Dragon Age: Origins Catch-All

Okay, well, this is weird. (I bought the Steam version, btw...)

I tried logging in again, using my "display name" to log in to social.bioware.com. That login worked. Then I went back into the game, to the DLC section and clicked "redeem code" again. This time I got a new browser window asking me for a promotional code--not the window I was getting before asking me to fill in more information, then complaining about an in-use email address.

I figured I'd better register the game with the site before trying to claim DLC, so I did that using the link on the promo code page. After successfully registering the game, there was a link back to the claim promo page, so I used that link and it accepted both of my other Steam codes. BTW, the game registration page is a filthy liar--the Steam key that worked to register the game was the one without dashes in it.

After registering the promo codes, I went into the game, refreshed my points balance as recommended by the promo code web page, and stuff just started downloading.

So I guess I'm good, though I have no idea why it started working. Maybe they're fixing bugs live on the site tonight...

Jeff-66 wrote:
Coldstream wrote:

This game is just...wonderful. I decided to play a Dwarven female noble as my main character and I don't think I've ever enjoyed an atmosphere so much. I'm not all that far in (have finished the Origin story) but I'm very, very impressed.

Couldn't agree more. The Elven opening has been superb thus far. I absolutely love the combat.

In case anyone hasn't realized this yet, there's a 'flanking' position for your enemy. Look at the red circle under him, his flank should be colored black. I'm a rogue so I let the other guy tank and then move to the flank do this vicious repetitive backstab move and watch the guy's health bar melt. So satisfying.

Thirded. I had already been able to play the Human Noble origin once, but I went ahead and did it again since that's the character I want to continue with and the atmosphere and pacing are just so frigg'n great. Right from the get-go it pulls me in to the characters. Website insanity aside (I'm not even going to attempt to use those until it looks like the site is working as it should), in terms of the game, this is Bioware at their absolute best.

FYI - Performance on my Core 2 CPU is pretty good at 1600x1050(?) with High (2nd best) detail level. It does hitch from time to time, but I'm thinking my paltry 2GB of system memory (running on Win7 64-bit) is to blame for that. I badly need an upgrade there.

I'm surprised that the characters I created with the character creator did not show up in the actual game. Seems like a lot of wasted effort now.

If I start a game without the DLC coming through, I guess it won't be available to any game I start? I'll have to restart to get the benefit of it (instead of it magically appearing in my possession)?

sheared wrote:

I'm surprised that the characters I created with the character creator did not show up in the actual game. Seems like a lot of wasted effort now.

That's odd. I created three characters yesterday and had no problem loading any of them today. Loaded DA, clicked to start a new game and there was an option right there to use characters done with the creator.

This is going to be a massive, massive time sink.

ubrakto wrote:
sheared wrote:

I'm surprised that the characters I created with the character creator did not show up in the actual game. Seems like a lot of wasted effort now.

That's odd. I created three characters yesterday and had no problem loading any of them today. Loaded DA, clicked to start a new game and there was an option right there to use characters done with the creator.

Yep, the character I'm playing was made with the Creator a week ago.

Sheared ... when creating a new one, there should be a visible option to import from the Creator.

larrymadill wrote:

This is going to be a massive, massive time sink.

Yes, yes it is.

Just...just thank you Bioware. I'm blown away and just coming up for air for a bit.

Yeah I'm the type that likes to read everything. It's like Planescape crossed with BG crossed with a nice 3d engine.

Spent 3 hours and I dont think I'm even out of the origin story yet for this char.

Decrypted on Steam, got my codes in and everything was in place immediately. But that was in the late afternoon, so I guess I beat the work rush.

Can we all take a moment and appreciate the universal inventory system in the game? No more forcing my fighter to pick stuff up and act as pack mule. That alone is a really nice change, and there are a lot of great tweaks to standard CRPG tropes. Very pleased so far!

Don't get too hung up on not having your DLC immediately. It has very little impact on the opening hours of the game anyways, just try it again tomorrow. The stuff should just show up in your pack regardless of where in the game you are so you won't need to start over.

I'm more wow'd by this game than I expected, by a large margin. I started as an elven mage, and the twist in the beginning was fun and unexpected.

I think what really stands out is the combat's pace. The sh*t is frenetic, I was not expecting that at all playing as a mage in an old school rpg.

Certis wrote:

Don't get too hung up on not having your DLC immediately. It has very little impact on the opening hours of the game anyways, just try it again tomorrow. The stuff should just show up in your pack regardless of where in the game you are so you won't need to start over.

Good to know... I was getting frustrated with my downloads not completing.

I bought the basic version off Steam last night, and everything has been smooth for me, including loading the character I created. I downloaded some free ring. The only thing I haven't done is try to download The Stone Prisoner. Game seems to be going fine.

I haven't picked up the game yet, and since my PC is 3 years old I'm hoping the 360 version of the game isn't half-baked. But I have to say, after seeing this screenshot, the gameplay better be damned solid.

Just finished my first origin story as the City elf. No comments other than I was happy to see that once you end an origin story, the armor and weapons you gave to an ally who didn't come with you magically appears back in your inventory. Thank you Bioware for not f-ing us over by equipping our temporary allies and not allowing us to get it back cause I was basically walking around naked.

Fedaykin98 wrote:

I bought the basic version off Steam last night, and everything has been smooth for me, including loading the character I created. I downloaded some free ring. The only thing I haven't done is try to download The Stone Prisoner. Game seems to be going fine.

I may have spoken a bit too soon; the game doesn't seem to recognize my Microsoft Bluetracker's scroll wheel, and the tutorial demands that I scroll. Trying another mouse.

