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Dragon Age Origins - Awakenings expansion out 3/16/10!


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#1 Saint Noir

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Posted 11 October 2009 - 07:23 AM

BioWare's latest RPG and the supposed successor to Baldur's Gate. Coming for PS3 two weeks after 360/PC on November 17th.

BioWare has brought us Bladur's Gate, Neverwinter Nights, KOTOR, and Mass Effect.

"From the Makers of Mass Effect, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and Baldur’s Gate comes an epic tale of violence, lust, and betrayal. The survival of humanity rests in the hands of those chosen by fate. You are a Grey Warden, one of the last of an ancient order of guardians who have defended the lands throughout the centuries. Betrayed by a trusted general in a critical battle, you must hunt down the traitor and bring him to justice. As you fight your way towards the final confrontation with an evil nemesis, you will face monstrous foes and engage in epic quests to unite the disparate peoples of a world at war. A romance with a seductive shapeshifter may hold the key to victory, or she may be a dangerous diversion from the heart of your mission. To be a leader, you must make ruthless decisions and be willing to sacrifice your friends and loved ones for the greater good of mankind."



My question to everyone is... why should I be excited? I know it will be a good game based on the developer's pedigree. But nothing about the videos (design or whatever) has really grabbed me. I want to be enlightened!

Tell me if you are excited for this, will get it, etc... give me reasons why! Besides the fact that it's BioWare.

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Posted 11 October 2009 - 05:32 PM

Day 1 DLC = instant fail for me. Now, if this is just for the 360 version (due to disc space?) then that's fine, but if it's the same with the PS3 version then count me out until a price drop.

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#3 BigPoppa99

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Posted 11 October 2009 - 09:00 PM

is there going to be a difference between this and the 360 version? Since it is released 2 weeks later.

#4 Saint Noir

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Posted 12 October 2009 - 11:27 PM

New trailer.


#5 coleipoo

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Posted 13 October 2009 - 12:11 AM

A part of me says awesome, it's Bioware.

The other part of me is rational. No amount of rendered cinematics do anything for me nowadays. Learned my mistake with Warhammer Online.

Bioware sure is playing it safe. RPG party sterotype? Check. Different races in the trailer? Check. Cool shit you will never do in the game? Check.

Let's see them try to trump Demon's Souls as the best RPG out this year. I don't think they will.


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Posted 13 October 2009 - 05:23 AM

Let's see them try to trump Demon's Souls as the best RPG out this year. I don't think they will.


Easily in my honest opinion. RPG's are not always about graphics, its more about the content; like a virtual 3d novel

Demon's Souls which I pre-ordered is a great game, but its more of an action RPG then turn based RPG's of old. If Dragon Age lives up to the hype as Baldur's Gate successor. By all means, no contest. Bioware has the potential to create rich engaging stories that sucks one in, much like a book.

#7 JetTone

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Posted 13 October 2009 - 05:40 AM

What is the combat like in Dragon Age? Is it more action based or more like KotOR, which I hated, I hated Jade Empire too. I still kinda want it though.

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Posted 13 October 2009 - 05:42 AM

Although Im getting this game, the lack of showing more actual game footage is a little worrying. Although I do like a great story line, I also expect my games to look good as well.
And when I played Baldur's gate it certainly wasn't turn based and it was more of an action rpg lol.
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#9 Saint Noir

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Posted 13 October 2009 - 06:27 AM

Easily in my honest opinion. RPG's are not always about graphics, its more about the content; like a virtual 3d novel

Demon's Souls which I pre-ordered is a great game, but its more of an action RPG then turn based RPG's of old. If Dragon Age lives up to the hype as Baldur's Gate successor. By all means, no contest. Bioware has the potential to create rich engaging stories that sucks one in, much like a book.


Yeah... you know... cause turn based of old automatically makes a game better. And heaven forbid a game has good... you know.. gameplay.

