Verno wrote on Jan 10, 2013, 11:35:
YMMV I guess but I didn't really care for the writing, I've done a few lengthy DA2 plot/quest teardowns in the past so I'm not going to rehash it all but the writing in the game was very problematic. Many plot elements were at odds with things established in the first game which felt jarring. The whole first act practically put me to sleep and characterization wasn't exactly impressive either. The framing story didn't really make much sense and the game felt like a disjointed series of short stories as opposed to a cohesive experience. The mix of Whedonesque dialogue with traditional RPG banter just didn't work that well for me, I wish they would just abandon this style altogether.
I agree that the first act was terrible. All you're doing is getting money to go into the fucking deep roads, and then when you come out, you come out with less money than you actually paid to go in. What really pissed me off was that at the end of Act 1, a guy shows up who offers to loan you the money in return for a double cut.
WHY THE FUCK DIDN'T YOU SHOW UP AT THE START OF ACT 1, ASSHOLE?
But I liked some of the storylines in the second act. The Qunari were pretty cool, although their reason for being there seemed rather ridiculous (Seriously? A BOOK?), and I quite enjoyed the mage/templar plotlines.
I'm not up to date enough on the DA codex to be able to really judge the inconsistencies in the story, but the one thing that really irked me during the game was that the codex specifically says, on magic, that NO MAGIC CAN BE USED TO MOVE A PERSON FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER.
And then enemy mages teleport all over the fucking screen.
a lot of that is due to the pandering elements in their games and how they have approached feedback
Yeah, that's a very good point. I think in hindsight they might have wanted to handle it a bit differently from the beginning.
nin wrote on Jan 10, 2013, 11:45:
Exactly. "Those folks are just too negative, I'm sure my work is fine. LA LA LA - not listening!"
And then he wonders why people can't stand him? Really????
Yeah, it's not that difficult to see, David...