Dragon Age: Origins Catch-All

Blind_Evil wrote:

I should have dug into DA: Journeys earlier...To get one of the items you have to beat the game thrice, and it is not by any means a quick half hour browser game. It's also hard, and seems to require some grinding. The prize I really want is an amulet that gives 5% added damage to all magic types. You have to beat the game on hard..hopefully I can get it done tonight.

If anyone has done this and has advice on character builds or anything, let me know please. I can't get by what I think is the last major fight, against an ogre and two Alpha Genlocks.

I wouldn't say it's "hard", but you definitely can't just spam regular attacks at all the enemies. You need to know how to use crowd control spells/skills, balance mana/stamina, and position your characters correctly. The majority of the enemies are pretty straight forward but there are a few that take just a bit more strategy than normal. I also wouldn't say there's grinding, as there's a level cap and enemies don't respawn. But there are a few points, such as the Orgre battles, that you shouldn't just run into, make sure you've cleared the current dungeon before just rushing to the big battles. I'd say a full play through could take 3-4 hours, depending how much time you put into customizing your builds and such.

Fedaykin98 wrote:

So, what races/classes y'all playing? I'm thinking of trying a Human Mage, though I almost never play a caster.

An elf would typically be the last race I'd pick for my main character, but I dig what they've done with elves for Dragon Age and will likely play one of those. As for class/origin, I'm unsure.

My interest in trying a mage (a first for me) is heavily influenced by how awesome the lore is in this game. The Dwarven lore is particularly awesome, and I never, ever play dwarves.

That said, I may get 2 hours into the game and re-roll into a warrior or rogue, because Paladins and Rangers are my more familar, comfortable roles.

Fedaykin98 wrote:

My interest in trying a mage (a first for me) is heavily influenced by how awesome the lore is in this game. The Dwarven lore is particularly awesome, and I never, ever play dwarves.

That said, I may get 2 hours into the game and re-roll into a warrior or rogue, because Paladins and Rangers are my more familar, comfortable roles.

I typically like to play a straight up warrior my first time through a game like this. It's just and easy way to learn the game. But for this game I am going to try starting out as an elf mage. I like how the elves are not your typical elf and they just seem to lend them selves to being magical.

I would have to imagine that we'll see plenty of community mods that add all sorts of houses and such to store all the crap you like. No. Big. Whoop.

I'm leaning toward a Human Noble Rogue for my first go at it. I pretty much have to play a Rogue, leaving locked doors and chests behind is deeply disturbing to me.

Certis wrote:

I would have to imagine that we'll see plenty of community mods that add all sorts of houses and such to store all the crap you like. No. Big. Whoop.

I thought of that, too. Seems like a bottomless bag mod would take five minutes to whip up.

Fedaykin98 wrote:
Certis wrote:

I would have to imagine that we'll see plenty of community mods that add all sorts of houses and such to store all the crap you like. No. Big. Whoop.

I thought of that, too. Seems like a bottomless bag mod would take five minutes to whip up.

Also the Warden's Keep comes with the Digital Deluxe edition for what it's worth.

I don't mind because the lore of Warden's Keep sounds INCREDIBLY badass. Reclaiming the old Grey Wardens' headquarters, discovering more of the "forgotten lore" of the group sounds like a lark. Can't wait to play through it.

Same with the golem one, actually. I suspect some new reveals of dwarven lore in the technology of war golems, their uses in battle, etc... etc...

Anyway, I'm going for Human Noble first playthrough, most likely followed by Common Elf, then Human Mage, then move onto a Dwarf. We'll see. Anyway, Human Noble ranks first solely for the fact that supposedly you get your Mabari war hound much faster that way... and that dog is TOO COOL for words. Plus, supposedly there are some amusing character interactions between the dog and your other party members. (video of the dog on Dragon Age shows that Sten seems to respect and admire it greatly)

Preload's finished. Only took... 28.5 hours. :X Steam usually runs at like 400kb/s. This ran at about 100-105. >.<

Human Noble as well - torn between Rogue and Warrior.

Human noble rogue as well, for similar reasons as Certis. But I also love sneaking around and using bow & arrows.

In like Flynn!

I will be playing a human rogue first. For some reason, in games I always end up playing a sneaky bugger - assassins, rogues, thieves and sometimes rangers. And like Certis, I hate the thought of loot getting away because a locked door is in the way.

I'm being a dirty skimmer here, but the Eurogamer review is up.

Quick Summary: 8/10 - "Polished but generic"

Bit-tech's review also here, also along the same lines: derivative, takes a long while to really get it going.

I'm starting with a Dwarven Commoner Rogue. Everything about that Origin screams survival, and a Rogue is the best at it.

Dual Dwarven Daggers FTW!

