Hello all! I apologize about my long absence but I have returned! So without further ado; Let’s Talk about Dragon Age! Hands down one of my all time favorite RPG’s. Since BioWare blessed us with the knowledge that Dragon Age 4 should arrive somewhere in the next year or so. I’m gonna give you guys a brief rundown of the first three!
Dragon Age- Origins
Dragon Age: Origins is a single-player third-person high-fantasy role-playing game developed by Bioware.The game was released on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on November 3, 2009 in North America, November 5, 2009 in Australia, and November 6, 2009 in Europe. A digital download version for the Mac was also released on December 21, 2009. Dragon Age: Origins is a single-player only game that BioWare co-CEO Ray Muzyka describes as a “spiritual successor to the Baldur’s Gate series, though it is not based on Dungeons and Dragons or the Forgotten Realms setting. The player character new Grey Warden recruit within the realm of Ferelden and begins their journey to halt the inevitable Fifth Blight as one of the six different origin stories. The origin chosen determines who the Warden is prior to the main events of the game’s story. By the same measure, it also affects how NPCs (party and non-party) will react to the Warden. Elves,for example, are often viewed as second-class citizens which in turn affects dialogue with certain NPCs. That’s what makes Dragon Age Origins one of the
Dragon Age 2
I have to shake my head slowly at this entry into the beloved series. It was close to unbearable to even play the story behind “The Champion of Kirkwall” I will still give a brief rundown of the dumpster fire that was considered a sequel. It is the second major game in the series and the successor to, and I am using that word very loosely, to Dragon Age Origins. Set in the world of Thedas, players assume the role of Hawke, a human mage, rogue, or warrior who arrives in the city of Kirkwall as a lowly refugee, and becomes its legendary champion over a turbulent decade of political and social conflict. In the game, players explore and engage in combat from a Third-Person Perspective. Players encounter various companions, who play major roles in the game’s plot and gameplay. Depending on players’ decisions and dialogue, a companion will either recognize Hawke as a friend or a rival. The sequel is “so hated” because many people loved Origins and the sequel ushered a whole bunch of changes that weren’t too popular. Dragon Age II brought massive changes to the combat system, a way more confined and reused environment, little character loot/inventory and a utilization of one central character.
Dragon Age Inquisition
This entry into the series would have been worth sitting through Dragon Age 2 at least two times. Which is nigh on unbearable. After the release of Dragon Age II, the Dragon Age series was seen by some as a series with an “identity crisis”. As a result, Bioware sought to create a third Dragon Age game that combined the elements of the first two. The story of Dragon Age: Inquisition follows a player character, and yes they got rid of the terrible “only Hawke characters” as the Inquisitor on a journey to settle the civil unrest the continent of Thedas and close a mysterious tear in the sky called the “Breach”. In Dragon Age: Inquisition, you aren’t just the leader of some merry band of adventurers, but the focal point of a sweeping, large-scale movement to bring reform and order to a land ripped apart by civil war and political strife. Inquisition is not only one of the most expansive RPGs I’ve ever played, but one of the few that successfully fills its gorgeous, massive world with meaningful things to do and see. A frustratingly vague plot and typical BioWare bugginess drag it down a bit, but both in combat and out, Inquisition marks a welcome return to the RPG depth that made Dragon Age: Origins and we all rejoice as we bury Hawke deep in our minds as we patiently await the fourth installment into this legendary series. Thank you all for tuning in, everybody stay warm and come join me next week for another Let’s Talk!