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Impressions of Dragon Age and Divinity II

Posted in news, pc rpg games  on September 16th, 2009 by: ian

If you are interested in either Dragon Age or Divinity II then you should check out RPGamer’s PAX Impressions of these games.  You can find the Dragon Age preview here and the Divinity II preview here.

I’m really looking forward to Dragon Age, but I think Divinity will go onto my ‘ones to watch list’

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and I’ll keep an eye on it.  With Dragon Age you pretty much know that you’ll be getting a fun game with an immersive story (something I always really like)  but it sounds like Bioware are really going all out to make the preview experience memorable.  If they’re half as creative in the game as they seem to be in the previews then it should be great fun!

What games are you looking out for in the rest of year?

If you are interested in either Dragon Age or Divinity II then you should check out RPGamer’s PAX Impressions of these games.  You can find the Dragon Age preview here and the Divinity II preview here.

I’m really looking forward to Dragon Age, but I think Divinity will go onto my ‘ones to watch list’

dragonage96 Impressions of Dragon Age and Divinity II

screenshot of dragon age

and I’ll keep an eye on it.  With Dragon Age you pretty much know that you’ll be getting a fun game with an immersive story (something I always really like)  but it sounds like Bioware are really going all out to make the preview experience memorable.  If they’re half as creative in the game as they seem to be in the previews then it should be great fun!

What games are you looking out for in the rest of year?

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News about Dragon Age: Origins

Posted in pc rpg games  on February 27th, 2009 by: ian

I’ve found a couple of articles about Dragon Age: Origins for everyone who’s interested!  The first is an interview with Ray Muzyka (one of the founders of Bioware).  This is a short interview but there’s some good stuff in it.  For example Ray says, ‘in a way its sort of like BioWare returning to its roots – but with a twist. This is dark, heroic fantasy rather than traditional high fantasy… its more mature, more gritty’ – this is great news if they get it right.  I’m definitely looking forward to a mature rpg, as long as it has plenty of depth.

Again Ray takes the time out to assure me, ‘The core player will get that depth; a game like Dragon Age has a lot of depth, it’s very rich. The story, tactics, customisation. They go deep.’  I’m really looking forward to this, just give me an updated version of Baldurs Gate 2, set in a darker world and I will be extremely happy for a long, long time!

The second article is a short, hands-on preview of the game and it starts with the extremely promising, ‘Were it not for the game’s vastly improved visuals, you might think you had stepped back into the golden age of the late ’90s’.  Yes please!  Anyone else looking forward to this game more and more?

Bioware will also be releasing a toolset for the game, so it should be extremely interesting to see what the community can come up with.  Anyway, have a look at the articles and let me know what you think, is anyone looking forward to any other games even more than this one?

I’ve found a couple of articles about Dragon Age: Origins for everyone who’s interested!  The first is an interview with Ray Muzyka (one of the founders of Bioware).  This is a short interview but there’s some good stuff in it.  For example Ray says, ‘in a way its sort of like BioWare returning to its roots – but with a twist. This is dark, heroic fantasy rather than traditional high fantasy… its more mature, more gritty’ – this is great news if they get it right.  I’m definitely looking forward to a mature rpg, as long as it has plenty of depth.

Again Ray takes the time out to assure me, ‘The core player will get that depth; a game like Dragon Age has a lot of depth, it’s very rich. The story, tactics, customisation. They go deep.’  I’m really looking forward to this, just give me an updated version of Baldurs Gate 2, set in a darker world and I will be extremely happy for a long, long time!

The second article is a short, hands-on preview of the game and it starts with the extremely promising, ‘Were it not for the game’s vastly improved visuals, you might think you had stepped back into the golden age of the late ’90s’.  Yes please!  Anyone else looking forward to this game more and more?

Bioware will also be releasing a toolset for the game, so it should be extremely interesting to see what the community can come up with.  Anyway, have a look at the articles and let me know what you think, is anyone looking forward to any other games even more than this one?

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Dragon Age delayed and Mass Effect 2 announced

Posted in news  on February 10th, 2009 by: ian

RPGamer have an article up stating that Dragon Age, from Bioware has been delayed from the first half of 2009 to the second half (so, release could be any time from July then).  You can find more information here.

