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Old June 9 2014, 10:39 PM   #2371
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Re: Mass Effect 3

They released a new teaser for the next Mass Effect game. It's prototype footage, but it seems to indicate a return to the sort of planetary exploration seen in ME1.

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Old June 9 2014, 10:48 PM   #2372
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I watched it and wasn't overly impressed. It seemed like an exercise in ego for the people narrating the video. I didn't want to see them staring at a cityscape, I wanted some more defined info about when this game takes place, what the cause of the story is. Pure exploration is great, but it's been the conflict that has always made Mass Effect the great experience that it is. I hope the next info they release is more about the game and where the franchise is going.

That aside, the graphics of the planets looked very nice.
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Old June 10 2014, 12:52 AM   #2373
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It seemed like an exercise in ego for the people narrating the video.
True, but half of EA's press conference was like that. It seems like EA only has 3 non-sports games scheduled to come out this year, so to fill time they made a bunch of these behind the scenes teasers for games that they clearly weren't ready to showcase yet. It was a bit weird.
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Old June 10 2014, 01:52 AM   #2374
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At least the project shows an interest in going to other worlds and not, you know, TAKE BACK EARTH!

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Old June 10 2014, 04:58 PM   #2375
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Yeah, as vague as it was, it did at least seem to intimate that it will be a continuation of the previous games, not a prequel.

What actually got my attention was the mention of a totally new region of space and a galaxy map that appeared NOT to be displaying the Milky-way. It did actually occur to be a while back that 1) logically, there'd have to a twin of the Citadel or something similar sitting out in dark space. And 2) if they got control of it, they could send it out to another nearby galaxy and gain an instant beachhead.

Kind of an ironic scenario when you think about it, assuming the other galaxy is also populated.

On a related topic, the new stuff for Dragon Age Inquisition continues to impress. The mechanics of the dragon battle looked especially promising. It always bugged me in that in the previous games there was no real strategy in dealing with a high dragon besides tank and spank. Even then, attacking with melee always felt like an exercise in frustration with the unstoppable knock-backs and grabs.

Also, getting back to Mass Effect, it sounded as if the actress that played Traynor will be the voice of the female Inquisitor...one of them anyway. Word is that they'll be a total of four voices (two per gender) since obviously a Qunari or a dwarf isn't likely to have the same voice as a human or elf.
Still, good to have her back as she did a great job in ME3.


Oh and the new IP announcement... -_-
Wake me when they actually have something to talk about.
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Old June 11 2014, 05:35 AM   #2376
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DA:I looks like complete crap compared to Witcher 3. Seriously.

I just finished a replay of DA:O and DA2 and noticed Traynor's voice several times. She's Mhairi, your soon-to-be-dead first party member in Awakening, and a handful of minor characters in DA2.

And it always cracks me up hearing Zaeed all over the place in DA:O. Always expecting to hear the mayor of Redcliffe call my party "big goddamn heroes" after saving the village.
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Old June 11 2014, 11:03 AM   #2377
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Maybe, but I've had a lot or trouble getting into the Witcher games. Between the combat system and the learning curve I just found it more of a chore to play than anything.
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Old June 12 2014, 08:07 AM   #2378
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Bring on ME4! Still probably my favorite videogame saga.

I've (years late I know) been playing the Dragon Age games. Took awhile for me to get into Origins - I'm spoiled for fully-voiced protagonists these days - but I I've fallen in love with that verse too.
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Old June 12 2014, 09:29 AM   #2379
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Yeah, the build up to DAI has gotten me revisiting the games too. Partly because I just read the novels 'Asunder' & 'Masked Empire' back to back and it got me back into the world of Thedas, but also because I noticed that for some reason, I never finished Awakening with my main Warden. So I went back and played it all the way through, then went on to do both the Golems of Amgarrak and Witch Hunt DLCs before importing into DA2 for a new playthrough.

I also have an unfinished dwarf noble save I may use to explore some choices I never got around too (siding with the werewolves, Templars etc.) So I'll have a good selection of saves to import when they release Dragon Age Keep.

ME4 I'm a little more sceptical about. While I wasn't anywhere near as pissed off as some at the ME3 ending fiasco, it did lessen my trust and faith in the ME team to deliver what they promise.

