The characters are believable, yet may or may not hold the same charm as the first games'. The voice acting for the main is exceptional, both male and female.
The voice acting in general is very good. The combat can get frustrating, but it retains the "joy" which Origins brought. The skill system is much improved, they condensed it but hardly loses any of it's flare.
You'll just have to evaluate this title for what it is: A Different Approach. You'd think bioware would learn from their mistakes, but apparently they don't.
Putting in a mass effect conversation wheel was possibly the stupidest choice they could have made, add a couple of copy and paste dungeons and N64 level graphics and you have yourself the worst game of the year. If they spend half as much money on developing the game as they do on paying of reviewers, they You'd think bioware would learn from their mistakes, but apparently they don't. If they spend half as much money on developing the game as they do on paying of reviewers, they might actually make a decent game.
An uninspiring sequel to a fairly fun and decent title that needed some minor polish. This game looks and feels rushed from the over the top, hack n' slash combat, to the horrible dialogue and environments. Throw into the mix massive piles of day 0 DLC, lack of mod tools, and a zoomed out camera, and you have a very alienated PC user base. Overall a major disappointment.
Console port FTL. Simplified and dumb down. What happened to the Bioware of the Baldur's Gate era? Let down and disappointed Bioware of that past is no more and is now fixated and focused on the consoles. This game feels like a punch to the face of dedicated and loyal PC Gamers. Was a sequel even needed or necessary? Should have left Dragon Age with just Origins, as Origins is far superior in terms of gameplay and enjoyable.
Dragon Age 2 is an abomination. The gameplay is boring and primitive, the story is linear and cliched, the writing is godawful fanfiction. Oh, and it's ugly, and i'm not only talking about graphics - the artstyle is Very, very Dragon Age 2 is an abomination. Very, very bad. Oh, and the Nightmare difficulty that was hyped as being super great stuff for truly hardcore gamers? It's crap too. Instead of giving new abilities to the opponents and making them smarter Bioware just gave them really high stats and called it a day.
Nothing like the original, and even in an original sense it fails in every conceivable way. It's over-stylized, as if making a game an eyesore is somehow better than a drab, boring looking landscape full of boring looking people they're both terrible, I guess I have a tolerance for the latter, given how I hate this game Combat is identical to any hack-n-slash console game- Nononono. It's over-stylized, as if making a game an eyesore is somehow better than a drab, boring looking landscape full of boring looking people they're both terrible, I guess I have a tolerance for the latter, given how I hate this game Combat is identical to any hack-n-slash console game- even on PC, no tactical camera, pause and play is merely optional which completely destroys the point of it even being there, the combat does look more fluid and fun but it's still not my cup of tea, and wasn't the reason I bought the original.
Adding a dialog wheel is insulting, I've never been satisfied with the way Mass Effect did things, either you're cyber Jesus or future Hitler, and there's no in-betweens, the voice actor for Hawke is mediocre at best. It's playable, yes, but it's also the destruction of what was the only isometric tactical RPG franchise we still had. Shame on you, Bioware. I waited to buy the game because I was tentative and, after having played it at my friend's house and seeing the reviews , I'm glad I didn't.
My short playthrough of the demo and my long play at my friend's house has shown me that Bioware has given us a throwaway in DA2. Flat, color-less, empty and I mean devoid of life ME2 felt like a bustling galaxy, even I waited to buy the game because I was tentative and, after having played it at my friend's house and seeing the reviews , I'm glad I didn't.
ME2 felt like a bustling galaxy, even in empty places. The beginning area of the game, which would have been an amazing opportunity to kick off the game the right way by showing the full range of the Darkspawn destruction, was instead limited to a couple brown ditches, a small, crumbling structure, and a battle on a flat, brown field.
I wish I was joking, but this game jams side quests down your throat like you wouldn't believe. Babysitting the Defender through the pause menu makes no difference whatsoever, because fights are too fast, flurried, and often too spaced out for abilities like AoE Taunt or cone Shield Bash to prove effective. However,in DA2, everyone keeps saying Hawke is a "Champion" Her compatriots are similar in this regard, as they sign on to her party without question, offer help for no reason, and become fast friends for no reason other than it's convenient to expedite the pace of the game.
Much of the dialog lore, expository, AND romantic is downright abysmal and actually forced me on numerous occasions to stop playing so I could find someone to point out how stupid they were.
No joke It barely touches on specialization which is confusing unless you spend 20 minutes reading all the different branches and even then, some of them are locked to your characters , and are filled with endless waves of cookie-cutter enemies.
