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Submitted by BIoodmask 1255d ago | preview

Ace Gamez: Dragon Age 2 Preview

Bioware is a company that isn’t afraid to take criticism and learn lessons from it. You only have to look at the differences between Mass Effect and its sequel to see that – as the jump up in quality from “excellent” to “near perfect” shows – Bioware is a development house capable of accepting its shortcomings, dusting itself off and moving forward. Dragon Age 2 is another case in point: not only is it shaping up to be a huge improvement on the original, but also a fantastic RPG in its own right. (Dragon Age 2, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Rowland  +   1255d ago
This intelligent & accurate synopsis sums up Bioware and Dragons Age perfectly - and the sentiment is reflected throughout the serious RPG playing community.

"As an RPG enthusiast, I must say, I've been a little disappointed recently. I haven't had a mind-blowingly good time in an RPG since, oh, maybe Morrowind. Oblivion was a great game, and I loved the addition of the Radiant AI, the sprawling, beautifully-designed forests, and, of course, the awesome player-made content. But as has been mentioned in several other places, it was a slightly "dumbed-down" Elder Scrolls game.

I'm often hesitant to jump on the Bioware bandwagon because I'm really not the biggest fan of their games. After playing Elder Scrolls games to infinitum, with player-made content stretching the life of their games out as long as possible, I find it almost impossible to truly enjoy the linearity of a Bioware title. Oh sure, rollercoasters are fun, they're fast, they're exciting, they offer a great view, but they're on tracks. And you can't get off those tracks, no matter how hard you try.

In a Bioware game, you always know just exactly what you're supposed to be doing at any time, and there's a feeling of immediacy, you need to get it done before you can move on to something else. To me, that's a conventional video game. But I'll play any RPG handed to me, and I picked up Dragon Age and for the two weeks it lasted, it was an enjoyable movie. I call it a movie because it was much more a cinematic experience than a role-playing experience.

Everything worked in a very specific order, with only the most meager "wiggle room", but I enjoyed it. Unfortunately Dragon Age was extremely short and sweet. It was over before I even truly felt I was getting started."

(Courtesy Nexus RPG forums).

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