You don't recall an entire month where DA:O was unplayable for many PS3 owners waiting on a patch?
Yeah, you're absolutely right. I had forgotten that, as I'd beaten the game by the time that happened, so the bug didn't affect me. But y'know, as I recall, that wasn't entirely Bioware's fault, except perhaps for the tardiness of their fix. Sony's FW update broke the game, and it may, in fact, have been the update that killed OtherOS in Sony's knee-jerk Geohot panic. That must have been an update that made some pretty profound low-level changes to the system. Anyway, the game had worked fine out of the box.
Oh, and you're talk of dumbing down the game is making me sad, too. Some of the reviews allude to this fact, but don't really expand on it (they say things like you can't change companions' armour). So it's nice to hear your perspectie on it, if depressing. Also reviewers say the game clocks in at 30 hrs. WTF? I spent 60+ hours on DAO. People in the fora were already griping about the possibility of a shorter game when Bioware announced that the PC version would require a 6 Gb install, compared to something like a 15 Gb install for the original DAO.
yea no changing their armor…wtf is that shit?
and 30 hours is bare minimum that I'm ok with for an RPG. Anything below and its an instant no purchase for me.
either way…I'm upset at the general direction and it seems I'm not alone from my musings around on the net.
Even tough I haven't played the game (not even beta) I think I can say I'm not overly excited by the many changes.
But specially combat. I really love strategic combat, I'm a RPG fan, having played most of the classic PC titles like, Baldurs Gate, Ice Wind Dale and Neverwinter Nigths many times. I understand it being dumbed down a little bit (since the first game was pretty hardcore, specially on PC), but from what I hear, it's now very simple and easy except on Nightmare difficult, wich is almost impossible.
Another thing that was disappointing was the inventory streamlining. I particularly love inventory and loot managing… sure, sometimes it sucks when you have a enormous crew and you have to check one by one if they can use one particular item, but anyway it's fun and cool to have all these many cool looking pieces of equipment and assign them to whomever you want.
Another change that I'm not too happy is the fact the whole game is set in just one location and over 10 years in time, bascially that reads: "no open world and little exploration" and that is one of the major reasons RPG games rule.
I understand all these changes focusing a more casual crowd but man and at that it'll probably be a succes, but it's sure a bummer for those who really loved the first one.
However, even after all that, I'm still looking forward to playing this game. What can I say, I'm a huge DA:O fan! I hope after this I can say I'm a huge Dragon Age fan. But only time will tell.
Goods news on my end: Got the game, installed, and seems to be working flawlessly. Only played for a bit. Just met Flemeth (so I'm like half-way through what had been presented in the demo), but I'm optimistic that things are working. No headless Hurlocks or whatever, no freezes at character creations, etc. Anyway, must run, but I'm looking forward to continuing later!
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