This actually ends up being the tone of the game, where you complete numerous side quests before completing a few big ones and fast-forwarding the story a year into the future. This ended up making me frustrated to the point that I lost all interest in character progression, because I was missing large gaps of time. Oh, and my first big quest is "make mom happy. Companions are almost stuck with the gear they've got.
Google "Dragon Age 2 looks" to see what I mean. This game reeks of crappy console port and is a slap in the face to the PC community that has become Bioware's fanbase of the years. The game has been dumbed-down repetition, repetition significantly to appeal to the console gaming crowd and it's painfully obvious. No game should make you feel like you have to struggle to enjoy it and DA2 made me miserably bored and angry for hours before my friend and I uninstalled it.
This game is God-awful pitiful at the on-set and several hours through does not appear to be getting any better. Do NOT buy. I'm totally disappointed. Simplified combat, recycled and small enviroments, weak dialogues. No isometric view. Bad character graphic they look way worse than those from Dragon Age! Also, no possibility of changing armour for anyone else than main character and enemies spawning behind player in most stupid locations are unbelivably annoying.
Don't believe critic reviews of Dragon Age II. DA II is just another action game for consoles and imported for PC that simply lacks depth in every field. It is a perfect example of ruining a game instead of improving it. Sometimes it just looks like a really bad Fable clone This review contains spoilers , click expand to view.
While the presentation, graphics and sound of the game are bordering on average the biggest difficulty lies with this less than mediocre game relying on the name of it's predecessor for sales while failing in all the areas that should have been improved.
While the graphical style is good and does make for a nice looking game the extremely low resolution textures and terrible models of certain people in Kirkwall stand out extremely badly, not only that but because every location in the game is repeated ad naueseum you notice it every single time.
There is literally nothing in the soundtrack that stands out compared to some of the tracks in DA:O that really drives home the point that the composer mentioned in an IGN interview about being rushed by EA to push the game out as soon as possible. Now it is the gameplay that really causes the game to fall apart and where the poor work that was put into the game is clearest.
The two main portions of the game- combat and conversation- were terribly done due to their desire to appeal to as many non-RPG fans as possible without attempting to cater to their true fanbase, the most insulting part of the game. The combat was pointless and repetitive where fights without 20 enemies falling out of the sky as reinforcements was an oddity and a severe lack of tactics became obvious as I never had to make custom tactics on the hard difficulty. Conversation under the mass effect wheel was even worse than it was in mass effect with the vaguest statements being available on your "choices" which hardly change a thing in the game and only give you an illusion of having a decision.
I can't keep going on without feeling sad for the state of this sequel, Bioware and the current direction video games are taking. There isn't even any lasting appeal to the game as you already play through the same area times by the end of the game anyway.
The idea about centering the story and game around a single city and how it was influenced by your character and what changed during your life isn't a bad idea but the implementation where nothing else changes in the scenery and absolutely everything remains the same for the 7 years of gameplay just pulls away from any semblance of immersion this game can give you. Just save your money, you'll find way better RPGs from budget studios than you will from Bioware now it seems.
After playing the demo, hoped that the full game would worth something. But, simply no. And those alone doesn't make a game one RPG. Just an insult. I'll no longer buy any Bioware games, they don't exist for me anymore. This is an absolute joke. Bioware took everything that made DA:O great, and then tried as hard as they could to make it suck.
Graphics are worse, plot is worse, voice acting is worse, variety of locations are worse, combat is worse, special attacks are WORTHLESS unless you just like a pretty light show or a ridiculous vaporized cloud of blood.
To add insult to injury, they had the nerve This is an absolute joke. To add insult to injury, they had the nerve to price this piece of crap ten dollars more than the previous version, which was ten times better.
Like a poster said below, if you don't want your games pirated, don't release CRAP. I'm so angry I wasted my money on this garbage. No wonder the lead developer left I would shoot myself in the face rather than have my name attached to this travesty. Bland characters, soap opera dialogs, no choice of playable back-story or race. Combat system looks like a bloody jRPG with over-sized weapons swung at supersonic speed.
Sometimes when you hit an opponent with 2h sword he vaporises into a tiny blood cloud and only his shoes are left standing Utter disappointment. They say Dragon Age II hasn't been dumbed down, it's just more welcoming. The truth is somewhere in-between. The new art direction doesn't really cut it Dragon Age is a gritty fantasy epic, not some cartoon-ish gorefest , the combat is terrible, lacking any kind of tactical capabilities, it is just mindless button-mashing even on Nightmare, there is simply not Utter disappointment.
The new art direction doesn't really cut it Dragon Age is a gritty fantasy epic, not some cartoon-ish gorefest , the combat is terrible, lacking any kind of tactical capabilities, it is just mindless button-mashing even on Nightmare, there is simply not enough challenge , rendering the pause and play system completely useless. The environments are uninspired and the gameplay is restricted to a single corridor most of the time.
