Posts Tagged ‘Dragon Age’

[DA2] The Reveries of Gore

March 8, 2011

I managed to get in a little bit of Dragon Age 2 before work today. Boy DA:O was a great game…I sure hope this one does not disappoint! From what I have seen so far it plays a lot like DA:O, but they have tweaked things a bit. For one, you can no longer choose your race and history. You are a human. That’s it.

Luckily you do get to choose from the three base classes of the game. Those are Warrior, Mage, and Rogue. It appears they have tweaked the classes a bit so that if you are cool like me and want to play a Meat Shield Warrior, you can play one and not gimp your whole experience like you did with DA:O.

You can customize your appearance a bit and give yourself a Rico Suave stache like this one! You can change your first name, but the last name will always be Hawke. Your family plays into the story apparently. I named my character al’Lan in honor of Robert Jordan. I have barely gotten into the story, but the game feels good. I can see myself settling into quite a bit of play with this game.

The visuals are good and the cut scenes are pretty bad a** looking! Here are a couple more shots just because they are cool:

Whoa Flemeth, who is your hairstylist?

This shot looks so much cooler than it really was, but I’ll take it!

Anyway, I have a night to play it before I have to worry about PAX, so this will be my last post about it for a while. I’ll keep you all up to date as I progress though.

-Pid

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Giving Back to the People

October 4, 2010

Hey folks! I don’t have a lot of regular updates these days due to my schedule, but when I get some new news I want to pass it along as I can. Anyway, I received an email from BioWare today rewarding me an in game item for Dragon Age II. Here check it out:

Thank you for signing up for the BioWare newsletter during our summer conference season. To show our appreciation we would like to give you a code that will unlock an epic in-game item:

The Staff of Parthalan: Magic has always run strongly within the Hawke bloodline. The tales passed down from one generation to the next tell of an ancestor named Parthalan, a mage who long ago helped to unite Ferelden under the rule of King Calenhad. Parthalan eventually vanished into legend, fleeing the persecution of the Chantry, but his legacy remains in the hands of his family – along with his hope that one day, mages would achieve the freedom that King Calenhad intended to bring to all men.

You can still get one of these as long as you sign up during October for the newsletter. Here is the link. It is nice to see a company give some love to the folks that pay their salaries once in a while…go BioWare!

Dragon Age Contemplations

July 12, 2010

I recently commented about the Dragon Age sequel that was recently made public and I was pretty excited about it until I read an awesome post by Ayane over at Moon Over Endor. This is a very well thought out post and really makes you stop to think about the nature of single player role playing games. She laments the loss of true role playing in the genre. A number of things that are mentioned in the post contradict what I was saying in my review of the original game, but seeing them from this point of view makes me wonder if I was one of the many folks that contributed to BioWare taking the game into a new direction from first person role playing to third person role playing.

Anyway, I won’t steal her thunder, but go check out the post if you haven’t already…it is a quality read.

-Pid

Dragon Age: the Sequel

July 8, 2010

Well, I guess it is only fitting that the day after I mention that I will buy Dragon Age 2 when it comes out, BioWare decides to actually reveal some data on the new sequel and give a release date!

Bioware’s website and IGN are reporting the following:

Experience the epic sequel to the 2009 Game of the Year from the critically acclaimed makers of Dragon Age: Origins and Mass Effect 2. You are one of the few who escaped the destruction of your home. Now, forced to fight for survival in an ever-changing world, you must gather the deadliest of allies, amass fame and fortune, and seal your place in history. This is the story of how the world changed forever. The legend of your Rise to Power begins now.

Key Features:

  • Embark upon an all-new adventure that takes place across an entire decade and shapes itself around every decision you make.
  • Determine your rise to power from a destitute refugee to the revered champion of the land.
  • Think like a general and fight like a Spartan with dynamic new combat mechanics that put you right in the heart of battle whether you are a mage, rogue, or warrior.
  • Go deeper into the world of Dragon Age with an entirely new cinematic experience that grabs hold of you from the beginning and never lets go.
  • Discover a whole realm rendered in stunning detail with updated graphics and a new visual style.

Of note, point number 3 is a huge, HUGE point of interest for me. The first time I played through the game (well the only time I made it all the way through really) I played as a warrior. One of the few things I disliked about the game was the fact that you had to micro manage the mage(s) in your party so much that I really didn’t have a lot of time to focus on playing me my character. If I wanted to play a mage named Wynn or Morrigan, I would have rolled one. Hopefully they addressed this problem in the new game. I am curious to see if this game will have less of a party dynamic because of this though.

Anyway, the projected release date for the game is in March of 2011 so it is only 7-8 months away. Keep checking the site as they are releasing a trailer for the game on 8/17/10.

