It’s highly frustrating to me that I haven’t gotten to spend more than six or so hours with Dragon Age yet (and Werit reminded me to grab the new patch!). I do hope that they tweak combat and/or potion drops somewhat to make fighting less of a chore at times, but I’m still having great fun and really getting into the world and characters.
One of the interesting things to me is that I’ve been reading the prequel novel to the game, The Stolen Throne, and DAO references the events of the book like crazy (although as I’m in the middle of the novel, the game’s already spoiled the ending!). It’s weird that a major “good” character of the novel is revealed to be — possibly, probably — an evil dude in the game, but this could be a Snape-type of situation. You never know, with the BioWare folks. They love to mess with your mind.
I’m finding myself challenged to come to an opinion about various aspects of the game world, and to start molding my gameplay and dialogue selections around that. For instance, am I hostile toward magic and mages, or not? Should I be sympathetic toward the elf plight or… well, you know my eternal stance on elves, so that’s a bad example. What about the Chantry, DAO’s version of the Catholic church? As a man of faith myself, I’m actually pretty suspicious and antagonistic toward Chantry folk in the game — I feel like they use their position more for abuse than for good.
And what is a really good sign of character building, I am constantly torn over what characters to have in my party, and which to cultivate, erm, “strong” relationships with. It’s really hard to not have the dog always in my group, as he’s a terrific fighter, but he doesn’t talk too much, and I enjoy listening to my party members bicker and banter as we go about.
Right now I’m checking out one of the two pieces of DLC, The Stone Keep, and I’ll let you guys know if the $7 was worth it or not.
Let’s pass the mike around the table to chat about Dragon Age, shall we?