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Dragon Age: Origins – Awakenings and Romance – Point / Counter Point

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I for one found the character development one of the things that made the game and story so wonderful and something to draw you in further. As a description of the games says ‘Immerse yourself in a shattered world’ and ‘Experience complex moral decisions that have game-changing consequences’ it really is not surprising that people would be heavily disappointed when a so-called expansion comes about that takes those interesting and dynamic experiences away.

I don’t know how many people will agree with me on this point, but from what I have read on several forums I’m not the only one who feels cheated. The ending of the game was so incredibly anti-climactic that I could only stare at the credits with disbelief, thinking… WTF?! I also wondered if I’d messed anything up for it to end so abruptly… but nope, that’s normal. So to add insult to injury they then teased with an ‘expansion’ that didn’t EXPAND onto the game, rather tried to stretch it out for as little effort as possible.

It’s like Bioware just gave us an incredible, and special experience, then left without so much as a goodbye. ‘Wham, bam, thank you ma’am’ if you know that saying.
Wham- you slay the archdemon, your regaled as the hero of Fereldan, your friends go off on their adventures and you are promised more time with your beloved (except for those with none, or Morrigan of course)… then… a disappointing 5 minute read of summary that while ended things left promises unfulfilled and unsatisfied…
BAM- ‘Guess what everyone, you get an expansion onto Origins using your PC (if you want) and get to go off on another adventure! But wait… several of the favorite gameplay features isn’t available anymore. Oh, and sorry none of your favorite characters will actually be around besides cameos’
Thank you ma’am!

And piling on yet another disappointment, this expansion isn’t even fully canon to the storyline for everyone. For those who became ruler of Fereldan… How the heck did you get away from court, WITHOUT bodyguards or troops to go adventuring? Or, using my first ending as an example:
Alistair and my character are together, and while he isn’t King, we both decide to stay with the Grey Wardens, together. Even the one paragraph summary at the ending states that Alistair never left her side except for the short time to make a memorial for Duncan. So, I ask… if he never leaves her side, then how can Awakening be canon if he only shows up for a short time for a conversation, and then the PC goes off galavanting… and without any other wardens as well for help, since she is the Commander? It can’t be. So, forgive me for feeling betrayed… but that IS what has happened to myself and many many others.

As someone pointed out in one of the other forums I read, and with which I agree, the other DLC’s are sexist. Witch Hunt- revolves around Morrigan and that is only 1-2 hour advertisement for DA2 it seems. And Leliana’s story is a prequel.

Bioware wake up and smell the coffee! Why are the characters being made 2D in personality after giving us ones with so much more depth first? It certainly can not be for the sake of money making, since every character has tremendous potential to have a continuation afterwards… like a TRUE expansion! And I would bet, despite the fact I have terrible luck, that those continuations would make a lot of money since people would want to experience them for in the very least their favorites. And most likely a lot of fans would want to experience them all. While there was a go made at expanding on things for Morrigan, that was cheapened, and the others, Zevran, Wynne, Shale, Leliana, Oghren, Sten and (my personal fave) Alistair were abandoned.

As a writer myself, I cannot understand how easily Bioware’s writer could do this to their own characters as well. It’s like killing them off, without really doing so and leaving many loose ends unsatisfied. Honestly, I hope that the writer is haunted by these characters until they are given the respect they deserve.

And Bioware, don’t you think your fans at the very least deserve more then a void of dissatisfaction left in DAO’s wake?

I’m not against DA2, but while it sounds like another good game to come it’s like another slap in the face to many of the good people who loved DAO so much. You would think that with each game that comes along in a series there would be more features, or at the very least the same. But DA2 takes away from them, the biggest that I know of so far is taking away our choice of PC race. Personally I dislike being forced into playing a human when there are other races available. Truly is it giving us the chance to build our PC around a fantasy version that we want when you have no choice? I don’t believe so. I know that it wouldn’t get changed anyways since it’s so close to when it’s supposed to be done, but I hope that this is something Bioware will consider if enough people voice their opinion regarding it.

Perhaps fellow Canadians that live near Bioware should do a protest there XD That would be hard to ignore!

But seriously, I think it’s in poor taste if they abandon DAO altogether after such disappointing continuations. They should not tease with promises that they give up on so easily.

Anywho, that’s it from me, just had to get that all off my chest. Join me in crossing your fingers in the hope that Bioware will wake up and realize the injustice they are doing to themselves, DA and their fans…

So now the question is….who do YOU find yourself agreeing with?


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Both parties raise very valid points. Both opinions have merit. Both opinions are thought provoking. Let us know below if you have more of an opinion. Who knows, your comment may wind up in another Dragon Age: Origins – Awakenings post. One thing however is certain, don’t touch Oghren’s junk.

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Dragon Age Awakening: The Tragic Tale of Keenan

BioWare.  I love you.  And I can’t wait to hear what you’re doing at E3.  BUT – I have a complaint.