Gaider did his best to support the poor combat experience, by some mature storytelling and the framed narrative, but He fails to live up to the example of Alpha Protocol. The main protagonist is voiced, which would be good thing, had it not been for the removal of the Origin stories. The only redeeming factor of Dragon Age II is the immense work put into the soundtrack and acting.
And whoever designed the new UI, should start again from scratch; it reminded me of Morrowind, and that masterpiece came out a decade ago. Console trash. A money grab. A precisely calculated move. When you make a deal with the devil EA , he always comes back to collect. Bioware is dead. A horrible, wretched nightmare from which you can never awake. That is what this game feels like. The original DA:O was a lovingly crafted tour-de-force moment in the history of video games.
The sequel feels like a rush-job shoved out the door to cash in quickly on its success. The levels look bland, the quest variety is paltry, the characters are boring, and the combat feels dumbed down A horrible, wretched nightmare from which you can never awake.
The levels look bland, the quest variety is paltry, the characters are boring, and the combat feels dumbed down for consoles. Shame on EA! Here goes Bought a couple of DLC even. Thought the game was a bone to the old-ish veteran gamers who enjoyed Baldur's gate, NWN, etc. Here's my opinion on the game: Pros: -Characters are pretty interesting so far played about 8 hours -Voice acting is great. Cons: -Action oriented, which is a matter of Here goes Cons: -Action oriented, which is a matter of opinion.
But considering this is the sequel to the GotY that used a completely different combat system more based on strategy, this just sounds like Bioware left its old fans behind and tried to reach for a new market. On that note, ''Strategic pause'' isn't very strategic. Button mashing feast. Unexcusable, especially the NPC's look horrible up close. Makes me believe the PC game was more an afterthought than anything else.
Jumping from point to point in time and following the story through someone else's viewpoints isnt a bad idea Diablo 2 everyone?
Just dire. Did not think BioWare could make games this bad. Is it the EA effect? This is neither a proper action game nor a proper RPG - it's some mutant ugly hybrid trying to appeal to both types of gamer, and failing. And a cliffhanger ending?
The graphics are worse than Dragon Age 1, like some console port. The combat is just Just dire. The combat is just a button mashing cartoon, dumbed down from DA1.
LOTS of things have been cut. It's short - like 12 hours for the main campaign. The characters you meet feel lifeless, and the same scenery is recycled. To hide this, BioWare stuck in lots of bink cinematics and sex scenes. I am extremely disappointed in Dragon Age II. I should have done the research, I should have waited a few days and read the reviews.
Instead at 10 AM today I was at Gamestop picking up my copy not knowing just how disappointed I was about to be. I expected a lot of this game, what I did not expect to receive was a dumbed-down almost direct console port of a video game. The graphics look terrible even with the "high-res" pack installed and running. The vegetation is so sparse it is comical. The inventory system is deplorable.
For every character other than your main character you can only change their weapon, rings, and amulet and belt. No boots, no gloves, no helmet, no grieves. The battles amount to nothing more than, "Here fight these 8 enemies you can one shot. You killed them? Here is another 8. You killed them!? Bet you didn't see this come, here is another wave. Good job, you won. There just isn't time. I am writing this review in the hopes of saving someone else the disappointment I am feeling.
I just played 13 hours of Dragon Age 2. Save your money if you own a pc, rent it if you on a ps3 or Don't make the mistake I did. After purchasing Dragon Age 2 and playing it for some 8 hours, I've come here to warn the people against buying this game. First of all, it is completely unbelievable that a triple A title that had millions upon millions of dollars of production budget has graphics that looks like it's from I'm playing with the high resolution texture pack that needs to be downloaded and installed After purchasing Dragon Age 2 and playing it for some 8 hours, I've come here to warn the people against buying this game.
I'm playing with the high resolution texture pack that needs to be downloaded and installed separately, and DX11 on my AMD and yet Morrowind has prettier graphics. The game was also designed with 12 year old children in mind by giving laughable and ridiculous amounts of gore and sex innuendos with party members that it's on the verge of being a parody of itself.
The writing is terrible, invoking cliches from the worst airport novels. Story is an incoherent mash of gibberish and stuff we've seen in Origins. Level design is boring and some maps are literally copied from Dragon Age Origins. Dialogues can only be explained as retarded; no living creatures sputter the words with no meaning and completely inappropriate to the situation so often as DA2 characters.
There is no fun to be had from this game, and that's a shame to see Bioware go this way. A real disappointment, Bioware has gone to the dogs. Everything about this game stinks: The drab graphics even with the high res texture pack , horrible dialogue, lack of variety in location, limited party control, poor combat - you can't see what the hell is going on half the time.
