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Dragon Age Thread - Bring your boxing gloves!

DashuiDashui Registered User regular
edited January 2013 in Games and Technology
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Dragon Age 3 returns players to the world of Thedas during a civil war between the mages and templars. It promises a much larger map for players to explore - "four to five times the size of Ferelden" - and greater customization for its characters. It's currently set for a late 2013 release.


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Experience the epic sequel to the 2009 Game of the Year from the critically acclaimed makers of Dragon Age: Origins and Mass Effect 2. You are one of the few who escaped the destruction of your home. Now forced to fight for survival in an ever-changing world, you must gather the deadliest of allies, amass fame and fortune, and seal your place in history. This is the story of how the world changed forever. The legend of your Rise to Power begins now.

Dragon Age 2 thrusts players into the role of Hawke, a penniless refugee who rises to power to become the single most important character in the world of Dragon Age. Known to be a survivor of the Blight and the Champion of Kirkwall, the legend around Hawke’s rise to power is shrouded in myth and rumor. Featuring an all-new story spanning 10 years, players will help tell that tale by making tough moral choices, gathering the deadliest of allies, amassing fame and fortune, and sealing their place in history. The way you play will write the story of how the world is changed forever.

Key Features:

* Embark upon an all-new adventure that takes place across an entire decade and shapes itself around every decision you make.
* Determine your rise to power from a destitute refugee to the revered champion of the land.
* Think like a general and fight like a Spartan with dynamic new combat mechanics that put you right in the heart of battle whether you are a mage, rogue, or warrior.
* Go deeper into the world of Dragon Age with an entirely new cinematic experience that grabs hold of you from the beginning and never lets go.
* Discover a whole realm rendered in stunning detail with updated graphics and a new visual style.

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You are a Grey Warden, one of the last of a legendary order of guardians. With the return of mankind's ancient foe and the kingdom engulfed in civil war, you have been chosen by fate to unite the shattered lands and slay the archdemon once and for all.

Key Features:

* Immerse yourself in a shattered world on the brink of annihiliation
* Experience complex moral decisions that have game-changing consequences
* Sculpt your hero in your own image or fantasy
* Engage in bone-crushing, visceral combat against massive and terrifying creatures


News

09/17/2012 - Dragon Age 3: Inquisition has been announced with a 2013 release date.

10/11/2011 - Dragon Age 2: Mark of the Assassin DLC is now available for purchase and download!

09/16/2011 - Dragon Age 2: Mark of the Assassin DLC has been announced, and will be available October 11th for 9.99 USD or 800 Microsoft Points. Players team up with Tallis, a character voiced by Felicia Day, to travel to a fortress-like estate to steal an ancient relic. The DLC will feature new items, environments, and monsters, as well as giving you more insight into the Orlesians and Qunari. You can view the trailer here: youtube.com/watch?v=_0_41SWzCwk

07/26/2011 - Dragon Age 2: Legacy DLC is now available for purchase and download!

07/07/2011 - Dragon Age 2's first story-based DLC will be available July 26th on the PC and Mac for 9.99 USD, Xbox 360 for 800 Microsoft Points, and the Playstation 3 for 9.99 USD. "Targeted by a vicious criminal cartel that are hunting ‘the blood of the Hawke,’ you must put an end to their relentless attacks. Leave Kirkwall, and journey to an ancient Grey Warden prison in order to find the source of the aggression and uncover the harsh truth about the Hawke lineage. Playable from any point in the DAII campaign, face all new darkspawn, forge a powerful new weapon and come face to face with an ancient horror."

03/08/2011 - Dragon Age 2 is now available for purchase! And a launch trailer has been released that can be viewed at the following link: http://www.gametrailers.com/video/exclusive-launch-dragon-age/711123

03/07/2011 - The high resolution texture pack has been released. You can view information and download it at the following link: http://social.bioware.com/page/da2-patches

02/22/2011 - The Dragon Age 2 demo is now available for download.

02/11/2011 - Dragon Age 2 has gone gold!

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  • AstaleAstale Registered User regular
    And so the thread title marches on to numbah 3. Here is hoping for an Anders-free zone!

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  • Kyoka SuigetsuKyoka Suigetsu Odin gave his left eye for knowledge. I would give far more Registered User regular
    Don't be a goose

    We know that isn't happening

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  • WotanAnubisWotanAnubis Registered User regular
    Dashui wrote: »
    Dragon Age 3 returns players to the world of Thedas during a civil war between the mages and templars. It promises a much larger map for players to explore - "four to five times the size of Ferelden" - and greater customization for its characters. It's currently set for a late 2013 release.