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Old June 13 2014, 03:30 AM   #2380
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Are the novels any good? Odd that you never finished Awakening. Golems of Amgarrak is fun but I don't think there's any larger point to it that I've seen, so I skipped it for the playthrough I'm doing now (currently a female mage in DA2). Witch Hunt is a must of course. I don't know that I could ever side fully with the werewolves, but so far I've resolved the conflict peacefully both times. Siding with the Templars would be interesting especially depending on what you choose in DA2.
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Old June 13 2014, 05:43 AM   #2381
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Are the novels any good?
Hmm. How to put this. They get better as they go on as David Gaider gets more prose experience, but they also get less game-relevant. The Stolen Throne explains a lot of backstory to Origins, but is the clunkiest of his three; The Calling is a prequel to Awakening, but without much setting exploration like Stolen Throne; and Asunder is a standalone with no relevance to Dragon Age II.

(So is The Masked Empire, but that at least features a major game character and promises to be relevant to Inquisition.)
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Old June 13 2014, 05:52 AM   #2382
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I'm honestly baffled as to how they can set a game AFTER the events of ME3, given that the finale leaves the world in four extremely different end-states.
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Old June 13 2014, 07:16 AM   #2383
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Are the novels any good? Odd that you never finished Awakening. Golems of Amgarrak is fun but I don't think there's any larger point to it that I've seen, so I skipped it for the playthrough I'm doing now (currently a female mage in DA2). Witch Hunt is a must of course. I don't know that I could ever side fully with the werewolves, but so far I've resolved the conflict peacefully both times. Siding with the Templars would be interesting especially depending on what you choose in DA2.
I've played through Awakenings several times before, but for some reason I never finished it with my "main" (read:first) Warden. For some reason, she never got further than a first visit to Amaranthine.
As for Golems of Amgarrak, it was just a case of after 4 years, I was *determined* to get that "Grim Reaper" trophy. Had to respec as an archer to do it, but I did it!
Also it was just for the sake of completion since what I've doing is making a save file for import and I figure the more plot flags the more content I'm liable to get out of DAI...even if it's marginal.

As for the novels...yeah, I'd say they're pretty good. It helps that David Gaider--one of the main writers of the DA games--wrote the first three while Patrick Weekes (formerly of the Mass Effect team) did the latest one.
It was especially great in Asunder since I'm pretty sure Gaider had originally written the in-game dialogue for the Origins characters that were making a return, so you could practically hear their voices as you read.

While they're not essential reading, they do all have some substance to add to lore of the games. 'The Stolen Throne' is basically the story of Ferelden's fight to kick Orlais out at the dawn of the Dragon Age, featuring Maric's mother "the Rebel Queen" and how Maric himself met and became friends with Logain. 'The Calling' is tied to Duncan's early days as a Warden and Maric's later years.

'Asunder' and 'The Masked Empire' take place in Orlais almost exactly in parallel (3 years after the Kirkwall rebellion, right before Cassandra is off interrogating Varric.) The former is about the fracturing of Circles of Magi, the Chantry, the Templars and the Seekers as the direct result of what Anders set in motion.
The latter concerns court intrigue and rebellion in Orlais. Both novels have a certain red haired agent of the Divine makign came appearances.

I can only speak for myself, but I tore through Masked Empire. Very enjoyable. Can't wait for certain characters to re-appear in DAI. Also, the ending. I won't spoil, but it has me very curious to see how that carries over into DAI.

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I'm honestly baffled as to how they can set a game AFTER the events of ME3, given that the finale leaves the world in four extremely different end-states.
I think it's safe to say that the "refuse" ending won't be importable, while the others are fairly easily glossed over. It'd hardly be the first time your decision didn't amount to anything in that series.

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Old June 13 2014, 12:57 PM   #2384
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I'm honestly baffled as to how they can set a game AFTER the events of ME3, given that the finale leaves the world in four extremely different end-states.
*shrug* It's the same company who created a DLC as a lead-in to Mass Effect 3 (Arrival), then proceeded to pretty much ignore it entirely in the third game. ("What, we said destroying mass relays would destroy the star system? Uh... not anymore.") Between-game continuity is obviously not their strong suit.
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Old June 13 2014, 01:51 PM   #2385
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In their defence they claim that the intent in the ME3 ending wasn't that the relays were destroyed, just damaged. Clearly splitting hairs and whether you actually believe them or not is your choice.

Either way, if they are setting this in a new galaxy as I suspect, then glossing over the three main endings should be pretty easy.
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