Gamesta.com recaps the latest announcements fro BioWare. One of those is the announcement of a new Dragon Age game, but also new Mass Effect content coming and a mysterious new game. On the other hand, the departure of the two doctors responsible for founding the company seems like the end of an era.
Sequels are the game that tend to make the most money in this industry, so it is pretty much expected that every big game will get one or more sequels. It can be great when a sequel turns out as good or better than the original, but it can be devastating when it doesn't. These 10 games didn't to live up to the quality of their predecessors, and failed to meet fans' high expectations.
Dragon Age 3 is on the way, and though the series has itself grounded as a strong contender for best RPG series this generation, the third entry will be vital to the success and life of Dragon Age. With most fans left a little underwhelmed by Dragon Age 2, what can the third entry in the series do to combine what players loved about both games?
"The most recent case of severe internet bullying is the recent incident with BioWare writer, Jennifer Hepler who, after making the conscious decision to include homosexual relationships in Dragon Age II, was subject to intense abuse and harassment not only in a virtual context (leading to the closure of her Twitter account) but also in real life with phone calls in particular."
"BioWare has received a lot of flak lately due to the From Ashes Mass Effect 3 DLC. From what I understand, a bit of the flak is just, as they are alleged to flat-out lie about the timing of development, but there is another side claiming it wasn't 100% complete. Regardless, I have a few cents worth of opinion on the whole issue of DLC in general and how it is dealt with in sales in general.
First, I suppose I don't understand the idea of a "stock" new price. Why "must" games run $59.99? A ..."
"One of the more controversial topics with BioWare’s Dragon Age series has been the option to engage in a relationship with characters of the same sex as your avatar, something that has now become an option for both genders in Mass Effect 3. In order to clarify just where the developer stands on the issue, studio heads Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk stated it was all a matter of providing choice to the player."
"An amazing thing happened recently. I bought Rayman: Origins, put it in my PlayStation 3 and was playing the game in mere moments. It wasn’t until later that I realised something incredible had occurred; I didn’t have to wait to play the game. I thought back to my actions: I put the disc in the console, started the game and then played it. Nothing barged between me and my entertainment. No online passes fell out the case to force me into redeeming fiddly little codes to access features I alre..."
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"We’ve been talking about our favorite games from the last year, but amidst all the instant classics that emerged in 2011, there were plenty of games that seemed on the verge of greatness… until we actually played them. Maybe it was slick marketing, or perhaps franchise loyalty, or completely unfounded optimism, but we all played some games this year that just didn’t live up to our expectations."
In a move that is likely to infuriate gamers everywhere, EA has revealed that online passes for new copies of their video games have an expiration date even though they do not appear printed on the codes themselves. What this means from a practical standpoint is that a consumer could purchase a new, shrink-wrapped copy of an EA game a year after a game's release and they will be blocked from playing online game features.
There's been a fair amount of furor over EA's supposedly draconian approach to banning people from EA's Origin service. Ever since March of this year, more and more people are coming forward, complaining about how EA banned them from their games. I spend this rant picking apart their arguments.
Relationships in video games is something that looks good on paper but never really hits home. In so many games a "relationship" with another character is more or less irrelevant to the outcome of the game and serves to do little more than offer a way to have a fade away simulate copulation. What we should be seeing is relationships that actually require real decisions with meaningful consequences.
Gamescom 2011 has led to plenty of big announcements, but Bioware showed that they are going to not only plan for their future titles but support their current titles as well.
During a Q&A session, the Dragon Age developer said that they are planning on releasing a few additional downloadable packs for the game, including a new scenario and item pack.
"Since this is just an expansion we still see the same graphics, gameplay, and control. BioWare didn’t revamp the entire system. It’s just an add on and as such we will forgo droning on about them with the same cliched analogies that you’ve heard before. What will ultimately make you want to play Legacy is the question “Is the story in Legacy worth spending $10.00 on?”"
"European Dragon Age 2 fans who were hoping to get their hands on some DLC were a bit puzzled as to why the Legacy DLC was not available to them on the Playstation Network yesterday. One of BioWare’s designers addressed the issue and assured fans that the DLC would be out tomorrow. Check out the news below."
"Yesterday, the Dragon Age II Legacy downloadable content was released; however, news emerged that the game had mysteriously disappeared from Valve’s Steam service. It seems to be the second EA published game to disappear following Crysis 2 last month. While speculation continues, sources claim that it was Valve who removed the popular role-playing game from its service."