On a brighter note though, EA have announced that the intended release date for Mass Effect 2 will be sometime in the fourth quarter of the current fiscal year – so we can be looking forward to it any time from the beginning of 2010.  Again, this news is from RPGamer and can be found here.

RPGamer have an article up stating that Dragon Age, from Bioware has been delayed from the first half of 2009 to the second half (so, release could be any time from July then).  You can find more information here.

On a brighter note though, EA have announced that the intended release date for Mass Effect 2 will be sometime in the fourth quarter of the current fiscal year – so we can be looking forward to it any time from the beginning of 2010.  Again, this news is from RPGamer and can be found here.

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GameBanshees rpg games of 2008

Posted in news  on February 3rd, 2009 by: ian

GameBanshee have their game of the year list up for 2008 rpg games.  It’s broken into categories, including ‘Best Story/Writing’, ‘Best Graphics’, ‘Best Sound/Music’, ‘Most Anticipated of 2009′, ‘Independant RPG of the Year’, ‘RPG Hybrid of the Year’ and ‘RPG of the Year’.  Each category has a winner and a runner-up.  This list seems to be a veritable who’s who of games that I haven’t managed to play yet, including ‘Fable 2′ in several spots – which I’m now not going to get to play, thanks Lionhead!

The game of the year is hardly surprising (‘Fallout 3′ in case you couldn’t guess) but there is also a string showing by indie RPGs, with both ‘Mount and Blade’ and ‘Kings Bounty’ getting awards.  Most anticipated of 2009 is ‘Diablo 3′, though, as they state, ‘To be honest, we don’t really expect Blizzard’s action RPG sequel to make it on store shelves in 2009′.  So my most anticipated RPG is going to be ‘Dragon Age’.

If you want to see yet another list of the rpg games of 2008 then check out the article – it’s slant is especially good if you’re interested in indie games.

GameBanshee have their game of the year list up for 2008 rpg games.  It’s broken into categories, including ‘Best Story/Writing’, ‘Best Graphics’, ‘Best Sound/Music’, ‘Most Anticipated of 2009′, ‘Independant RPG of the Year’, ‘RPG Hybrid of the Year’ and ‘RPG of the Year’.  Each category has a winner and a runner-up.  This list seems to be a veritable who’s who of games that I haven’t managed to play yet, including ‘Fable 2′ in several spots – which I’m now not going to get to play, thanks Lionhead!

The game of the year is hardly surprising (‘Fallout 3′ in case you couldn’t guess) but there is also a string showing by indie RPGs, with both ‘Mount and Blade’ and ‘Kings Bounty’ getting awards.  Most anticipated of 2009 is ‘Diablo 3′, though, as they state, ‘To be honest, we don’t really expect Blizzard’s action RPG sequel to make it on store shelves in 2009′.  So my most anticipated RPG is going to be ‘Dragon Age’.

If you want to see yet another list of the rpg games of 2008 then check out the article – it’s slant is especially good if you’re interested in indie games.

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What are the most anticipated pc rpg games of 2009?

Posted in news, pc rpg games  on January 13th, 2009 by: ian

RPGWatch has an article up about their most anticipated computer role-playing games scheduled for release in 2009.  It comprises both the editors’ choices and a poll results of their readers.

Up first from the readers we have Dragon Age: Origins and I think this line explains why, ‘There’s no

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Dragon Age: Origins

doubting their success since then but many fans hold Baldur’s Gate II as their best game, so the idea that Dragon Age represents a spiritual successor is powerful’.  Baldur’s Gate II was one of the best rpgs that I have played, so if Bioware can even come close then it should be incredible.

Second in the readers top three is Age of Decadence, an indie old-school rpg that has massive potential.  I’m going to hold off on getting too excited about this one myself just yet though, as the Iron Tower team have yet to publish a game,

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Age of Decadence

but if it lives up to it’s potential then as the poll suggests it could quite easily beat the majority of AAA titles that will be coming out this year.

Number three is Diablo 3, ’nuff said.  We’ll see if Blizzard manage to re-create the magic of the original two, though hopefully the hype won’t be so great that people can only de disappointed.

The editors’ list also includes Dragon Age, but also includes Divine Divinity 2 and Risen.  I don’t know anything about Risen but the Divine Divinity sequel is one that I am looking forward to.  While I wasn’t blown away by the original it waws fun and if the sequel can improve on the first then I will definitely enjoy it.

