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46  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: July 09, 2014, 04:08:05 PM
I don't know why, but I just get this weird feeling that this game will get the EA treatment and end up falling flat like DA2. Hope I'm wrong because its about time Bioware stepped up and started fighting for the belt again. Now, I will admit that I only played the demo of DA2 (which I REALLY disliked, but hey, I didn't like the Uncharted demo either and ended up loving the full game.However, at least Uncharted got a lot of praise to suggest that there might be more to it while DA2 got mostly panned for being a rushed cash in). I'll probably give it a go if I dig it up in a bargain bin some day, but for now I'll go by my first impressions and the general consensus.

I actually really enjoyed Dragon Age 2. Most of the hate is because they streamlined tons of features compared to the first game and there was only a handful of areas to explore, but it made sense in context of the game and story. It did alot of things better than the first game, but I don't feel like making a list right now.
47  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 06, 2014, 06:16:10 PM
I finished up Mark of the Assassin and I did not enjoy it very much. The beginning where you hunt for the wyvern was the best part. The stealth section was terrible and buggy. I would throw the rocks and the guards would walk over there and then teleport back to their normal spot and catch me. I hated it. The story also was pointless. To me, that was not worth 10 bucks.
48  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 05, 2014, 10:45:28 AM
Finished up the Legacy DLC for DA2. While I enjoyed the story and setting, 2 hours of gameplay for 10 bucks IS NOT worth it. I even did the three "side quests" that take all of three seconds to accomplish. I decided to try out Mark of Assassin and downloaded it. Going to start it tonight.

Also, as for this Mistwalker talk that I missed: I'm in the minority of Blue Dragon > Lost Odyssey mostly because Lost Odyssey was one of my most disappointing games I've ever played since I was so hyped for it. It's not bad, but I expected it to be better. Like others have said, the battles got boring and long too quickly and outside of the amazing stories from the dreams, the overall plot is lacking. Blue Dragon doesn't really have a good plot either, but I didn't take it as seriously and managed to enjoy it more. It also was just more fun to play for me than Lost Odyssey was. Either way, don't expect anything other than decent or mediocre because you'll be disappointed.
49  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 01, 2014, 09:46:53 AM
Was planning on playing Dynasty Warriors Gundam Reborn today, but sadly it isn't getting a preload like it was supposed to, so I might not actually get to play it till tomorrowish due to download times. Dammit Sony. x_x

Just beat the story in Dragon Age II. That was a damn fine game, I don't get the hate. Sure it could have used larger areas and more places to explore because it gets kind of tiresome going to the same places over and over, but I really did feel like I had an influence over Kirkwall and watched it evolve over the game based on my decisions. It was really neat. Same goes with the characters. They relationships with them really sold the story and setting for me. These are memorable characters (maybe even more so that the first game). The story is awesome too and should have major consequences either way you go about it in the next game. It does feel more like an action game than RPG at times, but Mass Effect does too and I don't think it's a bad thing. I just think that's why RPG purists prefer the first game. I like them about the same, but for different reasons. I like this one because it has a better quest system, better menus, better graphics, and much less confusing item and crafting system. I like the first one for its exploration, mythology, and overall plot. They make a good one two punch. Can't wait for Inquisition! I can finally go watch some trailers without fear of spoilers haha.

Question for my Dragon Age friends: Any of the DAII DLC worth getting? I looked into Mark of the Assassin, but it just looks like a Felicia Day fangasm that has no effect on any of the story at all. I barely even know who she is anyway.
Glad you enjoyed it.  Out of curiosity which faction did you side with at the end? Now for DLC, I would say that all of the story DLC are worth playing....with some caveats. The Exiled Prince would have been worth it had you gotten it before hitting chapter 3, at this point thought I don't think you can actually run through it now so actually pass on it. Legacy is a must play as it has a major major revelation in it which there is some speculation may be leading into DAI. I recommend brining your sibling and maybe Anders along if you can. Mark of the Assassin is enjoyable, but it is more of a story about Tallis than Hawke. So if you don't care about Tallis, then it will not be worth it,

I sided with the
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mages because I hated Meredith haha. I was shocked when Anders blew up the place and I was the reason he was able to do it. I'm curious what happens if you don't let Anders into the chantry and distract the Grand Cleric. Does he still get in their somehow or what? I was annoyed Fenris turned on me, but I expected it. I doesn't seem to matter what you choose because I had to fight both Orsino and Meredith at the end anyway.

