Average User Score: 5.8Nov 27, 201410 hours in.
Combat: It seems like they tried to combine the mechanics of a fps (controls), old MMO (stand and fight) and Skyrim (3de10 hours in.
It seems like they tried to combine the mechanics of a fps (controls), old MMO (stand and fight) and Skyrim (3de person view). This mix doesn’t work so well on a PC. The combat controls are like an fps, without the mobility. Right click to look and left click to attack, WASD to move. Works on paper, terrible in practice. There is no movement when you are executing an attack, you can’t block or dodge very well. There are skills to block and dodge. But you can only block 1 attack, the follow ups will hit you. Dodging or combat role is weird, but I guess that takes some getting used to. So basically you stand and fight most of the time. It fails to give you de necessary mechanics of an “old” MMO to be able to manage agro and sustain your frontline tank/s. So what do you get? Fighting is just very chaotic. Your range fighters will snatch agro from the tanks real fast. You’ll be taunting and battle crying as soon as that is off cool down. Hope for range to survive and oh don’t forget to spam pots, because you don't have a healer. Sounds like a MMO party. For better or worse.
Story/look and feel:
This game looks like Elder scrolls oblivion. Looks a lot like an "ok" Elder scroll game. Minus the moding, races, freedom of movement. It's not an open world like Skyrim, it just has big areas, like you would find in an MMO. Not a good or bad thing IMO. With so much to do, it's good that areas are split up. The story, well, haven’t gotten that far, so I’m not going to disregard it for now. But so far it’s very familiar, say, just like Elder scrolls oblivion, mixed with Mass Effect 3. Closing rifts, find allies for the final big assault. Originality aside, this might not be a bad thing. Lots and lots of filler like Skyrim or any MMO. Get this, got to this location, collect this, kill 10 of this, find 5 of this. Which could be a good or bad thing. At least it's not as obnoxious as the Far Cry fillers.
NPC's look good, most of them anyway. But your character (even the presets) got hit with the ugly stick. And the bigger you are, the bigger the stick. I was so happy I could play a Qunari. But… you look… I don't know? Even after hours of customization I had to go with the presets with some minor tweaks. Why must they shine like they are covered in sweat? The reuse of Mass Effect facial animations is also very apparent. I don’t know why, but my female Qunari really reminds me of Shepard sometimes. Male Shepard. Romance is a big thing is these games, but I don't think I'll romance anybody on my first run. Solas seemed like the right choice, but he's race locked, so no go. That's very disappointing. Overall I do like the male and female NPC’s, clothing is also believable, given their background.
In game gameplay is good, graphics look nice, I’m getting a good frame rate. The cut scenes on the other hand are bad. Everything slows down, gets choppy, stutters. It take so much a way from the experience. Some unexplained crashes, when interacting with a vendors table of all things. This is also the first game that takes 100% of my CPU on startup and 35 to 50% after that, which is a good thing because most games just us 10 to 25%. Finally a mutli-threaded RPG. There's also this weird bug, where you can't select dialogue options or click locations on the war map with the mouse. You have to use the fallback controls, numbers and arrow keys.
Giving it a 7 for now, up from 6. I don’t know how the “professional” reviews can rate it so high.
PS: Tapestry is a nice thing. I could recall almost all the choices I made in DA:O. And almost none of DA:2. Goes to show how memorable the games are. Luckily the saved game data for DA:2 was still available.…… Expand
Average User Score: 8.2Nov 23, 2014I wish they made more of these kinds of games. Great turn based RPG. The story is very good, it's rare now a days to get such good writing. II wish they made more of these kinds of games. Great turn based RPG. The story is very good, it's rare now a days to get such good writing. I really got into the story, with all the twists and turns. And the consequences of your actions. Definitely a little dark at times.
I played as augmented rifleman with some points in charisma and I'll probably rerun it again as a mage to get the last bits of the story. Some dialog options are restricted to your lvl in certain skills, playing as a rifleman won't give you any options for the spell caster dialog. Which is frustrating sometimes, but it's fair.
Graphics are a bit dated and the weapons vendors inventory could be presented better.