It feels like a tacky Playstation 2 game, not a bleeding edge title released in Dragon Age 2 is A real disappointment, Bioware has gone to the dogs. Dragon Age 2 is garbage - don't even buy it when its on sale. Seems that there are no more old-style rpgs: Dragon Age Origins was far from Baldur's Gate series as well as Dragon Age 2 is far from Dragon Age Origins and I don't want console-looking games in my pc, especially if they claim to be solid rpg when they aren't at all.
It's a murder. There are already Mass Effect that is an eccellent action game series. Bioware, do not apply some dx11 Seems that there are no more old-style rpgs: Dragon Age Origins was far from Baldur's Gate series as well as Dragon Age 2 is far from Dragon Age Origins and I don't want console-looking games in my pc, especially if they claim to be solid rpg when they aren't at all.
Bioware, do not apply some dx11 feature to the engine makeing it heavier when this force you to make an "essential graphics". It's not necessary: it's stupid,. Gamers prefere less feature and more artistic style: we aren't benchers. Boring, boring and boring Incredible disappointment. No much more to say.
All I do is follow my little icon that tells me where to press A some more. No party banter, no cool icons for your trash, everything is white and streamlined and boring looking as far as loot goes, not to mention the fact that all the interesting loot is reserved for me alone.
Worse than all of the hack and slash button mashing combat is the fact that even though I've made it to the All I do is follow my little icon that tells me where to press A some more. Worse than all of the hack and slash button mashing combat is the fact that even though I've made it to the Deep Roads, I still don't give a damn about any of my companions.
For a Bioware game, that is a crying shame. Just how are they managing these generally high reviews from gaming sites? The payoffs must have been epic. Taking it back to the store today and going to reply DA:O on PC to wash the bad taste out of my mouth. I've played the first part of the game PC version. Well, DA2 is absolutely below any average expectation, an insult to RPG games: the combat mechanics are directly mutuated by a consolish system which simply brings the player to "press a button repeatedly" or by clicking in my case Animations are mediocre and feels like watching a japanese I've played the first part of the game PC version.
Animations are mediocre and feels like watching a japanese cartoon. During dialogues, npc's are stuck like mannequins and facial animations are poor. Did I say dialogues? Oh, yes Dialogues are simply awful, are they written by a 12 years old boy? Legends say that House Dolvish bankrupted itself by establishing a secret research laboratory in the Deep Roads.
Fedrik, the last scion of House Dolvish, promised the Assembly a new golem fresh from Amgarrak, knowing it would raise the Dolvish clan again to prominence. But when no golem materialized, Fedrik was ruined. He died years later, and with his death, House Dolvish was no more. Over the centuries, golems with strange abilities have been found in the Deep Roads.
Some say that this is either proof that Amgarrak is real or that Dolvish descendants still work to this day recreating golems. Others say that something went horribly wrong. The truth may never be known. Caridin's golems slowly appeared on the front lines just as relentless waves of darkspawn threatened to break though into Orzammar herself. The golem's devastating power turned the tide. For the first time in ten generations, the dwarves had hopes beyond mere survival—they started to believe they could reclaim their former empire.
Brogan Dace is the next update in this week's Golems of Amgarrak wiki articles:. Few realize that the magnanimous Jerrik Dace has a brother. Brogan Dace, a faithful member of the warrior caste for decades, has fought alongside his brother in many critical campaigns, but never seeks or receives the same glory heaped upon his older sibling.
His soft-spoken manner has meant relative obscurity. They also promise updates all this week, so more to follow. Here's the blurb:. Delve deep underground to save a missing dwarven expedition in search of ancient secrets for creating monstrous constructs.
Only you can uncover the gruesome fate that befell them. Put your Warden back in action and adventure through new environments, meet new characters and defeat never before seen creatures. With an engrossing new storyline and challenging puzzles this is one add-on you don't want to miss! The author describes his short gameplay experience but doesn't really reveal much:. So yes, alongside the public, I got a chance to see the upcoming DLC.
And the first thing I heard about it is that it's hard. Really hard. Apparently this one will be particularly action-oriented the others weren't? The DLC is designed to be for high-tier characters to traverse a punishing dungeon against high level enemies. While the DLC was never named nor was the name of the dungeon , the focus of this new content is entirely combat based encouraging players to use their tactics against hordes of enemies.
This also means that you should not expect any story elements ala Awakening. Other details such as release date and price were not given either, but it is nice to see that the life of Dragon Age: Origins isn't over yet, even though it's sequel is less than a year away.
