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Dragon Age Thread - [Please post in new thread]

DashuiDashui Registered User regular
edited March 2011 in Games and Technology
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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

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!

Older News
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Dragon Age: Origins - PC Mods

Many of the following links and descriptions are courtesy of Ranadiel!
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Dragon Age 2 - Articles & Reviews

5/5 - The Escapist - "A pinnacle of role-playing games with well-designed mechanics and excellent story-telling, Dragon Age II is what videogames are meant to be."

94/100 - PC Gamer - "The best RPG combat ever. Not gaming's best story, but maybe it's best storytelling. Darker, sexier, better."

94/100 - Xbox360Achievements - "Manages to be the same great epic as its forebear in terms of sheer scale and ambition, while packing in superior visuals, improved gameplay and a stronger grasp on its own unique identity."

92/100 - Gametrailers - "Though it doesn't hold a candle to its predecessor when it comes to sheer breadth, Dragon Age II has quite a bit more soul."

90/100 - Official Xbox Magazine - "Next to its predecessor, Dragon Age II may be a slightly altered beast, but the minute Isabela slyly chirps "I like big boats, I cannot lie" to a Desire Demon in the murky Fade, you'll realize this game offers some of the deepest, nerdiest, most worthwhile 40 to 60 hours you'll ever love losing sleep over."

90/100 - Games Master UK - "BioWare have comprehensively hit back at detractors of the original game and Dragon Age II delivers a distinctive fantasy RPG with far broader appeal and personality than before. Mega-nerds may feel slighted that they can't dig into the mechanics quite so easily but few would argue that this slicker, more streamlined approach isn't a vast improvement."

86/100 - GamingXP - "Unfortunately, Dragon Age 2 has not met my expectations. The epic story of Dragon Age: Origins made me play the game for hours, but Dragon Age 2 lacks a gripping story. Most of the time you create bloodbaths by running through the same dull dungeons. There are some improvements like a talking main character, but it's not a new Dragon Age, it's rather a hack'n'slay with a touch of roleplaying. If you missed some action in Dragon Age: Origins, then you should get Dragon Age 2, but if you loved the atmosphere, the story and the freedom of choice, then you should expect something different."

85/100 - IGN - "The combat is more responsive and bloody, you don't need to fight the inventory system anymore, and conversations are more engaging thanks to the adapted Mass Effect wheel. There are downsides though; the semi-linear story and repetitive environments have a negative effect on what is otherwise a great role-playing game."

83/100 - 1UP - "It really seems like the biggest mistake is calling it "DA2," as it's just different enough from Dragon Age: Origins to not feel like a sequel, but more like a reboot. The different main character, the faster and more streamlined combat, and the overall structure makes it feel like a fine Dragon Age adventure, but not a direct follow-up to DAO."

83/100 - Game Informer - "Part of me was disappointed with Dragon Age II. I hoped for an improvement on the original, but it ultimately feels like a step back."

72/100 - IncGamers - "While the gameplay is far from perfect, Dragon Age II is an absolute must for anyone interested in the world, the lore and a good story - but anyone hoping for something that feels and plays like Origins might want to adjust their expectations accordingly."

70/100 - Gamer Limit - "While Dragon Age II doesn't quite measure up to it's predecessor, the streamlined approach was a solid effort - if Bioware can somehow marry the best parts of Origins and Dragon Age II, it will produce one of the best RPGs the world has ever seen."

70/100 - VideoGamer - "Despite the way narrative has been re-structured and the combat made meatier, this sequel follows the old conventions of the genre too literally to develop an individuality beyond them. Two entries down the pipe, and Dragon Age is still experiencing the growing pains of a series that's more dedicated to studying fantasy games than developing its own personality in the genre."


Dragon Age: Origins - Articles & Reviews

Witch Hunt the Penny Arcade Dragon Age comic

5/5 - Giant Bomb review - "However, as the sort of guy that has lovingly played an Infinity Engine game at least once every year for the past decade, I can think of no higher praise for this throwback than to say that Dragon Age: Origins leaves me feeling fairly confident I won't need to dig out the classics for this ritual next year."

9.5/10 - GameSpot video review - "If you're hungry for a fantastical original fantasy setting, an awesome story filled with memorable characters, and fun multi-layered questing, Dragon Age will fill you up. This is the RPG you've been waiting for, the one that's going to keep you up at night and invade your dreams."

94/100 - PC Gamer UK - "Roleplaying games now have a great deal to live up to."

