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Not Fade Away: How Dragon Age Origins Got Evil Right

By Matt Lees on November 17th, 2014.

The difficulty with explaining why Dragon Age: Origins was super-duper top dog stuff is that on a surface level it was all a bit boring. Nasty creatures are coming to destroy your green, faintly damp-looking world! You’ve got to save the realm, perhaps because prophecies? Prophecies might be a thing, I suppose. Also: dwarves and elves and sometimes magic.

Thematically there’s very little going on in Ferelden that hadn’t already been flogged to oblivion by the rest of the genre, which makes Origins an even tougher sell to a culture now fixated with Game of Thrones. Decapitation makes an occasional appearance, but Origins is largely po-faced fare. What helps it succeed anyway is the one cliché it skewers beautifully, through its depiction of evil and a place called ‘the fade’.

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Wot I Think: Dragon Age – Inquisition

By Adam Smith on November 17th, 2014.

Dragon Age: Inquisition might just be my favourite game released this year. Considering my expectations and relationship with recent BioWare games, that’s about as likely as Saturday night’s soggy kebab being my favourite meal of the year. I’ve spent almost sixty hours uncovering as much of Inquisition’s enormous open world and intricate story as possible, and as soon as I have a few days free, I’ll be spending another sixty or eighty hours seeing it all through new eyes.

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Heavy Petting: The Sims 4 Adds Pools

By Alice O'Connor on November 6th, 2014.

Who lives in a house like this?

Swimming pools are an iconic murdermachine in The Sims, but one can also use them for swimming. I know, I’d almost forgotten too. Pools were absent from The Sims 4 at launch, but EA this week added them as part of their plan to patch in things one would expect in a Sims game. Enough grumbling, they’re here now and lawks, what pools they are! I had never before considered the possibility of a house bulging with swimming pools like beautiful glass pustules.

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Please Close The: Dawngate MOBA Cancelled

By Philippa Warr on November 5th, 2014.

Denied.

“Oh gosh – Dawngate‘s been cancelled,” I say to the rest of the Dota team I’m playing with. “What’s Dawngate?” was the first response.

Dawngate was/is EA’s foray into MOBA territory. It’s been in open beta for six months and there was a closed beta for a year before that. But according to EA’s Matt Bromberg the game wasn’t making enough progress (whatever that means) and will be closed after 90 days.

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Revisionist History: Dragon Age Keep Launched

By Alice O'Connor on October 30th, 2014.

Sure. Probably. That sounds about right.

Filling in the history of Thedas in the Dragon Age Keep, I realise I really don’t remember much about Dragon Age. I needed to consult Google just then to discover that the world it’s set in is named Thedas, for example. Did I give an amulet to a beggar in Origins? Maybe. What’s it to you? Who’s Gascard and why did I kill him? Was Cullen the nice Templar or that mean one? Maybe I killed both.

Keep is the tool that BioWare are using to set up the state of the world in Dragon Age: Inquisition, building up a history of decisions your characters made in earlier games. And it’s now in open beta.

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Have You Played… Mirror’s Edge?

By Graham Smith on October 19th, 2014.

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Some people install the latest Crysis game whenever they buy a new PC, to push their upgraded hardware to its limit. I install Mirror’s Edge. If I want to feel good about my purchase, then Mirror’s Edge succeeds by being as unfailingly gorgeous now as it was six years ago. Better still, its mechanics – about movement and speed and grace – leave me just as breathless and uplifted as its pristine cityscapes and colourful interior design.

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Original Dragon Age: Origins Free On Origin

By Alice O'Connor on October 9th, 2014.

Fzap!

Loads of games are free, you know. Lots of weird and wonderful games of all shapes and sizes made by all sorts of people. Many of them are great, aren’t they? But imagine the giddy thrill of receiving for free a game which once cost actual money. How decadent! What a bargain! How could Dragon Age: Origins be free this week? Why? Quick, you better download it before The Man notices his mistake.

