Dragon Age Image Comparison

GameSpot has some screenshots from Dragon Age: Origins allowing a direct comparison between the Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 editions of BioWare's new RPG. It's not exactly the good the bad and the ugly, but it's readily apparent that the console versions are fighting for second place to the superior PC graphics, which is no surprise. Thanks Ant.
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Nov 13, 2009, 02:04
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Re: Dragon Age Image Comparison Nov 13, 2009, 02:04
Nov 13, 2009, 02:04
 
Load time on my machine is fine, but I'm not sure why this game just seems to fire up the temperatures of the whole system.

My PC runs most other recent games just fine, the temp for the GPU(9800gt with stock cooling) is usually 70-80C under load, with CPU(Q6600) temp at around 50-60C. Once I start DA the GPU goes up to 80-90+ and CPU to over 70+ in about 20mins even on low settings.

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Nov 13, 2009, 02:04
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Re: Dragon Age Image Comparison Nov 13, 2009, 02:04
Nov 13, 2009, 02:04
 
No i got 4GB - thats why i don't get what causes this

Maybe it's actually caused by having 4 gigs. I seem to recall some games/apps having issues with 4 gigs of memory.
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Nov 12, 2009, 19:05
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Re: Dragon Age Image Comparison Nov 12, 2009, 19:05
Nov 12, 2009, 19:05
 
In the case of Dragon Age you pay the price for the better graphics with long loading times though.. and a memory leak that forces you to restart the game after 3-4 hours because load-times increase and increase.

I've never run into this problem...namely because the game crashes for me during every other cut scene.
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Nov 12, 2009, 17:23
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Re: Dragon Age Image Comparison Nov 12, 2009, 17:23
Nov 12, 2009, 17:23
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it just gets longer and longer - for no reason. It works blazing fast for 3 hours and then BLAM goes up through the roof.

Friend of mine has the same issue, and has to restart after a few hours...
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Nov 12, 2009, 17:15
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Re: Dragon Age Image Comparison Nov 12, 2009, 17:15
Nov 12, 2009, 17:15
 
No i got 4GB - thats why i don't get what causes this It doesn't even matter what texture quality is selected, it just gets longer and longer - for no reason. It works blazing fast for 3 hours and then BLAM goes up through the roof.
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Nov 12, 2009, 14:30
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Re: Dragon Age Image Comparison Nov 12, 2009, 14:30
Nov 12, 2009, 14:30
 
In the case of Dragon Age you pay the price for the better graphics with long loading times though.. and a memory leak that forces you to restart the game after 3-4 hours because load-times increase and increase.

My loading times are very short. I'm very impressed by that. You playing with 512MB of RAM? 4GB here/vista on a SATA2 HDD. Very quick load times.

I think maybe the game crashed to desktop on me once.
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Nov 12, 2009, 12:33
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Re: Dragon Age Image Comparison Nov 12, 2009, 12:33
Nov 12, 2009, 12:33
 
The FiringSquad review was pretty terrible. He complains that the ruleset is poorly explained but evidently he didn't read the manual because it's all in there. The rules are also about 100 times less convoluted than D&D. For example, your armor rating in DA determines how much damage your armor absorbs from each hit. In D&D, it determines how easy you are to hit. Wtf?

Then he complains about the challenge. Ohnoes, you actually have to use some tactics and forethought during fights! Though, I guess I can understand his complaints if he's a total newb. Like BG, you basically have to balance your party and include a rogue (for scouting and trap disarming) and at least one mage. For anyone who played BG or really any party-based RPG, this is common sense but for someone who thinks Mass Effect is the pinnacle of RPGs, this could come as a shock.
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Re: Dragon Age Image Comparison
Nov 12, 2009, 10:23
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Re: Dragon Age Image Comparison Nov 12, 2009, 10:23
Nov 12, 2009, 10:23
 nin
 
So the ruleset is fine? Things work as advertised?

I've not seen the problems that review outlines. I have seen a bug where buffs on a character don't always visibly appear, but if you check the character, they're present.


Frankly, when he makes comments like:
Why in the world would anyone base an RPG around D&D style combat nowadays? Well, to appeal to D&D geeks, of course. To create an old-fashioned dungeon crawl RPG with lots of fights and tactical battles. D&D, like Dragon Age, is chock full of weak classes and feat builds.

I think maybe DA isn't his kind of game.
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Nov 12, 2009, 10:10
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Re: Dragon Age Image Comparison Nov 12, 2009, 10:10
Nov 12, 2009, 10:10
 
So the ruleset is fine? Things work as advertised?
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Re: Dragon Age Image Comparison
Nov 12, 2009, 10:00
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Re: Dragon Age Image Comparison Nov 12, 2009, 10:00
Nov 12, 2009, 10:00
 nin
 
If this review is genuine, and the reviewer was honest about being a fan and player of old-school RPGs Im staying clear of this game. At least for now.

I would say it's Bioware best work since Baldurs Gate 2...and this is coming from someone who hasn't been overly impressed with Bioware the last few years.
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Nov 12, 2009, 09:57
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Re: Dragon Age Image Comparison Nov 12, 2009, 09:57
Nov 12, 2009, 09:57
 nin
 
Sure the PC wins, but not by much. A graphical Tour de Force, this game ain't. If I were to sum up this games graphics in a single word, it would be 'utilitarian'.