9.2/10 - UK IGN PC - "Bioware’s achievements in all this are incredible. It cannot be stressed enough at the depth of the universe they have conjured. Every corner you look, there is a sense of age, of something old. Entire mythologies for multiple cultures have been brewed up, entire religions mapped out in their own belief systems, history that stretches back hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Cities look lived in, worn – majestic and squalid places that spill with times gone by and a sense of place. The castles look like they have been there for centuries, and truly, there is an uncertain sense that they have been. That Ferelden and its inhabitants were waiting patiently in the wings for all this time, waiting for their chance to shine. Well, like the Grey Wardens, their time has come. Let us unite then, and in the words of an old friend: We shall show those cursed Darkspawn our hearts – and then show them theirs."

92/100 - Absolute Games review - "It has everything that is sought by the most jaded fans of the genre..."

9.1/10 - Gametrailers video review

90/100 - Game Informer review - "Even more than Mass Effect, the nation of Ferelden feels like a fully realized setting with its own history, conflicts, and power groups."

8/10 - Eurogamer PC review - "In its desperation to infuse this setting with 'maturity' - be it of the sober, political kind, or the game's painfully clumsy gore and sex - BioWare has forgotten the key ingredient of any fantasy: the fantastical. Without it, you're still left with a competent, often compelling, impressively detailed and immense RPG, but it's one that casts no spell."

The People of Dragon Age: Origins – An Interview with Sten, Wynne and the Tower Guard


Dragon Age 2 - Screenshots
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Dragon Age: Origins - Screenshots
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Dragon Age 2 - PC System Requirements
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Dragon Age: Origins - PC System Requirements
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  • ED!ED! Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    For anyone who hasn't had a chance to finish DA: Origins, how spoilerly is the game?

    "Get the hell out of me" - [ex]girlfriend
  • Dox the PIDox the PI Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
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    ahh the white male gamers strike agian

  • Delta AssaultDelta Assault Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    ED! wrote: »
    For anyone who hasn't had a chance to finish DA: Origins, how spoilerly is the game?

    Not... really? I mean, you learn that the Warden defeated the Blight. I doubt most people consider that a spoiler.

  • ElendilElendil Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    ED! wrote: »
    For anyone who hasn't had a chance to finish DA: Origins, how spoilerly is the game?
    it's not terribly specific about what occurs more than a couple hours in

    most of the spoilers are probably in the "choose an Origins data archetype" in the character creator

    so maybe if you like, close your eyes and pick randomly

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  • DashuiDashui Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I clicked that link, Dox, and checked out the other companion mods on the Nexus. There's one that replaces Isabela's face with Bethany's.

    Sigh.

    Xbox Live, PSN & Origin: Vacorsis

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  • hottoqhottoq Registered User
    edited March 2011
    ED! wrote: »
    For anyone who hasn't had a chance to finish DA: Origins, how spoilerly is the game?

    Not... really? I mean, you learn that the Warden defeated the Blight. I doubt most people consider that a spoiler.

    Surprisingly, that's really the only spoiler that you encounter in the game, they almost go out of their way not to ruin what happens in the first game since I think they're hoping a lot of people who never touched DA:O will pick up DA2 - and then maybe go back and play DA:O. Though I can't imagine ever going back to that game after the improvements of DA2, ugh.

  • Delta AssaultDelta Assault Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Dox the PI wrote: »
    Spoiler:


    ahh the white male gamers strike agian

    Yes, because obviously only white male gamers would ever think that an Isabela model with lighter skin and blonde hair might look aesthetically pleasing.

    Don't be dumb, man.

  • ElendilElendil Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I was wondering

    why is Fenris the one elf in kirkwall without the big-eyed avatar look

    did I miss something

    not that I particularly mind but

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  • DecomposeyDecomposey Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Fenris eyes are just as big. He just keeps them constantly narrowed for brooding purposes.

    Before following any advice, opinions, or thoughts I may have expressed in the above post, I feel I should warn you: I found Keven Costners "Waterworld" to be a very entertaining film.
  • Dox the PIDox the PI Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Decomposey wrote: »
    Fenris eyes are just as big. He just keeps them constantly narrowed so you don't get lost in them.

