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31  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: December 11, 2014, 03:30:36 PM
So got back into DA:I after some distraction and I've just reached Skyhold at around 33 hours.  Pretty much the bulk of that time was spent in the Hinterlands, though I've still yet to kill any dragons.  I'll probably start hunting them down once I learn my character's specializations.

Gawd, Skyhold is massive!  Can't wait to see what it's like when you fix it up.
32  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: November 21, 2014, 09:27:57 PM
I was originally planning on only spending enough time in the Hinterlands to build up the necessary power to move to the next plot point, but I got sucked into exploring and fighting and doing quests for pretty much everyone I ran across.  I think it was worth it, I was up to level 6 once I finally managed to tear myself away.
33  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: November 21, 2014, 12:18:38 PM
So after an impromptu all-nighter in the Hinterlands (still haven't finished everything there yet), I think I'm finally getting the hang of this.  Having Cassandra tank for my Inquisitor while Varric, Solas, and I focus fire on the mobs has proven to be rather effective.  There have only been a couple cases where I've had to quaff healing potions (usually at rifts), otherwise between Cass' tanking and Solas Barrier spamming we've done a good job of keeping ourselves alive.

Granted, this is on Normal mode.  It might take a bit more thought and attention to detail on higher difficulties.
34  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: November 20, 2014, 12:31:34 AM
The AI is decently smart this time around. Dagger Rogues will try to get behind enemies to flank them, companions will set off Combos if they have a skill available to do so.

So you're saying trust the AI a little more?  I could try that.

I'd also like to go on record saying that Cassandra is one of the most tsundere-type of characters I have seen in a long time, but in a good way.  Tough as nails, takes no crap, and highly focused, yet she has the most adorable tender side.
35  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: November 19, 2014, 02:47:18 PM
Finished the prologue last night.  This game is a lot of fun, but the whole point and click tactical camera thing on the PC is going to take some getting used to.  I don't feel safe leaving my companion AIs to fight on their own because I'm afraid they'll get themselves killed.  Really wish I could more tightly customize their tactics, but work with what you have, I guess.
36  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: November 15, 2014, 05:11:13 PM
Yes, you will be able to listen to the soundtrack after downloading it. Heres a taste of the music with a combat theme:

Thanks.  I found the soundtrack after some digging.  It really is some beautiful work.
37  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: November 14, 2014, 05:28:15 PM
Preloading the Digital Deluxe version through Origin now.  Naturally, I won't be able to play it until release night, but I hope I can at least access the soundtrack that comes with it.  The main theme makes me melt every time I hear it and I'm hoping the rest of the music is just as epic.
38  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: October 29, 2014, 04:39:36 PM
Thinking about it, I now recall that I used mods to change the appearance of most of DA:O. I modded:
- Alistair
- Morrigan
- Leliana
- Wynne
- Sten
(no mods for Oghren or Zevran because I don't like them; not because they look any good)

In DA2 though, the only character I modded was Aveline (I've spoken prior of my opinion of her chin/jaw)

I guess the DA2 characters did look better.

In some cases for me, it was just little tweaks that made an improvement instead of complete overhauls.  For instance, a change of hairstyle for Morrigan or giving Leliana's hair a deeper shade of red made a world of difference.   It was the same case with Aveline where removing her headband and giving her some fringe with a mod made her worlds better, even with the lantern jaw of justice.

More often than not, it was their outfits that I enjoyed playing with.  There are quite a few outfits out there that make things a lot less drab in Origins, Awakening, and II.  Especially Fenris, because nothing says "badass glowbug elf" like a long coat with gauntlets.
39  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: October 28, 2014, 08:48:33 AM
Yeah, I'd heard that too.  Not that it would stop anyone from trying, but we'll see.
40  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: October 27, 2014, 11:12:28 PM
I am a bit dissapointed in the characters that are in this game. I am not saying that all video game women have to look amazing and I am for diversity, but they could have put one attractive female in the game considering that there will be romance in this game. DA2 has Isabela and they managed to make her interesting and she felt strong in her own way. She was not just a pretty face. There are ways to not be sexist but still make attractive characters.

It is telling that the hottest character in the game is a guy (Dorian) and I am not even gay.

Now before you dismiss this as a ranting by a lonely teenage boy I am actually close to 30 and getting married soon. I would not care much if it wasn't for the fact that there is romance in the game.

It is a minor concern however and I will still like the game either way.

Well, for the PC gamers at least, there'll likely be the inevitable appearance mods from people who'll share your view.  I'll see how the vanilla content looks on my screen before doing that, though.

I've just started a new playthrough of Dragon Age II, male warrior Hawke.  Not so much for save data content as just for fun.  As someone who has played as a mage pretty much every other time, there's just something very fun about ramming someone in the face with your shield from across the battlefield.  Complete with that satisfying CLANG noise upon impact.
41  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A slime draws near! Command? DQ VIII hits iOS today on: September 10, 2014, 05:27:32 PM
Sorta amusing since I'm playing the PS2 version on the PS2 right now.  Because COR BLIMEY!  :O

Hoping that people are enjoying the iVersion.
42  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails in the Sky FC PC release July 29th on: July 23, 2014, 12:20:32 PM
Both Steam and GOG, $19.99


Looks like they have backported the enhancements in the PSP version to the PC release so that's pretty cool.

Been waiting for this!  Time to throw more money at Steam and XSeed.
43  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: July 14, 2014, 04:08:58 PM
Actually.. anyone understands what is meant by:
- Rogues will now have access to use bows.

I mean I could use a bow in DA:O and DA2 on my rogue and there were skills for them too.
I think that maybe you had to take the first bow skill as a rogue before you had access to using the bow? Alternatively it might be referring to companion rogues (excluding Varric since I am sure he will exclusively use Bianca)?
If you were a rogue, you could equip a bow from the get go in Origins/Awakening and 2.  Warriors could also use bows in Origins/Awakening.

So no idea why that'd change in this one.
44  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: July 11, 2014, 09:54:10 PM
Line from the video...
"But think of the mayhem, Sera.  Maaaaayheeeeeem!"

Iron Bull totally won me over with that comment alone.
45  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: July 07, 2014, 09:52:52 PM
I agree that it's too early to decide on a "final" party just yet, but reading about them ahead gives me a idea of what to expect about them going in.  I seriously doubt we've heard anywhere near these characters whole stories just yet, but I'm intrigued enough to actually want to know more.  Only way that'll happen will be to play the game and feel them out.
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