Gamers are not always accepting of new people or new things so it is some what of a shocker that video games are adding more and more gay players. Gays have been more and more common in the last 2 years with games like dragon age 2 mass effect and sims all have gays in there games. Is this a good thing for video games? Do you think they should be pushing social issues in video games?
"While Dragon Age II wasn't the most visually diverse of games it was still fun to play. I wouldn't mind in the least going back into the Free Marches once more to whoop a little arse and take a name or two. Thankfully BioWare has been kind enough to release a new trailer for us. Take a gander below at the gameplay trailer for Dragon Age II Legacy."
"Announced just now at EA's Summer Games Conference, Bioware took to the stage and stated that they had received a lot of feedback from critics about Dragon Age 2, and they took notice. They now hope to address this with Dragon Age 2 Legacy, coming soon. This is the first major story driven DLC for Dragon Age 2 and you’ll be able to dive a lot deeper into the Hawke family with lots of new areas present when the game ships July 26th"
"ake sure you come and visit us at the Hilton Gaslamp (401 K Street) to experience everything live (remember, you do not need a comic con badge to take part). If you can’t visit us in San Diego, make sure you stay tuned to the BioWare Pulse TV broadcasts where we will be keeping everyone up to date with live broadcasts all day, each day."
"Then came Dragon Age: Origins, a game that had not only hot tenting scenes, but also two characters who would swing either way. If you played as a male, and wanted to romance the sultry male elf, Zevran, you could. If you played as a female, and wanted to get it on with the red headed female bard, Leliana, you could."
"Simplification of equipment for companions in DA2 versus having access to all gear for companions in DA:O. This I could really go either way on. It can get tedious to equip all your characters with the latest gear, however not being able to put gear on them at all can be aggravating. And [one person] makes an excellent point; we can no longer unequip everything from our companions and have them chat in their skivvies."
"Being released on March 31, the Dragon Age comic book series by IDW Publishing will be bringing the Dragon Age series to gaming and comic book lovers alike. IDW has already proven themselves with such great titles like 30 Days of Night, Locke & Key, Wormwood and much more. Who will be the minds behind the story in this series? None other than Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston!"
Check out Gamerz411 Episode 6 to hear our thoughts on some of the latest titles including Homefront's Multiplayer and MK9 as well as a tribute to HipHopGamer and what our experience was like meeting up with him again at PAX in addition to our main topic which concerns the creative stagnation in the industry. Enjoy and as always, feedback is welcome!
Jonathan Mowat takes on the character of Hawke and explorers the city of Kirkwall. Set over 10 years, Hawkes life is played back in a series of edited highlights, taking the idea of cause and effect to a new level. Even the smallest decisions potentially affect the outcome of the game. Does Dragon Age II improve on its predecessors shortcomings, or is it just more of the same?
"Dragon Age II is the critically acclaimed sequel to the 2009 ‘Game of the Year’ Role Playing Game Dragon Age: Origins. The series is best known for its expansive free roaming worlds, gripping storyline and some of the deepest character detail in an RPG game. It has also spawned a number of spin offs including Dragon Age Legends (a Facebook game), Dragon Age Awakening (a whole new adventure expansion to Dragon Age Origins) along with various downloadable content: such as Witch hunt, Return to..."
"This week David answers every possible question about Dragon Age 2 you could ever have. We also talk a bit about Minecraft, Pokemon White, Bulletstorm, Pixeljunk Shooter 2, Pilotwings 64, Back to the Future Ep 1, and Tiger Wood's pathetic golf games.
There's a lot of video game business news to discuss including the latest NPDs, the latest in firmware, technology, internal business restructuring, and how Bioware sold their soul to the EA devil."
"User review scores have always been a great way for dissatisfied gamers to speak out against a product, and it seems Dragon Age II is the latest victim. Aggregate site Metacritic has seen the overall user review score for Dragon Age II plummet as angry fans have posted 0-1 out of 10 scores. The issue, many believe, is the new direction Bioware has taken the series, making it more approachable and action-oriented."
"Let’s be up front: Dragon Age: Origins was not a good game. It was incredibly derivative and so tediously boring that I nodded off in the middle of its “epic” battle scenes and conversations alike. For anyone familiar with ANY fantasy tale spun since and including Tolkien’s Ring trilogy, Dragon Age was old news before it was even released, offering up nothing unique of its own. For those who had played Mass Effect and especially Mass Effect 2, it was also a thoroughly subpar RPG, even by Biow..."