-Pid

A Bard’s Tale

July 7, 2010

I noted a review over at IGN for the latest Dragon Age: Origins – Leliana’s Song DLC.

It has been quite some time since I finished the game and wrote this review, and while I stand by my review, I must add that I have not gone back to play it in a long time. I never ordered the expansion pack and I only played a very small amount of the DLC. It is strange because I really enjoyed the game when I played through it the first time, but the couple of times I have gone back to play through again it has not inspired me. I don’t know if it is my lack of time or happiness with EQ2 or what really, but it does seem a shame that it has not garnered more playing time from me.

In any event, I still believe it is a high quality game and it really added to my excitement for the coming of SW:TOR. I hope that there is a sequel as I will definitely get my hands on that.

-Pid

DA:O Round 2

April 28, 2010

It has been quite a while since Dragon Age: Origins first dropped. I will always have an interesting connection with this game because it is the first game that I really blogged about in any detail. That being said, I played through it at a breakneck pace so that I could finish it and give it a review in a timely manner. In retrospect this was a big mistake as I have been reluctant to get back into the game since then because I have some bad feelings kicking around in my head about that. Anyway, I have been giving EQ2 a bit of a break to catch my breath with it and I decided to finally get back into DA:O. Here are some things that I have experienced as of late.

  • The first time I played through, I used a warrior as my PC. After all this blog is named “The Meat Shield” and this was the game I was cutting my teeth on. This turned out to be a bad idea simply because I was playing through as a good character and that really left me with only one mage to use because Morrigan would just get ticked off at all of my righteous decisions. As you may have read elsewhere, this game is very difficult if you don’t have two spellcasters in your group. The second time through I made a mage and now between my PC and Morrigan (respecced of course) we mow through content. Much better!
  • There are a ton of Mods out there now. If you go to the BioWare community website, there are pages upon pages of mods! I believe half of them are pointless (i.e. nude mods or somesuch) but there are a few that seemed pretty neat. There are also a number of player made adventures though I admit I have not tried any. Of note there looks to be a project to port Baldur’s Gate II to the DA:O engine. I can’t even imagine the effort involved in that. I picked up this one that allows you to bash open a locked chest if you don’t have a lock picker along.

  • Besides the respec mod and the campsite storage chest mod, I found one that allows you to bring your dog along as a fifth character. It could be considered cheating I suppose. I always felt that I wanted to bring the puppy along in my first play through, but I never wanted to waste a character slot on him. Now I don’t have to! I am looking to drop Wynn (though having three mages is way cool even though a bit over powered) and Shale and pick up Oghren and Zevran. The golum is pretty neat, so I may change my mind and keep him.
  • The second time through so far is less rewarding as far as the story goes, but has been neat to see all the things I missed the first time through. I am currently keeping an eye on the game banshee walkthrough to help me find some things I missed when I just plowed through it before.

All-in-all I am finding it nice to relax and take this game slow. If I make it through a couple of rooms in a gaming session, that’s fine. I can pause right where I am and start up there when I load the game the next time. That is one thing I don’t miss about MMO’s.

-Pid

IGN’s Dragon Age: Awakenings Review

March 18, 2010

IGN has just posted a slightly more positive video review of the expansion than the one mentioned at Gamespot. I don’t think it is enough to make me shell out the cash for it yet, but I am anxiously awaiting a price drop!

-Pid

Gamespot’s Dragon Age: Awakenings Review

March 17, 2010

Quick note.

Dragon Age: Awakenings is officially released. Gamespot has a decent enough video review of it here. I am going to wait until the price drops to even consider this one. Especially if the story is not as good as the original.

-Pid

Dragon Age: Awakenings 15 Hours of Content

March 8, 2010

I don’t want to beat a dead horse here, but I read an article today in PC Gamer that states that the new Dragon Age expansion is only going to have 12-15 hours of content to play through. If you are meticulous about completing each and every side quest, you may be able to eek out 20 hours of game play. $40 for this?! Seems pretty weak to me.

-Pid

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Dragon Age Expansion Price a Real Awakening

January 24, 2010

What would you play for an expansion to a single player game? $20? $25? $30? Many of the people who played Dragon Age: Origins will be a little taken aback that the new expansion for it will run you a cool $40! The original game cost $50 to start with. Check it out here on steam. According to the BioWare website it is not a standalone game but is indeed a true expansion pack. I know this is a bit of a cash cow for them, but how much is pushing it? Is this EA rearing it’s ugly head? I am a huge fan of BioWare and pretty much everything they put out the door, but please don’t take advantage of us just because you have a hit on your hands…sheesh!

-Pid

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