I'm not a hater, and I'm probably not playing this correctly, but my "journey has ended" pretty much every 20 minutes so far.

I mean, I loved STALKER. I enjoy my old school gaming and harsh penalties with the best of them. But it really ruins the epic mood and great storyline when my "journey is ending" every time a battle gets more complicated than one or two enemies. Not to mention at least one person in my group is getting KO'd every battle. And I'm playing on normal difficulty.

I think I need to download the manual and figure out what I'm doing wrong. But the voice acting, storyline and production quality is phenomenal. Don't misunderstand me.

Mage origin in progress, and so far everything just feels right. Even that bit where my mage got caught between a pair of enemies and killed.

If anyone else is having my issue, there's threads running on impulse and bioware forums.

http://daforums.bioware.com/viewtopi......
http://forums.stardock.com/368325/pa...

Me too. Having same issue. Activation issues are the worst because they only affect people who paid for the game.

Montalban wrote:

I'm not a hater, and I'm probably not playing this correctly, but my "journey has ended" pretty much every 20 minutes so far.
I think I need to download the manual and figure out what I'm doing wrong. But the voice acting, storyline and production quality is phenomenal. Don't misunderstand me.

In this game, the spacebar is your friend.

I'm eager to hear 360 impressions.

I know the PC version is superior, and it sounds fantastic on that platform so far, but I don't game on PC and wonder how well all the early glowing praises trickle down, filtered through the inferior 360 port.

I keep waiting for that moment where you get the feeling that the game's taking the leash off of you, like when you get your lightsaber in KOTOR, when you get to Neverwinter in NWN 2, or when you get command of the Normandy in Mass Effect. I still feel like I'm following breadcrumbs.

STEAM DLC is automatic correct - you donthave to do anything special do you? Also - preload sucks - it never ever works for me. I had to delete and reinstall - still downloading as I type. STEAM is developing a love/hate relationship with me.

SpyNavy wrote:

STEAM DLC is automatic correct - you donthave to do anything special do you? Also - preload sucks - it never ever works for me. I had to delete and reinstall - still downloading as I type. STEAM is developing a love/hate relationship with me.

You get the codes through Steam and have to enter them on the Bioware social website. Once you unlock it to your profile there and are logged into your Bioware/EA profile in the game menu it will start to download. So, no.

Montalban wrote:

I'm not a hater, and I'm probably not playing this correctly, but my "journey has ended" pretty much every 20 minutes so far.

I mean, I loved STALKER. I enjoy my old school gaming and harsh penalties with the best of them. But it really ruins the epic mood and great storyline when my "journey is ending" every time a battle gets more complicated than one or two enemies. Not to mention at least one person in my group is getting KO'd every battle. And I'm playing on normal difficulty.

I think I need to download the manual and figure out what I'm doing wrong. But the voice acting, storyline and production quality is phenomenal. Don't misunderstand me.

Try switching to easy. One of the complaints in just about every review is that Normal is pretty hard. You can continually switch the difficulty on the fly, so why not just give Easy a try and feel your way around the game better?

And yes, the spacebar is your friend.

Ok, I guess its been a LONG time since I played BG. And after just playing Torchlight not less than 24 hours ago this combat system has me all weirded out! I'm not used to them "automatically" doing stuff. Yes I use the spacebar to pause but I am just not "getting" it.

Any tips on making the battle portion of the game seem more natural? Its weird, but my natural tendency is to partake in a clickfest... I'm assuming thats not how this is played?

PAR

Certis wrote:

Don't get too hung up on not having your DLC immediately.

That's easy for you to say, Mr. Everything-was-in-place-immediately!

I really wish my daughter was old enough to walk herself home from school right now.

I am about an hour in with a human mage and I am loving it.

Still no luck with the Impulse problem. I've submitted a ticket with Stardock as it is with all the details. Perhaps I'll check in sometime tomorrow and see what's going on.

Glad to see everyone is enjoying it so far. I'm very eager to play, I just hate that while no DRM can be a real pleasing feature, activation can also be quite a pain. As a long time PC gamer, it's gotten more frustrating recently.

Is there any way to dial down the blood in the 360 version without having to ask Fido to lick it off of you? *shudder*

Wow! This game is awesome sauce. Has anyone been able to enter the bonus key for the items? I was only able to register my game key but not the bonus items.

At first I was guarded because it seemed like it was going to be 85% cut scenes and 15% kill a monster or two. But the combat has picked up and so has the intensity of the story and cut scenes.

As with all rpg's I feel a little lost with what points I want to put where but my character is kicking ass. It is definitely not a walk in the park. I am playing on normal and I've had to reload 3 times. And there were a few areas where I ended up winning the fights but 1-2 of my guys were unconscious each skirmish.

Regen is zippy out of combat and mages aren't completely neutered by a poor regen in combat.

The story has a few familiar fantasy trappings but its good and engaging. The overall mood is dour and I can't help but feel there are set ups for some major tragedies all along the way.

edit: oh and Im thinking 360 owners will have no problems playing this game. The game lends itself well to the over the shoulder perspective. I do switch often to top down view, but combat can easily be done over the shoulder and in some cases its easier to target archers and casters from over the shoulder perspective. Range is long in this game so frequently enemies are beyond view in top down.

I think I'm about to have a stroke from gamer rage. Earlier I bought the 360 version because my PC's glitched out. Well, it was a bad disc. Unreadable with physical defects on the back. I take it back, exchange... and the new disc has the same problems though at least the defect patterns on the back look different. Somebody out there doesn't want me to play this game. I've now sunk over 110 bucks on a game I can't even play.