Dragon Age II was a divisive game. On one hand it hand a great story and improved combat, and on the other hand it was confined to one city pretty much and had areas that repeated themselves. Bioware, apparently, has been listening.
As if I don’t have enough to do in Skyrim, Bethesda has announced new DLC this summer for its massive, seemingly endless-in-a-good-way RPG.
It’s about 1:30 in the morning. Bleary-eyed, I traverse through the rocky, unforgiving terrain with my trusted bodyguard. We’ve seen the horrors of battle together…raiding bandit encampments, taking down giant spiders and brutish frost trolls, and eliminating unspeakable terrors in the deep dungeons of the world.
It’s actually no surprise that there will be a Dragon Age III, since DA2 ended pretty much on a cliffhanger. It’s a little bit of a surprise though that the announcement came so soon.
Let’s first get this out of the way. I’m not doing this to be a dick. Karli already wrote an excellent, insightful review of Dragon Age II…even though he never completed Origins and his companions in the game totally hate him…he said so himself. My feigned (?) outrage is all in good fun, despite the fact I spent countless hours with Origins, completing it three times, and finishing each and every DLC, not to mention reporting on every single piece of DA news…Karli finished DA2 first, so fair is fair.
Final Fantasy VI is arguably the best of the classic Final Fantasies, possibly the best in the series. The battle system, the characters, the vast world, the story, the music…it was linear but felt incredibly open. It is easily one of the best JRPG’s of all time. And for a little shameless self promotion, you can read my homage to FF6 along with the rest of the series here.
Let me first say this. On March 8, when the full game is released, it will be time for me to say: “Goodbye, outside world, it was nice knowing you.” Despite what some hard-to-please PC purists like this guy may say, the demo only confirmed that I made a good decision in pre-ordering the Dragon Age II. I finished the demo using all three classes for Hawke: warrior, mage, and rogue…here is what I think of it so far.
Yes, there is another Western RPG that I’m excited about that doesn’t start with “D” and ends with “ragon Age”, and that’s The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. If Dragon Age is my wife, then Elder Scrolls might soon be my mistress. Shh!
I guess this is my crack appetizer before my all out Charlie Sheen-style binge when the full game is released on March 8. The Dragon Age II demo is now available on the PC, PlayStation Network, and Xbox Live. Bioware gives further incentive to download and complete the demo with what it calls a “call to arms”.