Dragon Age Month DLC – Playing Favorites

Welcome to Dragon Age Month! I had so much fun with Mass Effect Month, and it’s not a secret I love Dragon Age even more than I love Mass Effect, so this is a match made in the Golden City. Each day this month we’ll be tackling a different question, so be sure to chime in with your own answers each day this month!

Day One:  Which is your favorite Dragon Age game?

Well, it goes without saying that Dragon Age: Origins is my favorite. I certainly plaster this picture here any time I have the chance.

Dragon Age Origins

I do think that, in addition to being a good RPG game with action elements, Dragon Age: Origins came into my life at the right time. I loved it for the same reasons I loved Mass Effect 2 insofar as it has a tight story and great characters that I fell in love with. After playing Baldur’s Gate, I can understand the meme I saw once that called Dragon Age: Origins a 3D version of Baldur’s Gate. While it is not the same story, I can see how BioWare took that formula and improved it, the same way Mass Effect 2 took Mass Effect and improved it.

However, I recently finished playing Dragon Age II again, and after having a chance to explore it more through a different lens, I appreciate it quite a bit more than I did when I first played it. Sure, the environments are copy/pasted and the elves are ugly, but it told a tight story and I was invested in all of the companion characters, even the ones that I didn’t “like” on a personal level.

Image result for dragon age 2 characters

Considering the game had less development time than Dragon Age: Origins, and had to not only build on the previous story, create all new assets, and bridge the decade gap between Dragon Age: Origins and what would eventually become Inquisition (and did I mention the short development time?) it is really a remarkable feat. There will be a second look post coming soon, and I’ll talk a little more about my experience playing it and looking at it less as “wanting more Origins” and instead as Dragon Age II.

All I have to add is that I think this is going to be a very fun month.

Have you played any of the Dragon Age games? Which is your favorite? What is the craziest thing you’ve heard about Dragon Age II? Let me know in the comments!

Dareth shiral,
~Athena

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7 comments

  1. Inquisition!

    I enjoyed Origins but for me it felt too long, similar to Baldur’s Gate in that regard. 2 was a decent enough follow up and felt tighter but the copy/paste for me was to much. Inquisition just had the right balance of elements. Looking forward to the rest of the month 🙂

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    1. Inquisition is a great game! I can understand that about Origins. I liked it quite a lot, but I also liked Baldur’s Gate quite a lot haha. Dragon Age 2 definitely was more on the side of “action” RPG, and had a much tighter map. Interestingly, Inquisition at times felt overly-sprawled out, but at a second pass (aka knowing where I’m supposed to be going for the most part) I enjoyed it quite a bit more! It does have a nice balance of exploration and story, for sure.

      Looking forward to seeing you throughout the month!

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  2. Ooh, nice! The only one I have played is Inquisition, which I adored! Played so much of that game, and it sorta makes me wonder whether I should seek the others out. Those moments of going over a crest and seeing a Dragon in the distance were awe-inspiring.

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    1. Inquisition is great!! I actually played Origins because I heard some of the soundtrack for Inquisition, and decided I should probably start at the beginning of the series, and I’m so glad I did! Origins is a bit different, insofar as it is more on the “traditional” computer RPG side of things, and not so much the “action” RPG side of things (think Baldur’s Gate with a little more action). Origins shows its age, but the story is fantastic and I recommend it!

      And yes, I remember the first time I saw a dragon in the distance! It was so cool. And the dynamic way that it interacted with the environment was like nothing I had seen in a game before.

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        1. Nice! I think it’s a matter of opinion. The PC interface is a little nicer/easier to use, and the tactical aspect is definitely better implemented, as I think the PC version was the original one. I usually play it on console because I’m more comfortable with a controller than a keyboard and mouse, and don’t have a major issue with it , but if you’re more into PC gaming, then you’re still going to have a great time!

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