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    Quote Originally Posted by KDude View Post
    That sucks.. I'm going to try to cancel. If I can't, oh well.
    I'm a little more flexible and would say a price under $40 would be acceptable to me, but not the $59 or whatever it was I paid for it. I definitely did not get the game I was expecting based on the license, and I probably wouldn't have bought it if I had been coming into it cold -- I only bought it because I had played DA.

    I used to chat often with one of the Bioware writers actually. He had left, and after that, it seemed like Mass Effect 2 had suffered a bit. I thought it was a fluke, but there must have been more people who had left, if some of this streamlining is trickling down to Dragon Age as well (which was never really like their old games either, but cool enough). It makes wonder about that Star Wars game in the works too. I hate MMOs, but the only reason I'd play that one is because of what Bioware might bring to the table, storywise. It's sounding like that could suffer too (that is, unless all of the good writers left were actually moved there). Umm, just a thought.
    Which would suck. Because my two most fave games are SWKOTOR 1 & 2, and because of those, I'd considering playing the Star Wars MMO. Not sure now, though.

    Quote Originally Posted by erm View Post
    Hows the team combo stuff? Like disorientate, brittle, stagger etc.
    I'll let you know when I get there.

    I finally did hit a stage where my mage is icing stuff, and a hit from my warrior/rogue will shatter them, but I haven't had a chance to experiment with other synergies yet. That specific synergy was already in DA.
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    Honestly, my largest complaint is how awful it runs on my comp. My vid card is definitely my bottleneck [8800GT] but I was going to wait until summer/fall to upgrade for Deus Ex/Skyrim. High settings worked very well in DA:O, while this game looks worse and runs poorly. Hopefully newer drivers can fix it, but it just looks very bland.

    I'm thinking of changing the difficulty up too, because as it is early in the game I can just spam Auto Attack and cruise.



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    Quote Originally Posted by erm View Post
    Alright, you're slowly putting me off the game.

    Hows the team combo stuff? Like disorientate, brittle, stagger etc.
    Frankly all the finesse of DA:O's gameplay is pretty much gone. The absence of a good overview of the battles and the fact that enemies just spawn magically (not, some enemies, pretty much all enemies) doesn't even make me want ot be tactical. It'd be like wasting good grain on bad soil.
    The story is okey, even though it's not up to my standards for a rpg so far.
    I still play it, that has to count for something, I usually don't last 10 minutes in a 'so so' game, but I suspect the licence has something to do with it.
    Also I tend to be more forgiving when a game is 'fast' (that's why i didn'"t up the difficulty level).
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    Quote Originally Posted by JocktheMotie View Post
    Honestly, my largest complaint is how awful it runs on my comp. My vid card is definitely my bottleneck [8800GT] but I was going to wait until summer/fall to upgrade for Deus Ex/Skyrim. High settings worked very well in DA:O, while this game looks worse and runs poorly. Hopefully newer drivers can fix it, but it just looks very bland.
    Yeah, I have a GT460 I just bought in December, and DA:O works fine at all high settings, but I had to lower some of the settings on this game because it was either skipping frames just in the opening sequences (against the darkspawn) and/or leaving large triangles of black on my screen. wth?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    Yeah, I have a GT460 I just bought in December, and DA:O works fine at all high settings, but I had to lower some of the settings on this game because it was either skipping frames just in the opening sequences (against the darkspawn) and/or leaving large triangles of black on my screen. wth?
    artifacts maybe related to hum, your graphic card overheating or, say something crazy and unlikely as bad optimization.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EcK View Post
    artifacts maybe related to hum, your graphic card overheating or, say something crazy and unlikely as bad optimization.
    Yes, artifacts = overheating or excessive overclocks. You can damage cards if you are pushing them hard enough to artifact (done that before)


    The game appeared to run acceptably on my i5, 8800gts 320 (overclocked to max stable) system in 1680x1050, in direct x 9 mode (medium settings, 2xAA). You don't need super high frames per second as it is not a first person shooter.

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    Hmmm... Well, I never set my card up to overclock, it's not overclocked normally is it? And I've played recent versions of Need for Speed and MMO raids, and DA:O on max etc. since I got it without it showing ANY sign that it was even being pushed hard. I haven't tried any official benchmark tests, though. And I was only running at 1280 x whatever rez.
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    The games story is very episodic in nature. The story pacing isn't unlike a several seasons of a Television show all with episodes that begin and close and filler episodes in between.

    Television probably would have been a better medium for it honestly, as a show it's brilliant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Architectonic View Post
    Yes, artifacts = overheating or excessive overclocks. You can damage cards if you are pushing them hard enough to artifact (done that before)


    The game appeared to run acceptably on my i5, 8800gts 320 (overclocked to max stable) system in 1680x1050, in direct x 9 mode (medium settings, 2xAA). You don't need super high frames per second as it is not a first person shooter.
    Yes, I've gone to the DX9 renderer and am playing @1920x1080 with 4x AA without a hiccup, it's astounding how much a difference the renderer makes. Very peculiar, but it may iron out soon with some updates I'm hoping.

    Now that I can actually play the game I'm finding it pretty enjoyable. Like I said, I do like the pacing of the combat much better along with its more visceral nature. I'm not far enough into the story to really comment however it seems more centered around YOU and your development as a "Champion" than about saving the world from evil, which I find to be a bit of a departure. As Kdude mentioned earlier, it's more ME2 in that regard, as it was more about your team and your relationships with them than it was about the Collectors. Some of the game mechanics have been tightened up and some simplifications made [potion/crafting system gets rid of having to buy reagents for the most part] that I think are fine, and the Ability trees have been tightened up too, which for me is welcome from the Mage perspective as I always thought in DA:O they were largely a mess with way too much filler.

    Unfortunately, none of the characters I've met so far have been as interesting as Morgan Le Fay Morrigan or Mordin, and I miss Morrigan and Alistair's banter.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Architectonic View Post
    The game appeared to run acceptably on my i5, 8800gts 320 (overclocked to max stable) system in 1680x1050, in direct x 9 mode (medium settings, 2xAA).
    Wow. I run everything on 1162x864 resolution with a 9800GT and an i5. I get paranoid if I set the resolution any higher. Do you guys think it's safe for me to turn it up a bit? I am not so knowledgeable in regards to hardware capabilities.

    On topic: I haven't finished awakening yet, so I'll pass on DA2 for now.

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