Blood And Smuts: Dragon Age “Violence” Trailer

By Jim Rossignol on May 9th, 2009 at 8:31 pm.


Possibly a bit spoilery this one, and very bloody. I’m not sure quite what to make of it: the bloody, lusty delivery is somewhat at odds with almost every other glimpse of Bioware’s forthcoming fantasy RPG that we’ve so far seen. I can only assume that the Dragon Age soundtrack will be nothing like the one featured here. Anyway, see what you think, and let the inevitable debate not dwell too long on the sex bits.

Oh, Bioware.

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256 Comments »

  1. Psychopomp says:

    At the risk of sounding like someone who thinks the game actually *will* be dumbed down for consoles…

    It’s pretty obvious this trailer was made to attract the people who put the “tard” in consoletard.

  2. Storamin says:

    Talk about a conflicting marketing mix… how does that trailer adequately portray the “spiritual successor to Baldur’s Gate”?

  3. Azhrarn says:

    …. (stunned silence)

    ok then, who let the EA execs and PR-people into the design-team meeting?

    Because I really hope this was just a mash-up trailer and not a sign of what’s really coming. I wanted a nice deep RPG of the usual good Bioware quality, not some medieval slaughterfest with RPG elements lost among the gore.

    Please let this just be PR….

  4. damien says:

    as excited as i’ve been at various times about dragon age, this trailer is pretty deflating. (not as deflating as the date being pushed back for console-izing, mind…)

    the only surefire mental image this leaves me with is that the average player they are courting with this video is currently hanging out at the mall, sucking down slurpees and trying to give themselves the most painful “brain-freeze” possible.

  5. JKjoker says:

    i think it has already been dumbed down, the AI seems to take really strange decisions like ignoring wizards in the trailers

    also im wondering what they are going to do with area spells, it seems like its impossible not to hit your own guys with them since the ones they showed so far were “low damage for a long time in a huge area” rather than “big damage in an instant in a reduced area” style

  6. Jim Rossignol says:

    It does look like just a case of bad marketing.

  7. Gorgeras says:

    Well that’s EA marketing for you.

    I as gearing up for Mr Shouty to say “THIS. IS. SPARTAAA!!”

  8. Stupoider says:

    .. Aww. I was expecting.. epic music. Y’know. Elder Scrolls: Morrowing epic music, y’know?

    I am disappointed. :<

  9. Gorgeras says:

    TONIGHT WE 2d6 DIE IN HELL!!

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    James G says:

    Hmm. I had been maintaining fanboy like levels of optimism for this Dragon Age, but this trailer is enormously off-putting. It plays like those dire ‘pwning n00bs’ clips that some testosterone charged muppets post onto YouTube. I very much hope this is just a case of ‘target audience FAIL’ in advertising, and not an indicator of the game as a whole.

  11. Noc says:

    Baldur’s Gate had mad gibs!

    I WILL say that if this stuff is indicative of gameplay, not not just cutscene violences, then I think (tentatively) that it’s a good sign. Something that’s been nagging me for a while about RPG combat is that it tends not to be physical, in the sense that the act of people sticking each other with sharp bits of metal is represented abstractly with floaty numbers and decreasing bars until one party or the other falls over.

    An RPG where someone who’s been stuck with a sword for 14 Pointy Damage acts like someone who’s been stuck with a sword would be interesting.

    Also, I like the new logo a bit better than the painfully generic old one.

    Otherwise? I dunno.

  12. The Hammer says:

    Oh, for fuck’s sake. Hello God of War…

  13. Heliocentric says:

    The humans aren’t racist in this, its just elves are pricks. Not watched the video (browsing on a mobile) but i know what to expect from the game. Its mass effect without guns and with magic. Scratch that, mass effect had magic.

  14. panik says:

    i feel quite embarrassed for it

  15. Mr Lizard says:

    Although on the other hand if you had no prior knowledge of the game (ie that it was actually going to be an elf-based D20-em-up), that trailer would make it look utterly stupid awesome.

  16. Xercies says:

    Hmm I was kind of wary of putting my hopes up for Dragon Age and this trailer isn’t helping things. But who knows this might be a marketing boob but I wouldn’t think so…

  17. Dominic White says:

    This really is a very, very bad trailer, and the people who made it are bad and dumb. The people who are blaming this bad dumbness on consoles are badder and dumberer, though.

    Really, you’re stretching here.

  18. Hajimete no Paso Kon says:

    Awww hell yeah. Sex and gore. My two favorite things combined. The gore could of been better though. As well as the sex.

  19. Jajusha says:

    Hmm…well….when you did a critical strike with a blunt weapon and killed the oponent in BG2 there would actually see bits and pieces of…well, bodyparts flying over. Lets hope the video just expresses that part of the gameplay.

  20. Über Nerd says:

    The song… the irony…

    babble babble bitch bitch

  21. Stupoider says:

    “the people who made it are bad and dumb. The people who are blaming this bad dumbness on consoles are badder and dumberer”

    Oh snap!

  22. Magnus says:

    I’m still blindly optimistic, I can’t let this get me down, I have to believe!

    Mind you, odd choice of music, and the most awkward looking sex scene I’ve ever seen in a game…

  23. MrBejeebus says:

    Let it be marketing…please….

    I have high hopes for this game as a medieval mass effect, not some ridiculous gorefest to appease the bloodthirsty masses…and if they’re going with blood spray, at least make it look good and please make it a bit more subtle, something like what ZenoClash did…

  24. Vinraith says:

    I very much hope it’s NOT a medieval Mass Effect. ME was alright, but could have stood to be 1) less linear 2) less repetitive (5 stock side mission locations recycled endlessly, blech) and 3) less pointlessly talky. The ratio of actual relevant narrative and interesting background in ME to completely gratuitous character background and other pointless chatter was much too low. It’s a hallmark of Bioware games, one I hope they can move away from a bit.

