Some "insider" Dragon Age info

Discussion in 'PC Gaming Discussion' started by Webslinger, Sep 30, 2009.

  1. Webslinger

    Webslinger Retired Moderator

    Derek French works for Bioware.

    So think "Sims 3" with respect to the disc check.

    Game comes out Nov. 3rd.

    The PC version is already finished. The holdup is due to stupid console players ;) :

    Desslock gets his RPG reviews published in PC Gamer Magazine (U.S.A.)

    A Polish site (?) has already reviewed the game:

    "The overall rate is 8.5/10.
    Pros: multi-threaded plot
    great possibilities for development

    Cons: looks old school
    some fights are difficult like hell even at lower difficulty
    levels (difficulty levels)

    There are additional rates for
    - graphics: 7/10
    - music: 9/10
    - playability 9/10"

    1) The graphics won't be great (I don't care). Reviews may ding the graphics.

    2) The game will be huge (great).

    3) The game may be tough (great for me).

    3 of 5 English moderators will be buying this game.
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  2. SamuriHL

    SamuriHL Retired Moderator

    Can't wait. Some new food for the 5870. :D Seriously, though, I do enjoy these types of games even if they aren't my best games. Should be a lot of fun.
  3. Webslinger

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    This game makes use of "friendly fire". So if you have a caster in your party that casts a large area of effect damage spell (say a giant fireball or something), your other party members better not be in the target area.

    That's normal in regular D&D rules, but not even Neverwinter Nights 2 made use of friendly fire unless the game was played in a high difficulty setting.

    Friendly fire is normal for Dragon Age. So yeah, I can see how this game might be considered tough.
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  4. Webslinger

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  5. Webslinger

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    Dragon Age character creator to be released Oct. 13th

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  6. Webslinger

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    Warden's Keep DLC

    Looks to be 6.99 EUR.
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  7. Webslinger

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    Collector's Edition info

    It's about $5 U.S. cheaper through online resellers.

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  8. Webslinger

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    System specs

    Windows XP Minimum Specifications
    OS: Windows XP with SP3
    CPU: Intel Core 2 (or equivalent) running at 1.4Ghz or greater
    AMD X2 (or equivalent) running at 1.8Ghz or greater
    RAM: 1GB or more
    Video: ATI Radeon X850 128MB or greater
    NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT 128MB or greater
    DVD ROM (Physical copy)
    20 GB HD space

    Windows Vista Minimum Specifications
    OS: Windows Vista with SP1
    CPU: Intel Core 2 (or equivalent) running at 1.6Ghz or greater
    AMD X2 (or equivalent) running at 2.2GHZ or greater
    RAM: 1.5 GB or more
    Video: ATI Radeon X1550 256MB or greater
    NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT 256MB or greater
    DVD ROM (Physical copy)
    20 GB HD space

    Recommended Specifications
    CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4Ghz Processor or equivalent
    AMD Phenom II X3 Triple-Core 2.8 GHz or greater
    RAM: 4 GB (Vista) or 2 GB (XP)
    Video: ATI 3850 512 MB or greater
    NVIDIA 8800GTS 512 MB or greater
    DVD ROM (Physical copy)
    20 GB HD space
  9. Webslinger

    Webslinger Retired Moderator

    some strategy

    Some insight into classes . . .

  10. Webslinger

    Webslinger Retired Moderator

    Very cool CG Dragon Age trailer can be found here (of course, I'm a guy and find women wearing
    almost nothing in the snow completely believable)

    This does not represent gameplay at all, and the graphics here are obviously much better than in the actual game.
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  11. Webslinger

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    Game Informer gives Dragon Age 9/10:

    "In the middle of reviewing Dragon Age, I had a couple vacation days scheduled. During my long out-of-state weekend, the game was constantly popping into my mind – how I could have won a fight differently, or how I might spend my next few talent points. As soon as my flight landed back in Minneapolis, I didn’t even fight the urge; I drove straight into the office and spent an entire Sunday night in front of the computer fighting darkspawn and saving Ferelden. The number of titles that can foster this level of dedication and obsession are few, and Dragon Age: Origins is among the best of them."
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  12. SamuriHL

    SamuriHL Retired Moderator

    Awesome. I can't wait for this to come out. I can tell you that I'll be taking my time with it, though. I don't expect to finish this one quickly. Batman I beat in 3 days. This will not be one of those games. :)
  13. Webslinger

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    A single playthrough is between 40 and 100 hours, and there are 6 different origins you can play, so yeah . . .
  14. SamuriHL

