Hey guys! It’s Dane again, and I think it’s time for a little update, seeing as I promised to give one to you guys reviewing Bioshock 2 and Dragon Age. I also have a few recommendations, some awesome news, a little first impression of the and something funny that I didn’t think about until yesterday. I think I’ll start with the reviews because one of them is quite short, sweet, and to the point.
Dragon Age: I don’t know if you guys will agree with me or not, but I’m going to give my honest opinion anyways. All in all, yes the game was fun and it did have an enormous amount of things to do, but all in all I wasn’t very impressed.
Let me start off with the positives. The choice of all the different races and how they are seen throughout the entire game is awesome. One example is, when you play a poor dwarf, that they treat you like dirt, and then as a human, you learn that certain people are trying to get something from you, I’m sorry if this sounds pretty vague, but I’m trying not to spoil anything in the game. So that element of the game, totally worth it, and I would love seeing it get implemented in other RPGs like the Elder Scrolls series, or maybe Fall Out, if they make it so you can play as a mutant. The combat was definitely interesting with the way that it played out, I love watching like the different executions in slow motion, which are bloody and give an awesome effect and make that last moment of pure carnage seem awesome. That is also another element that I would love to see in other RPGs, I mean how awesome would it be to be playing Elder Scrolls and right before killing a creature, *BAM* third person kill cam as the monster’s head goes clean of it’s shoulders. I know that they had something like that in Fall Out 3, I think it was the auto targeting thing (haven’t played it in a while) but that effect was cool to watch. I also loved all of the characters in this game, especially Alister, mostly because he stuck with the party through the entire game, and because his witty personality is something that I can relate to, so he was like a perfect match for me, but all of the other characters are awesome as well, they all seem to have a deeper side to them that you can explore through various dialogs and gift giving, something that I learned at a far stage of the game. I also liked the dialogs and voice acting which was good like they are in most games these days. As a finishing note, the story was definitely well written, and the choice of having multiple paths to go down is something that I love to see in a video game, the choices are always fun to take in my opinion and especially since they have repercussions later in the game.
Now for something a bit negative about the gameplay, the third person camera. Now before I begin, I know that they use the third person camera in Assassin’s Creed, but I still feel that I should mention this. My biggest problem with Dragon Age was the third person camera, I don’t know why, but it bugged me immensely, sure it’s good for fighting in a party so you know where you mates are, but other than that, I can’t see a good use for it. I would have preferred if the camera had been first person and then have the option between going third and first like in Elder Scrolls, because, like I said, it’s good for keeping track of party members, but other than that, it just seems a bit useless to me and it gets annoying after a while. One of the things that bugged me quite a bit though was that you chose a setting for your character’s voice at the beginning of the game, so how come the voice acting wasn’t done through out the game with that voice? I know it might sound a bit naive , but I mean when they have that option I would have loved it if they had followed through with the voices. I think they actually did that in Dragon Age 2, from what I can tell in some of the videos that I’ve seen on Achievement Hunter, so kudos to the guys that make Dragon Age for adding that to the game, I don’t know if that was a previous complaint, but still want to congratulate them on a job well done.
Alright on to the next game! Now Bioshock 2 is actually a game that I got because I heard people talking about how great the first one was, mostly the guys from They Came To Play, so I decided to get the second one to see what all the fuzz was about. Now I loved this game and because I never heard much about the second game, I was pleasantly surprised. I think I’ll just go into this review and see what you guys get out of it.
The story itself is delightful and scary as hell, and the graphics really help drive it home too. The start of the game is very cool, showing Rapture, the name of the city, in its prime, and how people actually reacted to the Big Daddy, there might actually be some more back story to why they were created that I may have forgotten or just don’t know. From what I can understand, they were created to guard the little girls and keep them from harm, though they actually seemed to do more harm than good from what I can infer. I liked playing through the entire campaign and it did keep me captivated, the story was good and the characters were likeable, I spared all of the people lives, might play again and spare everybody to get the achievement, I also tried harvesting some of the little girls which was fun and gave an awesome amount of Adam. I just gotta ask one thing, did anyone manage to fully upgrade all of their weapons, or is that impossible to do? But like I said, the story is fun to follow, and having the different options for harvesting the girls and killing off certain characters is always fun in my opinion. As far as the weapon options go there’s a good mix of ranged weapons, using the different traps, and the plasmids are freaking cool to use, my personal favorites are the fire and ice, I like to either freeze them and smack them with the drill or burn them and blast their brains out. As far as melee goes, there is only the option of using your drill, to the extent of my knowledge, but being able to choose between drilling, smashing, and charging there are some good strategic elements. The ending of the story is fun and the different boss fights and mini boss fights, the Big Sisters and when you are harvesting, adds a challenge to the game while you play. I’ve also found it an added challenge to choose which weapons to use in different situation, like if I should choose the shotgun or maybe use the rail gun instead for certain areas of the game, depending on how close quarters I’ll be getting to the enemy. This may also be because I’ve been getting a bit more nerdy lately as far as shooters go. But as far as the game goes, I would say try it, maybe rent it at Blockbuster first before buying it, or buy it on games on demand for you 360 users, sorry PSN users *wink*
Alright now time for some games that I’m looking forward to, just going to place the banners because I’m way too lazy to write anything, and for some of the game it would be best to read about the anyways.
You can probably guess why I’m psyched for some of these games, mostly Skyrim because it’s the 5th Elder Scrolls, if you haven’t seen the trailer, go see it and then join the fan club. As for the other games Skyrim, MW3, and Battlefield all come out in november, Crusade comes out in October, and I’m just waiting to finish some of the other tons of games I have before I want to move on to Noire. Also I have exams right now, and I’m going to Israel for three weeks with Harvard University, I’ve signed up to be a volunteer archaeologist for three weeks while I’m down there. But when I get back from that, I might actually decide to spend a day and play all of the games that I need to complete, like Sniper Warrior and some of the stuff I “bought” from Ubi to addon to Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, but that’s all in the works right now. I also got my Xbox live Gold back so I might want to play some Halo Reach online, got it a little while ago, and maybe play Fear 2 all the way through.