Greg Rucka + Dragon Age
How does it turn out? Let's find out
Featuring Greg Rucka's Strong Female Protagonist
You know, I think Rucka is probably better than most of Bioware's hacks. Like sure they had something good going in Origins and Awakening, but after that point... the stories in any future Dragon Age games just went down fucking hill.
I like it so far
Origins remains my favorite DA
DA2 was good in it's way but execution was poor still good as a story of Hawke man
DAI I played what 200 hours-ish and I have no opinion on it somehow
Seems alright, so far. I'm curious at what point in the timeline this is taking place in? After DA2, but before the Conclave is convened? People don't seem to be panicking about holes in the sky or demons pouring out all over the world.
I'm actually a big fan of Inquisition, I think the main storyline was short but the expansions were really captivating, especially Trespasser. I could actually say I'm reasonably hype for a fourth game.
DAI is the worst game of the series. It's bland and boring it's to safe and goes on for way too long. The gameplay is simplistic and not really difficult.
DA2 though has the worst fucking characters. Fuck anders and fenrir and meryl and everyone else.
I prefer Origin's combat. It's more D&D esque. There's more overlap in the three classes, but I think it works better that way. There are more specs, more customization options. More abilities to choose from, especially for Mages.
But Inquisition has better areas and enemy design, for sure. The Red Templars are way more creative than any of the enemies in Awakenings or Origins.
You have shit taste. DA2's greatest strength is its awesome supporting cast. Varric, Aveline, Merrill, Isabela, Cullen, your Mom and Uncle, Bethany and Carver, the Arishok... it had a great ensemble.
Shame about the god-awful environments.
I hope this is ironic.
I didn't mind the slut what's her face but goddamn. I can't believe a gay person wrote the worst possibly gay characters in exist. I guess I shouldn't be surprised he's probably never been laid before.
Merill was awful. Cullen was good. Your mom and dad die fast. The arishok leave after the first story. I've seen Varrics archetype too many times to give him a pass.
It had parts of a good cast and parts of a good story and then it hands you some of the shittiest characters I've ever had the misfortune of interacting with in a game.
BACK THE FUCK UP
YOU TAKING SHIT ABOUT DARKSPAWN BATMAN?
Anders came around in the dlc for Origins, a post-point that was before DA2. His characterization was decent in it, but in DA2 he's just biggest bag of fucking dicks. It's hard to call any mage, even your sister, likable in DA2. Like sure sis is alright in the beginning, but later on... nothing at all redeemable. I remember how in the first game, mages were HEAVILY against blood magic.
>hurr durr, any girls that are cute and vulnerable is waifubait
Visually, sure, DA:I actually had a solid visual style. The actual level and enemy AI design however was complete dogshit. I've seen better done in MMOs and I haven't played a single MMO I thought was a good RPG.
As someone that hates anime and b movies it was like Bioware slapping me in the face with their dicks. Also, I have yet to see a sequel that so utterly butchered their gameplay like DA2 did. Nearly every facet of DA2's mechanics was a broken mess compared to the original.
Yes. I thought this would be the pivotal battle moment in which you go "oh shit, main character is fucked now because sword through chest" but then she pulls some crazy magic and heals herself.
>not sparing the darkspawn and working with Archie to bring some semblance of order to them
Right, that is Archon casual wear. None of his clothing is on fire, floating, or covered in the blood of the innocent.
Yeah, I loved the small scale and "coming up in the world" feel of DA2, even though the third act is a short bummer with none of your actions really affecting anything and a lot of your companions going insane.
In THE CALLING there's amulets that protect against the taint.
But then there's the problem of bringing your darkspawn companion to whatever city or village you're going into.
DA2 best point and don't kill me I'm too young and beautiful to die is that it was good at telling the Story of Hawke
Boe why they decided to want to tell the story of Hawke rather than the X like last time is beyond me maybe they were trying to pull a Revan
But anyways it was good solely from that point of view they put a lot of work into telling his story and the supporting characters though weak had some meat to them
Most memorable was when
Your mother gets shanked and turned into a zombie fuck puppetthere was a lot of emotion in that especially fromfrom the lovable shit uncle I remember it being alot more personal if you were a mage and Hawke himself no matter what your personality was skewed to
It could have been alot much more had it not been rushed out the door for whatever reason fuck publishers
The other mages in Act 3 made my fem mage Hawke look like such a shit for supporting them.
