Posts Tagged ‘Dragon Age: Origins’

And Things Of Dragon Age: Origins

By Jim Rossignol on August 19th, 2009.


After our last rather cynical few comment thread chats about Dragon Age, a source from within EA (who will have to remain anonymous) got in touch to say that the cynics were wrong, and that the game really is the modern equivalent of the famed Baldur’s Gate games. It is, our source insists, one of the great RPGs. Do we believe them? I mean, it’s all within towing their company line, isn’t it? Well, despite some scepticism induced by terrible marketing, I do hold out that this is going to be a thoroughly enjoyable RPG. Bioware aren’t exactly short on talent, and this game has been years in the tweaking. That said, I’m kind of looking forward to both Alpha Protocol and Mass Effect 2 more, because they’re both looking bold and non-fantasy. But then again, the collector’s retail edition of Dragon Age comes with a cloth map (see below). And that kind of changes things… Terrible map-lust.

Anyway, GamesCom trailer below. It’s good. And Darkspawny.
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RPS At E3: Dragon Age – Origins

By John Walker on June 10th, 2009.

We've got to break THROUGH the ice!

There were surprisingly few disappointments at E3 this year. Most trips behind a closed door revealed something new and exciting, or reinforced enthusiasm for an ongoing project. EA’s demonstration of Dragon Age sadly did not. If the content shown was indicative, it seems reasonable to worry about with the forthcoming old-school fantasy RPG. I’m just hoping it was not.

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Dragon Age Interview Plus Magic Book’em, Danno.

By Kieron Gillen on May 11th, 2009.

Ooh, I do like sex.

What interesting timing. A few weeks ago I talked to Dragon Age’s designer Mike Laidlaw at a press event. It has just gone up on Eurogamer. Of course, this ties in to the uproar around the recent violence trailer. I found myself eye-brow raising a little in the PR-line which Bioware seem to be following with this too, but when pressed Mike defended the mature direction as more than just trailers…

“I’m not sure the level of maturity is the difference – but the depth, the experience itself. Does it all hang together on a single theme? Because I think our greatest failing could be it’s just a standard oh-look-a-unicorn fantasy… also, this guy’s head just popped off. For it to feel tacked on, and not part of the experience.”

More here. Of course, there’s also the sarcastic response inspired by Psychopomp’s comment thread post…
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Draconian Dragon Slain: Dragon Age DRM Free

By John Walker on May 5th, 2009.

DRM cleft in twain

A spot of interesting news regarding Dragon Age: Origins. Bioware and EA have announced that the game will be coming out without Securom DRM, or any other form, beyond an old-fashioned disc check before loading. This means the old-skool fantasy RPG won’t require any online authentication at all, and thus will have no install limits. Another sign of EA’s changing mind about game protection.

Blues News reports the story, picked up via the official Dragon Age forums, where Community Coordinator (come on community, follow me in groups of four) Chris Priestly describes the announcement as “good news.”

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Into The Fire: Dragon Age Battle Footage

By Jim Rossignol on March 30th, 2009.


Dragon Age is a fantasy RPG. No, it’s true. It’s being made by Bioware and everything. Still don’t believe me? Well I have irrefutable evidence placed just beyond the cut: a battle to save a town from two different perspectives. Big Man With Sword and Wizard Girl, respectively. There’s even a pause in the action while orders are issued to the rest of the party. Conclusive proof.

There’s still no date confirmed for this origin-story-telling RPG, but we’re expecting it to save the peasants from dark powers by the end of the year. And why is that dude standing in the fire? We may never know.
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Dragon Age: Origins: Origins

By John Walker on October 30th, 2008.

Smash the barrel!

Below the jump is a pleasantly long video showing off Dragon Age‘s conversations, from the perspective of a few different races, and demonstrating the difference that various origin stories will make. Some of the acting is quite a relief – a good degree better than in other videos we’ve seen of the game. And extremely British, which I hadn’t realised. (And amazingly, actually British actors, rather than embarrassing mockney attempts).

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Dragon Age: Origins ‘Dev Walkthrough’

By Jim Rossignol on September 17th, 2008.


The two sizable videos that lie beyond the cut contain a wide expanse of Dragon Age information, with tonnes of in-game footage. There’s plenty of time spent in the game world, looking at quests, conversations and so on – far more detail of the general RPG stuff than we’ve seen previously. It’s spoilerific, obviously, but the amount of detail covered in the two pieces certainly has me looking forward to this game even more than I had been previously. The GameVideos servers seem to be creaky slow at the moment, so this might take some time to load.

Dragon Age is due in Q1 2009, apparently.
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E3: The Trailers – Dragon Age Origins

By Alec Meer on July 15th, 2008.

Whadda ya think – is Bioware’s next RPG, reportedly a spiritual Baldur’s Gate sequel, looking mightier than it did in the last trailer? Open letter to Bioware though: please, for the love of Tzeentch, hire a different voice actor for whoever Your Majesty is. The guy sounds like an annoyed Blue Peter Presenter.

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Dragon Age: Origins

By Jim Rossignol on July 12th, 2008.


The Dragon Age site has changed to reveal a link to the already-populated forums, a subscription link for a newsletter, and a link to the apparently-in-engine trailer on GameTrailers. It has also picked up a subtitle, which is odd, because “origins” is usually a title you tag onto something further down the line, when you feel the need to do a prequel, right? Anyway, the not-actually-CGI trailer is after the jump.
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