Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker Reviewed!

This past weekend I immersed myself in Sakura-Con and all the anime I could handle in one weekend. A particular highlight was Friday’s premier of Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker co-produced by FUNimation and T.O. Entertainment (their are also working on Mass Effect: Paragon Lost). While I am naturally a little skeptical about a beloved (given the hours of time invested playing the games and reading the books) knowing an equally beloved studio was handling the production helped ease many worries.

The story is set after the fall of Kirkwall and before Varrick gets interrogated concerning Hawk. Said interrogator, Cassandra Pentaghast, gets her back story fleshed out in DA:DotS and we get additional insight into the Chantry. I’ll avoid more info due to the risk of spoilers.

FUNimation’s panel prior to the movie’s premier discussed the team’s trip to Bioware’s Canadian offices.DA:DotS. The tone of the movie certainly keeps with previous games and books. Particularly the clothing and color palates used. If you wondered what world you were stepping into one look at even a peasant would let you know.

My only complaint comes from the animation itself. The character’s faces sometimes had the overly smooth CGI appearance. The overly smooth faces sometimes pricked my brain into noticing them instead of what was going on in the movie. A minor complaint and one not everyone had, so your mileage may vary.

The fight scenes are kinetic, sweeping and visceral. This is Dragon Age after all and what is DA without a little blood and fighting. The audience gave a worried gasp when our heroine took a particularly nasty hit. The ending fight deftly balanced epic and engaging.

 My biggest problem with the anime? It left me wanting more! The movie does a lovely job tying up the story arc and leaving questions about the world satisfyingly unanswered. No glaring plot holes, just enticing hits of more simmering under the surface unseen.

Perhaps the best endorsement for the movie came from the  lovely lady(L.L.) I met at the convention who hadn’t yet played the games. (We sat in line for another event together discussing the movie) L.L. found the movie’s story easy to follow without prior world knowledge. Ultimately, DA: DotS inspired her to pick the games up and give them a chance. What better endorsement can there be?

Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker is out May 29th 2012 and you can get it here

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Published in: on April 9, 2012 at 9:25 am  Leave a Comment  
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Season of Giving Part Deux

Wow it is winter around here again huh? Brrrr *grabs a scarf*  Mnmmhhmmmerermmm *pulls scarf down* This might work better. Winter brings us many things, the promise of Batman Arkham City to PC, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, a new Call of Duty, Star Wars: The Old Republic to name a few. It is a good winter to be a PC gamer from your MMO, RPG, FPS, and games which blend their genres.

But winter brings back something extra special to the our gaming world…Child’s Play. The wonderful guys at Penny Arcade began the charity back in 2003 to benefit their local Children’s Hospital in Seattle. Child’s Play has now grown to include Children’s Hospitals outside even the U.S.! Check out their niffy map here. I really love the different ways there are to get involved, purchase something on Amazon, plan or support an event, donate cash,or buy something there is even a text to instantly donate $5.

I will be going with the Greeting Cards this year. I am really horrible about buying cards each year and never sending them out. <.< My poor family would think I was dead if it weren’t for the magic of Facebook. Speaking of…you can hook up with Child’s Play via Facebook or Twitter(@CPCharity).

Published in: on November 4, 2011 at 6:51 am  Leave a Comment  
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DLC and the Long Wait for Release Dates

The long slog to Star Wars: The Old Republic now has an end in sight. In case you missed it, the release date has been announced as December 20th. No news yet on how early the “early start” will be for those of us who pre-ordered. Also, guilds have entered the Aligning Phase where you make up to 3 alliances or adversary pacts with other guilds.

The alignment phase is odd to me because allies and adversaries normally appear organically over time in an MMO. Members of other guilds you meet in your travels and develop close ties. I expect to see more fluid movement of allies and adversaries once the game launches and people get a feel if they really do enjoy playing with each other. I did post my guild’s request for allies today. Skeptic or not, the chance to make more friends off the bat is enough for me to give it a shot and everyone agreed. (more…)

Fallout Over the New Female Shepard?