Not exactly speedy but it seems Return to Ostagar is now available on Mac for anyone waiting. Greywardens sends word of two new articles. The first examines the application of the "monomyth" to Dragon Age :. Dragon Age, which has been described as an epic, does exhibit many features of the monomyth tradition. Although a few details about Dragon Age 2?
GameBanshee sends word they have finished their walkthrough of Leliana's Song. Victor Wachter, Bioware's Community Coordinator, has updated this thread where he announces that patch 1. Please note that this patch also fixes bugs in Awakenings as well as fixes the problem with daggers not adding the dexterity-bonuses correctly to damage.
According to the notes, they have fixed the memory leak issue. If you plan to add Awakening to your DAO install, we recommend installing Awakening, then always re-apply the latest patch. Update : Now available.
I'll discuss the game's choices by talking about the good ones first. My first major quest was at the camp of the Dalish. You are given three options, side with the werewolves and kill all the elves, side with Zaithran and kill all the werewolves, or break the curse by killing Zaithran and by extension, the Lady of the Forest and allow the elves to live and the werewolves to live on as humans. If you were playing as a "good" character, there are basically two less than ideal options, and one choice that allows life and freedom to flourish.
On the surface, this seems like typical choice, but to bring about the scenario that allows you to kill Zaithran, you have to go through a rather specific set of dialogue options. Good-guy characters are initially confronted with choosing between two terribly unjust massacres, and are rewarded for taking the time to negotiate a new solution. The Mages' Tower contained the most polarized choice in the game. I could either take the risk of some mages being turned into abominations and fighting against me an event which can be prevented by using an item during the boss fight , or I can slaughter dozens of innocent men and women.
Since I was playing as a good-guy, the choice was so obvious that by the end of the game I had literally forgotten that I had another option. The situation is made even less compelling by the fact that the second most important character in the game, Alistair, constantly voices his dislike for the templars, and any mages you have encountered previously have done the same.
A below average ending to an otherwise interesting quest. The description:. This handy product features a three-panel hardback screen that puts all the essential game info right in front you. It also includes a page adventure by Jeff Tidball that can serve as an introduction to the game or as a follow-up to the adventure in the core game.
Dragon Age: Origins' Leliana may have seemed sweet enough, but her initially faithful and spiritual demeanor masked an unsavory past. In Leliana's Song, the most recent downloadable content released for last year's superb role-playing game, you explore the bard's dark side and glimpse the circumstances that led her to pledge to the Chantry in Lothering. Effective storytelling makes this add-on worth a look for dedicated Dragon Age fans, particularly those that experienced Leliana's personal quest in the original game.
Unfortunately, you won't find many surprises lurking within this fun but unremarkable adventure. The combat remains enjoyable, but because your party is capped at three rather than the usual four members, battles aren't as exciting as they might have been with a larger party.
Though some later encounters in an atmospheric alcove grant a little variety, you will fend off the usual foes in a number of well-worn environments. This isn't Dragon Age at its best, but Leliana's Song is an appealing slice of character-driven content. Greywardens let us know they have posted a full walkthrough of Leliana's Song for Dragon Age.
In particular, they were disappointed that BioWare missed opportunies for some interesting scenarios rather than just combat:. We were hoping to make a lot of use out of Coercion, since we expected to do a lot of sweet talking as on Orlesian bard, but were very disappointed to find no speech opportunities at all. Many conversations are limited to two responses, few dialogue options significantly change the dynamic of the conversation, and practically none of them have any impact on how party members feel about you.
There are one or two gifts to give, but approval exists only for the skill perks, not for any sort of side quest. Leliana's Song focuses solely on cutting through an army of soldiers instead of finding different solutions to problems.
Leliana starts at level 10 , fully equipped and ready to hit the ground running. She has friends on her side as well: Tug the dwarf warrior and Sketch the elf mage. Within the first 30 seconds of gameplay I already liked these guys, thanks to the well-written and fully-voiced character chat and clever cut-scene conversations. As if Dragon Age: Origins didn't have enough content built into it when it released late last year, BioWare has been busy churning out more ever since.
From the sizable Awakening expansion to an array of smaller chunks, there's plenty for Dragon Age fans to dig into, provided they're willing to pay. While some of the added content, like Awakening, is of particularly high quality, some of the smaller releases like the underdeveloped Darkspawn Chronicles have failed to impress. How does the latest release hold up? Well, if you're still interested in playing more Dragon Age, and specifically interested in the backstory of Leliana, then you'll find parts to like in Leliana's Song.
For anyone who's lost the desire to play the game anymore, though, this content isn't enough to make it worth coming back. Here's the blurb as a reminder:. And as Denerim and the rest of Ferelden recovers from the bitter memories of war, the Orlesian image has changed.
