Dragon Age 2
Finally finished Dragon Age 2 the other night. I usually take way longer than the average person playing a game. Firstly, cause i am and probably will always be a Noob, and secondly, by the time I buy a game it’s either in the bargain bin or at least half the price (well, apart from Mass Effect 3 next year. that’s different).
Finally going online and checking the savaging it’s getting in reviews, and … I don’t know. I enjoyed it, but I looked at it as another game in the same universe, not as the actual sequel to Origins. Maybe if they named it Dragon Age: Champions? or something like that? People have an expectation that a sequel, whether it be a movie, or game as a continuation, and more of the same. While the story DOES continue on from origins (and overlaps at some points) it’s not the same kind of game at all. And hardcore fans of the limited Origins could get past that cause of the great and wonderful storyline they put behind it. I’m the same. I’ll play a ten year old game as long as the story and game is engaging. Graphics are good, but not the be all and end all.
I think that’s the problem. They put a hell of a lot of effort into jazzing up the graphics, making it a full talkie that I think they should of given themselves maybe even another six months to open up the map a little more. We go to the surrounding areas and that’s about it. I suppose in some cases the idea is good as it makes you live with your consequences, but really in the end you’re going to have a pretty similar conclusion. The Champion is still going to have to fight the same person.
Speaking of such, maybe it’s the lack of “end of game baddie” that hurts it? three quarters in and you still don’t know where they’re taking this story. Don’t get me wrong, the story is GOOD, but it feels like something more out of a TV series. (speaking of, can we have more set in this world apart from one webseries? i’d watch it :P) And the ending? Setting us up for .. Who knows what?? A big war I’m guessing. I’m interested to see how much of the story carries over into the next game. I like the occasional cameo you get from the origins and awakening savefile. It’s not essential to the game, but it’s kind of rewarding to the hard core players who have gone the hard slog to get through all these games.
Let’s just hope that Part 3 is a little mix of both games to make it a good ending to a trilogy I dont care if it costs more cause it goes over 2 or 3 discs. I’ll end up buying it later anyways