7/10 The Good: -The Graphics are gorgeous. Then again, what would you expect from a game released in 2009? -Being able to interact with party members and even pursue a romantic relationship with them was pretty neat. -The characters are interesting and well written. The Bad: -The trailers were misleading, making this game look far more epic and awesome than it actually was. -It was short. Took me a little over a week to finish. The reason I said Oblivion was better was because you could ignore the main quest completely and just go off exploring. Not so in Dragon Age. You have to follow the main quest, or you won't have anything else to do. There are sidequests, but they're so numerous and pointless, that it feels like they were tacked on as an afterthought. To make matters worse, the main quests are long and tedious, which subtracts a shitload of points from the game's replay value. -"But it's story driven!" fans tell me in response to the above. Honeys, if I played games for their plot, I'd be reading books instead. And no way in hell would I pick up something as cliche as this. -Speaking of cliches, why does it seem like heroic fantasy writers don't have a creative bone in their bodies? Why must the story take place in some ersatz European setting? Why must the main religion be a ripoff of Christianity? Sure, Oblivion was like this as well, but because of the numerous other things the game provided, it was tolerable. -Dear God, the loading screens.What is this, The Sims 2? And why hasn't Bio Ware fixed that memory leak? The Meh: -This game is pretty much Neverwinter Nights with fancier graphics. I'm not a fan of party-based games, but it's not enough to turn me off of the game completely. -They could have been a lot more subtle with that Sequel Hook.
- Arl Redcliffe: Say, don't you think my son has been acting strange lately?Warden: Well, I haven't seen the boy since I finished your quest, so I can't really say. Why do you ask?Arl Redliffe: Oh nothing. I'm certainly not dropping hints of any plotlines that will be explored in the impending sequel. Nope, not at all.
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