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Posts tagged “Dragon Age”

Dragon Age 4 teases dragons, won’t be out for ages

BioWare's decreasingly cryptic hints about a new Dragon Age tonight reached the point of showing a wee "teaser" trailer, though not quite far enough to actually give the fantasy RPG a name. I'll just call it Dragon Age 4 for now. As you might guess if you saw Dragon Age: Inquisition through to the end, a lot revolves around the one-time companion character our former…

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BioWare revealing a Dragon Age something in December

Following the pre-pre announcement of news on something new in Dragon Age, BioWare have pre-announced that they'll open up in December. My fingers are crossed for a new game continuing the adventures of the merry gang in Kirkwall from Dragon Age II, though I suppose events Dragon Age: Inquisition would cut that off. And the mysterious project still could just be a dang comic book…

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BioWare say that we’ve not seen the end of Mass Effect or Dragon Age yet

With all the coverage that Anthem is getting, you'd be forgiven for forgetting that BioWare had ever developed anything else. Fortunately, they haven't. In their Summer Update dev-blog post, the studio talk about what they've been up to over the past few months, including promoting Anthem art-books and comics at the San Diego Comic-Con. In amidst all this they did find time to let slip…

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Feature: Getting your keks

The RPG Scrollbars: Language Of Uncommon Tongues

The sign of a truly hardcore world is that it has its own languages. Klingon. Dothraki. Elvish. The term for these is 'Conlangs' - aka 'constructed languages' - and whether you see them as a vital part of world-building or a joke-in-waiting on The Big Bang Theory (they're due a third one one of these days), there's more to them than just slapping together some…

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Feature: What MOBAs get right about character.

The RPG Scrollbars: Rise Of The MOBA Heroes

Hello there. This week, I'm writing not just as an RPG columnist, but as president of the newly formed League Of Folks Who Don't Really Play MOBAs But Are Bizarrely Hooked On All The Trappings. As far as I can tell, our membership is roughly a billion people and counting. That's what happens when the likes of Blizzard and Riot spend literally tens of dollars…

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Feature: Hanging lampshades and suspending disbelief

The RPG Scrollbars: Just Go Along With It, Okay?

Spoiler alert, RPGs are kinda ridiculous. Most games are, of course. While the Mythbusters may have shown that carrying Doomguy's loadout into battle isn't as bad as it might sound, there's a reason they've never done a follow-up about doing it after taking a few rockets to the face. Likewise, we can't know the effect of glugging down fifty health potions a day, but it…

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Feature: Legends of character creation

The RPG Scrollbars: Roles We Take, Roles We Choose

Not for the first time, I've spent quite a while recently pondering the nature of roles - more specifically, mechanical role versus narrative role. When we think of RPGs, what we're usually thinking of is the latter. You play the role of the Hero, but in a universe that's typically designed to let you define that however you like. I'm not saying that's a bad…

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Feature: Lightning bolt! Lightning bolt!

The RPG Scrollbars: The Lost Magic Of Magic

Given a choice, I almost always play as a mage. Swords? Pah. Divine magic? Save it for Sunday School. Give me control over the elements, the power to reshape the very building blocks of the universe according to my every whim, and if at all possible, a cool hat. It's an easy fantasy to indulge in almost any RPG out there. I just wish it…

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Feature: No more movie stars

Radioface: In Praise Of Peculiar Protagonists

I had to take out a stack of dice when I was playing Dragon Age: Inquisition over the weekend. Not to re-roll the complexities of combat - the numbers thrown around are too big for my collection of bones - but to generate a face for my character. Above you can see my knobbly-nosed dwarf. His name is Pootle and he has a Radioface.

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Feature: Unexpected

Dragon Age – Inquisition review

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,…

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Dragon Age: The Last Court Is Failbetter’s BioWare Project

We've been speculating about Failbetter Games' collaboration with BioWare since February, so it's a relief to finally discover that it's Dragon Age: The Last Court. It's a text-driven project set just before the events of BioWare's soon-to-be-released Dragon Age: Inquisition.

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Tactical Wizarding Action In Dragon Age: Inquisition

I hadn't noticed until now, but the vast majority of the footage we've had of Dragon Age: Inquisition hasn't featured combat in the way it will be played. Everyone will use the over-the-shoulder camera for, oh, 24 seconds or so then never again. Far more useful is the free-roaming tactical view that pauses time, giving you a moment for a sip of tea and a…

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Soulier Than Thou: Dragon Age – Inquisition

Dragon Age: Inquisition's new trailer makes me think that Bioware's blood and (b)romance fantasy series has noticed the brooding character standing at the other side of the RPG battlefield. The veteran of a thousand deaths stares back, scars criss-crossing every inch of its face, nostrils included, and then rolls backwards out of the door. Dragon Age looks on enviously. It wants to have cool scars…

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Nobody Expects A Dragon Age – Inquisition In-Game Video

I remember when Dragon Age trailers were all Marilyn Manson, blood, guts and witchy sex. How things have changed. Or perhaps not. The latest trailer for Dragon Age: Inquisition shows some in-game footage, including a moment of dodge-rolling that made me hanker for Dark Souls II even more than I already am, but it's mostly bombastic music and high-falutin' voiceovers. In fact, watch the Origins…

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Morri-gone: Dragon Age – Inquisition

Dragon Age: Inquisition won't be out until Autumn 2014 at the earliest, but that doesn't mean we can't poke through the nuggets of information emerging from within the extended development cyclone. In the last week, two significant gobbets of information have emerged from Bioware's lair. The first, as alluded to in the headline, is the news that Morrigan won't be a party member, although that's…

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Feature: Lots Of Reasons Why

Dragon Age III’s Gaider On The Impracticality Of Sexism

All this talk of sexism isn't going away, nor should it. The gaming industry's sick, and the symptoms are plain as day. Mystifyingly often, however, the immediate reaction to even the faintest hint of that suggestion is "No, nuh-uh! You just want to censor expression! Give me one good reason we actually need to change."* Well, if you really want to move beyond "Because jeez,…

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Everybody Expected It – Dragon Age III: Inquisition

BioWare have just officially announced Dragon Age 3. It has, of course, already been discussed in public as long ago as April, making an official announcement a touch silly. But it does at least have a name now. Dragon Age III: Inquisition, and it will be made in the Frostbite 2 engine. Which if you were of a curt enough mind, you might describe as…

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Speak Up: BioWare Now Taking Dragon Age 3 Suggestions

Somehow, I doubt Dragon Age 3 is going to reuse levels at every all-too-familiar turn. And while BioWare still isn't mentioning the next swords 'n' sorcery sequel by name because ours is a silly, silly industry, it's now launching an official monthly "series of questions and discussions around Dragon Age" with the goal of getting a feel for what fans want. Do not, however, expect…

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No Reused Levels: Details Of Dragon Age 3 Emerge

Rumours are flying that Dragon Age 3 might be something more like the sequel to Dragon Age we've been hoping for. After Dragon Age 2 came out feeling more like a side-project, BioWare have dropped some hefty hints that they're looking to redress much of that in an unannounced third game for the series. At a PAX East panel, as spotted by Eurogamer and recorded…

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