To be honest, at first, I thought it was funny.  But now it’s starting to bug the heck out of me.

Remember Jukka, Legion of the Dead member with Sigrun? Yeah, he'll die right after this conversation like Keenan.

What’s up with the characters you meet along your journey, let’s say Keenan from Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening, who are injured and DIE INSTANTLY AFTER YOU FINISH THE CONVERSATION WITH THEM?  WTF?

“My name is Keenan.  My legs are crushed.  I want vengeance on the darkspawn who did this to me, and I want you to take my wedding ring back to my wife.  What’s that, you say?  You might be able to carry me out of here to safety for me to see my wife again?  Oh no, I think I’ll be very tragic and say, ‘I’ll slow you down too much!’.  And then, I’ll die immediately when you’re done talking to me and be a cold, lifeless figure on the ground, unmoving and tragic.”

Yeah.  So immediately after that ridiculous conversation, Keenan in nothing but a dead body sprawled on the ground.  Really?!  He didn’t seem like he was that badly injured.  Just some crushed legs!  I know that must be painful but was he really on the verge of death while having this conversation?  You would think there would be some type of indication, perhaps the ever-fatal death rattle cough.

Not to mention, the whole point of meeting him is to get his quest, which is to get his wedding ring back from the darkspawn and return it to his wife.  So, you’re telling me that this guy had absolutely no will or resolve, even after I suggested it, to try and escape with us to return to his wife HIMSELF?  Now that’s just kinda sad.  Although given that we discovered his wife with another man, maybe it was better for poor Keenan’s heart that he didn’t make it back.

Meow! You don't want to see me coming for you...

Keenan isn’t the only instance of someone dying immediately after talking to them.  There are plenty of other times that you seem to get there, just in the nick of time, to have a brief conversation with them and then they die.  It’s like you have some creepy ability to kill people who are hurt every time you finish a conversation.  Kinda like that cat Oscar in the nursing home who would curl up next to the people who were about to die. Seriously, what’s up with that?  It bothers me mainly because I tend to be very chatty in video games – I want to talk to everyone and know everything they can possibly say.  So if I missed a few dialogue options in the first conversation with the dying person, it drives me nuts that I can’t continue talking to them to ask the few more questions I’d like to ask.

Hopefully Ser Pounce-a-Lot doesn't have the same effect as Oscar

Going back to Keenan, I also was a little upset that I couldn’t talk to him further because, frankly, I thought he was kinda hot.  He had the Alistair haircut, and had a sexy voice.  Tall, dark and handsome!  Err…maybe not tall…as his legs were crushed.  Oops.  Not like I was interested in tenting (I mean, I do have a verrrrry sexy King aka Alistair waiting for me when I get home), but hey, a little flirting while I’m feeling so deprived of the hubs wouldn’t hurt.

-Kat

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Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening Fear

Well, well, well.  First of all, I have to say a huge thank you to my sister’s fiance right now.  He let me borrow Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening, because he knows I love DA:O so much.  In fact, he would tease me about how much time I spent playing it.  Look, I’m just a very slow RPG gamer.  I like to explore, enjoy, and of course, most importantly, tent.  These things take time.  Anywhos, so I have the Xbox 360 version of Dragon Age, and when you’re friends with someone, it shows what you’re playing, so he always knew when I was Dragon Age-ing.  (Dragon Aging?)

So Saturday I took home Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening.  It’s brand new.  Unopened, even.  I stared at it, in its clean, unopened case, for several minutes.  I hesitated.

Yes, while I thank BioWare greatly for making the best RPGs known to man (and woman!), I still hesitated.  Some strange fear was growing in my mind, a dark shadow of doubt.

While I was ecstatic to see Alistair again, I was also a little afraid.  I remembered Wadoobie’s post about no tenting in Awakening, which upset me because I knew that meant I would be seeing much of Alistair this time around.  I also heard that he would be a little…distant.

I don’t know if I can handle that.

Alistair

Alistair looks...distant

What if…what if Alistair doesn’t love me anymore?  What if he has had continued fantasies of Morrigan from the Dark Ritual night, and is now wishing he hadn’t decided to (agreed to, rather) marry me?

Plus, how will my royal subjects respond to me leaving on a quest?  I mean, I’m the Queen now.  And, granted, I was the hero of Fereldan when I battled and killed the Archdemon, but still, won’t people be rather upset when I go off questing again?

You know how Pirates of the Caribbean wrapped the first movie up nicely, and everything was happy and good?  Well then you watch the second and the third movies, and you’re like, ‘WTF just happened?’  They basically ruined a good ending.  It kind of shatters the happy image you had of Will and Elizabeth.

I’m just hoping my happy ending (*ahem* no pun intended) between Alistair and Avaline isn’t destroyed.

-Kat

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Mass Effect 2: Space Hamster

I know, I know.  I’m fixated on Mass Effect 2.  Well, this tends to happen to me.  I start in on a good RPG, and I’m just stuck there until I finish.  In other words, you will essentially know what I’m playing at all times based on my posts (mainly).

