BioWare's Greg Zeschuk has told Gamasutra that the biggest difference between Dragon Age: Origins and other RPGs, is that with Dragon Age, you have "a very personalized experience" right from the beginning.
"Dragon Age is very much, right from the beginning, an intimate playthrough of who you are, where you came from, and the decisions that got you to the point in the game where it starts," he said. "That's a very personalized experience. It's a little more traditional in that you've got a party and you can directly control the party members. It's a gigantic game.
"One of the guys from Mythic just finished it, and I was saying to him, 'Did you get to this part, and did that happen? Did this guy go in your party?' He goes, 'What do you mean? You can get him in your party?'
"It's got that magical thing we strive for, which is personalization."
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