    SamuriHL Retired Moderator

    This will be one of those games that I won't play exclusively until it's done like I do with a lot of other games. (Wolf notwithstanding as I had so many problems with it I moved on to other games but keep going back to it from time to time) I still have WET to play, as well, so, this is a REALLY good year for games for me. Dragon Age, though, will definitely take me MONTHS to "beat it" (if there is such a concept on this type of game).
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  18. Webslinger

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    These posts got me pretty pumped for the game:

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  19. Webslinger

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    Dragon Age: Origins Exclusive Team Interviews

    Here's a small snippet:

    "I wanted to ask about the more recent marketing of the game. It seemed to take a different turn from where it had been, prior to the acquisition by EA in particular, into something much edgeier, the “New Shit” video, a lot more emphasis on the blood and the sex. Do you think that’s helping get attention for the game and if so, is it getting attention in the right way?

    That’s an interesting question. It’s funny because it actually took place well after the EA acquisition happened. What I think it’s done is - the New Shit and that kind of stuff - is that it sat quite a few people back in their chairs. And the people who had been die-hard followers of the game for quite a long time - they watched all the old videos and that kind of stuff - a lot of them reacted negatively. And I think the reason they did is because they were worried that a marketing shift meant the entire game had changed. And, of course, they were excited about the game that they knew. They were worried that, “Wait! What are you doing?” Right? Like, “You must have changed everything!”

    I will happily say that this boat is far too big to turn that quickly. This is the Titanic and the iceberg of shipping this damn thing was well ahead of us at that point. What it did do, I think, is it inspired a lot of debate, which is good because it does raise visibility. But it also brought people that may not have paid any attention, like, “Oh, it’s got a dragon. Yeah, I don’t care.” But suddenly, it’s like, “It’s got a dragon and rock and roll and what does that mean?”

    And the thing about that, at the time, was we were basically hitting the notes of violence as Dragon Age is a game that is more visceral and is more punchy than many others. So, by giving it a more violent soundtrack than people were expecting, I think it actually had the impact of driving that point home, like, “Look, wow they have big battle scenes. They have persistent blood on their armor so when you come out of a fight…” So, it was all valid stuff that was in the game. And the end result is people flaring up about it to a degree, but also remembering and paying attention and I think that’s important for any game to have people aware of what’s happening.

    And at no point did we ever say we changed anything. I think the hardcore guys were a little worried, but since then we’ve gone, “Okay, so now we’ve talked about violence. This month we’re going to talk about lust. This month we’re going to talk about betrayal.” You have to hit the points of the game and each of those has their own way of presenting it. More recently we talked about the music of the game. We talked about Zur and Audrey Ashburn and those haunting lyrics she did"

    Which was wonderful stuff.

    Yeah, and it’s entirely different in tone. So, that’s always the challenge in anything that’s 80-90 hours [of gameplay].

    Now, with the edgier stuff, do you think people who see that and do like it, when they get the game are going to feel like it was represented in an accurate way?

    That’s a good question. I don’t think they would feel particularly betrayed. It was all overlaid over the top of imagery from the game, stuff that happens. I think the tone of the game, right away, in almost all the origin stories is fairly dark, whether it’s your first choice, being to execute humans who have stumbled too close to your camp with in the Daelish elf origin, or starting off as a thug for a crime lord in the undercity. So, the tone is right, it’s right there. And when you enter combat, the first time you see a head come off it’s like, “Well, okay. There you go.” And beyond that, if anything, I think it was an invitation for people who didn’t know the game to look beyond just one trailer.

    Is the hope that maybe some of these people who don’t play in the classic Baldur’s Gate RPG kind of genre – a genre they’ve completely ignored up to this point – are able to find something they like?

    That’s exactly it. RPGs, I think, have a – if any genre has a hardcore fanbase, those who love it – because they come out so rarely and because they are such memorable experiences that it’s very easy to become a convert and to become an RPG guy. You know what I mean? [Points at self.] I’m waiting for the next one. I want it to come out. I’m in that camp. I know this. But there are other people who appreciate story. The same guys who will choose a shooter like Call of Duty where you’re staggering out of a helicopter after being nuked. Those sequences that just draw you right in. They [other gamers] appreciate that the same way an RPG player does. What they may not be looking for is like, “Oh, dragons,” where they’re worried it’s gonna be very staid and very slow. While Dragon Age certainly eases you into the action, I think it hits some notes that are surprising enough that you get a sense of the tone and get that feel of this is a little bit darker and grown up.
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  20. Webslinger

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