Submitted by -Mezzo- 465d ago | opinion piece

Dragon Age In A World of Skyrim

Gi - Bioware‘s ex-CEO Ray Muzyka has gone on the record stating that the developer has been looking long and hard at The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for inspiration in the upcoming Dragon Age III: Inquisition. For good reason too, as Skyrim is an absolute blockbuster game and a tremendous accomplishment. In order to take the best of what made Skyrim what it is, Bioware should get down to the very foundation of the Dragon Age series. They need to infuse the world of Thedras with the same amount of grandeur, attention to detail and almost low fantasy feeling that Bethesda put into Skyrim. (For another take on DA III read, Dear Bioware…Lessons for Dragon Age 3). (Dragon Age 3: Inquisition, PC, PS3, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Xbox 360)

Summons75  +   465d ago
Well I suppose we can kiss the story of dragon age good bye. Dao was all about the story with a huge focus on each races origin. Da2 as horrid ad it was still focused on story. Elder scrolls is an open world game where your allowed to create your own story and they used minimal focus on the main story with 4 other ones to join it. I don't feel dragon age would work in a sandbox like Skyrim without ruining the story focus, which they already have by doing a focus multiplayer (also unneeded) and their actions with da2 and me3....I really want to have hope for this game but Bioware just never keeps their promises.
HardCover  +   465d ago
The lore/history/story in Skyrim is fine. Sounds to me like you simply didn't pay enough attention to the world you were playing in.

No offense or anything, I just strongly disagree with the sentiment that Elder Scrolls has a minimal focus on story. They simply leave it up to the player to decide how much they want to focus on that aspect of the game.
Summons75  +   465d ago
I wasn't saying anything about the lore of Skyrim. Every elder scrolls game I've easily put 200+ hours into it exploring and collecting all sorts of odds and ends, reading some of the book. I even have the two official elder scrolls book on my book shelf at home. The main plot in elder scrolls isn't written as well as opposed to the lore because they do focus on the lore and making an open world for you to explore. That's why I love elder scrolls, it's quiet the opposite for dragon age because the world wasn't open but the story was written really well.
Baka-akaB  +   465d ago
The lore is great , the books within the game are too , but the plots themselves within skyrim wer mostly subpar
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Perez  +   465d ago
In one way I do not mind the free wheeling option in Sandbox games they are wonderfully open about what you can do. What I worry about is that Bioware fail once again to focus on their core strengths of story and worldbuilding and go for poorly implemented flashy gimmicks with unnecessary over simplification of game mechanics.

Bioware have been branching out in recent years as RPGs are a small market compared to other genres but I do no think their level of quality is or ever will be as good as times past.
InTheLab  +   465d ago
They just need to expand on Origins and forget about DA2 and Skyrim. That's all fans have been asking for. I don't want to wonder about in a mostly empty world for 30 minutes before being attacked by a bear that's stronger than a dragon.

Just make DAO2 with larger maps and all will be well.
Mutant-Spud  +   465d ago
They need to look at The Witcher more than they do Skyrim, just ditch the phoney "morality" idea and have a world where your decisions matter but there's no good or bad choices, only choices. I understand why the loyalty system in DA2 was used, that made sense in the context of the story but it was still predictable and kind of lame.
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PooEgg  +   465d ago
I think the important thing is that BioWare is trying to make DA3 better than DA2 was.

DA3 needs to be a truly perfect game if it has any chance of pleasing the still angry masses, so they certainly have their work cut out for them. Sadly, if we were placing bets on their success I think the odds would be mostly against them.

And yet, I really hope that they succeed. Although the ending of ME3 killed a lot of my faith in them, I am a fan of the DA universe, and I would love to see it come alive in a way similar to Skyrim.

I am not interested in a Skyrim clone, but if BioWare can manage to merge great storytelling, great characters, and the Dragon Age lore with the open world beauty that was Skyrim I am all for it.

I mean imagine for a second, visiting the Dragon Age Universe Skyrim style. When you walk off the beaten path, invisible walls do not stop you. Along your travels you meet up, or hunt for various characters from the DA universe and/or their children. Some can follow you, some can fight you, and one (or two) might even marry you, or stab you in the back for cheating on them. I don't know, but if it was done right, I could see it working.

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