Thanks for the recommendation on DLC. I was annoyed when I found out I missed out on an archer character. I always wait to play DLC after I beat games, but of course this one should be played early so that the character gets added into the story. OF COURSE. I always wondered why I kept finding useless bows everywhere that Varric couldn't equip, and now I know.
50  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 30, 2014, 01:59:25 PM
Just beat the story in Dragon Age II. That was a damn fine game, I don't get the hate. Sure it could have used larger areas and more places to explore because it gets kind of tiresome going to the same places over and over, but I really did feel like I had an influence over Kirkwall and watched it evolve over the game based on my decisions. It was really neat. Same goes with the characters. They relationships with them really sold the story and setting for me. These are memorable characters (maybe even more so that the first game). The story is awesome too and should have major consequences either way you go about it in the next game. It does feel more like an action game than RPG at times, but Mass Effect does too and I don't think it's a bad thing. I just think that's why RPG purists prefer the first game. I like them about the same, but for different reasons. I like this one because it has a better quest system, better menus, better graphics, and much less confusing item and crafting system. I like the first one for its exploration, mythology, and overall plot. They make a good one two punch. Can't wait for Inquisition! I can finally go watch some trailers without fear of spoilers haha.

Question for my Dragon Age friends: Any of the DAII DLC worth getting? I looked into Mark of the Assassin, but it just looks like a Felicia Day fangasm that has no effect on any of the story at all. I barely even know who she is anyway.
51  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 27, 2014, 02:13:25 PM
Just started Act II in DA2. Played for about 18 hours so far. I'm enjoying this quite a bit even if it isn't quite on par with the first for me. It kind of sucks being limited to just Kirkwall after the first one had so much exploration. I'm enjoying the characters and story though.
52  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 26, 2014, 01:25:45 PM
I'm always confused when I see people debating DA:O's combat system vs. DA2's combat system.  Mainly because it's the same friggin combat system.

Yes, there are superficial differences.  Animations in DA2 are flashier, camera angles are different, DA2 is overall a bit faster paced (but you can still pause whenever so I actually appreciate that).  And there's the stupid fact that auto-attack isn't enabled by default in DA2, but it's still an option so that's easily remedied.  But the core mechanics of the combat really haven't changed.  In fact I would say that if anything DA2 has more abilities that allow different party members to complement each other, so that's a nice touch.

Now DA2 has absolutely terrible encounter design most of the time with enemies inexplicably spawning out of nowhere while in DA:O enemies actually existed on the field in sensible locations so you could plan strategically.  Trying to use appropriate formations and such almost never works in DA2 since new enemies will just magically appear behind/on-top-of you.  Feel free to criticize that all you want.

I feel like I'm cheating when I enable auto-attack in 2 so I just do it myself. Idk, something about it not being the default setting makes me feel different about it in this game. Maybe I'm just crazy. You are right about the enemy encounters. I hate getting ambushed constantly out of nowhere.
53  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: June 25, 2014, 10:23:37 AM
so let me get this clear:we cant import our save but we can customize our history? so theres no reason for me finish playing dragon age 2? stopped playing after my lady hawke banged issabella lol

Only finish it if you want to know the ins and outs of the story and not just the general outline they will give you when building your world. I'm still playing through it just to pick up on more of the lore and surrounding areas because it takes place in Kirkwall rather than Ferelden.
54  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 25, 2014, 10:19:12 AM
I started up Dragon Age II this morning before work and played a couple of hours. NOW I understand why so many people were upset. Bioware changed way too much shit they shouldn't have. I have no idea what they were thinking. Not being able to import your character from the first game and play as them is understandable given they wanted another story going on at roughly the same time with new characters, but forcing us to be human and not be able to customize like anything is horseshit. The combat system is also alot more like an action game in this one. I much prefer the combat in the first game. The improved character animations and facial expressions are nice, but the art direction in the first one was also way better since they had to make up for less pretty graphics. Now, I do think the menus are better handled in this one because I can actually read things since the text and everything is bigger. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, they switched the conversations to the Mass Effect system when the first one was completely fine. Again, not something that needed changed at all. We'll see how much I end up enjoying this, but I'm pretty bummed out currently. I know I'm late to the party, but I had to vent somewhere haha.
Disagree regarding the conversation system. DA2's is the best conversation system between DAO, ME, and DA2. Tone indicators are a freaking god send. I remember multiple times in DAO when I would select and option and the implied tone based on how the person I was talking to reacted was completely different than I had intended it to be (which included the time I accidently started romancing Zervan because my line that I read with an intended tone of w/e was instead taken with a tone of "Come by anytime.")

