Dragon Age: Origins Movie

The Dragon Age: Origins Gallery now offers the second video covering "bringing the Grey Wardens to life" in Dragon Age: Origins, BioWare's upcoming role-playing game. The clip features developer narration along with screenshots and gameplay videos introducing Grey Warden characters and their back-stories. The clip also mentions that voice acting veteran Peter Renaday will be supplying the voice of Duncan in the game.
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Dec 22, 2008, 08:54
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Dec 22, 2008, 08:54
 
I thought Mass Effect was really weak. Insanely repetitive "land on planet, drive around, find little things" killed the experience for me. Less planets and a more dense environment imho would have made the feeling a lot better, because there was quite a bit of good content, it was just too scattered. Imagine Fallout 3 on a map 10 times the size, but with the same content.
I found Jade Empire to be a lot of fun, but probably because I didn't expect much from it. As soon as I figured out it was an action adventure, I just played it that way.
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Dec 22, 2008, 05:51
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Dec 22, 2008, 05:51
 
I'm really looking forward to it because of the Toolset. I'm hoping many lessons were learned from NWN's Toolset.

A huge problem with NWN's module scene was that the D&D pen and paper game mechanics just didn't fit well with a computer game, IMO. The typical NWN module was 1-2 hours in length, and most started you off at level 1. Meaning by the time you finished any module, you were at level 3 at best. (There were epic modules that were made for years by dedicated individuals, but they were few and far between.) You could export your character into another module, but that would totally destroy the balance of that module. Your character would be too powerful due to levels and items. So if you played a dozen modules, you had a dozen characters, none of which were high level at all. Meaning you didn't even get to play with the bulk of your character's spells or skills that were in the game. It was just a mess.

I hope this Toolset addresses this problem. And since the IP is totally new, hopefully Bioware can figure out a way to let people take their characters from one module to the next without things becoming totally broken. There's not going to be many people who are willing to dedicate thousands of hours into the development of a module that can take a character from level 1 to maximum. But if Bioware can figure out a way to let people chain together modules from dozens of different creators, then there would be enough content there for the whole level progression to run its course.

My suggestion is that an optional system needs to be in place that limits author power. The authors would be able to make quests and environments, but the loot/monster stuff would be handled by the game.

PS -- I still stand by my earlier comments that all of Bioware's games have horrible gameplay and braindead AI. They rely entirely on good graphics and writing.

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Dec 22, 2008, 05:26
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Dec 22, 2008, 05:26
 
Even the video was boring. I'm all into dialog, but it took two guys the entire time to go, uh, humm, ahh, yeah, Grey, the, mmm, character, uhhh, mentor, (scratching balls), ug, different.

Spit it out.

So bored of RPG's these days, this is going to be worse than the last ones. Ummm. Errrg.

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Dec 22, 2008, 05:10
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Re: Dragon Age: Origins Movie Dec 22, 2008, 05:10
Dec 22, 2008, 05:10
 
Funny that some people here actually look critically at Mass Effect. All people I talked to never understood why I kinda disliked Mass Effect and always bashed me for talking so "bad" about it.
The idea, story and atmosphere were simply awesome in that game, but it was far too short (got through it in under 15 hours because of the sidequests that are in no way connected to the main route - you actually have to find them yourself and might accidently stumble across the main quests on the way and may complete the game accidently because of that - as I did) and too simple. A typical console port actually, minus bad controls.

Concerning JE, I also never looked at it because I dont like that Chinese theme at all.

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Dec 22, 2008, 01:26
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Dec 22, 2008, 01:26
 
Jade Empire had seriously crappy combat mechanics. On top of that, the story just wasn't strong enough to keep me playing. I gave up on it half-way through. I still think the Chinese theme has some potential though. They just need to build a decent game around it. Jade Empire completely failed on that count.

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Dec 21, 2008, 21:49
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Re: Dragon Age: Origins Movie Dec 21, 2008, 21:49
Dec 21, 2008, 21:49
 
I've never figured out why people seem down on Jade Empire. Sure, it wasn't the best RPG ever, but it was pretty decent.

The problem with JE was that it was much more of an action game than an RPG. All the skills were combat-related. Mass Effect had a similar problem, though at least it had a Persuasion skill.
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Dec 21, 2008, 21:47
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Re: Dragon Age: Origins Movie Dec 21, 2008, 21:47
Dec 21, 2008, 21:47
 
I don't know what to think of Dragon Age: Origins so far. It looks like it's gonna be a short game of a small scale, where you basically get recruited as a Gray Warden and work towards the climactic ending which is that huge battle right about every gameplay movie mentions.

...atleast that's the feeling I get from what has been revealed so far.

...I don't like it.

EDIT/ADDED: As for Jade Empire.. maybe it was because of this whole Chinese theme the game was enveloped with? It was my reason not to buy or try it, atleast. I love bioware games because of their rich Forgotten Realms kinda themes in games that aren't even in the FR universe. Same goes for the Star Wars themes. Chinese kinda stuff never attracted me nor the many ppl I know that share my opinion.

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Dec 21, 2008, 21:46
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Dec 21, 2008, 21:46
 
I think the reason people were "let down" by Jade Empire is perhaps due to riding off the "high" of KOTOR.
It wasn't a bad game, but at the same time it wasn't "Holy Crap I'm actually the bad guy who tried to take over the universe".
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Dec 21, 2008, 20:53
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Dec 21, 2008, 20:53
 
You weren't meh about Jade Empire or Mass Effect?

I've never figured out why people seem down on Jade Empire. Sure, it wasn't the best RPG ever, but it was pretty decent.
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Dec 21, 2008, 19:24
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I was pretty meh about Jade Empire, but it had a fairly decent battle mechanic. I loved Mass Effect, it practically sold me on the 360 last year to be honest. It's the reason I finally got an elite. Well, that and the elite had came out with all the changes that brought. Still, it might be sad to say so but the game really does not look that good graphically. It does seem quite Wicher'ish. I've been waiting for a true spiritual sequal to BG2 since I first finished ToB and from the videos I've seen so far Dragon Age won't be the game to scratch that itch.
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Dec 21, 2008, 18:35
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Dec 21, 2008, 18:35
 
This is about the first Bioware game I've ever been meh about.

You weren't meh about Jade Empire or Mass Effect?
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Dec 21, 2008, 18:14
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Dec 21, 2008, 18:14
 
Duncan the Battlemage. Sounds awesome!



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Dec 21, 2008, 18:11
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Dec 21, 2008, 18:11
 
They've got a guy named Duncan in it. That's like a prerequisite for medieval RPGs.
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Dec 21, 2008, 16:59
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Dec 21, 2008, 16:59
 
This is about the first Bioware game I've ever been meh about. Maybe since they've been tainted by EA. The game also sounds like something of a rip-off of the Witcher.
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