good.

  • avatar MAX_TORR
    March 16, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    I play alot of DA: Origins and lov it
    I hope is the same type of gameplay hours if we are going to pay almost full retail for it.
    And don’t take advantage from us just because the first game was great, because if you do you feel the wrath from the Angry Joe Army.
    We dont want “stuff” like items= potions, hi-potion, super-potion, mega-potion, supermega-potion, etc.. there u have like 5 items, spell´s the same, on and on….


  • avatar huffer
    March 16, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    It is on the Marketplace now, the price is 3200 Microsoft points which is double what oblivion expansions where (the really good long ones). I really think this is BS and I’m not buying it until I KNOW! that for sure it has over 20+ hours of game play if you run through the game. Games these days like Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (while a good game) think that they can rip us off by charging 800 ms points for an expansion that I can run through in 8 minutes. From now on I am not buying any expansion unless I know it is worth my money, and the fact that they do not give a straight answer worries me on the amount of time that is in the game, not to mention like the original you are probably not going to be able to continue after you are done with the game unlike Mass Effect 2.

  • March 16, 2010 at 1:02 am

    Wow that actually translated a lot more seriously then I expected well done joe! Of course with every tweak things get changed and lost so you might wanna look into the specific hardware and just see where the humor went but besides that a great report my man! Still looking forward to buying it getting it today even if it is half im honestly happy with that, thats enough content for me for 1 expansion.

    Do you think they’ll be another expansion?

    • avatar Tibbleton
      March 16, 2010 at 4:23 am

      Concerning your question on another expansion, there are people who have gotten their game already and found an insert in the box of an outline of a high dragon with the date 02/01/2011 in it. There seems to be another expansion or an entire new game if I’m reading reading this right.

      • avatar reloaded6
        March 21, 2010 at 8:41 am

        No the insert is for the comic book

  • avatar Mercuri
    March 16, 2010 at 12:47 am

    Bullshit translator? It was awesome in your left for dead 2 video, and is very nice to see it returning. I see if i will buy when i get to the US.

  • avatar Ziekk
    March 15, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    I’m willing to give Bioware the benefit of the doubt. I mean, they really have my balls in a vice anyway with Dragon’s Age, Mass Effect, and Star Wars: The Old Republic. Those jackasses need to stop putting out such great content.

    Also, Angry Joe, I was at the Best Buy in Round Rock and found where you got your sideburns @

  • avatar Shardok
    March 15, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Well Origins was somewhat short the second runthru, but I was satisfied. Since everything is in place allready and they are charging full retail exp, I would like it to be the same, maybe even longer.

    But thats just me, I will be ejoying this game regardless of lenght at this point (for the PC), the game had some amazing characters.

  • avatar Talvrae
    March 15, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    I have full confiance in Bioware, like usual… But it’s true that the expention have came out really fast…

  • avatar Daimo Mac
    March 15, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    I don’t know how I should feel for the game. I mean DA:Origins was good, however, as a port to the Ps3, it sucked. I’ll wait for Joe’s review if he does one.