Postscript: Addressing the Dragon Age 2 Discontent

VGW's Jen Bosier: "After my Dragon Age 2 review, I felt the need to address some of the general backlash within the Dragon Age community. In fact, due in large part to comments left on the article, I was able to quantify a few of my previous statements. Please note that this discussion is probably best left to those who have played the game as it is peppered with minor spoilers."

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dagamdagee2538d ago

Hmm, you know, I've always been a fan of the clear-cut three act approach. But then again, I really like open-endedness. I suppose it just has to do with how "open" the game is. I think what it comes down to is if I feel like I'm having fun.

I'm actually a little miffed by the philosophy of recent Bioware RPGs. I love experimentation and I love loot. It seems to me like they are trying to take those factors out. I have always enjoyed trying different armor and weapon sets, augmentations and what-have-you. Mass Effect 2 felt somewhat hollow to me. At the end of the day, I was just being strung along by the story. Or maybe I was annoyed by the mining mini-game. GOD that was so annoying.

killyourfm2538d ago

(plays Devil's advocate:)
But, Mass Effect was a critical darling and a blockbuster financial success.

And lo, a Bioware exec somewhere said "end of argument."

Christopher2538d ago (Edited 2538d ago )

***You must complete all of the main story within Act 1 before venturing to the Deep Roads.***

And how is this any different than the mass majority of RPGs out there?

What the author is nitpicking here is what he doesn't want to be considered as a main part of the storyline and not the fact that he has to completely the main storyline elements.

If the quest is listed as a plot quest, you have to complete it. There are a ton of quests, though, that don't fall within this and that you don't even have to consider.

Look at it this way, since they used DAO as an example: Can you go straight to fighting the dragon without getting all of the support of the mages, elves, dwarves, and humans? No, you can't. Why would you expect this to be true in DA2 or any other RPG?