Dragon Age Origins: Post-Game Thoughts

Ok, our quest to revisit Dragon Age in its entirety begins here, with Dragon Age Origins.

Spoiler Thoughts:

  • The mechanics of this game are so smooth to me–it’s so much easier to walk around, pick up loot, interact with stuff than some of the sequels, it makes me wonder why they changed it.
  • Oh Alistair.  You’re my favorite.
  • The one quest that has always eluded me through all my playthroughs is that one where you have to find all the love letters.  I think at best, I’ve gotten 10/12.
  • The problem is that even after I upgrade Leliana and Zev’s lockpicking skills all the way, they still have insufficient skill to open some of the chests.  What’s that about?
  • For that matter, I wonder why I can’t just hammer on a container to get it to open, like in KotOR?
  • I know a lot of people don’t seem to be overly fond of the Fade, but I kinda like it.  Getting to use all the different powers instead of the same 3 attacks I usually have, is a kick.
  • I’m not crazy about Anora, but man oh man, I loathe Isolde way more.
  • I was all “wow, the characters talk a bunch more in DAO than DAI,” but then I realized I think I installed a mod that makes everyone blurt out thoughts all the time.
  • I still hope Jowan, the perpetually-screwing-up-mage, made it out ok.  At least we know if he was tranquilized, he could get better now.
  • My favorite rando character is Carroll.  Lyrium addition and all, anyone who likes cookies and says things like “by the Maker’s shiny gold cutlery!” is ok in my book.
  • While I don’t find the werewolf story to be as exciting as some of the other segments, my least favorite is Orzammar.  In the first place, you have all those weird politically-based fetch-and-carry missions, and in the second place, you end up in the deep roads forever and have to listen to that disturbing poem.
  • Plus the broodmother, which has to be one of the most ick enemies ever.  I remember the first time I played it, I must have died half a dozen times probably because I was so traumatized at having to look at her.
  • The Bhelen/Harrowmount choices is a perfect example of the typical BioWare “everything is terrible” choice.
  • Tim Russ always sounds like he’s still doing Tuvok to me.
  • Dwight Schultz is so good.  I wonder why they didn’t use him again for DAI?
  • Such a good game.  The writing is really fine and the plot is well-paced.  Plus, I have probably never been as traumatized by anything in a game as the first time I played it, when Alistair dumped my poor mage’s ass right after he had done the whole “I don’t want anyone but you even for pretend” speech, and she had made him king.
  • From the Dragon Age Keep, I’m guessing the only after-game DLC of consequence were Awakenings and Witch Hunt…so maybe Witch Hunt next, while we start up with Gaider’s “Stolen Throne.”
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