RPGWatch has an article up about their most anticipated computer role-playing games scheduled for release in 2009.  It comprises both the editors’ choices and a poll results of their readers.

Up first from the readers we have Dragon Age: Origins and I think this line explains why, ‘There’s no

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Dragon Age: Origins

doubting their success since then but many fans hold Baldur’s Gate II as their best game, so the idea that Dragon Age represents a spiritual successor is powerful’.  Baldur’s Gate II was one of the best rpgs that I have played, so if Bioware can even come close then it should be incredible.

Second in the readers top three is Age of Decadence, an indie old-school rpg that has massive potential.  I’m going to hold off on getting too excited about this one myself just yet though, as the Iron Tower team have yet to publish a game,

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Age of Decadence

but if it lives up to it’s potential then as the poll suggests it could quite easily beat the majority of AAA titles that will be coming out this year.

Number three is Diablo 3, ’nuff said.  We’ll see if Blizzard manage to re-create the magic of the original two, though hopefully the hype won’t be so great that people can only de disappointed.

The editors’ list also includes Dragon Age, but also includes Divine Divinity 2 and Risen.  I don’t know anything about Risen but the Divine Divinity sequel is one that I am looking forward to.  While I wasn’t blown away by the original it waws fun and if the sequel can improve on the first then I will definitely enjoy it.

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Memories of Baldur’s Gate

Posted in design, pc rpg games  on December 30th, 2008 by: ian

RPG Vault have a great article up that discusses the thoughts of some of the developers of Baldur’s Gate about some of their memories of the game, as well as some thoughts about the upcoming Dragon Age.  I think the best thing about the article is that it sounds like the team is attempting to recreate the magic of Baldur’s Gate in Dragon Age.  If they succeed then they will definitely have a massive hit on their hands.

I thought it was very interesting to find out the Imoen was a character added in at the last minute, ‘Her character was a late addition to fill a non-psychotic-thief gap in the early levels’, even more amazing was that she didn’t feel like it at all.

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Baldurs Gate 2

You can definitely sense the enthusiasm that the developers had for Baldur’s Gate, ‘we were just a bunch of small-town geeks, led by doctors, working on a D&D game. How cool is that!’ and hopefully that enthusiasm will carry through into Dragon Age.

One other interesting point I got out of it was how the players seemed to create their own relationships and story elements in the game, ‘Some parts of BG seem simple now, and many perceived character relationships were outright imaginary. The players imposed their own perceptions on those tiny sprites and unrecorded text’.  If this is the case then it is certainly worth considering from a development standpoint.  Do you need to give NPCs a lot of character or can you rely on the players to fill in the blanks if you make the characters interesting enough to be worth their time?

If you are interested in Dragon Age or want to get a look at the development process that went into creating one of the most influential pc rpg games of the last ten years then you can find the article here.

RPG Vault have a great article up that discusses the thoughts of some of the developers of Baldur’s Gate about some of their memories of the game, as well as some thoughts about the upcoming Dragon Age.  I think the best thing about the article is that it sounds like the team is attempting to recreate the magic of Baldur’s Gate in Dragon Age.  If they succeed then they will definitely have a massive hit on their hands.

I thought it was very interesting to find out the Imoen was a character added in at the last minute, ‘Her character was a late addition to fill a non-psychotic-thief gap in the early levels’, even more amazing was that she didn’t feel like it at all.

screenshot2 Memories of Baldurs Gate

Baldurs Gate 2

You can definitely sense the enthusiasm that the developers had for Baldur’s Gate, ‘we were just a bunch of small-town geeks, led by doctors, working on a D&D game. How cool is that!’ and hopefully that enthusiasm will carry through into Dragon Age.

One other interesting point I got out of it was how the players seemed to create their own relationships and story elements in the game, ‘Some parts of BG seem simple now, and many perceived character relationships were outright imaginary. The players imposed their own perceptions on those tiny sprites and unrecorded text’.  If this is the case then it is certainly worth considering from a development standpoint.  Do you need to give NPCs a lot of character or can you rely on the players to fill in the blanks if you make the characters interesting enough to be worth their time?

If you are interested in Dragon Age or want to get a look at the development process that went into creating one of the most influential pc rpg games of the last ten years then you can find the article here.

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