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Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening: Anders the A**hole

Thanks to one of our readers, I took the leap.  I did it.  I started Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening.  Remember how scared I was to start, thinking based off Wadoobie’s experience, Alistair would be distant and unfeeling towards me?  Well, he wasn’t.  All I have to say is, it made me want to run right back to court to get with him.  Thanks, Asperity!

Awakening has me remembering everything I loved about Origins.  Although I’m a little disappointed with the lack of being able to interact with party members when you walk up to them.  That bothers me.  A lot.  So now I have to run around looking for statues and casks and portraits to click on?

Anders

Anders, you're NOT Alistair. Stop trying.

Speaking of those characters, what is up with Anders?   I suppose he was meant to be sort of an Alistair replacement, with the similar-colored hair, the accent, the somewhat sarcastic attitude.  Even his name, Anders, is similar to Alistair.  But let me just point out one thing clearly.  ANDERS. IS. NOT. ALISTAIR.

First of all, what is up with Anders’ womanizing-type attitude?  He seems to want to get with anything female that moves – or even females that don’t; case in point: the Andraste statue – yet I haven’t seen him make a move.  Nor have I heard about any of his fabulous womanizing adventures like I did with Zevran.  But again, it’s not like I’ve been able to talk to Anders much.

And furthering that point, WTF?!  Am I, the hero of Fereldan, the slayer of the Archdemon, a human noble Leliana look-alike, QUEEN, not good enough for him?  While he has commented on every other female likeness or body around, he hasn’t said anything at all to me.

Avaline Take 2

Avaline still isn't Leliana. And I still think she's hotter.

Granted, Alistair did make it clear while Anders was nearby that we were together.  He kissed me goodbye.  I think that might have thrown Anders off a bit.

But still!  He could have said something before he knew all that!  But noooooo, nothing.  I guess BioWare is just making it clear that they’re not having any tenting this round.  …and that makes us at Polish the Console very, very sad.

Secondly, yes, the kitten (Ser Pounce-A-Lot) is adorable.  I love cats!  But isn’t it kinda weird that Anders’ only company while locked up in the Circle Tower was a cat?!  And the way he talks to the cat while you’re adventuring…is, to quote Alistair, “a little creepy, that”.

And…*shudder* the gold earring.  Anders, sorry, but you’re not a pirate.  Get that earring out.  That’s disturbing.  Only pirates should wear a single gold hoop, a low ponytail, and fur.  Except…wait, I forgot that Duncan has a very similar appearance.  Eh, Duncan gets a pass because he’s so badass.  And he’s not wearing fur.

Finally, if freaking Jowan can escape the Circle Tower, Anders should be able to.  If he’s worth his mana, that is.  Come on.  For shame, Anders, for shame.

I get the feeling that Anders is really all talk and no game.  Particularly when he has a super hot babe who stopped the Archdemon running around and fighting with him.  Therefore, Anders appears to be an a**hole.

Ah, well, I suppose it’s better than being introduced as a major character, only to die in the first hour of gameplay.  *ahem, ahem* Mhairi *ahem*

-Kat

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Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening: New Character Velanna

BioWare has recently released another new character for Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening. Velanna is an angry Dalish Elf Mage who has the ability to bring trees to life. I can’t b

So the expansion pack for Dragon Age: Origins has us positively giddy with excitement. As you may have guessed from…well…everything so far, we have a “thing” for Bioware. When they announced an expansion for Dragon Age: Origins we pretty much squealed with delight.

Literally….squealed.

With a little squeak thrown in for measure.

This meant to us that we would once more be pitting ourselves against the darkspawn to rid the land of….the taint. Lets be honest, who really wants a taint everywhere they look?

They have been slowly releasing new character information and we have here Velanna:

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This video fails to provide me with the information that I am really interested in; can I tent her? Now I know that fails to appreciate the work that was done in creating the “person” that is Velanna, but come on, I want to know.

In Dragon Age, half the fun of the game is the building of relationships, romances, and friendships. That’s ultimately what gets a player hooked. The camp is a pure delight and the rampant flirting is both comical and intriguing. In a day where the balance of power in the world rests on the top of a sword, the reflection of that can easily be seen in the relationships between compatriots. Should the main character say the wrong thing they can lose all they have worked to build.

It brings back every emotion that stirred in me when I met my soon to be wife. Is it too soon to say this? Will she get offended and slap me? Will she laugh, or even know it’s a joke? I wonder what she’s going to say? Oh boy I can’t wait to talk to her.

But they have yet to let us know if Velanna is going to be one of these exciting and enticing trysts or simply a party member.

But what does this video tell us about Velanna:

  1. Velanna has (or had) as sister
  2. Velanna can make trees come to life
    1. I know who’s gathering firewood!
  3. Velanna is kind of bat-shiz crazy
  4. Velanna will attack anyone to protect or exact vengeance for perceived wrongdoing
  5. Velanna is an Elf Mage
    1. Presumably Dalish
    2. No face tattoo
      1. Makes her more appealing to tenting
  6. Velanna is just plain angry.
  7. Velanna has the same hair stylist as Morrigan.

Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening isn’t out until March 16th and I’m already hooked…and not just for the tenting.

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Scandal, Sensuality, and "Polishing the Console"

People have always had a bit of a perv side to them; it’s undeniable. It’s strange that a medium as wide spread and penetrating as Video Games is just starting to accept it as part of the medium’s growth and evolution.  Something intended to be an escape for the users and give them a glimpse in time of another life still fears to boldly tread in the sultry, sweaty, and purely delightful aspect of life that is a basic motivator for most.

Can you honestly sit there and say that in Final Fantasy VIII when a couple of high school kids wind up alone in a space ship with no light but the twinkling of the stars before them they didn’t even consider anything naughty? I would have…in a heart beat. Without question. Heck I’m thinking of it now.

But what of the games that do? What of the games that understand that people change their clothes and in doing so they tend to be somewhat nude? What of the games that understand that people do in fact bathe and shower? Most normal people do not wear any form of clothing when they do. I don’t mean games like Custer’s Revenge which seem to be the only basis for the game itself. I mean games like Dragon Age: Origins that allows players to engage in an adult relationship; Assassins Creed II, God of War (albeit a little campy to make it a mini game), and the upcoming PS3 game Heavy Rain.

Games that showcase something fun to snicker at, something almost laughable at times, and games that do not shy away from the sexual side need to be celebrated as a natural progression of evolution and not vilified as morally reprehensible.

…After all without sex there is no life.

I’ve always found it backwards that as a country, America embraces violence more than it accepts sexuality.  Have you noticed how a game like Manhunt, which is disturbingly violent in that you can rip out someone’s spine or bludgeon them to death with a hammer, gets less heat than a game with a sex scene like Mass Effect?  Mass Effect’s scene – which is optional, I might also point out – is about the culmination of a relationship between two characters over time.  It isn’t the object of the entire game, while killing in Manhunt, is the object.  Games with a ‘Sexual Content’ rating, or ‘Suggestive Content’, get blasted more frequently than games with ‘Blood and Gore’  or ‘Realistic Violence’ ratings.

What’s up with that?

The point of this blog is to applaud the games that embrace sexual content.  Let’s face it – we’re all pervs at heart.  And we giggle madly when a pervy reference pops up in a game.

So let’s make love, not war.  And we’ll be sure to post pictures of our in-game encounters.

– Wadoobie & Kat

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