  • ED!ED! Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Dox the PI wrote: »
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    ahh the white male gamers strike agian

    EDIT: NVM. Didn't know she was meant to be black.
    Elendil wrote: »
    ED! wrote: »
    For anyone who hasn't had a chance to finish DA: Origins, how spoilerly is the game?
    it's not terribly specific about what occurs more than a couple hours in

    most of the spoilers are probably in the "choose an Origins data archetype" in the character creator

    so maybe if you like, close your eyes and pick randomly

    I got fairly far into DAO, but - and maybe this isn't true - at some point I was just running around collecting promissory notes from the major kingdoms. Not to say that was bad, but it didn't feel like there was much after that and then facing an Archdaemon. Hopefully I'm wrong when I go back and finish.

    "Get the hell out of me" - [ex]girlfriend
  • DecomposeyDecomposey Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Or so Isabella doesn't pluck them out and make a necklace.

    Before following any advice, opinions, or thoughts I may have expressed in the above post, I feel I should warn you: I found Keven Costners "Waterworld" to be a very entertaining film.
  • Delta AssaultDelta Assault Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Decomposey wrote: »
    Fenris eyes are just as big. He just keeps them constantly narrowed for brooding purposes.

    The surprising thing is, you'd expect Fenris to have bright blue eyes, since his body's laced with lyrium. Instead, Sebastian's the one who looks like a Fremen.

  • ScooterScooter Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I beat DA2 this morning, but as always happens after I beat an RPG I needed more. So I loaded up DAO and played Witch Hunt, which I've never gotten around to, and further confirmed my feelings that all the later dlc for that game was pretty half-assed. An hour and a half of fetch quests to pad out a 3 minute conversation that basically repeated the one you already had in the main game. And I probably could've done it in half the time if I hadn't bothered looting everything, I didn't use anything I'd picked up.

    It was weird, though, importing a character for a game I hadn't played in two years. My inventory was chock full of stuff that I'm sure seemed important once but didn't mean anything to me now. It rather lessened my desire to replay DAO, too...so much "swing, enemy moves 3 feet, follow, swing, enemy moves again, swing at nothing, move"...

  • TalithTalith 変態という名の紳士 Miami, FLRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    There is a mod that gives Isabella pants. Surprising really.

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  • ElendilElendil Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    you'd think there would be at least one incredulous response to that mod in the comments but apparently not
    ED! wrote: »
    I got fairly far into DAO, but - and maybe this isn't true - at some point I was just running around collecting promissory notes from the major kingdoms. Not to say that was bad, but it didn't feel like there was much after that and then facing an Archdaemon. Hopefully I'm wrong when I go back and finish.
    not really

    it's pretty much kill the archdemon + complications

    I'd say there's maybe three big things, two of which you don't see enough of to be invested in them

    it's kind of hard to know where your personal tolerance for spoilers would be

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  • DecoyDecoy Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Talith wrote: »
    There is a mod that gives Isabella pants. Surprising really.

    Hideously horrible looking pants.

    While I appreciate people's efforts with the obviously limited resources, you still need to step back, look at your work, and ask "Is this worth putting out there." I'm sure some people out there will download it, and a few of them even might use it, but there are just some mods out there that I question as to why they'd be put on the site in the first place.

    Yesterday I saw a mod, that wasn't actually a mod, but just a collection of "crotch" screenshots of Isabella...... seriously.

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  • LepLep Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Dox the PI wrote: »
    Spoiler:

    ahh the white male gamers strike agian
    haha Did you read the known issues?
    1. A slight boner upon seeing the new Isabela for the first time.

  • ElendilElendil Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Talith wrote: »
    There is a mod that gives Isabella pants. Surprising really.
    not really

    there's been quite a lot of outcry from nerds who are afraid of females and sex and females who are sexy

    I'm kind of surprised it's not a full body quarantine suit

    possibly with some sort of face obcuring mask

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  • ScooterScooter Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Elendil wrote: »
    Talith wrote: »
    There is a mod that gives Isabella pants. Surprising really.
    not really

    there's been quite a lot of outcry from nerds who are afraid of females and sex and females who are sexy

    I'm kind of surprised it's not a full body quarantine suit

    possibly with some sort of face obcuring mask

    There are times in games when I would like a little less. Like, in DCUO, there's no body sliders, and every single female in the game is built like Power Girl, that's...too much.

    With Isabela, though...you'd have to do a lot more than pants to separate her from her sexuality.

  • YougottawannaYougottawanna Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Isabela's bandana/jewelry are designed for the skin color she had in the original game IMO

    White Isabela is still hot, but not as hot as (black?) Rivaini Isabela.

  • Delta AssaultDelta Assault Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I don't think Isabela's black. From her name and how she looked in the first game... I think she's a hispanic of some sort.

    She's a lot darker then the first game, but I just chalk it up to getting a good tan.