Bioware has released some statistics that compare Dragon Age 2 with its predecessor. If you thought that Dragon Age II was going to expand on an already massive world, you're mistake. Check out the full story to see just how short Dragon Age II is compared to the first installment. Cheers!
"Andy neurotically renovates Minecraft home and bemoans the downfall of shooters with Killzone 3. David goes episode 1 with Telltale's Back to the Future and begins a feud with Pat that will ultimately destroy the both of them over the Dragon Age 2 demo. Nick reluctantly spills his prudish guts over Bulletstorm and some crappy game he bought.
In news, we discuss the disappointing Nintendo 3DS US launch lineup, the awesome first footage of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Battlefield 3, and t..."
"Expect about one hour of playtime and if you're playing on PC with recent hardware, DirectX 11 features .
The 1.9GB demo is available through your source of choice below. Remember if the community hits one million downloads, everyone will receive in-game items.
We'll update with our impressions -- complete with screenshots -- later in the day.
We gave the demo a full run through and were left with mixed feelings. On the positive side, there are the usual range of graphics options B..."
"Dragon Age II is slated for launch across the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on March 8, and a demo for the game will be playable on February 22. Beating the demo awards players with a blade that can be used in the full version of the game, but that’s not the only surprise that Dragon Age II players will be able to unlock."
"Setting out to remake one of the world's most venerated RPGs is a daunting task, but despite the number of failed attempts over the years, the Baldur's Gate 2 Redux mod for Dragon Age: Origins hit the ground running. The BGR team has been steadily releasing their remake of Baldur's Gate II through a system of modules -- in essence, teasing us with playable content until the full release -- so that they can better pace the time investment required for this undertaking. I had the chance to talk..."
"You have to feel sorry for EA. First an unfinished beta build of Crysis 2 gets leaked onto torrent sites, and then that was followed by a beta version of Bulletstorm making its way onto the internet as well. Now it seems the Dragon Age 2 Demo has also been leaked."
"The special items will come in the form of two books: “The Far Cliffs of Kirkwall” will provide players with a monetary boost, and “Lothering’s Lament” will offer an increase in experience. As well as these items, players who complete the demo will also receive a dwarven blade called Hayder’s Razor for use in the full game."
"I'm very eagerly looking forward to March 8th. Honestly, I'm counting the days. That's when my very favorite game developer ever, BioWare, puts out the sequel to one of my very favorite video games, Dragon Age. That's right folks, Dragon Age 2 comes out on March 8th. Hopefully you got your preorder in before January 11th.
But I've got to say, there were a few things from Dragon Age that I'm hoping not to encounter in Dragon Age 2."
"GZ: When I was playing Dragon Age: Origins, I was reading Game of Thrones at the same time. Now, Game of Thrones is being translated into a television show on HBO. If a television company was to come up to BioWare and ask you the direction you would want to see for a Dragon Age television show, what would you prefer to see taken from your story to replicate into an adaptation?"
"We reveal to you our first half of our conversation with Dragon Age II Art Director Matt Goldman on the subject of strategy games, Jade Empire and converting concept art to in-game visuals. Tomorrow we will showcase our second part, which discusses Mass Effect 3, new settings for RPGs and much more."
"On the surface, CD Projekt's The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings and BioWare's Dragon Age II seem to have a lot in common. Both are single-player role-playing games set in dark and gritty fantasy worlds filled with racial tensions and political intrigue. Both offer real-time combat, moral choices and more dialogue than an off-Broadway play. Both games also managed to stir up a little controversy over their "mature" content, whether it was awkward man-on-male elf action or collectible playing ca..."
"As if you didn’t already know, the video game industry often relies on sequels to chart-topping titles to keep their pockets deep and fans at bay each and every year. Next year will be no different as Electronic Arts has two key sequels in the form of Alice: Madness Returns and Dragon Age 2 readied, Capcom is gearing up to release a Kinect-ready sequel in Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor and the cult-favorite Marvel vs. Capcom 3."