I didn't feel the need to play Dragon Age 2 after the Deep Roads expedition, because it felt like the story was totally over. I was rich and happy with my family. That's the end.
See, that's exactly the problem I had with DA2. It wasn't the story of your character, it was the story of 'Hawke'. It was a shit RPG where you only had about 3 different flavors of Hawke to choose from. Not to mention that being the "Champion of Kirkwall" you managed to ever do jack shit save for act like a bystander for most of the plot and acting as what basically amounts to fantasy janitor every now and again. I didn't really care all that much about Leandra getting killed because I never felt any sort of attachment to that character. In fact, Hawke's entire family could eat a dick for all I cared.
>mfw three-way with Isabella and Leliana
Truly, Origins was a masterwork of videogame storytelling.
Look, I'll admit there's something to appreciate in the tanned, twinky bisexual elf... But it's like this:
Imagine there's a beautiful, medium-rare scotch fillet to your left with grilled new garden potatoes finished with garlic butter and a light side salad. A full, heavy meal.
To your right, there's a fragrant, light and sweet vanilla souffle, piping hot out of the oven, with a rich, dark chocolate ice cream to go along with it.
You're better off eating those meals separately, right? Order doesn't really matter that much, but you definitely shouldn't dunk the potatoes in the ice cream or top the steak with the souffle.
Basically, banging Zevran is one thing, and doing Leliana is another.
Leliana seems like she is going to be a terrifying Divine
>Your mother gets shanked and turned into a zombie fuck puppet
That was hilarious. And then at the end when the mage leader Orsino goes "I WAS A BLOOD MAGE ALL ALONG! AND REMEMBER DR FRANKENSTEIN THAT WANTED YOUR MOM'S COLD DEAD COOCH ON HIS JIGSAW BRIDE? I PROTECTED HIM AND ALLOWED HIM TO KILL YOUR MOTHER! MWAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!"
And let's not forget the templar leader whose actions weren't her own choice but it was because she was driven mad by stupid plot device.
DA2 is embarrassing.
The only part of DA2 I liked was Fenris. He looked like a concept that was rejected from Final Fantasy for looking too gay, but he was a magnificent asshole and was right about the mages being cunts.
That would have been fine if they left it at that but then they just couldn't resist "HEY REMEMBER RED LYRIUM CAUSE SHE HAS A STUPID LOOKING SWORD MADE OUT OF IT AND NOW SHE'S GONE FUCKING BANANAS"
Well, it was her her paranoia and lust for power that made her buy the super shady red lyrium idol and make it into a weapon. It is difficult to tell how much she was influenced by the red lyrium since Varrick's brother didn't go serial killer nuts until he didn't have it any longer.
There were a lot of problems with DA2.
There were obvious problems like the reused environments, the incredibly dumbed down combat, the poor art design for various characters and locations and equipment.
The story is the biggest clusterfuck though. Bioware tried to break away from the whole 'You're the leader of a very special group of warriors with special political authority fighting an ancient evil aka Grey Wardens aka Specters from Mass Effect.' Instead they tried to follow the rise of an individual from poverty to fame and how they shaped the fate of the world along the way but did it in the most retarded way possible. Instead of going to three separate locations in Ferelden/three separate planets in the galaxy, the adventure is cut into three separate chunks of time out of a decade. The main conflict is centered around the most hamfisted and unbalanced allegory for racism I've seen in a while, and there's no option for creative solutions, you have to choose either the douche or the turd sandwich.
The interaction with the companions is stupid as well and the game expecting you to be sympathetic to some of them is eye-rollingly moronic. Anders is a genuine sociopath and terrorist who lies and uses emotional blackmail to get you to help him kill a bunch of people, blow up a religious center, and jumpstart a war. He gets a free pass though because his fangirls gush over how sensitive and oppressed he is. Merrill is a literal retard who somehow thinks she knows better than her elder, so she goes ahead and fucks with the magic mirror and with blood magic while sticking her fingers in her pointed ears and going ‘Lalalala I can’t hear you’ to whoever points out what she’s doing will get her killed. She gets a free pass because she’s cute. It’s a shame that these two are the worst because it definitely cuts into the sympathy the game expects for mages.