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Paddling Ghoul: The Sims 4 Patching In Ghosts And Pools

By Alice O'Connor on October 2nd, 2014.

The haunting squeal of an ethereal whoopee cushion.

Ghosts were missing from The Sims 4 at launch, but we all know that just because we haven’t seen a ghost, that doesn’t mean one’s not there. Going invisible is sorta their ‘thing’. Not seeing a ghost is almost proof that you have one. The Sims 4 definitely does now. Maxis made ghosts materialise with a ritual content patch yesterday, the first of three big free monthly content updates planned.

November’s patch will bring back swimming pools — dear murderous swimming pools! — while December’s update is set to add new career paths and rewards.

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Build-A-Wizard: Dragon Age Inquisition’s Character Creator

By Alice O'Connor on September 30th, 2014.

Shake it off, Vivienne.

We only have a few more months to wait until five years of questing and world-saving conclude in Dragon Age: Inquisition, and the question on everyone’s lips is: can I make a real cool-looking wizard or, like, some kind of really dopey one, or maybe one that looks like my nan, or Taylor Swift? That’s it: can I make Taylor Swift save the world and sing Shake It Off whenever she brushes blood and viscera off her armour? That’s what everyone’s asking, anyway.

A BioWare livestream yesterday giving a good look at the character creator revealed the answer: sure, I guess, probably, if you want! And if you provide your own singing.

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Wot I Think: The Sims 4

By Richard Cobbett on September 10th, 2014.

The joke isn't that The Sims can play The Sims. It's that their copy has way, WAY more features...

Hurible badda flabber? Wibble durble booby. Fasherk! Yes, you don’t need to speak Simlish to know The Sims 4 is now out and ready to let you spend your precious life ensuring little computer people have far sexier and more successful ones. Only now you can’t drown them in your pool. Does the rest have what it takes to compensate for that shocking omission? Here’s Wot I Think…

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Self-Replicating Babies: Sims 4 Patch Note Fun Begins

By Alice O'Connor on September 2nd, 2014.

Youths! Always the root of the problem.

“Stopped vampires from pinning their crimes on babies and children.” You don’t need to play Dwarf Fortress to enjoy a changelog note like that. Simulations encouraging emergent gameplay lead to emergent bugs, weird and wonderful confluences of complexities. The Sims 4 might not have dwarves, vampires, goblins, kidnapping, or horseshoe crab people, but its zany take on everyday life evidently can still bring some fun bugs to read about.

The game launches this week (today in North America, Thursday in Europe–grumble grumble) and a launch-day patch means wacky fun changelogs are already arriving. Fixed by this first update are issues with hibernating babies and a Reaper who’s just not that into you.

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The Mass Effect Effect: Dragon Age Inquisition’s Multiplayer

By Alice O'Connor on August 27th, 2014.

Not found in multiplayer: any of this lot.

After being a big grumpbag about Mass Effect 3‘s multiplayer when BioWare announced it, thinking it a cynical cash-grab, I was pleased to discover it was actually pretty fun for a box-ticking feature. So, if you don’t mind, I’d like to skip that rigmarole for Dragon Age: Inquisition. The fantasy RPG will also have a four-player co-op multiplayer mode, BioWare announced yesterday. It sounds like it’ll try the same sort of stuff ME3 was up to, only better.

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Build-A-Youth: The Sims 4’s Character Creator Demo

By Alice O'Connor on August 19th, 2014.

That's what young people look like nowadays, isn't it?

No matter what’s removed or added or changed or bro-ised with The Sims 4, we can be fairly certain it’ll allow one thing: making goofy-looking folks. But lawks a lummy, Maxis have only gone and released that part for free! The ‘Create A Sim’ character creator has been yanked out of the full game to make a demo (or we can treat it as simply a cool toy for everyone to play with). Nab it from Origin. This came out last week, but we overlooked it in all the fuss and bother of Gamescom. Luckily, pulling silly faces is timeless.

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