Bioware has added voting for FemShep’s hair color now through the end of PAX. It does require a Facebook account to vote by ‘liking’ the color you like best. View vote here. Currently (as of 1pm Aug 17) red is winning by a landslide.

There is a brouhaha over the new look for Female Shepard in Mass Effect 3.  Bioware listened to their loud fan base who wished to see more acknowledgement for the female version of Shepard. The player base who play FemShep (as we like to refer to her) is the minority, making up approximately 1/5 of the player base. Bioware gave us 6 versions to pick from and allowed the players to vote on which would be the default FemShep. Ultimately, the fan base went with blond FemShep.

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Published in: on August 4, 2011 at 8:15 am  Leave a Comment  
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Old Republic on Preorder

If for some reason you have missed the news, Knights of the Old Republic’s pre-order has gone live. Unfortunately, unless you were super snappy and already have it, the Collectors Edition is sold out via Origin (EA’s online store). I haven’t bothered to look hard for it but Best Buy still has it listed on their site as available. So if you need all that swag be snappy!

Personally, I went with the digital deluxe. Just enough to make my inner geek happy without making my practical side ask WTF I was thinking. Sometimes it is a hard balance between those two, so demanding.

By the by, pre-ordering gets you an early play code (register the moment you get your confirmation as early play is determined by when you register said code…). Your character from early play will not disappear (as other games have done) when the game goes live to all. It is a nice chance to get a jump start or get your feet wet and see how you feel about the class play. This is what I am looking forward to most. I am partial to playing a healer but concerned on how they play and if it will fit my playstyle. I’ll be using my time to hammer out which healer I’ll be.

Of course, the downside is we still don’t have a release date yet. I think it is a pet peeve of mine to see publishers doing pre-orders for games without release dates. On the flip side I understand especially with MMOs waiting to announce the release date given the competition for video game dollars.

Will I be seeing you in Old Republic?

Published in: on July 22, 2011 at 7:42 am  Comments (2)  
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A Movie Every Gamer Should See

When I first moved out to the West Coast to be with the Hub he insisted I watch “The Gamers”. I loved the movie, perhaps because I saw my gaming group within the characters. Perhaps because it was just darn funny! The arrow scene…still one of my fave.

Well the team at Dead Gentleman Productions followed up with the “The Gamers: Dorkness Rising”. Mostly seen at the local Dragon Flight Con.  As the guys in my “new” gaming group informed me with sorrow. When it finally got a dvd release I knew from said sorrow it was an easy win brownie points gift to give. So the next birthday I got one of them the movie. I loved it again and it is getting a new improved dvd release this summer! See here! It has deleted scenes…it must be mine 🙂

If you haven’t seen either movie or its been awhile they are both great fun!

Published in: on June 24, 2011 at 1:52 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Fabling My Way to a Revolution

I knew I was in trouble when the Hub came in and nonchalantly asked how many times I had beaten DA2. Anytime I have to clarify if he means actually beat the game or (the more likely) how many saves do I have going. Later in the night I sat down to my computer to find Fable 3 had been gifted to me on Steam. Obviously, someone decided I need another game to tide me over until Deus Ex comes out in Aug. (which will hold me over until Mass Effect 3 comes out next March).

Thus far the world is beautiful and engaging. The sheer number of people to talk to,  befriend, and do quests to sway to my side is incredible. Sometimes dauntingly so. I’m a sucker for a good story and the game does a wonderful job drawing me in from the start and making me care. Almost makes me want to play the other Fable games to see if they are equally well done.

Published in: on June 17, 2011 at 12:10 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Quick Witcher 2 Thoughts

Let me say I was eagerly anticipating the release of Witcher 2. In many ways my anticipation was well rewarded. The game is beautifully rendered, pacing is well done throughout, and the story is well crafted. The controls are…clunky at best. I was able to get past the first fight much easier than Gabe but I feel his pain. It happens occasionally, when a game gets in it’s own way of being great.

Personally, I had consistent problems with the targeting switching during combat as enemies piled in and when quest lootables were next to a targeted enemy I was swinging away at some guardsman trying to take my hide. One moment I would be swacking one of 3 guys trying to kill me and then *POOF* I am staring at the inventory of someone’s pockets. I can assure you I am not rolling the guys I am killing as I am killing their friends. It would just be rude.

