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Examining choice in Dragon Age: Origins

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Many readers and staff on this site have praised BioWare's high fantasy epic Dragon Age: Origins for its compelling story, loveable characters, and nail-biting decisions. Truly, it is a great game, but no one has had the time or focus to closely examine each of the games major choices in an effort to discover what makes them so great. A closer examination reveals that not all of these choices are nearly as good as the others. This article aims to teach what makes story choices in a game compelling, and what makes them forgettable.

Mass Effect 2: Overlord Review

This Rogue AI has its Head on Straight

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HIGH The reveal at the end of the mission.

LOW Not being able to freely search for missing data logs.

WTF I never expected to see "platforming" in this game.

Dragon Age: Origins — Awakening... afterthoughts

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To start with, Dragon Age: Origins — Awakening was a pretty chunky amount of content for something called an "expansion". It may sound odd, but after going through it I kind of felt as though it might have worked better if it had been split up into its three main component parts and doled out one at a time, similar to the way Fallout 3 handled its five add-ons.

Mass Effect 2: Kasumi — Stolen Memory Review

Is that Princess Amidala in the Shadows?

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HIGH Kasumi's backstab attack is incredibly deadly.

LOW Seven dollars feels a little steep for the amount of content.

WTF The firefight near the party doesn't cause any concern.

Dragon Age: Origins — Awakening Review

We Barely Knew Ye

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HIGH: Oghren's joining ceremony.

LOW: The fact that it was all over at 16 hours.

WTF: Nobody seems to recognize me as an elf now. Even other elves.

Mass Effect 2: Firewalker Review

The Spiritual Successor to a Long-lost Friend

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HIGH The return of a sorely-missed planetary vehicle option.

LOW No new Achievements.

WTF Why (oh why!) was this not integrated into the main game?

Mass Effect 2 and the lack of homosexuality in space

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Although I've had more than my fill of talking about Mass Effect 2 since my extremely popular and well-regarded review hit Metacritic, I have to admit that I'm not quite ready to let the topic go. Getting right to the point, I've been thinking about the way homosexual relationships were removed for the most part, and what a disappointing choice that was.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 30: Mass Effect 2 and Sequels We Love/Hate

Brad's review was just the beginning; we debate the exhilarating highs and inexplicable lows of Mass Effect 2. Plus: Tim quits games, classic sequels we love, and statistics, statistics, statistics. With Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike "The Outlier" Bracken, Richard Naik, and Tim Spaeth.

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Mass Effect 2 Second Opinion

I am the Very Model of a Scientist Salarian...

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HIGH: Agonizing over choices during the endgame.

LOW: Planet scanning.

WTF: ...I've studied species turian, asari, and batarian.

Mass Effect 2 Review

The Normandy's Back, but She's Taken Some Damage

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HIGH Plenty of the same great writing and character work BioWare is known for.

LOW The collective lack of surprise at Shepard's resurrection.

WTF Do people really want to have sex with grotesque alien crewmates?

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