Best Series of this Generation: Dragon Age
Were starting a new series called “Best game of this Generation.” As the title suggest, were going to each day post what our favorite games of this console generation. We tried only include games that began in this generation so this can be a buyer’s guide for anyone who just bought a current console.
At first glance, the Dragon Age series seems to be nothing more than a rip off of the Tolkien lore. Yes there are elves, dwarfs and walking tree people; and yes there is a orc-like race that is on the war path to destroying the world. But when you look bit deeper, you see a rich world with engaging characters that, in my opinion, rivals that of Middle-Earth. Dragon Age: Origins introduced Ferelden to us and threw us into the role of a Grey Warden tasked with stopping the all consuming blight of darkspawn.The characters are what made this game for me (Alistar the bitch not-withstanding)
and the intriguing politics and old school RPG mechanics glued me to my tv for the 100 hr+ duration of Origins. The Awaking expansion pack added even more hours of RPG fun, plus a complex and convulted side story (can anyone explain the Architect to me?)
Unlike most fans I enjoyed the much maligned Dragon Age II, despite the same map use and the singular setting of the city of Kirkwall. Sure it isn’t as good as the Origins but, by the Maker, if it isn’t a great and fun game on its own. I liked the new more vibrate graphical look and visceral combat. The story did lack the epicness of the original but I applaud Bioware for trying to tell a more personal story rather than rehash another Blight story. Just wish there was a better romance option in DA II, I choose Isabela because she wasn’ t a child (Merill) or a man; and I feel like I still need to physically take a shower.