Dragon Age Mar 10, 2011 16:41:59 GMT -5
Post by chzrm3 on Mar 10, 2011 16:41:59 GMT -5
That's the strange thing, though - I'm really loving the game. I guess even though I fall into the camp of bioware's hardcore fanbase, I actually prefer their action-rpg titles to their rpgs. Jade Empire is still my favorite bioware game, and I've played as every possible spirit monk for a little bit (not completing the game, but usually getting up to the imperial city). I even played through the game as the same one three different times, (The girl in the red dress, Jen Zi) although those were more for nostalgia's sake, like playing through OoT again or something. Actually, as I'm talking about it, I'm finding myself wanting to play through a fourth time. : P
Then again, Jade Empire's usually regarded as one of the least successful bioware games. Didn't really kick ass commercially, and even the fans didn't like it because the combat was really simple if you didn't pick styles that gel well together. I'm still holding out for a sequel, though, even though bioware basically confirmed there'll never be one. : (
Back to DA2, though, the story's definitely growing on me. I was lamenting the fact that the game seemed to skip the "build up your character" phase, but it seems like I'm doing that anyway right now, and it's pretty fun. Also seems like there are a ton of sidequests, and while it is repetitive that they all seem to boil down to "go here, fight three waves of enemies, collect 5 gold" at least there's a lot to do.
And like I've said before, I'm in love with the combat. Now that I'm really "getting" it, it's kind of beautiful. As opposed to my previous strategy which was get into a huge fight, die, think about what I did wrong and correct it, I'm now getting into a huge fight, figuring out how to save myself on the fly, and then winning like Charlie Sheen.
I dunno, maybe I have fanboy goggles on?
I do agree with your point about what a review site has to consider, though. I think the average gamer, if they picked this game up and played on normal mode, would really enjoy it. There's a story and characters that run deeper than most games, and for someone who really doesn't care about rpgs, playing only as your character the entire time and just mashing some crazy warrior abilities could be pretty enjoyable. Maybe that's why bioware fans are upset? It kinda feels like a betrayal, especially because DA:O was commercially successful anyway, so there wasn't really a need to appeal to more types of gamers by changing up the combat.