I also have a side note / confession to make to everyone.  This is truly, truly horrible.  Prepare yourselves, folks –

I still haven’t bought Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening.

Okay, now that the gasps of horror are pretty much over, I know you’re all thinking to yourselves – and this girl says she’s in love with BioWare?!  How dare she do them the dishonor! It’s true.  I feel awful.  I really want to get DA:O-A (whew, what a mouthful).  I just haven’t yet due to my distraction with ME2.

Mass Effect 2: The Fish Tank

They will be dead next time you check on them. Seriously. They suck.

Speaking of which, has anyone noticed the presence of a rather odd, Richard Gere-inspired item in the game?  I think it’s cute that you can buy fish for your fishtank (but dammit, do they die quickly…) but the Space Hamster really intrigues me.

Has anyone determined if it does anything more than peek out of its hidey-hole and then dart back in timidly?  While adorable, it doesn’t really serve a purpose rather than being somewhat amusing.

Richard Gere

See where his hand is going...? He's got a gerbil...

UNLESS…unless this is really a…creepy indication that our Commander Shepard is rather lonely.  Lonely and willing to try a Richard Gere maneuver with a hamster.  It’s rather gross to dwell on, even by Polish the Console standards.

If you’re wondering, the kiosk description of the space hamster is really what gave me this idea.  See the incriminating image below.

By the way, you may also note in the picture below that the cost to purchase said space hamster is 7,666 credits.  That’s a mighty hefty price for something that just plays coy and peeks out at you occasionally.  This seems like it could qualify as a ‘companion of the night’ price, if you get what I’m saying.  *wink, wink, nudge, nudge*

Anyone else get this weird vibe from the space hamster?  And dammit, how do you keep those fish alive?  (besides treating Kelly Chambers kinda like the space hamster and getting her to do it)

-Kat

 

Space Hamster

The Space Hamster, aka Secret Love Companion (kinda like Kelly Chambers)

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Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening – The PtC Review

Dragon Age: Origins - AwakeningYes yes, its a little late. But none the less here is our review of Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening.

Quickly how the Dragon Age tables have turned. When last we saw our Gray Warden they were either dead after killing the Archdemon, married with a errant step child, or single with a baby momma wandering somewhere in the forest. Parenting aside Dragon Age: Origins was a fantastic RPG. The sequel was something that Polish the Console was anxiously awaiting.  It does however leave a few questions to be answered:

how to get a trade license Why is my imported Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening Character Naked?

When I first laid eyes on my Warden I felt as though I was seeing a friend I haven’t seen in a while. Then I noticed he wasn’t wearing anything. Basically just what happens when I see a friend I haven’t seen in a while. Why was my Gray Warden running around in his underwear? Did he lose his laundromat ticket? Is the armor chafing? Has life with an Orlesian Bard (Leliana) left him wanting a life free of the encumberments of pants?

The answer to all of these is no. BioWare just did not allow for the import of any DLC armor or weapons. While this didn’t deter me in the least it was certainly comical. How am I supposed to take The Withered seriously when Oghren is mocking him and I’m naked?

However this may be the first time my Warden openly showed off the taint to everyone. Yeah, cheap joke, I know.

Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening Party Member Mhairi

You can't keep her

Can you save Mhairi?

No. Just like you couldn’t save Daveth…and Jory was a whiny bitch so who cares about him. But no, Mhairi’s death is to signify that the Joining is in fact dangerous and potentially fatal to the wrong person. The Gray Wardens Joining is kinda like dodge-ball; you gotta have gumption to make it through to being a Gray Warden. You can’t just want it, you gotta be good enough.

Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening Sandal the Enchanter

Have you seen me?

Where is Sandal?

Seriously…I loved that little guy. Where is he BioWare? He killed an army of Darkspawn by himself so please bring him back.

Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening: The Good

This video game is fun. The story is well thought out, the characters are rich, the setting is fantastic, and the gameplay is spot on where it was the last go round. On top of that you can further expand on your character making the bad assness even more full of bad…and with the naked start its also full of ass.  WOO!!

The new darkspawn and eight boobed Brood Mother have me anxiously awaiting to find out what their plot is, where they came form, what they want, who they are, and where they get their snappy wardrobe.

I am absolutely hooked.

By the way: Oghren’s lines still have me wetting myself with laughter.

Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening: The Bad

It certainly seems to hiccup a lot. You can tell when you’re in a big battle because everything slows down. It only froze once on me though (way to beat Heavy Rain). Starting naked wasn’t terrible, it just ruined the congruity of everything.

Even though tenting would seem totally out of place in setting of Dragon Age it would still be fun.

Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening: The Score:

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4 / 5

Its an expansion. It’s not going to be groundbreaking, overly inventive, or totally new. However do you think they could have fixed the naked start problem? That just seems like a HUGE oversight.

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