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    Default Dragon Age: Origins, other games

    Just came out today, has anyone tried it?

    How about: Demon's souls, and Borderlands???

    Has anyone tried Fallout3:GotY edition??? How much does it add to the basic game? Like it is just more missions and sidemissions and some new weapons and 10 more skill levels [30 cf 20].

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    I'll probably buy it. I'm an old Baldur's Gate fan.

    Borderlands was alright, though I'd rent it first if I were you. If I ever see it on a $25> rack I'd buy it.

    Fallout 3 is good, if you liked Oblivion or the origional Fallout series then you'll like it. You can see the individual reviews for those downloadable content packs for the Xbox 360's. The reviews for the PS3 version of Fallout 3 GOTY edition got dinged pretty hard for having poor performance.
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    I've been playing it since Tues. I'm thoroughly entertained so far, and I just unlocked the Reaver subclass, so the fun's just beginning.

    <--- Planning a morally questionable Reaver/Berserker combo this time around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kra View Post
    I've been playing it since Tues. I'm thoroughly entertained so far, and I just unlocked the Reaver subclass, so the fun's just beginning.

    <--- Planning a morally questionable Reaver/Berserker combo this time around.
    I hear there are some pretty badass finishing animations.

    Also I am probably picking it up this weekend, any thoughts from what you've seen so far as to what I should start as?
    ...Then I ducked my head and the lights went out, and two guns blazed in the dark;
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    I picked up Dragon Age and find myself pleased. The feel of the game is much like Mass Effect in that it's very polished, offers a lot of choices, and is wordy.

    They've done a fantastic job in setting up the world, its history, its people, and various bits like magic. Very immersive. The characters have distinctive personalities and you get a feel for their behavior and attitudes. The plot is solid, and as a point on style, unlike Mass Effect, you often have less information on hand and less certainty as to the results of your decisions. It adds a tension.

    The nitpicks I have are more technical in nature. The game has a memory leak and gradually takes longer to load each section. It's crashed a few times. And it demands you have an EA login to track points or some such crap.


    I've also tried Borderlands. It's a solid game but you need to play with friends. With more players the game throws much harder situations at you which makes the fights more hectic and fun. If you're going to play solo I'd wait until it hits the discount bin.

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    So far Dragon Age has bored me. It's puzzling, as I enjoyed Mass Effect and the KOTOR series represents two of my happiest gaming experiences. I'm questioning every complaint I currently have; I hope it doesn't come to an overly critical review.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willfrey View Post
    I hear there are some pretty badass finishing animations.

    Also I am probably picking it up this weekend, any thoughts from what you've seen so far as to what I should start as?
    Yes, some of the animations are quite satisfying, to say the least.

    One thing that I've been impressed by, is the stylish approach to the old "sword n' board." It's much more visceral than I expected, and is more entertaining to watch than the big 2-hander animations, in my opinion.

    As for what you should start as, I think most of the classes have their own strong points, and the tactics AI is actually more than capable of handling a tanking role (which I didn't expect to be honest), thus freeing you up to be whatever suits your preference.
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    I play Borderlands a lot. It is definitely a group game, but I'm a boring person and still find solo play fun.

    The whole game had a kind of flat story which is meh, and not much to choose from in the way of classes and enemies. Combat doesn't change much even with different enemies. Just find out what bits to shoot to get a critical hit and hammer on it with your best weapon. I wish there was more use for different weapons.


    Dragon Age looks fun, but my friend saw the explicit stuff in the trailer, got grossed out, and decided not to buy it. :steam:
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    Quote Originally Posted by htb View Post
    So far Dragon Age has bored me. It's puzzling, as I enjoyed Mass Effect and the KOTOR series represents two of my happiest gaming experiences. I'm questioning every complaint I currently have; I hope it doesn't come to an overly critical review.
    Maybe the setting doesn't grip you? For example, I found Bioshock rather... meh, despite its fantastic gameplay and similarity to System Shock 2, a game which I enjoyed.

    Also, Dragon Age is a long game, and builds more gradually than Mass Effect. Overall the plot is much deeper though.

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    Update -

    After finishing Dragon Age last night I stand by my opinion that the game is a masterpiece. It threw a few curveballs and extra bits right at the end that were nice touches, such as illustrating how the various placed I visited turned out in the end (somewhat like fallout does) .

    The game took a total of 42 hours on my main file, but this doesn't include time lost to reloads, the optional modules, and several quests I dismissed as annoying. I fully plan on replaying it after a little break, to try a different class and take a different route with the plot choices.

    I've only tried the mage, but found the mage plot lines to be involved given mages have a pretty unique lifestyle and culture to themselves. My only real recommendation to new players with mages would be to keep your spell selection diverse - overspecialization does a disservice to the utility a mage can bring for any situation.

    The romances were also interesting (and for my character, bittersweet in the end, alas).

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