Tag Archives: Dragon Age

Replaying Video Games

Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HDCurrently I am playing Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD which is just a fancy way of saying it is the re-release of three parts of the Kingdom Hearts franchise. I love these games because they combine Disney and Final Fantasy, which are some of my favorite things. Playing through the re-release got me thinking about what makes a game replay-able.

There are some video games that I really could care less about going through the story again and others that make me excited to go through again. There are some elements that make going through the story again interesting, including time and decision power. Sometimes if the game is released again they will add elements to make the story interesting or challenging again, such as new monsters and offsetting the experience in some way. At the same time most of the game tends to be the same. So what opens up the possibility for replay with a game? Continue reading

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Dragon Age Inquisition: The Game That Doesn’t End

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:

COMPLETE ALL THE QUESTS

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

Dragon Age: Inquisition… Now That I’m Actually In The Game

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…

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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!

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First Impression – Dragon Age: Inquisition… but mostly Dragon Age Keep

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!

Dragon Age InquisitionThe 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.

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What are You Excited for in Dragon Age: Inquisition?

Dragon Age: Inquisition comes out next week, and we’re super excited. Special edition preordered and on the way soon! We’ve been ready for this game since pretty much exactly the moment Dragon Age 2 ended, as it sets up a teaser/cliffhanger/hook so well that it made Inquisition look like a better and more interesting game than what we had just played!

So maybe some of the poll answers are a bit of a joke, but there’s some serious too… But definitely feel free to chime in in the comments as well!