Thursday, March 22
And specifically to Mark Darrah:
Maybe I should just put a stop to something right now.Grow up, Mark.
We ARE NOT going to:
* Burn DA2 to the ground
* Pretend it doesn't exists
I am proud of what DA2 accomplished in several areas. It is certainly not without flaws.
We have things to learn from BOTH Dragon Age games as well as other titles.
Starting your post by telling me to ignore the hard work of over a hundred people is NOT a good way to start a dialogue with me.
There have been games where the second one was garbage but the third one was such a good game that I took a risk on it (Deus Ex is the only recent one I can think of, though).
Honestly, I think everyone's fixation on DLC as the Big Focus is detrimental in the long term. A good game needs to be good without DLC. I've picked up DLC for Civ 5 because the base game was really good, and the DLC for Fallout NV was generally good (not uniformly so, but the highs were quite high). But if the base game isn't much to talk about, I don't think "gee, maybe I should sink ten more bucks into it and get that extra mission pack"...
So who cares if they burn DA2 to the ground or create a monument to its awfulness and carefully tend the lawn for a hundred years? Unless they suddenly remember how to make a really, really great game, I won't be back anyway.
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at Thursday, March 22 2012 01:49 PM (pWQz4)
Fortunately, Dragon Age II came out about the same time I finished Dragon Age: Origins. So I pre-ordered it, installed it, fired it up, and...
Nyrrgh. Just... I don't think any adults were involved in the direction of the project. It's that inept. Technically fine, but the storytelling is what you'd expect from an over-excited five-year-old. Confused and disjointed and ultimately pointless. Could have been a fun snack while waiting for the real next entry in the Dragon Age saga, but as Dragon Age II? No.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, March 22 2012 03:11 PM (PiXy!)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Thursday, March 22 2012 03:51 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, March 22 2012 04:17 PM (PiXy!)
But it shouldn't be a way of extracting more money from players. The insistence in marketing add ons to new releases. Special editions for specific retailers.
I want to play a game. Not spend hours maintaining logins to access publishers websites for a virtual widget or skin in exchange for marketing blurb.
Bioware seem to be a little patchy lately. Mass Effect 3 seems to have earned the ire of players with its ending. To the point people are petitioning for a new ending.
But Old Republic seems to be going strong. Enough for Blizzard to feel that they're taking subscribers from WoW.
Posted by: Andrew at Thursday, March 22 2012 04:19 PM (PDuG2)
On the other hand, The Stone Prisoner (Dragon Age: Origins) and Lair of the Shadow Broker (Mass Effect 2) were both beyond awesome, so...
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, March 22 2012 08:13 PM (PiXy!)
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