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Dragon Age: Inquisition Review

Bioware: The Game

Dragon Age Inquisition

HIGH: Cassandra's fangirl outburst

LOW: The persistent feeling that I had accidentally launched World of Warcraft

WTF: It sure is convenient that we found this giant castle with nobody living in it

Dragon Age: Inquisition Preview - An Errand Girl For The Kingdom


My hope was that the developers at BioWare were getting the series back on track, and here was the perfect opportunity to get caught up on their work.

The Dragon Age II Podcast, Crysis 2, MHFU continues and a Keene book

Crysis 2 Screenshot

An unsolicited copy of Crysis 2 showed up at my door today (always a pleasant surprise when that happens) and I put about an hour into it. I've heard that the multiplayer demo available wasn't too well-received, but I never got around to checking it out and I never played the first Crysis either, so I was coming into the game basically as fresh as possible. First impressions of the campaign? Very positive.

Dragon Age II Review

A Rushed Waste of Time and Money

Dragon Age II Screenshot

HIGH A brief (and fictitious) mid-game scene description from Varric.

LOW Everything else.

WTF The immense drop in quality was inconceivable until I saw it for myself.

Dragon Age: Origins or Dragon Age II?

Do not buy Dragon Age II, Part 2

Dragon Age II Screenshot

So at this point, I'm about fifteen hours or so into Dragon Age II. I am going to be doing a full review so I won't go into a great amount of detail here, but I will say that if I wasn't going to be submitting a formal review, I would have already quit the game and traded it in for something else. Not even kidding a bit. In the interest of keeping things brief, here's a quick list of bullet points highlighting the issues I have with it.

Dragon Age II Demo-lition

Dragon Age II Screenshot

I think I should start with the reason I placed the pre-order in the first place, which is that I enjoyed Dragon Age: Origins a great deal. I didn't particularly care for the combat, which suffered from having continuous time and lousy AI. However, I thought the game had some interesting ideas hiding behind its surface pageantry of turgid Tolkienism, and the writing for some of the characters (Shale!) was really great. So, when I heard Dragon Age II was coming out I placed an order, and when I heard there was a demo, I downloaded it. Having thoroughly gone through the demo, however, I decided to cancel the pre-order.

Do not buy Dragon Age II

Dragon Age II Screenshot

I had originally planned on posting a rant about Dragon Age II tonight, but the day didn't quite unfold the way I thought it would. So, although I don't have enough time to do a full-on posting at the moment, my conscience is screaming out to me that I need to do something in order to warn people against buying it.

Dragon Age: Origins — Witch Hunt Review

This is not the Witch you're Looking for

Dragon Age: Origins — Witch Hunt Screenshot

HIGH: Getting to make the choice I've wanted to make since Origins.

LOW: Enemies that float in midair after I kill them.

WTF: Why could this not have been part of Awakening, at the very least?

Splinter Cell: Conviction and Dragon Age DLCs disappoint

Dragon Age: Origins--Leliana's Song Screenshot

After finishing Conviction, I decided to clear the backlog and finally get around to the most recent Dragon Age: Origins DLCs—The Darkspawn Chronicles and Leliana’s Song. I was actually to go into detail about each one, but as I was writing, the effort felt more and more pointless. To make a long story short, both pieces of DLC were extremely shoddy and shallow, and not worth the money they cost. After finishing both and feeling taken advantage of afterwards, I started to wonder if the prospect of DLC for story-based RPGs is even tenable.

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