Avelline is the best companion. Varric is okay but he’s such a beta from a meta perspective; ‘I’m gonna follow you around and tell your heroic story! Plus quips! Oh you just murdered a bunch of orphans and raped a woman? Hahaha classic Hawke!’ Bethany is sweet but boring and a wimp. Thanks dear sister for running to the Circle despite our whole family busting our asses to keep you out of their clutches. Carver can actually be sympathetic –he feels marginalized by his family because he’s not a mage like his sisters or father- but he spends most of his time being surely and you have no option to try and be supportive, plus all the other companions dump on him all the time. Isabella is a cunt but she’s not so bad when you peel back some of her layers. Fenris looks like a JRPG faggot but has the most legit reasons to be surely given that he was an actual slave and probably raped by Danarius.
I forgot where I was going with this but goddamn DA2 was bad. FemHawke was pretty hot though.
True, but out of them Vivienne was the most shallow. See, the companions may have been as deep as a shallow pond but I still enjoyed them to some degree, even if I disliked DA:I as a whole. Sera was the only one of them I truly hated because fuck Sera and her breeches, but Vivienne was just a black hole of blandness.
Vivienne is an uncle tom and yes her lips and jowls are ridiculous.
Did they do that to stray from white standards of beauty? Because if that was the point they didn't need to make her lips a stereotype.
>people seriously defending playing a dragon age installment other than Origins AND MAYBE awakening
>not knowing neo-bioware is trash
>having this much shit taste
Fucking hell /co/. Fool you once shame on them. Fool you twice shame on you. Fool you three times and subscribe for the season pass. You had more than suitable warning with ME3 and DA2.
I like how Origins and Awakening and 2 had fuck all to do with the story in DAI. Shows really strong writing.
But besides that, the stuff in DA never could capture me. The armor and clothes all look like shit, and the only interesting stuff, the Grey Wardens and blood magic, were basically all thrown out the door.
Ah hell since we're all talking DA, i'll join. Playing a dwarf rogue and having a blast in Inquisition. Made Cullen into a lyrium addict, Cassandra will be Divine, enslaved the mages, spared the Grey Wardens and plan on making Gaspard the emperor with Brielle. D: Will also join the Qunari and sacrifise the bull's chargers.
You are pure evil, except for the Grey Warden bit. That is just common sense and fuck everyone in the party who says otherwise.
Wasn't that KotOR Tower of Hanoi puzzle necessary to advance? What a nightmare. I think that was one of the very first times I visited gamefaqs.
Necessary evil, also just made Cole more into a spirit being yo.
Yeah, will be my first play through on the dlcs
you could say they live a Dragons Age
I hate how this wasn't an option. Then again, DA:I's main story was pretty bland and the ending was pretty bland. Didn't really feel like paying the money for Trespasser to get the actual ending either.
What is evil about the Grey Wardens except for when they got tricked into that demon shit in DA:I? All they do is save the world and die fighting Darkspawn.
If it is in the DLC, don't tell me since I haven't finished them yet.
I didn't banish the grey wardens, i meant my inquisitor is a necessary evul from the worse baddies.
Not really. The original appeal was that it was a generic mildly dark fantasy universe with marginally good writing, characters, and rpg design. After Origins however, the entire appeal of the series has been essentially fuck all.
But i get the islamic state to join me! U simply sacrifise a group of SJW:
Origins took me completely by surprise. I checked it out of a library because it was Friday and I had nothing else to do and I played the shit out of that game.
I was hyped for DA2 but something told me to hold off on buying it at launch which turned out to be a good thing. I finally played it when it was $8 and while I didn't think it was a shit game, I would've been pissed had I bought it for $60.
DA:I was fun but I have this annoying glitch where my party won't talk so it gets a little boring to play.
>and there's no option for creative solutions
If I had the option, I would have sided with the qunari leader, burnt Kirkwall to the ground, and sailed off into the sunset with my humourless horned brethren
I really did enjoy Varric though. He wasn't an excellent character, but they at least attempted an arc with all the shit that happened to his brother... even if he didn't seem all that different afterward. The thing I liked most was his party banter with the other characters. Especially Merryl. I didn't like Merryl but the way he doted on her was cute as all hell.