Actually disagree with a lot of the points (prefer DA2's combat, prefer DA2's design direction, don't care about the loss of race choice), but then again my only complaint about DA2 is that it was clearly rushed, and frankly on my second playthrough, I didn't even really notice some of the short cuts they had to use despite being fully aware of the fact that they were there.

It is understandable to not care about race choice if you are going to be human, but you have to admit it was a terrible design decision on their part after letting us pick whatever we wanted in the first game. As for the combat, it is growing on me, but I still think the first one was alot more strategic than this which I prefer. The quest system and menus are definitely MUCH better in this game though. I'm enjoying it, I was just bummed I HAD to be the character they chose for me after being able to customize my own in the first game. The story is pretty cool so far too. It was nice to see Anders after I just beat Awakening and imported my save over. They even talked about
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how I had burned down Amaranthine, which is awesome!
55  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 24, 2014, 06:31:41 PM
I started up Dragon Age II this morning before work and played a couple of hours. NOW I understand why so many people were upset. Bioware changed way too much shit they shouldn't have. I have no idea what they were thinking. Not being able to import your character from the first game and play as them is understandable given they wanted another story going on at roughly the same time with new characters, but forcing us to be human and not be able to customize like anything is horseshit. The combat system is also alot more like an action game in this one. I much prefer the combat in the first game. The improved character animations and facial expressions are nice, but the art direction in the first one was also way better since they had to make up for less pretty graphics. Now, I do think the menus are better handled in this one because I can actually read things since the text and everything is bigger. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, they switched the conversations to the Mass Effect system when the first one was completely fine. Again, not something that needed changed at all. We'll see how much I end up enjoying this, but I'm pretty bummed out currently. I know I'm late to the party, but I had to vent somewhere haha.
I think that Dragon Age II has a nice skill system and the characters and party banter are both good, but the game does have a number of disappointing design decisions.  I'm probably going to replay it later this year and see if I like it a little better than I did.  Will take different story route.  We'll see how it goes. 

The skill system does seem to make more sense in this game. There are things they did better in this game for sure and it is going to be awesome to get the best of both worlds in Inquisition.
56  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: June 24, 2014, 01:45:49 PM
It's not active yet. If you go to the site, you can apply for the Keep beta.

Sweet. Just signed up. Thanks!
57  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 24, 2014, 12:32:47 PM
I started up Dragon Age II this morning before work and played a couple of hours. NOW I understand why so many people were upset. Bioware changed way too much shit they shouldn't have. I have no idea what they were thinking. Not being able to import your character from the first game and play as them is understandable given they wanted another story going on at roughly the same time with new characters, but forcing us to be human and not be able to customize like anything is horseshit. The combat system is also alot more like an action game in this one. I much prefer the combat in the first game. The improved character animations and facial expressions are nice, but the art direction in the first one was also way better since they had to make up for less pretty graphics. Now, I do think the menus are better handled in this one because I can actually read things since the text and everything is bigger. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, they switched the conversations to the Mass Effect system when the first one was completely fine. Again, not something that needed changed at all. We'll see how much I end up enjoying this, but I'm pretty bummed out currently. I know I'm late to the party, but I had to vent somewhere haha.
58  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: June 24, 2014, 12:20:36 PM
This import shit is freaking confusing. I have played the first one and Awakening on PS3 and I'm about to start #2 on PS3, but I planned on buying DAI on PS4 since I have one. Should I not do that?
Not sure how it is confusing. Dragon Age Keep means you can now import the world state you want onto any system that DAI is on as long as you can get an internet connection to the system long enough to download the world state. So absolutely no problem with switching systems.

Note: You will have to build your world state on the Keep site, but you would have to do that even if staying on the PS3 as DAI will not support save imports (my guess is that there are variables they want from DAO that were lost in DA2....plus buggy DA2 imports at launch).

Oh gotcha. Is the site open and ready for use now or are they waiting?
59  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 23, 2014, 10:19:47 PM
I called up gamestop and they implied I could return it all individually instead of as a bundle but I couldn't tell if they meant like, trade in value or just... returning it individually. I'll try to talk to someone in person tomorrow over lunch.

Knowing Gamestop they probably meant as a trade in :P
60  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: World Cup 2014 (starts June 12, kiddies!) on: June 23, 2014, 10:17:42 PM
You have a good point about that taking stamina when it is nonstop, but only half of the field is playing most of the time wheras in the NBA all 10 players are engaging and running the entire time so that's why they need timeouts and commercial breaks (other than advertising money etc). You are also spot on to why this sport is not huge in the US. I completely agree. I also much prefer being able to take potty breaks and get food without missing something so I appreciate stoppage in play sometimes, but it does get to ridiculous levels in the NBA and NFL at times too.
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