Dragon Age: Origins Catch-All

kuddles wrote:

I highly recommend starting your first game as either a city elf or dwarf commoner

City elves get +10 to Jaywalking.

(When I read the words 'City Elf,' I hear a sprightly cockney voice saying, "I'm a city elf I am!")

Jeff-66 wrote:

Anyone know if DA:O will take advantage of dual-monitors by any chance?

I don't think so.

Stryker wrote:

Gametrailers review is up!

Best to avoid if you don't want to be exposed to spoilers.

Bought and pre-loaded. I look forward to killing things. And to this game.

El-Producto wrote:

All I have to say after about 2 hours of playtime, is WELCOME BACK BIOWARE.

I've been loosely following the devlopment of this game, but gave up on it long ago, when it started as an action rpg using the neverwinter nights engine.

The game I'm playing right now, is absolutely the spiritual successor to the Infinity engine games... my favorite games EVAR. I read the Eurogamer review, and I guess the reviewer played a different game then I am, because I have a hard time agreeing with much of what he says.

He keeps referring to Oblivion as if it's the standard bearer for modern RPG's. I personally couldn't stand it, and it's cardboard npc's. I feel like this game is drawing me in, like nothing since BG2 has. I'm sure there will be things that will irritate me, and things I wish they'd included/left out. I'm also sure if I went back and played any of the IE games, I'd find numerous niggles as well.

Until then, I'm going to enjoy my 100 hours of isometric/pause/realtime combat!!!

I share your opinions about both the Infinity Engine games and Oblivion so I am very heartened by your post.

Edit: As for your comment on the Eurogamer review, while I generally enjoy their writing style I rarely find myself agreeing with their conclusions.

Iridium884 wrote:

Quick Question: What comes in the regular $50 box? Is the manual any good? I'm debating Steam vs retail, but I won't be able to get to retail for a while.

The manual is very short and practically useless. You can even download it right now and look at it (http://akamai.cdn.ea.com/eadownloads...).

Otherwise, non-used games come with the Stone Prisoner (quest and a new companion character) and Blood Dragon Armor DLC. This is to get people not to pirate and buy it new. I believe the box has codes for them, so that's why I said "non-used". You get both from the Steam, Impulse, etc. versions.

dejanzie wrote:

I read here the system requirements are acceptable. I have a very average rig (E6750 Core2Duo 2.67Ghz, 6Gb RAM, GF 7900GT 256MB), could it spit out generic fantasy (;-)) images at a 1680*1050 resolution with acceptable detail you guys recon?

It'll play, though I don't know how well at that resolution. You meet (and exceed a bit) the req. specs. I would think you're video card is going to limit you a bit at that resolution, but you never know.

You can definitely play the game, but "acceptable detail" . . . ??

Okay so my Boxed CE version came, please don't hate me if I don't update the thread from now on. Just kidding, I will keep the thread updated.

Right off the bat, I am happy to see that DA actually detected the best setting for my PC correctly! You don't see this often... Off to a very good start.

Oh and the CE tin box is regular DVD case sized, but it is very well constructed, definitely worth "collecting"

I'm reading it is unlocked on Steam now. Can anyone confirm?

This work day cannot end soon enough.

Ok! I don't think I have seen this anywhere but you are able to take the characters you made in the character creator and use them in the game correct? Seems like it would be stupid to not be able to. I think I'm just wondering how they transfer.

Wayfarer wrote:

I'm reading it is unlocked on Steam now. Can anyone confirm?

This work day cannot end soon enough.

Looks like it.

I think you have to upload your characters to the Bioware social site in order for them to xfer.

UPS just dropped off my copy. FYI: If you get the 360 version you redeem your download codes through the in-game menu and NOT in the Xbox Live Dashboard / Marketplace.

I'll play a bit after lunch.

It's available guys. (On Steam)

Of course decrypting 15 gigs of files is going to take forever.

Decrypting NOW!

Edit: Having some trouble connecting, updating and decrypting. Fear my nerd rage!!

Looks like dual monitors are unsupported, but might work. DA:O does support 3D glasses on the new schmancy 3D video monitors/cards.

breander wrote:

Of course decrypting 15 gigs of files is going to take forever.

Looks to be going a LOT faster than Borderlands did. Took a few Steam restarts to get it to work but I'm at 75% complete in just a couple of minutes.

LiquidMantis wrote:
breander wrote:

Of course decrypting 15 gigs of files is going to take forever.

Looks to be going a LOT faster than Borderlands did. Took a few Steam restarts to get it to work but I'm at 75% complete in just a couple of minutes.

Mine slowly worked up to about 10 percent then jump up to 75 percent and is going slow again.

Yeah, mine now seems to be using 79 to cover 11-74.

breander wrote:

Of course decrypting 15 gigs of files is going to take forever.

So I guess I'm actually going to hold to my plan of going for a run tonight before I play Dragon Age.

Jump from 34 to 66.

Yeah, I seem stuck at 79%. Lets all make sure to keep eachother updated on our percents of decryption.

NathanialG wrote:

Yeah, I seem stuck at 79%. Lets all make sure to keep eachother updated on our percents of decryption. :)

Yeah I'm stuck at 80% been there for a while now.

So the boxed PC version comes on two discs or just decompresses to 15 gigs?

You guys are killing me. I still need to go through decryption. I am ready to go home!

Stuck in the mid 70's for awhile. After class I shall start.

*cough* *cough*

I think I look pale. And, doggone-it, EBGames is right along the way home.

Really, it's a sign from God.

I predict a fever in about an hour.

Katy wrote:
IUMogg wrote:

Some what related, the latest bitmob podcast has 3 rpg developers discussing the theory and philosophy of rpg game design. They talk about dragon age briefly with no spoilers, but I would imagine people in this thread would appreciate the whole discussion. Sorry there is no link, I'm posting from my phone at work.

Here's the link: http://bitmob.com/index.php/podcast/...
Direct download of the mp3: http://media.libsyn.com/media/mobcas...

About the podcast wrote:

In celebration for Tuesday's release of Dragon Age: Origins, Jason hosts a special role-playing game edition of The Mobcast, featuring Aram Jabbari (@AtlusAram on Twitter), the manager of public relations and sales at Atlus America (Persona, Demon's Souls); Chris Avellone (@ChrisAvellone), cofounder and creative director of Obsidian Entertainment (Neverwinter Nights 2, Alpha Protocol); and legendary RPG designer Brenda Brathwaite (@bbrathwaite).
[...]

I'm listening to this right now and quite enjoying it. As a longtime fan of rpgs this podcast is filled with awesomeness. Perhaps while everyone is decrypting they could give it a listen and maybe make the time go by a little faster.

Thanks for the headsup and the links.

Great...now I have to call my wife and talk her through setting up the decryption. She's gonna love getting this phone call Wish me luck!