We see Orlais through the eyes of Leliana , an Orlesian bard, and what she tells us is far removed from the war stories of the past. Since we're familar with Leliana here's something about a thug called Tug:. Brash, cunning, uncomplicated--an excellent frontline thug who doesn't ask questions and knows when he should leave the planning to someone else.
Fiercely loyal to his friends, even as he gives them a hard time. A strange fit to follow a bard, although he'd claim there's no better view. NOTE:This article contains spoilers. EA sent us a link to the new Leliana's Song trailer. Click on the vid to watch it in p. Assume the role of Leliana, a young bard involved in a criminal ring that deals in political secrets. Accompanying her mentor Marjolaine on a high-risk mission, Leliana soon finds herself entangled in a game of intrigue that she cannot escape with just her beauty, charm, or stealth.
The only way out of this game is to kill or be killed. EA has announced an anime movie deal for Dragon Age :. Production of the Dragon Age anime movie is slated to begin in May , with a home video release in Victor Wachter from Bioware has made a thread about this on the official Bioware forums.
He says that Bioware will be making updates as to how the bug fixing is going, what the patch will fix as well as the issues people have reported will be adressed in the upcoming patch. Here's what he has to say about the bug fixes so far:. The following items are just a small set of fixes that will be included in the update. We know that these are some of the most discussed issues, so we wanted to make sure you knew that they would resolved.
Saves will no longer be corrupted if you do this. Keep watching for additional details. We can't give you a timeframe just yet. Our goal is to release these fixes in the shortest time possible, but we also want to make sure that this update is high quality and doesn't create any new problems.
That process will take time, but we will revisit this topic until then with updates to let you know new items that have been resolved or added to the list. There's no score but the reviewer clearly likes the game in the main. A snip on storytelling:. Battles are all fine and well, but it is the story that hooks most Dragon Age fans; it is the story that causes them to love the series and look past some of its flaws.
The fighting is great, but it is the plot, story and characters that make the game wonderful, and Darkspawn Chronicles has nearly none of this. Darkspawn cannot talk, most only have very basic functions which all revolve around killing. This forces the main interaction to be between the Archdemon and the character you play. I say interaction, but of course the Darkspawn cannot reply except to do what is commanded. Despite this, the bits where the Archdemon is talking to your character are interesting and fun.
This reviewer particularly liked the blurred tunnel-vision that showed areas that needed to be dealt with. The re-use of scenes and unanswered questions are criticised but the author enjoyed the experience overall and scored it at 7. Your only mission as the Vanguard is to do whatever is necessary to carry out your orders from the Archdemon who speaks to you via a type of telepathic link.
If you need something better, kill off an enthralled party member and enthrall a new one. The first full review of Darkspawn Chronicles we've seen is up at IGN, with a pretty ordinary score of 6. Because this is a small, self-contained adventure, much of the traditional mechanics that hook you in to Dragon Age have been removed.
There's no experience gain or character leveling with any of the Darkspawn. You will get a few new abilities and some gear for your Darkspawn on the way through, but the only concrete sense of progression are damage, constitution and dexterity bonuses gained by companions as kills are made.
Prodding the action forward are directions from the Archdemon, but there really isn't much character interaction to speak of, and the disposable nature of your Darkspawn companions means you never develop much of a sense of connection to any of them. Details in this thread on the Bio forums. From the Bio forums :. We do not have an exact time for Europe, but we hope the times will be as close together as possible. This patch will fix the recent crashing that was caused by the upgrade to the 3.
It will also fix the in-game DLC store to show free DLC content redeemed with promo codes and it will also fix the bug with darkspawn trophies. So again this patch will fix:. It will be available for Europe on Wednesday May 19, when we know the time, we will let you know.
Make no mistake — unlike previous DLCs which have fleshed out the lore of Dragon Age, or introduced new characters, Darkspawn Chronicles is a vivid glance into the brutal, dark world of the Archdemon and its minions.
With powerful darkspawn thralls, and a host of new abilities at your command, a main attraction here is in wreaking havoc and destruction upon the very world we as Grey Wardens are so often tasked with saving. Play as the darkspawn! The city of Denerim, jewel of Ferelden, girds itself for war.
As a hurlock vanguard, you alone hold the power to make thralls of your fellow darkspawn and drive them into the heat of battle. Heed the archdemon's call--Denerim must burn! The further we travel in Ferelden, however, the more clever the darkspawn become. In fact, in Orzammar, we learn exactly how the darkspawn horde has gotten so large.