My PC is still at Geeksquad. My laptop is not powerful enough to play this. Impulse has validated my purchase and informed me the game is ready to download.....remember that Twilight Zone episode where the last man on the planet finally has time to read, and breaks his glasses?

Giant Bomb's video review. 5 out of 5.

Lots of praise for the character interaction, story, combat system. Hardly any complaints actually, which I think is because they handed the review to a guy that doesn't usually handle editorial. The GB editorial guys have particularly console-specific backgrounds and are a bit put off by genre fantasy. I think most people in this thread can relate much better with the reviewer.

Whoop, Gamespot's review is up too. 9.5 out of 10.

The Good

# Intricate, involving storytelling
# Amazing dialogue and voice acting bring characters to life
# Rich fantasy world filled with interesting lore
# Enjoyable questing with plenty of twists and surprises
# Lots of spells and abilities make combat fun.

The Bad

# A few glitches.

Player Reviews and Impressions (Before the game is released, there will be some pre-release reviews, later to be replaced by user reviews only)

Pre-release professional reviews
PC Gamer UK 9.4/10 (this is the review by John Walker, If you read one review, read this one.)
Eurogamer 8/10
Bit-tech
Giantbomb 5/5
Gamespot 9.5/10

Reviews and Feedbacks from players like us

  • PC Zone Review 93% (thanks Kuddles!)
  • PC Gamer UK supposedly have a review of the game, by John Walker (from RPS) who previously pretty much panned the game based on his E3 impressions, the score is 94%.
  • ***NEW***In PC Gamer UK Podcast eps 34, John talks about why he gave the game his all time high score. And recommends the PC version for best experience.
  • Desslock wrote a very extend review (he was given 8 pages!) for PC Gamer US. The review is not yet published yet, but from what Desslock have posted over at QT3, DA is going to live up to the "spiritual successor of BG" title.
  • (10/20)Great user review of DA by Woolen Horde of QT3, GWJ post link here
  • (10/20)More great feeback at QT3, quoted here on GWJ. Topic include quest/level designs, origin stories, NPC interplay, NPC influence system "mini-game" (Social Links lite )

Any news on when the Steam version unlocks? I hope Valve is not in charge of that, otherwise people who got it on Steam will get to start playing on Thursday.

Valve is in charge of that. Usually thats around 2 PM est.

I highly recommend starting your first game as either a city elf or dwarf commoner if you want to see an unothodox opening story which leads to more interesting conversations later on. Not to say you can't make a case that it's a game that sticks by traditional fantasy story-telling a little too closely and doesn't take enough risks, but the reviews that complain the story is too generic seemed to have also gone for the most generic options as well. Especially since screenshots next to the reviews that praise the storytelling tend to suggest they went with the non-noble classes as well. I'll just say that while the human noble story wasn't bad by any means, the origin story for the city elf was ten times better and by the end of it I felt like I genuinely wanted to join the Grey Wardens. I believe Remo from Idle Thumbs had positive things to say about the dwarf ones as well.

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I think in this case EA is in charge of that. 10AM Pacific Time is mentioned as the release time for all digital download services for this game. (If history serves, though, I would assume it'll be about 45 minutes later to be on the safe side.)

Btw, the OP is updated with reviews, including the full review by John Walker that we talked so much about previously.

I made a couple pounds of chili last night. I came into work almost an hour early today. I'm ready to go.

I'm planning on playing all the origin stories before jumping into the actual plot. I get the feeling that no matter how much I may end up liking this game, once I finish it I'll have a hard time going back and playing other origins since the game is so long.

Happy DA Day everyone

garion333 wrote:

I'm planning on playing all the origin stories before jumping into the actual plot. I get the feeling that no matter how much I may end up liking this game, once I finish it I'll have a hard time going back and playing other origins since the game is so long.

Judging by the two I played last night, the origin stories are only about 90 minutes long. It's probably not that difficult to play all six of them, although naturally you won't get to appreciate how conversations or plot points play out differently afterwards.

HantaXP wrote:

Happy DA Day everyone :D

Thanks!! You too! Come over later for cookies and booze??

HantaXP wrote:

Happy DA Day everyone :D

Election day, too; first I do my civic duty, then I plunder me some booty!

Bit-tech's review also here, also along the same lines: derivative, takes a long while to really get it going.

Derivative doesn't surprise me. I mean, a fantasy RPG? Who ever heard of one of those?

HantaXP wrote:

Happy DA Day everyone :D

Why oh why are you still somewhere in Maryland my precious Collector's Edition? Today is the day. Didn't you get the memo?

HantaXP wrote:

Happy DA Day everyone :D

Does this mean we get to occupy Austria for a couple months?

Unlock -5:00. Here's hoping it's quick (yeah, right).

The unlocking process for the demo of L4D2 was pretty rediculous, I can't imagine how long this one will take. I cant believe we are on the fourth page of this thread already.