With about a year to go until Dragon Age: Inquisition, Bioware is clearly determined not to make the same mistakes as they did with Dragon Age II. In fact, they are on a fact-finding mission to determine why people liked Dragon Age to begin with.
Gaming can teach us all kinds of strange things - almost anyone can do parkour, hanging from ceilings and killing people is worthy of an achievement, and sexual relationships can happen with anyone if you just say the right things at the right times. Now, Bioware is looking to make relationships in Dragon Age more realistic, and mature.
I may not be a fan of Dragon Age, but I can sure as hell appreciate some fiiiiiiine art when I see it. The weekend saw some new tidibits of info and videographics for the upcoming game roll out. As well as this great concept art from Bioware’s Matt Rhodes that was shown at PAX. Feast your peepers on it after the jump.
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Dragon Age III, which we're supposed to stop calling that and only refer to as Dragon Age Inquisition, is seeing the return of playable races. Yay! So how did this beloved element return to the game, and what impact will it have?
It’s time to feel a little old; not only is it the 30th anniversary of the Famicom, but it’s also the 10 year anniversary of what I think is the very finest Star Wars game ever made: Knights of the Old Republic. That’s right, it’s been 10 years since you played that game a long time ago, in a galaxy far away.
It has not been a good time to be a fan of Star Wars video games. The last really decent title in the franchise, The Force Unleashed was released way back in 2008, before everything starting smelling like Bantha poodoo. And then the new owners of Lucasarts, Disney, decided to make the game division of that company one with the Force. So are Star Wars games dead? Nope! They’ve got a new home now, with the EA Empire.
It’s been a year since Mass Effect 3 launched, and despite a rocky ending controversy, it’s been a damn good ride. A constant stream of DLC, multiplayer events and cupcakes have kept the Normandy crew in deep space for a while now, but even they need shore leave. But not the kind that consists of dodgy ladies waiting at the pier and Space-TDs. Citadel does just that, as the final DLC is packed with content to give the Normandy crew a grand finale. Here’s the trailer for that upcoming slice of gameplay.
There’s an air of the unknown about the next game set in the Mass Effect universe. What we do know is that it won;t feature Commander Shepard, and that it’ll run on the Frostbite 2.0 engine instead of the Unreal engine that’s powered the previous games. And now Bioware’s filled in a few more blanks.
Dragon Age 2 wasn’t a terrible experience, but it wasn’t a particularly good one either – its plot, and indeed setting were essentially confined to just one area, making it feel as if it didn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things. And it was built on Bioware’s worn eclipse engine – so it wasn’t the prettiest game either. Bioware says that Dragon Age 3: Inquisition is “stunningly beautiful.”
The graphical and technical leapfrogging that happens with each successive console generation is set to soon have much smaller frogs, says BioWare's director of art and animation Neil Thompson.
The Old Republic, EA and Bioware’s now free-to-play space-bound MMO will, like other Bioware games, soon be adding the option for same sex romances, but here’s the kicker; homosexual shenanigans will be confined to a single planet, Makreb – and now nobody’s happy.
I don’t know how many of you played Obsidian’s Alpha Protocol. I loved it; a spy-thriller RPG that was made up of really great ideas that were, for the most part, unfortunately poorly executed. It did, however, make people really want a quality Spy RPG, and that could have come from Bioware – only EA axed it before it ever really began.
Hands down, I’ve got to admit that Mass Effect 3 has had the best support this year for extra content, minus that whole mess with the ending. Extra multiplayer packs, most of which were free, as well as several DLC packs to fill in gaps with the story, have really complemented the game. And Bioware still isn’t finished adding more to the tale, as their next bit of DLC is going to be a tear-jerker apparently.