In the Deep Roads, we see first-hand how the darkspawn propagate, and get our first hard evidence that the darkspawn are more than just mindless killers. They have plans and intentions, however grisly, for the unwitting dwarves, humans, or elves they encounter and abduct. Female Wardens should remember vividly the fate that awaits any civilian woman who is captured by the darkspawn: females of all races are transformed into the Broodmothers, mutating, through a process of dark ritual magic, into monstrous creatures who birth darkspawn by the hundreds to bolster the ranks of the horde.
The first discusses Alistair and Cailan and the second, food and drink in Ferelden. It seems roleplaying isn't high on the list of priorities:. You play a darkspawn general, a hurlock vanguard, described by Bartel as "a new type of darkspawn given a measure of free will by the archdemon.
Your party comprises various disposable thralls: darkspawn units recruited on the battlefield with your vanguard's instant recruitment ability. Blight wolves, hurlocks, genlocks, and ogres are up for grabs, as well as stealthy shrieks and fireball-hurling emissaries. It's the same four-character party setup as previously, but rather than swapping out one member for a more useful unit, you execute the unfortunate conscript. These are, explains Bartel, not the talking, fully sentient darkspawn introduced in Awakening, but the orc-like creatures of the game proper.
Generally, role-playing elements are stripped down in favour of a brisk, combat-based experience. Dialogue menus, for instance, just "didn't make sense" given your grunting, brutish cohorts, says Bartel. GameSpot has a Darkspawn Chronicles interview we missed last week. Here's a snip:. GS: Perhaps the greatest strength Origins had going for it was a deeply involving story and well-developed characters. How do you do storytelling when your central cast of characters includes the likes of genlocks and ogres?
RB: We're definitely positioning Darkspawn Chronicles as a powerful visceral experience rather than as a moving coming-of-age story about an ogre and his pet blight wolf.
The lives of the darkspawn are brutish, cruel, and short, but that's part of what makes them compelling. The archdemon has put you in charge of capturing the city of Denerim and eliminating the threat posed by the Grey Wardens.
As a fan of the Dragon Age story, you can't help but feel powerful as your ogre tears through the defenders' barricades. When your emissary sets fire to the great tree in the elven alienage, you can't help but understand the emotional impact that that would have had on that community. When you come to the archdemon's aid in the final hour and drive your blade through the heart of the Warden King, you can't help but realize that you have turned history on its head.
So, while there isn't a lot of dialogue and talking heads, the Darkspawn Chronicles is a story of loss and of absence--what would the world have become if your hero had died in the joining? Thanks for your patience with all of this. Since this happened, we've pulled additional programmers from the main game teams to help on this and have been running several parallel investigations non-stop to find potential solutions from our end, as well as continuing to work with Sony for both dev support and other options.
Thanks to the great feedback on here and from those folks we've been in contact with directly, the team now thinks we've been able to find a code-side workaround from our end to patch DA to play nicer with firmware 3. At this time I still don't have a date estimate for a DA patch with this fix however, and unfortunately we do not believe there is a manual workaround for this one of the other threads we're investigating.
We are currently testing this proposed code change as I write this, and if successful the next step will be for it to go into EA's publisher side certification testing.
And once that clears, it will go into Sony cert testing. Sorry, wish I had better news to offer already - but progress is being made and I'll continue to update as we know more. You now fight as the Darkspawn! The aim is to correct some of the bugs that has crept into the game with the release of the 1. You can view the full changelog here, but be aware that it'll be full of spoilers. Here's an excerpt:. General fixes: 1. The Stealing and Dog Fetching bugs introduced in patch 1.
As of v1. Thanks to Nukenin for his advice on how to best implement this patch. Origin related fixes: 1. Now, if you talk to him during that brief interval, he just shouts one of several combat barks instead. Then, when you actually got near the spirit of rage, he'd initiate a casual conversation, again quite out of context. I'd go, but Sweden is a bit out of my way:. The Joystick concert series currently holds the world record for a game music performance with an attendance of 17, at the first show in Our audience is in for a real treat.
Trapped on the lowest rung of the social ladder, the casteless have only two ways of escaping the fate that awaits them, lost among the crumbling tunnels of Orzammar. The other option is of course to enlist in the Legion of the Dead, joining that fabled band of fearless warriors and seeking your death at the hands of the darkspawn, in exchange for clearing your family name. Another couple of editorials from Dragon Age fansite Greywardens. The first is an in-depth look at mages and the associated lore and the second is about the "cultural and technological stasis" that sees Ferelden locked in the same medieval period for thousands of years.
The first is a video walkthrough of the interior of Vigil's Keep in Awakening and then an editorial on the role and background of the Grey Wardens themselves.
