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The best fantasy game I've ever played. I know it has the whole traditional Bio Ware "A Jedi/Spectre/Grey Warden is You" set up, but that's not a bad thing. I've found that this is actually a very good framing device for the kind of games Bioware makes, after all it worked very well in Mass Effect, and KTOR, so why not re-use it? It's also the place you go to see High Fantasy tropes deconstructed, every origin story is a deconstruction except the Human Noble origin which is such a Cliche Storm it borders on Affectionate Parody. In short very good. At times it feels like it's actually medieval Europe, at others you feel like you've walked into something else entirely. The massive battle of Ostragar feels like Lord of the Rings, The Dead Trenches feel like Dante's Inferno, even the Urn of Sacred Ashes and Anvil of The Void quests are so very like Indiana Jones it's Amazing. Very fun, very engrossing, very well put together, Bioware at it's best as always.
I don't really see an deconstructions of High Fantasy. More a move away from the cliche. Yes, the dwarves are bearded miners who love their ale, but they have an insanely interesting and complex government and hierarchy system. They were lords of the underworld, strongest of all the species until the Blight came—now it's only Orzammar and the mysterious Kal Sharok.
Much more interesting then, "ooh, mithril!"
Don't kill me Lo TR fans.
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