    Are they talking actual gameplay zones here is it more "the map screen for Orlais covers more ground than the map screen for Ferelden"?

  • PreciousBodilyFluidsPreciousBodilyFluids Registered User regular
    I really doubt it's the latter.

    I'm so happy they're taking their time with this one, totes excited for the result.

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  • L Ron HowardL Ron Howard Registered User regular
    I think I should restart DAO. I'm going to go with the dick route, of "fuck you, got mine".
    Keep Sten and Morrigan and Dog with me at all times.
    "Help us! Our little town of Redcliffe is being attacked by zombies!"
    "Does this help us kill darkspawn?"
    "N-no. Not really. But we could really use the help."
    "Sorry, gotta go fight darkspawn. Good luck with that."

    Morrigan approves +10
    Sten approves +15
    Dog approves +90000

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  • BlackjackBlackjack Registered User regular
    I think I should restart DAO. I'm going to go with the dick route, of "fuck you, got mine".
    Keep Sten and Morrigan and Dog with me at all times.
    "Help us! Our little town of Redcliffe is being attacked by zombies!"
    "Does this help us kill darkspawn?"
    "N-no. Not really. But we could really use the help."
    "Sorry, gotta go fight darkspawn. Good luck with that."

    Morrigan approves +10
    Sten approves +15
    Dog approves +90000
    And then you die horribly because the Darkspawn have an army and all you have is a town full of zombies. :P

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  • AtomikaAtomika Hypercritical Queen Bitch of Cinema Registered User regular
    Did they ever explain why Sten from DAO isn't a giant goat-man like the other qunari?

  • -Tal-Tal My mind move like a tron bike Pop a wheelie on the zeitgeistRegistered User regular
    Did they ever explain why Sten from DAO isn't a giant goat-man like the other qunari?

    not everyone is born with horns

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  • AtomikaAtomika Hypercritical Queen Bitch of Cinema Registered User regular
    -Tal wrote: »
    Did they ever explain why Sten from DAO isn't a giant goat-man like the other qunari?

    not everyone is born with horns

    All the qunari in DA2 had horns, yet none of them did in DAO.


    Is this like a Klingon ret-con thing or something?

  • CouscousCouscous Registered User regular
    -Tal wrote: »
    Did they ever explain why Sten from DAO isn't a giant goat-man like the other qunari?

    not everyone is born with horns

    All the qunari in DA2 had horns, yet none of them did in DAO.


    Is this like a Klingon ret-con thing or something?
    Pretty much.

  • -Tal-Tal My mind move like a tron bike Pop a wheelie on the zeitgeistRegistered User regular
    edited September 2012
    Sten was originally going to have horns, hence why ogres have them, but they cut it because they couldn't get it to work with helmets. then in DA2 they didn't have to worry about it and came up with a reason for the discrepancy.

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  • DragkoniasDragkonias Registered User regular
    edited September 2012
    Yeah. It was basically a retcon.

    Not that I'm complaining. As far as DA1 was concerned I thought the Qunari were just a bunch of tall black dudes.

    Same way that elves actually look somewhat different from human now instead of being slightly shorter with pointy ears.

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  • AtomikaAtomika Hypercritical Queen Bitch of Cinema Registered User regular
    Dragkonias wrote: »
    Yeah. It was basically a retcon.

    Not that I'm complaining. As far as DA1 was concerned I thought the Qunari were just a bunch of tall black dudes.

    Same way that elves actually look somewhat different from human now instead of being slightly shorter with pointy ears.

    Well, they left themselves an out with the whole "regular folks can be qunari, too" thing they put in DA2, but Sten is definitely part of a genetically-separate race, further evidenced by the few other qunari in DAO looking exactly like him.

    I've got an explanation in my mind for this, but it's just something I made up, not anything really supported by canon.

  • -Tal-Tal My mind move like a tron bike Pop a wheelie on the zeitgeistRegistered User regular
    non-kossith converts to the qun were part of the lore in DAO

    every qunari looking like Sten, and everyone in general looking very human-like, is due to development constraints

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  • SpoitSpoit *twitch twitch* Registered User regular
    Peshaw, next you'll say thst there actually are female turrians

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  • Professor PhobosProfessor Phobos Registered User regular
    I actually liked the "near human" look of the races in DA:O. Felt very restrained, low-fantasy that served the medieval atmosphere well.

