Things that will piss us off if in Dragon Age 2

I’m very eagerly looking forward to March 8th.  Honestly, I’m counting the days.  That’s when my very favorite game developer ever, BioWare, puts out the sequel to one of my very favorite video games, Dragon Age.  That’s right folks, Dragon Age 2 comes out on March 8th.  Hopefully you got your preorder in before January 11th.

But I’ve got to say, there were a few things from Dragon Age that I’m hoping not to encounter in Dragon Age 2.  Things that were so horrific, annoying, frustrating, or just plain ridiculous, that I never want to see them again.  Please add anything I missed in the comments.

  1. The Fade.  Okay, okay, I can understand that it’s a very real part of the world, and while I’m sure it’s cool to develop and show, it’s awful.  In all the additional playthroughs of Dragon Age that I started, every single one is stopped in the Fade.  Why’s that?  It sucks.  There’s no possibility of tenting, or having help from your party members (until the HARD final battle), and the music!  That is the stuff of nightmares.  And Niall…drives me crazy.  I wish there was a slapping option built in the game just for him.

    The Fade

    This place is the stuff of nightmares. Literally.

  2. Isolde.  Enough said.  Watch this video and you’ll understand why.  If you watch this whole video without pausing it…and without running away screaming or sticking cotton balls in your ears so they don’t start bleeding, you deserve an achievement or trophy.
  3. Broodmothers.  Especially the ones in Awakening.  That was the easiest fight of my life.  Kind of a letdown after the ridiculously difficult battle in Dragon Age: Origins.  All I know is…I hate tentacles.  And Broodmothers.
  4. Any Rituals that Require my Lover to Sleep with Anyone Else.  ‘Nuff said.
  5. Zevran.  Sorry, Calamitybird, but I get seriously creeped out by him turning everything into a sexual innuendo.  Even if that’s what Wadoobie & I do on an hourly basis.  Maybe it’s the accent.
  6. Too Much Time Spent Underground. Yes, I found the dwarves missions fascinating, but still.  I felt like half my game was spent underground.  The political intrigue, the Deep Roads, Oghren’s wife, the golems…  I was dying for fresh air when I finally left that place.  I can’t imagine what it was like for those people who are claustrophobic.
  7. Inventory Management.  I’m a person who hoardes things.  My first entire playthrough of Dragon Age: Origins, I was incredibly frustrated that I had so much stuff, and so little space.  I hated selling things.  But I realized it was a necessity.  I particularly hated the Mage’s Tower because once you were in the Tower, you really couldn’t sell anything until you were completely done going through the Tower.  That drove me nuts.  And yes, I would walk all the way back through the Deep Roads just to sell things.
  8. Not Being Able to Talk to your Teammates Directly.  In Dragon Age: Awakening, you couldn’t start a conversation with your teammates directly.  That absolutely bothered me to no end.  I felt it limited what I could learn about my teammates.  Why don’t they want to talk to me, I would wonder.  Oh, I’ve gotta stand in front to a statue and be able to talk, or stare at a tree?  Interesting.  I mean, I like that it was creative and inventive, but I also want to talk to them normally as well.

    Zevran

    I'm getting the shivers just looking at him...

  9. Dogs at the Camp.  Now don’t get me wrong.  I think dogs are adorable.  But that damn Mabari Hound just kept barking away while I was trying to have a sexy conversation with Alistair.  Alistair would be saying something sweet, but all I could hear was “Woof, woof!!!”.
  10. People that Die Right After a Conversation.  This bugs the hell outta me.  I have healing potions, I have spells to heal, and yet, somehow, they die IMMEDIATELY after you end the conversation with them.  This one got me so mad, I wrote a whole post about it.

What would you hate to see in Dragon Age 2?

-Kat

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Posted On
Feb 25, 2011
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Calamitybird

Oh, I shiver too. You know, the Kat doth protest but she sure does post that picture a lot…

I didn’t mind having the mabari in camp…but oh, did I come to regret getting Leliana that damned nug.

Beyond that, I’m really not sure what to add. I wouldn’t mind seeing them go to a more streamlined play screen the way ME2 did – when Mass Effect 2 first came out I was appalled that they’d changed the screen so much, but as I got used to it I appreciated not having half my view taken up with various bars and meters.

At the risk of becoming a PtC pariah, I gotta say I’m not picking up Dragon Age 2 when it comes out. I’m sure I’ll play it eventually, but the demo was kinda cringeworthy, and with a busy few months coming up and without that “true sequel” appeal making me itch for it, I figure I can wait a few months.

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Feb 25, 2011
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wadoobie

Aww, I loved he Dragon Age 2 demo. I literally squealed with delight while playing it. The redone combat was fantastic, graphics were stepped up, and I love the new design for it. I am literally counting down the days until release.

Don’t worry Calamity…you would never be considered a pariah in these parts. We just love you too much.

And Kat I agree…you DO use that picture all the time. It’s time to admit your secret Zevran crush. You talk about him, you post his image…what would your darling Alistair say? I mean it’s okay to stray if it’s for a good cause like saving lives or getting an achievement. Even Alistair had a mouth full of Morrigan at one point. Just go for it. We won’t tell.

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Feb 25, 2011
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kattiki

No worries, Calamity…you’re entitled to your opinion. But damnit if I didnt have Dragon Age II ordered in January to get the Signature Edition.

Wait just a minute there, Wadoobie. I find this verrrry interesting that you’re suddenly turning against me when it was YOU who suggested me putting ol’ Zevran in this post. So, if I have a crush, couldn’t we say by the same rules that YOU have a crush as well? *sigh* I always knew there was something ‘methinks thou dost protest too much’ in your Zevran bashing.

Also, when you asked if I thought ‘mouth full of Morrigan’ was too much, I totally thought you were looking to work it into your blowjobs post…

-Kat

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Feb 25, 2011
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wadoobie

What’s not to love? Face tattooed leather loving rogue elf with a Spanish accent. It’s like spring break ’01 all over again.

Now it’s your turn Kat. Just accept it. Give in to the rich leather.

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Feb 25, 2011
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kattiki

Well then, seeing how satisfied you are with him…I’ll let you enjoy ol’ Zevran. And my only encounter will stay the achievement-getting kind.

I’m sticking to my boy Alistair. Or…perhaps it will be Anders in Dragon Age II?

-Kat

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Mar 15, 2011
Posted By
Kytti

What pisses me off about Dragon Age 2 (just finished it like 5 minutes ago so excuse the completely freshness of this) is the ending… The did it again… seriously. They did… since I don’t want to ruin it for people I will not specify WHAT they did again… but you will know or either not know when you get there…

I officially now love/hate Bioware….

I’d love to rant more but there are just no words to describe the depths of my frustrations… Anyone else get this too?

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Mar 16, 2011
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wadoobie

I found the the ending to be more or less “Well…now what? I want more…” and not really that frustrating. Granted I could help but feel that any decisions I made didn’t really affect the outcome. It was going to happen one way or another and I was just along for the ride.

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