  • Regina FongRegina Fong Allons-y, Alonso Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
  • Regina FongRegina Fong Allons-y, Alonso Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I don't think Isabela's black. From her name and how she looked in the first game... I think she's a hispanic of some sort.

    She's maybe Antivan?

  • ElendilElendil Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I kind of wish they'd use that equipment leveling mechanic on more stuff than just Bianca and Fadeshear

    I'm kind of jealous that my Hawke doesn't get to have pretty signature gear

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  • BionicPenguinBionicPenguin Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I don't think Isabela's black. From her name and how she looked in the first game... I think she's a hispanic of some sort.

    She's maybe Antivan?

    No. Varric calls her Rivaini at one point.

  • hippofanthippofant Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Repost from bottom of previous thread:
    hottoq wrote: »
    Though if you've read the two Dragon Age books, the Deep Roads are nothing like how the lead writer originally envisioned them. Would've been sooooo much cooler to get that version of the Deep Roads. Was hoping to see something closer to that in DA2 but no dice.

    Could you please illuminate those of us who haven't?

    ---

    Also, is there a solution for Rogues having 0 fortitude and getting stunned by everything?

  • Dox the PIDox the PI Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I don't think Isabela's black. From her name and how she looked in the first game... I think she's a hispanic of some sort.

    She's maybe Antivan?

    No. Varric calls her Rivaini at one point.

    Yep

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  • BionicPenguinBionicPenguin Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    There's a ring in Act 2 that gives you immunity to knockback. I assume that would help.

  • ElendilElendil Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    hippofant wrote: »
    Repost from bottom of previous thread:
    hottoq wrote: »
    Though if you've read the two Dragon Age books, the Deep Roads are nothing like how the lead writer originally envisioned them. Would've been sooooo much cooler to get that version of the Deep Roads. Was hoping to see something closer to that in DA2 but no dice.

    Could you please illuminate those of us who haven't?

    ---

    Also, is there a solution for Rogues having 0 fortitude and getting stunned by everything?
    There's an expensive as fuck ring in Act 2 with Knockback immunity. Another (mercifully inexpensive) ring in Act 3 with stun immunity.

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  • Fizban140Fizban140 Registered User, __BANNED USERS
    edited March 2011
    Isabella is a tan white person?

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  • Delta AssaultDelta Assault Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Her name is Isabela. There is only one L. The game is 50 hours long, can't people spell her name after 50 hours with her?

  • Regina FongRegina Fong Allons-y, Alonso Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Her name is Isabela. There is only one L. The game is 50 hours long, can't people spell her name after 50 hours with her?

    Nope.

    Deal with it?

  • Fizban140Fizban140 Registered User, __BANNED USERS
    edited March 2011
    The fuck does it matter? It sounds exactly the same, also I never used her, and my game only took 24 hours.

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  • Feels Good ManFeels Good Man Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I played through the game and never even got her

  • AssuranAssuran Is swinging on the Spiral Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I thought it was fairly obvious that Isabela was hispanic.

    The white Isabela is not very attractive, IMO, and I'm married to a blonde.

  • PancakePancake Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Her name is Isabela. There is only one L. The game is 50 hours long, can't people spell her name after 50 hours with her?

    People still can't spell Alistair's name, so no, they can't.

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  • Dox the PIDox the PI Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    She only pops up after recruiting Anders in the hanged man

  • Fizban140Fizban140 Registered User, __BANNED USERS
    edited March 2011
    Assuran wrote: »
    I thought it was fairly obvious that Isabela was hispanic.

    The white Isabela is not very attractive, IMO, and I'm married to a blonde.

    How is it obvious she is hispanic? She looks and talks like a tank white chick to me.

    for reference GIS

    EDIT fuck the reference, don't even try and search.

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  • ElendilElendil Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Elendil wrote: »
    hippofant wrote: »
    Repost from bottom of previous thread:
    hottoq wrote: »
    Though if you've read the two Dragon Age books, the Deep Roads are nothing like how the lead writer originally envisioned them. Would've been sooooo much cooler to get that version of the Deep Roads. Was hoping to see something closer to that in DA2 but no dice.

    Could you please illuminate those of us who haven't?

    ---

    Also, is there a solution for Rogues having 0 fortitude and getting stunned by everything?
    There's an expensive as fuck ring in Act 2 with Knockback immunity. Another (mercifully inexpensive) ring in Act 3 with stun immunity.
    oh apparently one of the best daggers has knockback protection

    so if you want to wait until knockback protection is barely of any value, there you go

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