  • -Tal-Tal My mind move like a tron bike Pop a wheelie on the zeitgeistRegistered User regular
    the thing is the setting and atmosphere of Dragon Age is the most generic fantasy ever

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  • EgosEgos God Hand Registered User regular
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  • AtomikaAtomika Hypercritical Queen Bitch of Cinema Registered User regular
    -Tal wrote: »
    the thing is the setting and atmosphere of Dragon Age is the most generic fantasy ever

    It is, but it does a great job of giving that setting a lot of texture and depth. To me, that's more important than being uber-creative for novelty's sake.

    I know that DA rips straight from our cultures when giving certain nations their own texture, like the way Orlais, Antiva, and Ferelden are clearly analogues for France, Spain, and Britain, but they don't stop there and shorthand everything. It's a complex world with a deep history and constantly-shifting political realities. It's a testament to that complexity that you can have a game like DA2 that tells a completely different story than DAO, but still comfortably fits within that world.

    That's the great part about Dragon Age, at least for me anyway. I love fantasy worlds with a consistent mythology that subvert the trappings of the genre while using them to tell interesting stories. The whole idea of the Grey Wardens is fascinating; clearly, there's parallels to the Jedi there as they're both para-military forces with questionable methods and motive, but the Wardens pay a high price for their supernatural gifts.

    If anyone has ever researched Tolkien's notion of a "secondary world," Thedas fits that bill to T; it's not just stories about guys in armor fighting faceless orcs, it's about the relationships you cultivate and the political dynamics that you have to account for, and how your struggles and progress must fit within that framework.

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  • EgosEgos God Hand Registered User regular
    That's the great part about Dragon Age, at least for me anyway. I love fantasy worlds with a consistent mythology that subvert the trappings of the genre while using them to tell interesting stories. The whole idea of the Grey Wardens is fascinating; clearly, there's parallels to the Jedi there as they're both para-military forces with questionable methods and motive, but the Wardens pay a high price for their supernatural gifts.

    I thought the Grey Wardens were basically the Night's Watch...

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  • -Tal-Tal My mind move like a tron bike Pop a wheelie on the zeitgeistRegistered User regular
    it is almost impressive how much the politics in Dragon Age are ripped straight from Medieval Europe

    Ferelden = Britain
    Orlais = France
    Antiva = Italy but with Spanish accents
    Rivain = Spain
    Anderfels = Holy Roman Empire
    Tevinter = Byzantine Empire
    Qunari = Ottoman Empire
    Seheron = Cyprus
    Nevarra = Prussia

    Free Marches are the most original, they incorporate elements of some of the above but otherwise aren't so obviously tied to one country

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  • AtomikaAtomika Hypercritical Queen Bitch of Cinema Registered User regular
    Egos wrote: »
    That's the great part about Dragon Age, at least for me anyway. I love fantasy worlds with a consistent mythology that subvert the trappings of the genre while using them to tell interesting stories. The whole idea of the Grey Wardens is fascinating; clearly, there's parallels to the Jedi there as they're both para-military forces with questionable methods and motive, but the Wardens pay a high price for their supernatural gifts.

    I thought the Grey Wardens were basically the Night's Watch...

    :rotate:

    Kinda, except they have supernatural abilities, are allowed to have sexual relationships, and generally have a lot more political freedom.

    But I love all the political reality that DA infuses into its mythology. You can look at something like most fantasy works where wizards are just cool dudes with beards who are beloved by everyone, but in DA they're feared and held prisoner because magic is fucking terrifying.

  • -Tal-Tal My mind move like a tron bike Pop a wheelie on the zeitgeistRegistered User regular
    I very much like the way this setting deals with magic

    it tends to be best when it's either super-feared or super-casual

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  • gjaustingjaustin Registered User regular
    Dragkonias wrote: »
    Yeah. It was basically a retcon.

    Not that I'm complaining. As far as DA1 was concerned I thought the Qunari were just a bunch of tall black dudes.

    Same way that elves actually look somewhat different from human now instead of being slightly shorter with pointy ears.

    Well, they left themselves an out with the whole "regular folks can be qunari, too" thing they put in DA2, but Sten is definitely part of a genetically-separate race, further evidenced by the few other qunari in DAO looking exactly like him.

