Hey, I have played all the Mass Effect Games multiple times, but never attempted Dragon Age, can you …idk, give me a review maybe on why I should play it?
Have you ever played Baldur’s Gate? And I don’t mean Dark Alliance that came out on PS2/xbox, but the one BioWare made we don’t even want to talk about how long ago for PC.
If you have, then you’ll be fairly familiar with the playstyle of DA:O. If you haven’t, well, it could take some getting used to. Assuming how a game plays rather than the story of the game affects your level of desire to play the game in the first place.
DA2’s playstyle was marketed as ‘button = awesome’. And it delivers. You hit a button and cool shit really does go down, but the combat is a little different from DA:O.
Play style aside, both games are fantastic and if you enjoy story-based epics (which I’m assuming you must a little bit since you’ve played Mass Effect a few times), you’ll probably enjoy the Dragon Age series.
It’s fantasy, it’s fighting dragons, it’s casting spells and delving into magic. It’s learning the lore and the history and picking sides. It’s moral grey areas with difficult choices. It’s loss. It’s love.
It’s not knowing what’s in store for us in DA:I.
DA:O was in dev for six years and boy does it feel like it. The art styles aren’t always consistent and the game can feel separated because of that. Despite that, though, you can really feel it in the story. The story is rich in DA:O. You pick who you are, what race you are, where you start, your class and then you get to play out that origin, and that story has a lasting impact throughout the rest of the game. It’s magnificent. It can limit some things you can accomplish in the end of the game.
DA2, on the other hand, was rushed. Art style is consistent, but the assets are reused copiously. The story is still pretty great, and the framed narrative within which it’s told is wonderful (who doesn’t want to listen to Varric talk all day?) and keeps the story moving. It still has a rushed feel to it, and the ending is probably one of the most hotly contested endings. You either like it or you hate it. There are certainly ways it could have been better handled because as it stands, some people feel like it didn’t really matter what decisions you made leading up to it as things still went down a certain way.
But I mean, you’re probably familiar with that let down from ME3. And at least for me, the let down of DA2 wasn’t so much a let down as it was for ME3. But I don’t want to spoil anything.
The thing that’s hard about endings is tying everything together, so I can see why DA2 ended the way it did. Especially since it’s a middle game. I’m gonna leave it at that.
So, if you like fantasy and hitting dudes with swords, if you like controlling party tactics and pausing to assess battle strategy, if you like an element of mystery and exploration, if you like mages and games with a political element, if you like dragons and don’t mind a little jenk, you’ll probably enjoy Dragon Age.
I recommend getting it for PC because the modding community is excellent (just please stay away from white-washing and 'prettier female npc’ mods), and for the love of god, get Shale’s DLC. You won’t regret a thing.