I hope Dragon Age lives up to it's developers pedigree... but nothing shown so far inspires at all. "Super cool" CG scenes that just bring LotR to mind is not it.

Still I'm sure it will be good. All the hands on from the game sites say it is really good. I just hope it has some actual game and is NOT just a virtual novel. Bleh.

EDIT - Found some interesting stuff... makes me worry bout console play though.




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Posted 13 October 2009 - 06:41 AM

Day 1 DLC = instant fail for me. Now, if this is just for the 360 version (due to disc space?) then that's fine, but if it's the same with the PS3 version then count me out until a price drop.


It's the same thing as the Gears of War 2 day one DLC. It's a small reward for buying the game versus renting.

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Posted 13 October 2009 - 01:06 PM

It's the same thing as the Gears of War 2 day one DLC. It's a small reward for buying the game versus renting.


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How is day one DLC (that costs money) a reward for buying the game instead of renting? That content should either be free or on the damn disc!

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#12 thrustbucket

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Posted 13 October 2009 - 02:31 PM

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How is day one DLC (that costs money) a reward for buying the game instead of renting? That content should either be free or on the damn disc!


I wasn't sure what you are talking about so I did some googling. It turns out we are both right.

There is a $15 DLC at launch that is FREE if you buy the game (one time code that comes inside the case): It's the Stone Prisoner expansion, which includes the Stone Golem Shale as a playable character, which changes the game a lot depending on if he's in your party, among other stuff.

However there is Warden's Keep: $7 DLC that will also available that includes a dungeon, six new abilities, and a bunch of items - which is extra.

It doesn't bother me all that much. They announced today that they intend to have 2 years of DLC coming out to support the game. I don't really feel like they are necessary editions to the game. The fact that the DLC comes out day one doesn't really mean much - most game company's are working on DLC along side their game for much of the production.

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Posted 13 October 2009 - 04:18 PM

Yeah... you know... cause turn based of old automatically makes a game better. And heaven forbid a game has good... you know.. gameplay.

Still I'm sure it will be good. All the hands on from the game sites say it is really good. I just hope it has some actual game and is NOT just a virtual novel. Bleh..


Everyone is different, some people like more action in their RPGs, some prefer a more tactical experience, others want more story, etc. I personally enjoy more story and character interaction (virtual novel path) with some strategy tact on; It may not your cup of tea, I know. That does not mean other people in this forum would not appreciate it. The pausing will be done by the players own accord as I know it; the game will not pause by it self.

This review came out for the PC version on October 5th.

http://gameinformer..../05/review.aspx

I have the PS3 version on pre-order, but if I start hearing awful reviews about it before launch, I'll just have to upgrade my PC sooner than I would have wanted.

#14 carbontiger

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Posted 13 October 2009 - 04:34 PM

hmm..the new trailer says November 3rd as release date.

I'm worried about how the console version will play. All the gameplay footage I've seen shows PC play with the mouse cursor and it looks fine. I hope they have some "snap to" method with thumbstucks once the action is paused so you can scroll through your characters faster.
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Posted 15 October 2009 - 03:16 AM

Looks like a lame LotR knock off. This makes me sad.
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Posted 15 October 2009 - 03:26 AM

Really looking forward to it. I've loved pretty much every BioWare game ever, and it has gotten a good review from GI already.

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 06:31 PM

Giant Bomb has a Quick Look up of the 360 version. You can get a sense for the changes they made for the console versions. Also, BioWare confirmed the Tactics system is indeed there, they just didn't find it.

#18 Saint Noir

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 07:21 PM

Giant Bomb has a Quick Look up of the 360 version. You can get a sense for the changes they made for the console versions. Also, BioWare confirmed the Tactics system is indeed there, they just didn't find it.