By the way, is anyone playing story mods for DA? A snip:. As with Origins, Awakening has laid the claim for dynamic and interesting party members. Anybody who has played Origins certainly knows just how human many of the companions can come across. Which of the new party members in Awakening did you write and who is your favorite not necessarily out of those you wrote.
I wrote Justice, Nathaniel Howe, and Anders. I always got the sense while writing him that he had a larger story arc to explore. Dragon Age fansite Greywardens.
The first part covers his job and background at BioWare, with a second part coming tomorrow. On the editorial front, there's a piece on Narrative Disconnect , such as can happen when your ending to Origins isn't fully supported by Awakening.
Yesterday was April's 1st. A day where you try to fool people. Apparently, people in Ferelden like to play jokes on each other, too. As Victor Wactor writes:. Satinalia, a day of wild celebration and sumptuous holiday feasts celebrated across Thedas, has arrived! In Ferelden tradition, gifts and pranks are exchanged on Feastday among friends, family and lovers.
Now you'll be able to join the festivities and surprise your companions with gifts that may touch their hearts or offend their sensibilities. Feastday gifts and pranks offer the player a chance to explore the approval system in Dragon Age: Origins at greater depth by making your companions despise or adore you.
These packs are available for purchase individually or as a combo back containing both the Gifts and Pranks. Feastday Prank Pack A collection of mostly humorous prank items that will significantly decrease your followers' affections for you.
Some of these items have additional special uses once given to your followers. Bodahn stocks the pranks in his store at the party camp year-round. The DLC itself is not a prank, it is very real. Now anyone want to watch Alistair's puppet show? Another article from Greywardens.
Here's a snip from the intro:. Everything has a bias, and that makes decision-making all the more difficult for the player. This is no accident. DA:O makes being all good or all evil extremely difficult. There is no system to reward good decisions or evil ones , unlike the BioWare RPGs that have preceded it. The decisions in DA:O themselves are not so clearly bad or good.
Often something that seems like a good decision at the time has unexpected, dark consequences. Since the content is the same, the article covers the performance and technical aspects and references his previous PC review for the gameplay aspects.
Here's his explanation as to what direction this comic book series will go:. Dragon Age the comic is build directly from the story and lore created by BioWare, but is created by an amazing team of artists and writers from IDW.
The comic is written by acclaimed author Orson Scott Card author of the Ender Saga amongst much more and Aaron Johnson with interior art by Mark Robinson and cover art by renowned artist Humberto Ramos. The comic will take video game fans into a whole new adventure in the Dragon Age world. In a time lost to history, a war ravaged the land. Mages, incredibly powerful wielders of magic, ruled the world through mastery of dark arts and forbidden spells.
Their lust for power almost destroyed all existence, and unleashed an unholy pestilence, the Darkspawn, to plague mankind, trolls, faeries, and all the inhabitants of the realm. Now magic is carefully controlled, taught behind the sacred walls of the Circle of Magi, and monitored by the ever-vigilant Templars. It is in this arena that a new generation of Mages in training will arise, warriors of sorcery who will defy the rules of the Templars and change the course of the world forever.
VG via 1Up has an interesting discovery. Apparently retail copies of Dragon Age: Awakening contain a teaser card with an image of the Dragon Age blood dragon - and a date of February 1st, We already know a DA title is expected around that time, according to a recent EA financial conference call. Is this the specific release date for a sequel? Here's the patch notes:. Various changes have been made to code and resources to support the Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening expansion pack.
Most of these changes do not affect Origins itself. Some players were experiencing increasingly long load times.
A major cause of this problem has been fixed. At higher levels, non-player characters now receive a bonus to armor penetration. This mitigates an unintentional imbalance with well-armored high-level characters, since armor penetration previously did not scale as aggressively as armor itself did.
Elite-rank enemies lieutenants can no longer be shattered. This preserves the intended tactical design of many combat encounters. Paradox Interactive. Justin Bell. Lorne Balfe. Borislav Slavov. Hans Zimmer. Giona Ostinelli. Sonya Belousova. Fantasy Mode. Epic Soundtrack and Gaming Music. Inon Zur 1 fans. Top titres de l'artiste. Virtuoso par Inon Zur. Into the Storm par Inon Zur. Artistes similaires. The trend away from vinyl discs continued in the s as fan-made remixes also began to be produced, however by the s the trend reversed and the practice of producing video game soundtracks on vinyl experienced a revival.
The ss revival of interest in this medium has been characterized by releases in limited numbers and promotional albums only available at special events or as pre-order bonuses. Additional considerations for collectors include archival and preservation aspects for older games,  examination and recontextualization of the music as a means to expand or further explore the game,   and curiosity among audiophiles unfamiliar with video gaming music as a genre.
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