I was surprised they turned out as well as they did on the PC.

Looks fine, runs fine with everything cranked to max...
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Nov 12, 2009, 09:42
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Re: Dragon Age Image Comparison Nov 12, 2009, 09:42
Nov 12, 2009, 09:42
 
http://firingsquad.com/news/newsarticle.asp?searchid=22291

If this review is genuine, and the reviewer was honest about being a fan and player of old-school RPGs Im staying clear of this game. At least for now.

From that review (and some other ones) Ive read it seems like a lot of the "behind the scenes" gameplay mechanics seem to be broken in this game.

Shit there is nothing worse than an RPG thats ruined by bad or unbalanced gameplay mechanics.
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Re: Dragon Age Image Comparison
Nov 12, 2009, 07:20
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Re: Dragon Age Image Comparison Nov 12, 2009, 07:20
Nov 12, 2009, 07:20
 
Other then this thread, the only other place I've heard about load times increasing over time is from a developer saying it'll happen if you alt-tab a number of times.

I've played this game for long stretches with no performance or crash issues.
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Nov 12, 2009, 05:48
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Re: Dragon Age Image Comparison Nov 12, 2009, 05:48
Nov 12, 2009, 05:48
 
Mhh, i tried with the crack for 1.01 and same result - i can actually get these load time increases to happen much faster by simple traveling 10 times from ozammar (inside!) to denerim (inside) to mage tower (inside) - by the 10th time load times have doubled to tripled (and some things, like going to camp, actually take 4-8 times as long as before) that means a minute or so loading..

But this way i actually found a lot of new encounters.. ;p
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Re: Dragon Age Image Comparison
Nov 12, 2009, 03:36
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Re: Dragon Age Image Comparison Nov 12, 2009, 03:36
Nov 12, 2009, 03:36
 
No idea. I have 2 gigs of RAM and a Q6600 but my load times stay within 10 seconds even after several hours of play. I'm using a cracked exe so maybe that makes a difference? Wouldn't be the first time that copy-protection has caused performance and stability issues.
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Re: Dragon Age Image Comparison
Nov 12, 2009, 03:29
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Re: Dragon Age Image Comparison Nov 12, 2009, 03:29
Nov 12, 2009, 03:29
 Kxmode
 
Shale is plenty more fun (as was that entire quest) - awesome dialog and awesome character.

Hehehe. Yeah. Overall Shale's abilities make him a worthless character, but I take him along because he reminds me of HK-47. There's lots of random dialog with other members that cracks me up. Plus he has an unhealthy pigeon phobia. When he become paranoid about them it is always a riot!

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Re: Dragon Age Image Comparison
Nov 12, 2009, 01:46
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Re: Dragon Age Image Comparison Nov 12, 2009, 01:46
Nov 12, 2009, 01:46
 
"We captured the following shots at 720p across both consoles and the PC to keep everything even. "

What the hell is the point of a comparison if you work to make all platforms appear even? That makes no freaking sense, one of the reasons the PC version will look much better is you can run it at four times the resolution.

Anyway... whatever.
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Re: Dragon Age Image Comparison
Nov 12, 2009, 01:42
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Re: Dragon Age Image Comparison Nov 12, 2009, 01:42
Nov 12, 2009, 01:42
 
Mhh, tis very weird then.. it clearly is something the game does, because restarting fixes the load times (and i agree that the "fast" load-times are actually already pretty dang slow).

Ah well, that didn't stop me from enjoying the game mind you ^^ Now that i got my DLC to work i've gotta say that i was pretty underwhelmed from the Wardens Keep DLC .. that was so short, and so easy (maybe i was just way to imbalanced already, dragon armor and +10 electricity / +10 Cold weapons - love 2 weapons skill - and generally i thought that castle would at least have some basement.. you know, or a dungeon..

Shale is plenty more fun (as was that entire quest) - awesome dialog and awesome character.
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Re: Dragon Age Image Comparison
Nov 12, 2009, 01:39
Kxmode
 
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Re: Dragon Age Image Comparison Nov 12, 2009, 01:39
Nov 12, 2009, 01:39
 Kxmode
 
In the case of Dragon Age you pay the price for the better graphics with long loading times though.. and a memory leak that forces you to restart the game after 3-4 hours because load-times increase and increase.

Load times for me are fast. I've never seen a memory leak. I've been able to play for 12 hours straight. Bought it on Friday and spent the rest of the night, and into the wee hours of Saturday playing... no problems.
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Re: Dragon Age Image Comparison
Nov 12, 2009, 01:37
Kxmode
 
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Re: Dragon Age Image Comparison Nov 12, 2009, 01:37
Nov 12, 2009, 01:37
 Kxmode
 
Now if this was a console port to the PC it would be different.

I think you're referring to Lost Planet. Capcom didn't really care to improve controls or graphics and the port was totally lackluster. Juxtaposed with Oblivion, Mass Effect, and Dragon Age. These are three examples where the developer took extra care for PC gamers.
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