“Hi sorry,” *to sounds of a swords clashing, “but I really must get this bolt of cloth and bit of iron from your dead companion before I continue to trounce you!”

“Oh yes by all means! He does have a bit of coin in the other pocket. Kept it there for a pinch.” *falls over dead from repeated stabbings and a large slash through his chest*

Still, the story is good and the world is beautiful. I’m frustrated enough with the combat and controls that I am taking a break for a bit before going back to it. I know me however, no matter how infuriating the controls, if the story is solid I will persevere through and see it to the end.

Published in: on June 6, 2011 at 8:30 am  Leave a Comment  
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Fan Review for Dragon Age 2

I’ve had the game since March 8th, when it came out. Three+ playthroughs later I think it is time to disect what Bioware did right, what was wrong, and what can be improved. There are going to be spoilers abounding throughout this review. In sections that have spoilers I will designate it at the topic start for those of you wishing to avoid them.

Ultimately, Dragon Age 2 is the story of the central character’s rise from refuge to political powerhouse. Your actions small and large will affect the world you live in. What Dragon Age is not is the same sweeping epic tale of underdog versus a seemingly unstoppable force ala Dragon Age: Origins. Can you the player accept this change? If you have been holding out going, “Hmm not DA:O and that is all I want to play,” then stop now and accept  DA2 isn’t going to fill that void. If you played the game and felt, “Hmmm what else is going on in the world?” read on good ser!

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Published in: on June 6, 2011 at 8:12 am  Leave a Comment  
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Kudos to David Gaider, Bioware, and the Gamer Community

*dusts this off* Hi again. *looks around* soo dusty around here isn’t it? I should pop in here more instead of immediately going home to load my games <.< Yes. But look I got motivated to post something!

As you may be aware Dragon Age 2 released on Tuesday March 8th. If you have pondered what has Lenelie been doing; there is your answer. Dragon Age. I’m on play through 3.5 Don’t ask I got bored with the warrior I started and  wanted to make thinges go boom again (<3 mages). I have an extremely long review in  the process and you can expect it sometime next week. (I’ll be spending my weekend trying to get the transmission in my car fixed…wish me luck it doesn’t need replaced)

So, what the hell is this about given my title? Right, so as the game obsessed fan that I am. ( I admit this freely.) I tend to keep up on the forums for my prefered games daily. Right now since I am hot and heavy on Dragon Age 2, thats means a daily bout of forum readings on the social bioware site. There is some I agree with (I’m a Fenris fangirl…) and some I don’t (no I don’t thinks this is the worst game ever and believe it spells the end of all we love and hold dear). However, there are some things which I disagree with on such a level I tend to avoid them all together. Inevitably as the glutton for punishment that I am, I read the post anyways and scroll through the subsequeent replies and scratch my head pondering where I fit into a world holding these same people. (Don’t ask me why game forums make me ponder my place in the universe, its just better we accept it).  This thread was one of those posts done so you can see Mr. Gaider’s reponses.

I read the Original Poster’s complaint and thought…REALY!!!! *coughs* The world is coming to an end, the sky is falling, and the heathens have taken over. As we may be aware I’m a female gamer (no I do not speak for all female gamers) and married (no I do not speak for all married female gamers either or married parental femal gamers…etc). The poster goes on to support that 80% of all gamers are hertosexual males and thus all games should be tailored to make them happy. Hi…you wonder why popular culture thinks gamers are basement dwelling anti-social cretins? Yeah you just put the gamers go mainstream movement back a decade or two.

But I want to instead give kudos to Gaider for his well done response. It was far more civil than I would’ve been able to write. Secondly, I believe the community of gamers on the DA2 social site need some kudos to. I read through the comments. I read well reasoned break downs and rebuttals of the OP’s (original poster) complaint. There were plenty of flames but it was excellent to see the quality of response concerning the logic involved. While I am giving kudos, Bioware you need them for making the dialog system fool proof. You can’t flirt and not know you are flirting.

Published in: on March 25, 2011 at 5:35 pm  Leave a Comment  
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