  25. Larington says:

    Oh dear, it looks as though this “blight” is just a variation on the geth domination struts in Mass Effect, how tedious.

    This trailer has actually put me OFF the game. Not a good sign at all.

    As for sex scenes in games, has anyone ever seen one that hasn’t been all kinds of awkward? I sure haven’t, for the time being I think anyone even contemplating that sort of stuff in games should stick to ‘imply then fade to black’. And leave it at that.

  26. Tums Ultra 1000 says:

    Whatever passing intrest I had in Dragon Age is now gone.

  27. Dan Harris says:

    Sorry, this looks fucking awful.

  28. Hulk Hogan says:

    I have no interest in yet another generic fantasy RPG with elves, but if the game is like this I might consider picking it up.

    HULK HOGAN DOESN’T LIKE ELVES UNLESS THEY MAKE COOKIES OR PRESENTS FOR HIM!!!

  29. autogunner says:

    i liked it, good to see decent violence in the rpg genre which generally has had shite combat without exception.

  30. Rook says:

    Well, Marylin Manson was popular when Baldur’s Gate came out, does that count?

  31. TwistyMcNoggins says:

    Oh dear. I was actually quite excited about this until now. The trip to uncanny valley during the sex scene was quite off putting as well.

    Was Mafia the first game to have a “proper” (ie: Soft porn) sex scene in it? It’s certainly the earliest one I can remember.

  32. Rabbitsoup says:

    You know the board form the orange film adds? this is what they would want in a dragon age trailer.

    “and then we’l cut to a spurt of blood”
    “in the shape of a dragon”
    “OH Snap!”

  33. mcw says:

    Marilyn Manson song in a videogame trailer about slaying hundreds of people with a longsword? Somehow I have a bad feeling about this …

    I find it genuinely sad that publishers feel everything needs to be marketed to the “Gears of War” crowd. Bioshock was actually overhauled so it could be presented as a “kick-ass-shooter”.

  34. Maxheadroom says:

    Hopefully someone at EA will see this thread.
    At some point there must have been a bunch of suits sat round a boardroom table watching that crap and nodding with approval.
    If that’s the direction this game is going in then I hope they read this and realise just how out of touch they are.

  35. Black Mamba says:

    Well that was ludicrously funny, though I’d cut them some slack as selling a hardcore super nerd dungeons & dragons style game isn’t so easy these days so they have to trick some people into actually buying it.

    Obviously this trailer was not aimed at the RPS scene though PC gaming has its own little collection of morons who would lap this up (go lurk nvnews/guru3d or other graphics whore sites).

  36. Baris says:

    Thing is, this trailer will undoubtedly attract attention from the ‘hey you see that new trailer for that dragons game on Xbox Live? it’s pretty sweet’ demographic.

    Edit: Holy crap, Hawaii Five-0 theme fits incredibly well with it, well done to the guy who mentioned it.

  37. IvanHoeHo says:

    This is either false advertising or the people who were looking forward to Dragon Age can stop caring now.

  38. Man Raised By Puffins says:

    For some reason I found that trailer utterly hilarious, it’s like one of those ridiculously bad fan edits set to Linkin Park (except official and set to Marilyn Manson, obv.).

    Still hopeful for the game, I’d say Jim is right and this is just a piss awful piece of marketing. The footage in the mix looks much the same as what has already been demoed.

  39. Psychopomp says:

    YOU KNOW WHAT MAKES THIS TRAILER EVEN BETTER?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LnK8b_jk8w
    Start is as the Bioware logo pops up

  40. bhlaab says:

    (let the bodies hit the floor let the bodies hit the floor let the bodies hit the floor let the bodies hit the….)

    …FLOOOOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRR!!!

  41. CryingTheAnnualKingo says:

    Wow. You guys are sure making a big deal out of some badly edited cutscene snippets.
    I for one like the idea of leaving behind the white bread PG Canadian blandness of BG for darker, bloodier places. Go back to the earliest previews; DA has always been about dark fantasy, way before a console version was even a part of plan.

  42. Dreamhacker says:

    Is the title supposed to reference Jan Smuts, by any chance?

  43. DigitalSignalX says:

    Chalk one up for the minority… I liked the trailer. I also liked Mass Effect. Mass Effect with swords and magic sounds great. Some of the repetitive (minor) flaws in ME hopefully can be fixed.

  44. Larington says:

    @Psychopomp: Yeah, I feel better now, thanks.

  45. I heart Stalin says:

    What the hell? A BioWare RPG that actually looks cool and not completely bland? I’m amazed.

  46. Chiablo says:

    Voice acting seemed good… the lip sync, and graphics of the characters though… blah

  47. Aermane says:

    I guess the violence could end up being like it was in Jade Empire, i.e. no blood or anythig apart from certain special attacks that would cause the enemy to explode in a shower of blood and bits.

  48. damien says:

    @ CryingTheAnnualKingo. i’m sorta confused how splashing chunks of body and blood splatters (ALL over BG 1+2, IWD 1+2) is “white bread PG Canadian blandness”.

    in terms of “darker, bloodier places”, the old black isle / bioware / interplay games make mass effect look as bland and spotless as riding in a space-elevator for hours (complete with elevator muzak). oh wait…

  49. Dan K says:

    WOW, I know theres a lot of this is poor marketing talk, but bloody nora this looks epic, if thats how visceral the fights are and it’s combined with a mass effect style of depth. Game of the year at least.

  50. damien says:

    i gather that i’m the only one here who couldn’t stand the fact that mass effect pretended to be a sprawling space opera but delivered a linear, sprawling space corridor opera instead?