I finished up the first mission and then went to bed like a good little worker last night, but I enjoyed what I saw. The game ran smoothly on ultra–despite not having the recommended specs for ultra–and the visuals are stunning and more than make up for the awkward animations (which are still a HUGE improvement over any BioWare game to date). The dialogue options are nice and the characters are mostly interesting (I love Alec, Sara, and Liam, but I’m meh about Cora). I’m excited to explore the worlds and see how the story unfolds.
Speaking of the story, the opening was intense! but also a little cliche with some cringeworthy moments (e.g., Sara’s reaction to Alec’s…well, you know). It wouldn’t be a BioWare game without some weird, tropey writing, though.
I did not bother playing with the CC, but I know it’s limited and I hope they patch in something to open it up more. I don’t know if I’ll be creating a custom character this time around, which is weird and new for me. I think I’m just too attached to Sara Ryder at this point. lol
One person on the grand estate is more prepared for the changing world coming in Season 3 than any other. The introduction of Cora’s mother, Martha (played by Shirley MacLaine), “reminds us that Cora’s upbringing was not the same as Robert’s,” explained Fellowes. “Cora is less afraid of the future than Robert is. She’s much less afraid of change. She’s less afraid of expressing that. … If anyone understands the world that’s coming, it’s Cora.”