But that won't stop me from buying another sequel of Shadowrun.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.1Nov 19, 2014This game... As someone who played the originals I was overjoyed to see they were able to fund the continuation. Insta buy. Having played it IThis game... As someone who played the originals I was overjoyed to see they were able to fund the continuation. Insta buy. Having played it I can say that the art is great, story telling is great, setting, voice acting, script all great. Didn't have any crashes, some performance issues but nothing game breaking.
But that being said. It's very short. I took my time and it only took 4.5 hours to finish. I... must have missed something... I must have. I will still recommend this game, giving the history of this game. But 4.5 hours is a little disappointing. It will potentially have great replay value. Once you get the complete game. I might give it another go, to explore the other options, but I can't seem to put my original run in a separate save file. So I'd probably have to rerun it 2 times to get everything set for book 2. Which seems like a waste of time.
I hope they can make the funding last... for now this get a 7.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.9Nov 19, 2014Coming from Civ 5, I rated this game poorly, but after getting into it have come to like it a lot. I love the quest system and the differentComing from Civ 5, I rated this game poorly, but after getting into it have come to like it a lot. I love the quest system and the different factions. They each have a unique feel and play differently from one another. You get to customize your units and keep upgrading them forever which I really like. They mixed in a small number of RPG elements into a turn based strategy game, which is nice. Hero's, equipment, quests, temple exploration. You can micro manage combat, but after the first couple of battles I tend to just auto resolve it.
This game does have issues with stability though. It tends to crashes every so often and gets slow in late game. Which is why i give it a 7, fixed those stability problems and it gets a 8.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.7Jul 29, 2014This is the RPG that I've been waiting for. It takes me back to the good old day of Baldur's gate and Neverwinter. I just love this game. ItThis is the RPG that I've been waiting for. It takes me back to the good old day of Baldur's gate and Neverwinter. I just love this game. It forces you to read and understand the books and quests you find. No more endlessly clicking past every line to blast through the content. You do that and you will become lost and have no clue what is going on.
An outstanding part of this game is the interaction with the environment. You can make it rain and electrocute enemies who are standing in a puddle. Or teleport an enemy into lava.
The most important part about this game is that it rewards exploration. To all those game developers who think it's fun to run from quest marker to quest marker, take a good look at this game. This is how it should be. You only have an idea where you need to go. The rest you have to discover yourself. And when you do, it's freaking awesome. That's what exploration is about, set out into the unknown and be in awe of what you find along the way. Good or bad.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.9May 18, 2014Once you get used to the combat system, this game is a solid 7, an 8 if you get into it. I would recommend to start out at the least difficultOnce you get used to the combat system, this game is a solid 7, an 8 if you get into it. I would recommend to start out at the least difficult setting to get into it, because combat can be very frustrating if you don't know what you are doing. Last boss is a troll boss, be prepared to do a 180 in how you have handled fights up till then.
- Gender choice, big thumbs up.
- This games is not a very long game I did 2 full runs (good/evil) and I'm at 27 hours (short), I did find it very fun though. Second time I just blasted passed enemies.
- Voice acting is on par with other games (not that great), but I didn't mind it much.
- Crafting is as it should be, it's solid.
- The companions aren't useless, they are your tanks and healers. They make those 4 against 1 fights manageable.
- This could have easily been a very larger and longer game, but it was worth the $40,- At least for me. Nice game, good rpg's are few and far between these days and this is one of them. I'm thinking of doing a third run. Mostly for story reasons.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.8Apr 1, 2013This game is just terrible. It plays really bad, crashes, ftp drops, out of memory errors on a system with 3GB of dedicated video RAM. MissingThis game is just terrible. It plays really bad, crashes, ftp drops, out of memory errors on a system with 3GB of dedicated video RAM. Missing walls. How can you even enjoy it with all the clunky combat. I didn't know "very frustrating" was a good thing as mentioned below. Seriously, I love the original, I loved what they did with 4 and like 5. But this? number 6? What where they thinking, it doesn't even flow right, every 2 min you have to do a QTE event. I would not recommend this game. And if you can get a refund get it. But more than a waste of money, it's just a waste of time.… Expand