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Bad News for Dragon Age 2

Journal Entry: Sun Jul 18, 2010, 1:52 PM


Despite my total and absolute hatred of all things EA, I thought Dragon Age: Origins was one of few great games last year. In a year filled with over-hyped sequels, it was one of the only games that delivered. It also gave me a small glimmer of hope that a studio owned by EA or Activision could still create great games.

So I was happy when Bioware announced the release date for Dragon Age 2 earlier this month. Then they released some concept wallpapers which made me happier: gameinformer.com/b/news/archiv…

But... I should have known better, after all we are talking about EA. They quickly crushed my brief happiness and hope by announcing they will give DA : O 2 the "Mass Effect 2 treatment" kotaku.com/5585473/dragon-age-… If you're a Dragon Age fan or a RPG fan in general, this is bad... really, really bad news.

The guy who wrote the Kotaku post calls Mass Effect 2 "a contemporary take on the RPG". *cough* Bullshit *cough* They can't gut all of the core RPG elements from the game and argue it's still an RPG. If a Ford Mustang is a muscle car in 2010 but Ford redesigns it as a SUV in 2011, they can't say it's still a muscle car. Because it's not. Mass Effect 2 is not an RPG, it's a shooter that's built and focused on difficulty and combat. It's designed to attract FPS / multiplayer fans. Even worse, EA also cut their costs by supplying half the content of the first game. Completely sleazy on all fronts.

So what does this mean for Dragon Age 2? In short, it means kiss all the things you liked or loved about Dragon Age goodbye. EA cut 31 explorable worlds and environments, 285 types of armor, 47 different weapons and 13 types of ammo from Mass Effect 1 to 2. Did they also cut the price accordingly? Nooooo...... of course not. So expect more of the same when Dragon Age 2 releases. As much as I loved the first game, I want nothing to do with the sequel.

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Retoucher07030 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've played both. Which is why I don't think Mass Effect 2 is a RPG. You can't play either of those games and still say Mass Effect qualifies as a RPG. It's just not!

I'd recommend Dragon Age: Origins if you haven't played it. Bethesda didn't make it, it's from EA / Bioware. It's not a hardcore RPG like Fallout 3 or Oblivion. It's a cross between the styles of Fable 2 and Mass Effect 1. The game has 6 different beginnings based on your character class. Plus some of the different class stories interconnect. You'll see or meet NPC's from one story while playing others. It's the Pulp Fiction of video games :lol: Which is why I'm pissed EA is going to destroy it.

Oh well... at least I have both Fallout Vegas and Fable 3 to look forward to this fall!
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crowhitewolf Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
If you ever played Oblivion or Fallout 3,you my friend have expirienced an RPG.I have never played dragon age,but I am ofcourse planning(Just because it is made by Bethesda).TES 4 Oblivion was and it is going to be my favourite RPG.
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