That was a pretty cool look at it. Looks interesting. Presentation of course looks top notch. Still undecided, but it seems to grow on me with each new bit of info and every video. :)

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Posted 23 October 2009 - 12:09 AM

You guys can play this for in-game items.

http://www.dragonagejourneys.com/

By completing certain accomplishments in Journeys, you can unlock 3 items for use when you purchase a copy of Dragon Age: Origins for the PC, Xbox 360 or PS3.

From: http://blog.bioware....with-both-ears/

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Posted 23 October 2009 - 12:33 AM

article on kotaku about an "exciting announcement" about the PS3 version tomorrow. I'm really hoping it's an earlier release date!

http://kotaku.com/53...gon-age-for-ps3

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Posted 23 October 2009 - 08:33 PM

Now Nov. 3

http://ps3.ign.com/a.../1038393p1.html

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Posted 03 November 2009 - 05:40 PM

Anyone pick this up? I may after I finish with Borderlands and Batman AA. I am a little put off by the complexity, but sounds like they dumbed it down for consoles a bit, so it might be fine for me. I don't like my RPG's too complex. Battle system looks good though.

The video review I saw mentioned that the PS3 version looks noticeably better than the 360 version due to using textures with less compression, though they mention the 360 framerate is slightly more stable.

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#23 Saint Noir

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Posted 03 November 2009 - 05:46 PM

Yeah, I was just coming to state that the Gamespot review gives the edge to the PS3 version, which is a rarity for these type of multiplatform releases. Good to hear. Reviews have been universally high.

I will probably pick it up once my back log clears up a bit...

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Posted 03 November 2009 - 07:08 PM

Just picked this up at BB, price matched it from Frys for 47.99, I just couldn't wait until the $40 BF sale. I've played and loved just about every BioWare game, so I'm sure this will be no exception

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Posted 03 November 2009 - 07:23 PM

Yeah, I was just coming to state that the Gamespot review gives the edge to the PS3 version, which is a rarity for these type of multiplatform releases. Good to hear. Reviews have been universally high.

I will probably pick it up once my back log clears up a bit...


It's odd that they give that edge right after saying fps is worse, which is more important to me than graphics.

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Posted 04 November 2009 - 12:14 AM

Hello all, I know I made this a separate post, my mistake, should have just posted it here. I have closed the other thread so please don't hate too much ;)

Here is my question/Post:

Hello Everyone,

I just got home w/ my nice shiny copy of Dragon Age: Origins CE for the PS3. I wanted to first get the soundtrack and listen so I thought I could put it in my PS3 and maybe save the files as MP3 or at the least just listen to the soundtrack off the BD-Rom. However, it says to insert into computer.

I say, "Ok, I will put it into my MacBook Pro". Once inserted though (2008 Model MBP w/ DVD Burner Superdrive), my computer just tries to read it then spits it out. I have done a quick search online to no avail and was wondering if any of you have had this issue or is a PC/Mac w/ a Blu Ray drive actually required for me to listen to the soundtrack?

Thanks for any feedback and if this is posted somewhere else let me know, I did a search here on cag and couldn't find anything about it.

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#27 Saint Noir

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Posted 04 November 2009 - 12:18 AM

If it is a blu ray disc it would have to be a blu ray player/drive to read the files on the computer.

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Posted 04 November 2009 - 12:41 AM

If it is a blu ray disc it would have to be a blu ray player/drive to read the files on the computer.


Thanks, I was afraid of that, I know they used to have some dual CD/DVD discs out there before or something kind of similar where 1 layer was of one format and another layer was another format. Still though I think they should have let it be playable in the PS3...ohh well.

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Posted 04 November 2009 - 01:18 AM

Was a pretty big oversight , i'm in the same boat have no way of getting the extras off the disc. Ah well someone will post the content somewhere else sooner or later.

#30 dimeadz

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Posted 04 November 2009 - 04:03 AM

I did the dragon age flash game as well as the character creator. I wonder how this translates from the EA account to the game. Anyone done this yet? I want the items i worked for.
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