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In my tradition of being late to the party, I'm just now starting Dragon Age: Origins.

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  • 08/06/2014 01:14 PM

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Red_Nova
The all around prick
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Aw, yeah! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

What Origin are you going with?
unity
You're magical to me.
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I went with a Human Warrior, which locked me into the Nobleperson origin. It was hard for me to choose between that or a mage, so I may do a second playthru as a mage someday :)
Red_Nova
The all around prick
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I must have played through the game at least 7 times. I only missed out on the Dwarf Noble.

And yes, the fun thing about Bioware games are their replay ability with a different player character. Everyone reacts to you differently depending on your origin and even gender.

My personal favorite are the two Elf stories and the Mage story. Maybe I've just done the Human Noble enough times to not count it, but it was still an entertaining one.

And people in Dragon Age 2 even react differently depending on your background in Origins! And you're not even the same character in DA2!


... Yes, I am a rabid fanboy of the Dragon Age series. Thanks for noticing.
unity
You're magical to me.
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Wow. Yeah, Bioware goes to extremely impressive lengths by making your choices affect things like that ^_^ It's really cool, and I can't wait to see how it affects the story.

I also feel like this is a good game to play while thinking about writing dialog, as I want to improve in that area and the game seems to do it very well.

I know you play a different person in the second game, but are you going to be playing a completely new person in the upcoming third game, too?
Marrend
Guardian Gorgon of the Description Thread
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I've tried playing Dragon Age - Origins on several occasions, but, I dunno. It was like, I had to force myself to play the game, and it just wasn't fun. Fallout Tactics was kinda like that too. I was able to play through only so many of the missions before it started to feel like a chore.

*Edit: Saying that, I was able to play through Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2! My experience with ME2 was a bit on the sour side, though, as I felt terribly denied in regards to Jack's loyalty. Which lead to her, and another teammate, die in the ending sequence of that game.
Red_Nova
The all around prick
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unity: Yes. You play as an entirely new character in Inquisition.

Marrend: At this point I would normally rabidly defend any naysayers of the game. But I do understand why some people wouldn't like it. The combat really doesn't feel action-y, but it's really slow paced and emphasizes tactics. Kinda like a RTS with only 4 units.

I love it, though, so I love the game.

Bioware has said that DA:O is the spiritual successor to Baldur's Gate. I haven't played it, but anyone who didn't like Baldur's Gate probably won't like DA:O either.
unity
You're magical to me.
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I wonder if the "Brand New Character for each game" is better than Mass Effect's "Same character through-out three games." I think it might be, but I haven't played through all the games, so I don't know.

author=Red_Nova
Bioware has said that DA:O is the spiritual successor to Baldur's Gate. I haven't played it, but anyone who didn't like Baldur's Gate probably won't like DA:O either.


I never played Baldur's Gate, but growing up, my brother did, and seemed to really enjoy it. :P

author=Marrend
I've tried playing Dragon Age - Origins on several occasions, but, I dunno. It was like, I had to force myself to play the game, and it just wasn't fun. Fallout Tactics was kinda like that too. I was able to play through only so many of the missions before it started to feel like a chore.

*Edit: Saying that, I was able to play through Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2! My experience with ME2 was a bit on the sour side, though, as I felt terribly denied in regards to Jack's loyalty. Which lead to her, and another teammate, die in the ending sequence of that game.


When it comes to Western RPGs in general, I have to keep playing them regularly to enjoy them. If I don't stick with it, I find them hard to pick them back up again. A couple of years ago, I started Mass Effect and got several hours into it, but then I got into a Gam Mak mood and stopped playing, and when I came back to it a couple of weeks later, I couldn't get back into it. Even having said that, I still want to play the game (and prolly the whole series) but I'll have to start from the beginning to get back into it.
Red_Nova
The all around prick
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author=unity
I wonder if the "Brand New Character for each game" is better than Mass Effect's "Same character through-out three games." I think it might be, but I haven't played through all the games, so I don't know.


I don't think one is better than the other. Mass Effects trilogy was Sheperd's story, and how his actions effected the galaxy. The Dragon Age series can show how one character's actions can affect different parts of the world, and see it from different perspectives. Each style has advantages and disadvantages. I do prefer Mass Effect's style, but that's my own personal taste.


author=Marrend
*Edit: Saying that, I was able to play through Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2! My experience with ME2 was a bit on the sour side, though, as I felt terribly denied in regards to Jack's loyalty. Which lead to her, and another teammate, die in the ending sequence of that game.


I would argue that that's one of the strengths of the game. If I see a character die because of MY actions or inactions, I take that on a much more personal level than a scripted death scene. On subsequent playthoughs of the game, I can keep all the allies alive, and see how their stories continue in Mass Effect 3.

Did you every play that, Marrend?


author=unity
When it comes to Western RPGs in general, I have to keep playing them regularly to enjoy them. If I don't stick with it, I find them hard to pick them back up again. A couple of years ago, I started Mass Effect and got several hours into it, but then I got into a Gam Mak mood and stopped playing, and when I came back to it a couple of weeks later, I couldn't get back into it. Even having said that, I still want to play the game (and prolly the whole series) but I'll have to start from the beginning to get back into it.


I'm exactly like that. The thing about many Western RPGs (at least those that I've played) is that they are more centered around you creating your own story through your own actions while have the central plot merely as a backbone. So if you drop it for a while and come back, that feeling of character immersion and progression can easily disappear. Nothing wrong with that method, of course, but for people that like a good story in a game, it can be very jarring to pick it up after a long break.

It doesn't help that Mass Effect 1 came out about 2 years after the Xbox 360 launched, meaning that development for ME1 started around the time the console came out, so no one really had a set method for how to fully take advantage of the new generation hardware.

Thankfully, ME2 and 3 came along to fix that problem.
What do you know about being late to the party...
I still haven't started my playthrough, however I did buy them all in the bargain bin at Walmart about 7 months ago! Next step: unwrapping the plastic.
Good for you! I hope you enjoy the game!

SPOILER ALERT: You will.
Marrend
Guardian Gorgon of the Description Thread
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The thing is, my brother was able to have everyone alive at the end of Mass Effect 2, and when I talked to him about it, he was like, "Dude, I didn't do anything special."

That, and I played through the mission on three different occasions, each with a higher Paragon value than before, thinking (more like hoping) that it was all I needed. I was ultimately wrong. Apparently, whatever my brother did to make the Paragon requirement not max, I didn't do. We have a very similar play-style (and tend to make the same choices for the game), so, I'm not sure what, exactly, that would have been. So, my frustration at having her not loyal stems from doing her damn mission three times, getting the same damn result (I had to piss off either her, or Miranda), not being anything I could do about it, yet knowing that my brother was get past that without incident.

*Edit: Er, I'll stop posting about this now, as I'm sensing the specter of Depression hovering.
Remember to sex Zevran.
I am further than kentona because I unwrapped the plastic a couple of weeks ago and activated the cd key in my Origin account (mostly to see if it would work and if the bonus content code that it said expired in 2010 would still work. It did).

Of course it took me about four years to unwrap the plastic so let's see how long it takes for me to install the game.
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