"BioWare has heard the pleas of console gamers and went back to the drawing board per se with Dragon Age II. Dragon Age: Origins wasn’t the prettiest looking game for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, nor did it contain the most fluid or exciting combat. The PC iteration has also received refinements, but none as obvious as the consoles. Thus, a new direction and focus for the series has been approached. Fans may be in for one of the most enticing role-playing games of 2011."
"As always, we've saved the best for last. This week we're giving out...
A copy of Dragon Age 2, courtesy of GamersGate! Well, not really. Technically it's just a preorder code, which means that you'll have to wait until March like everyone else. First things first though:"
"Since its initial release last year, Dragon Age: Origins has made quite a name for itself and took it a step further with Dragon Age: Awakenings. EA announced a sequel to the series a while back and now we finally got the chance to watch a demonstration of Dragon Age II."
"Critical Gamer writes: Bear with me fans of Dragon Age, I never played the first one so I have no idea how cool it was nor, for that matter, how bad it might have been. All I know is it was long and it had a huge back story.
Finding Dragon Age II in here took a day, and if anyone who went to Eurogamer 2010 and wanted to check this game out but never spotted it (it wasn’t listed in the guide map handed out on the way in), don’t worry too much, I doubt very much you would have been able to t..."
"Unfortunately, while I enjoyed the DLC, I think it was a bit lackluster. Ariane and Finn, your companions for the quest are nowhere near a replacement for any of your original party. I loved the gameplay of Dragon Age but without the character interaction of the main game the experience is significantly lessened. I could have overlooked all of this though, if the final meet up with Morrigan had been at all satisfying. It felt rushed and lacked a fraction of the emotional resonance of her orig..."
"Dragon Age: Origins was a hit when BioWare released it last year but it included differences between the PC version and what was released on the PS3 and Xbox 360. The differences were understandable as the top-down isometric view fit the PC mouse and keyboard control scheme but not the gamepads for the consoles. However, PC owners shouldn't anticipate a return of the isometric view for Dragon Age 2 according to Bioware."
"Dragon Age: Origins was an excellent RPG experience. Nay, it was a mighty RPG experience, evoking the classics of its genre while simultaneously pushing forwards with new ideas. But it wasn’t perfect, and with the announcement of Dragon Age II, this is the perfect opportunity for EA and BioWare to address some (hopefully all) of those issues."
""Laidlaw then went on to announce that Dragon Age 2 would feature a new combat system. Gone would be the Frankenstein-like transitions between character movements, replaced by what was claimed to be a far more fluid system of control, character animation, and fighting. Interestingly, Laidlaw mentioned that Dragon Age 2 would not leave the tacticians out of the mix either - he noted that they want players to 'think like a general and fight light a Spartan'. This means that queuing up actions w..."
"Electronic Arts has been on a roll with the EA Partners program. Perhaps you’ve heard of Rock Band, Left 4 Dead, and Crysis. The program put EA back on the maps of hardcore gamers, and shed EA’s snakeskin as the company for sequels and yearly sports titles with new rosters, and little else. It’s now safe to speak about love for EA in public without being ridiculed for falling prey to “the man.”"
"Video games have multiplayer, anymore that’s almost a given. Multiplayer gives people the chance to go out and pit themselves against other people from around the world or it allows for a collaborative effort to achieve victory. But there are some games that either miss the mark, or totaly skip the online process altogether."
"Last week BioWare confirmed that Dragon Age II was coming and even revealed that the game would be on the cover of the next GameInformer magazine. Along the way, we learned that the game would sport a new art style and follow a new protagonist named Hawke on his journey from "refugee" to "revered hero". Now we get the first in-game screenshots for the sequel to one of the best RPGs of the year."
"Fight like a Spartan? In absolute truth, I just watched 300 yesterday. BioWare, if you’re going to reveal this little gem, I expect to see oiled-up men in the background clothed in nothing but a minuscule loincloth, with glistening six pack abs. Seriously though, ‘fight like a Spartan’ kinda scares me. It makes me imagine that I’ll be playing Dynasty Warriors rather than Dragon Age."
"Yesterday BioWare released the fine news that Dragon Age II will be coming out next year. March 2011 to be exact. What did this do to the staff of Polish the Console? Well we went positively crazy with delight. We actually thought about stopping work at our real jobs to begin following the releases."
"There was never any doubt that a sequel to Dragon Age: Origins was coming given the quality and success of the game. However, BioWare has made it official by launching a website for Dragon Age 2 for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 and revealing that they have the next cover story for Game Informer."