So you may have seen this from us.
The stars were right, and we bought a next generation console yesterday – an X-Box One.
There were financial things that lined up – credit card rewards, a great sale at the store (buy a console, get a free game! Hello, Tomb Raider!), and even a coupon for a cheaper controller (because, there’s two of us gaming…). And hey, Fallout 4 came with it, why not? We chose one without a Kinect, we liked 1TB over 500GB… but all of these are just pieces on the what we got.
But why get it? What moved us this way? We’ve talked before about considering the new generation – and when we reached a decision point on it before almost two years ago, we bought a PS3 instead to play exclusives we missed there… many of which are sitting on a shelf still here in the house… So what changed?
Posted in Catching Up, Gaming, Introductory, Video Games
Tagged Batman Arkham Knight, console exclusives, Consoles, Dragon Age Inquisition, Fallout 4, Halo 5, PS4, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Star Wars Battlefront, X-Box 360, X-Box One
I am slow when playing video games so I have been playing Dragon Age: Inquisition since January and I still have not finished yet (even though I have over 60 hours of play time). At the same time I have discovered my favorite character is Iron Bull. Iron Bull is a Qunari, agent of the Ben-Hassrath (a Qunari spy agency), as well as the leader of a band of mercenaries called the Bull’s Chargers. Part of what makes Iron Bull so interesting is that he is very different from other Qunari that you have met in early Dragon Age games. Usually the Qunari are so serious, but Iron Bull just has such a sense of humor, but still respectful, of the Qun in general and of other people. Some of my favorite interactions in the game have come from Iron Bull and he honestly presents some of the most progressive mindsets in the game. It is just really funny having it come from this bulky bull man who jokes about killing his enemies. (Spoilers for Dragon Age: Inquisition after the jump) Continue reading
So according to my play clock, at least, I’m 50 hours in to Dragon Age Inquisition. I haven’t noticed what Holly’s has said but I feel like she’s ahead of me…
And while there’s been some plot development for both of us, we then reached the point where the world opens up to you, and you suddenly have access to a whole lot of areas – full of a whole lot of fights and quests. So we were all like:
We’re completionists. Treasure-hunters. Crafters and explorers. Combat tacticians and optimizers. This game has something for all of these impulses – well, more than something. A lot. There’s a lot of world, a lot to do, a lot to fight, a lot to find, a lot to craft…
I’m 50 hours in and feel like I’m only scratching the surface. Continue reading
After my last review, I should probably do a review of Dragon Age: Inquisition based on the game itself. Last time I was mostly ranting about Dragon Age Keep…
Having gotten past that, I’m enjoying the game far more. I’ve only really hit on one moment where my past games have even mattered – which is both good and bad. I can leave that alone for now.
So I have created two characters, so I’ll tell you some of my experiences of creating both a melee and a ranged character. I’ll also look at the party and classes, the things to do, and close out with some technical considerations. I’m only a handful of hours into the game, so if you’re looking for a fuller review of the game, I liked this one from IGN. They do a good job talking about the game without spoilers. I doubt I have many spoilers either, I’m too early on!
Posted in Video Games
Tagged Consoles, Dragon Age, Dragon Age II, Dragon Age Inquisition, Dragon Age Keep, Dragon Age: Origins, Elder Scrolls, Mass Effect, PC, Review, The Breach
Hi all! (Will get to Dragon Age in just a couple paragraphs…) Good to be back from vacation. We had a fun time, but it was a long time and it’s good to be home. We tried to keep up on comments over time, so hopefully we didn’t miss any – let me know in the comments below if you’re looking to hear from us about something!
Also a thank you to our guest posts last week – two from Comparative Geeks guest-bloggers AC Powers, about ethics in medicine research, and about gaming immersion. Then a guest post from a new guest here, Hannah Givens from the excellent blog Things Matter. She wrote about Ms. Marvel, which I read the first volume of while traveling – great stuff, and great post!
The thing I was most excited about with coming home was Dragon Age: Inquisition. We had preordered it, it arrived, and was waiting for us. Lo! Game was there. I was hoping for my Sunday to be pop, bam, let’s do some playing! I didn’t care if it was Holly or me playing, just to see this game we have been waiting for since the moment we first finished Dragon Age 2. But… there’s not a save game import as anticipated by me in previous posts. So we were stuck going to the Dragon Age Keep online to get our world set up like we wanted it! So let me regale you with our stories of distress, and talk through what I like about it.
Posted in Rant, Video Games
Tagged BioWare, Champion of Kirkwall, Dragon Age, Dragon Age II, Dragon Age Inquisition, Dragon Age Keep, Dragon Age: Origins, Import, The Warden, Varric Tethras