Dragon Age II: A New Age In Gaming?

BioWare is one of the best known developers, and games like Mass Effect, Baldur’s Gate, Knights of the old Republic and Dragon Age: Origins have cemented their place in the industry as probably the best RPG developers out there. Last year’s Dragon Age: Origins, which marked the beginning of a new BioWare franchise, was met with critical acclaim, and managed to sell a lot of copies. With such success, and fan craving for a second installment, Dragon Age II was but inevitable, which is now nearing its release. Set to release on the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC early next year, Dragon Age II has gotten everybody excited, even those who were not very thrilled by Origins.

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Rowland2987d ago

of course it's a new age but it's going backwards. Creatively it's like the Rolling Stones suddenly deciding to go Andy Williams.

Rowland2987d ago

Dumbed down RPG-lite casual games Dragons Age and Fable can never compete with the level of success enjoyed by developers of classic action RPG's like Fallout: New Vegas and it makes no business sense whatsoever for Bioware & Lionhead to dumb down their games and not deliver games similar to Fallout's content, stature and maturity when they're more than capable of doing so.

Whilst obviously successful, they're clearly missing out big time on the highest levels of financial & critical success waaaay over and above anything their casual games can achieve as the below statistic shows.

"Bethesda Softworks has announced that its recently-launched title, Fallout: New Vegas, has enjoyed record sales, reflecting the huge consumer demand for the game. Five million units of the game were shipped worldwide for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows-based PC with a heavy volume of digital downloads, representing well over $300 million in retail sales. In addition, the Fallout: New Vegas strategy guide was one of Amazon's best sellers among all books.

"We are delighted by the reception Fallout: New Vegas has received from fans around the world," said Vlatko Andonov, president of Bethesda Softworks. "Despite the large launch quantities for this title, we have already received substantial re-orders from our retail partners, underscoring the tremendous popularity of this highly entertaining game. We believe Fallout: New Vegas will be the 'must buy' title for gamers throughout the holiday season."