    I've got an explanation in my mind for this, but it's just something I made up, not anything really supported by canon.

    I'm pretty sure that the official explanation is that some Qunari are born without horns and are therefore considered special.

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  • DaenurDaenur Registered User regular
    I have been reading some about the decline of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth and was kinda reminded by Orzammar in Origins. Even in the face of foreign invaders nobles were reluctant to arm the peasants, because you know... don't want them getting any ideas. It was also hard for the king or really anyone to get things changed since the nobles were so autonomous and could just overrule stuff they did not like.

    I guess the same could probably be said for many feudal realms but I had some fun comparing the two and I agree it's great how so much in Dragon age can be compared to real world history/politics.

  • ExtreaminatusExtreaminatus Registered User regular
    Re: Sten not having horns.

    Hey, Sten, I heard Qunari had horns?
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  • OlivawOlivaw good name, isn't it? peach treesRegistered User regular
    There's certainly enough to Thedas to separate it from other fantasy settings, even despite the darkspawn (and their colossally stupid name)

    But its aesthetic was never super captivating

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  • AtomikaAtomika Hypercritical Queen Bitch of Cinema Registered User regular
    Olivaw wrote: »
    There's certainly enough to Thedas to separate it from other fantasy settings, even despite the darkspawn (and their colossally stupid name)

    But its aesthetic was never super captivating

    DA2 is a lot more aesthetically challenging than DAO. People and places look downright dashing in that game.

  • AegeriAegeri Registered User regular
    If they use frostbite I would love it if they incorporated destruction into the game in some manner. Being able to blow a hole in a wall as a mage would be awesome.

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  • BlackjackBlackjack Registered User regular
    Just reinstalled DAO and DA2...was determined to go through them in order, but I got about halfway through Ostagar before deciding I couldn't take any more and started up DA2. I am like the antithesis of most Dragon Age fans.

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  • SpoitSpoit *twitch twitch* Registered User regular
    Olivaw wrote: »
    There's certainly enough to Thedas to separate it from other fantasy settings, even despite the darkspawn (and their colossally stupid name)

    But its aesthetic was never super captivating

    DA2 is a lot more aesthetically challenging than DAO. People and places look downright dashing in that game.

    Eh, other than the chantry and deep road maps, the environmental design wasn't that impressive.

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  • OlivawOlivaw good name, isn't it? peach treesRegistered User regular
    Spoit wrote: »
    Olivaw wrote: »
    There's certainly enough to Thedas to separate it from other fantasy settings, even despite the darkspawn (and their colossally stupid name)

    But its aesthetic was never super captivating

    DA2 is a lot more aesthetically challenging than DAO. People and places look downright dashing in that game.

    Eh, other than the chantry and deep road maps, the environmental design wasn't that impressive.

    I would go so far as to say that there is nowhere in DA2 that looks good! Or at least looks even vaguely impressive

    The environmental design in that game is utter garbage and yes I know eight months but them's the facts

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  • SpoitSpoit *twitch twitch* Registered User regular
    edited September 2012
    I dunno, the non-reused deep road maps were pretty impressive looking

    EDIT: I do wonder if Frostbite will allow them to have removable roofs, something that inexplicably became impossible between DAO and 2 even though they used the same engine

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  • DragkoniasDragkonias Registered User regular
    edited September 2012
    Neither game has terribly great architectural design from what I remember.

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  • Kyoka SuigetsuKyoka Suigetsu Odin gave his left eye for knowledge. I would give far more Registered User regular
    Orzammar was kinda cool lookin, if a bit generic.

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  • AtomikaAtomika Hypercritical Queen Bitch of Cinema Registered User regular
    The Deep Roads looked pretty cool.

    Otherwise, no, it's not a visually-impressive landscape.

  • MorninglordMorninglord Registered User regular
    I liked the aesthetic but it wasn't super original.

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  • WybornWyborn GET EQUIPPED Registered User regular
    So I'm gonna Origins it up.

    Is there a particular origin that's super cool? I was thinking a female dwarf commoner who bashes the shit out of people with her hammer, but my wife played human noble about a year ago and really enjoyed it.

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  • Kyoka SuigetsuKyoka Suigetsu Odin gave his left eye for knowledge. I would give far more Registered User regular
    City elf is probably the best of them behind human noble

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  • DragkoniasDragkonias Registered User regular
    Hmmm....I always felt that human noble was your standard fantasy fare. Though I did enjoy it.

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