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Aug. 28th, 2011 @ 08:08 pm Dragon Age: Origins, first thoughts
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A week ago, I bought Dragon Age: Origins, for EUR 15 at a second hand game store. I had heard good things about it, and I wanted to play some games again. I'm pretty pleased with the game, though it is a bit too finnicky for my tastes. There's all sorts of things that you have to take into account, like flanking and stuff like that -- nice for a turn-based tactical game, but this is an action RPG. So you have to either keep switching from the action view to a more tactical view, or you just have to hack your way through the enemies. (Guess which one I'm employing for as long as I can?)
I also like the rating system for the approval of your party members. Their outlooks on life are sometimes so dissimilar that you can't keep them all happy. Some of the response you can give in the dialogue are pretty stupid, though. And the sidequests are amusing, though sometimes also confusing. It's not always apparent where you have to go or how you can 'solve' a quest.

So playing the game is pretty neat, but getting to that point was a bit of a hassle. When I first started the game, it contacted the 'Dragon Age Servers' and started downloading lots of patches which took forever to install. And when I start the game, I get a non-skippable sequence of title screens, and the game insists contacting EA's servers again to check for downloadable content, which is slow and takes time. Why not check the first time, and then re-check when I'm actually interested in the DLC? But no, this has to be done every time I start the game -- suppose I miss an extension! The horror!
Also, I'm not spending EUR 15 on a game and then shelling out EUR 7 for a downloadable expansion. At least, not in my first play-through!

And klik bought Zelda Twilight Princess second hand, and now we have too few TVs at home. ;)
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From:rvdammit
Date:August 28th, 2011 06:11 pm (UTC)
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For Dragon Age combat the Pause button is your friend. Also set you companion tactics so they drink their healing and stamina/mana potions sensibly.
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From:fub
Date:August 29th, 2011 09:45 am (UTC)
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Setting the tactics for self/healing is indeed vital -- not all of my companions had that set correctly.
I saw a clip from the PC version, where you can pause the game, select a certain ability and a target. I haven't found out how to do so in the PS3 version...
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From:coronanl
Date:August 28th, 2011 09:17 pm (UTC)
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I played Dragon Age more as a party-based tactical rpg, where I used pause to scheme my next attack. I love that it gives me time to think about my actions and strategy :)
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From:fub
Date:August 29th, 2011 09:46 am (UTC)
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I saw a clip from the PC version, where you can pause the game, select a certain ability and a target. I haven't found out how to do so in the PS3 version...
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From:sbslink
Date:August 30th, 2011 02:56 pm (UTC)
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Ahh the Twilight Princess.. I love that game. Hope she is having fun playing it too!
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From:fub
Date:August 30th, 2011 05:37 pm (UTC)
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We've had it on loan from gertvr and xaviar_nl, and she finished it during that time (the save-games go back to 2008...). So she knows she'll like it -- and with the new Zelda coming out at the end of this year, it might be a good refresher. :)
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From:sbslink
Date:August 30th, 2011 09:00 pm (UTC)
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Yeah it sure is :) and I am waiting for that game myself too :)
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From:vleeg
Date:August 31st, 2011 05:53 am (UTC)
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I love that game! I've played it through, bought the extended version (all the DLC) and played it through twice more!

The start was horribly difficult though, but after i found out about the tactics and which stat point was useful for which type of character, it went like a breeze!

Most bioware RPG's are awesome, but this one and Mass Effect 1 & 2 are my favorite games in all.
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From:fub
Date:September 1st, 2011 04:57 pm (UTC)
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This being the first Bioware RPG that I play, I haven't much to compare it with -- but so far, I'm having loads of fun.
So what's the best DLC? I've read good things about Awakenings -- but that plays out after the events in the main game, right?
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From:vleeg
Date:September 2nd, 2011 06:44 am (UTC)
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My favorite add-on is the stone prisoner because it adds a really cool new character to your party.

But as far as bang for you buck goes, Awakenings is the best. It's set a while after the ending of origins when your character heads up to the new warden base to become leader of the New Warden Order ;-) (a few totally awesome new characters are introduced here)

witch hunt and prisoners of amgharrak or something like that are set after Origins, Lelianas song is set before Origins
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