Dragon Age: Origins…

… the game that has been the talk of many of my fellow friends and of the NWN Community.   I started playing about a week ago, and I believe I’m almost finished with the game now.  There is really only one word to describe it:  Awesome.  If you haven’t gotten it yet you should.  There’s no point in me doing a review (as is Maerduin’s very suggestion as well), so I’ll just mention of few of my more major nuances.

I’m very impressed with the world BioWare has created, although there’s been a few parts of the game I wasn’t fond of.  The going back and forth in Orzammar with their huge load times was ridiculously annoying, not to mention there’s about 6 dungeons to go through and 3 very tough bosses to fight.  The three tough bosses wasn’t as much of a complaint, but they certainly added to the amount of time I had to spend there. 

The area design of some of their exteriors, however, leaves something to be desired.   I suspect it has something to do with the console versions, but who knows.   The only areas I thought were decent looking were the two snowy areas in the game.  From what I can tell in the game also, there are no DayNightSettings.  Not sure if this is true with the toolset yet, but I guess I’ll find out soon enough.

And my last nuance has to do with mages, in particular, that of Morrigan.  If you don’t know about it, you might find out.  I just thought it was sort of a letdown, but maybe BioWare has something planned for DA2, who knows.   And my biggest gripe: the mage hats.  They make any mage you have look like a jester.  Come on, there has to be at least one cool looking mage helm out there…. BioWare?

And I remember reading that there’s supposed to be some very difficult decisions to make.  Honestly, haven’t found one yet, unless its still to come.  The line between right and wrong is still there, and its easy to tell who has been right and who has been wrong (unlike The Witcher where they’re both just wrong).  Well, enough about that.

I haven’t really decided if I’m going to do anything with Dragon Age yet.  Probably will, but unless I’m in a group, I probably won’t have the time to do a full-fledged module unless I plan it a few years in advance.  So we’ll see.  I have yet to crack open the toolset.

On another note, I found this video the other day.  I can’t wait for this game, but I do hope they change his haircut… it looks aweful:

http://g4tv.com/videos/41458/The-Witcher-2-Assassins-of-Kings-Gameplay-Trailer/

Can’t wait!!