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Re: What are you playing right now?

Unread postby DaoLunOfShiji » Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:22 pm

ESO was a pretty alright game when I played it. I did it mostly for the PVP in Cyrodil which was really enjoyable, though certainly lacking in variety.
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Re: What are you playing right now?

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:56 am

Last week finished Dragon Age Inquisition (aka the third one) after a long long time. I enjoyed it as it kept a lot of what I tend to enjoy (exciting characters, excellent lore, sense of humour, eye for the little moments) while it adapted, changed it's style where you run a faction (which I would have liked more of and enjoyed) plus going from what tended to be a focus on one city to across the continents. That is less to my style, I prefer something small and intimate like one where it can pace itself, here I had done the romance, character quests and so on with some areas to still explore. That will partly be down to me but I just never been an open world (or open world styleish/large) fan though each area tended to be intresting with it's own culture and stuff going on.

Much of what I like about dragon age was there, the sense of major choices, the lore that helps flesh out the world with things like drinks, songs, location tales, the sense of humour. This game uses the first two games heavily (particularly second) with nods and returning characters so not sure how first timers to the franchise would find it, I enjoy the nods (though can be frustrating on things where my first game romance gets plenty of mention, my second one gets one nod as if they weren't a fan
with Lellana and Merrill
), I felt they got the right balance between returning figures and new characters screen time with neither outshining the other. There was one returning character that felt a really bad idea and didn't work
Hawke. It relies on user manually recreating their DA2 character and then hoping their formula for dialogue and persona matches up enough with people's sense of their character. It didn't work, I just think bad idea to bring back a former PC as an NPC

In terms of characters, I suspect the original game's compact formula, first time with the franchise and nostalgia will always mean those ones have a bit more magic. This set were good to spend time with, a diverse lot with fun humour, good tragedy, secrets, some intresting quests, fun dynamics. I enjoyed all three advisers and with the companions, none I dislike though one is going to be very Marmite
Sera, I grew to like her with things like the rooftops but she could be annoying at start
, two that worked well within game due to quests and development but will forget about and others I enjoyed greatly from the off. Probably had the best romance of the three games
with charm, sweet moments, decent quest, intresting character and loved the big romance with sweet stuff that followed (and some fun reactions from the other characters).

In terms of story it helps pull one in, creates some dramatic moments, fleshing the world, strong with individuals and small ones, with creating senses of place being different from each other but the baddie is... alright but not special, I worked out some of the twists. At the end, possibly due to pacing issue, I felt it hadn't quite knitted together as well as it might have as an overall story arc, perhaps a better ending? Hinterlands as starting area was a bad one, it may have bee meant to impress with scale of the new kind of system but was a bad choice for opening as too large, a little in-cohesive compared to other areas and too much stuff to do, easing in would have been better.

Combat system was fine, particularly once I decided to use the option to reset skills and just have the computer choose them, sometimes was a case of just get through the fight. Dialogue is good, intresting and humorous, I like the influence you need to get to unlock certain dialogue options (though frankly, you need to use your early influence skills on certain skills) or that being a mage gave character certain insights but what your character said didn't always correspond to the options you were given which led to a few reloads.

On the DLC, generally good

Dragon Age Keep/Dragon Age: The Last Court Strictly speaking, not DLC. The Keep is Bioware/EA's way of keeping track of what you did in past games (and this one so they knoew for dragon age 4). Fairly simple to use (bar importing inquisition save data onto it once done, should be easier), can either upload or use your memory (with help of wiki's if you need to jog your memory for a choice). Allowed me to also slightly alter one or two events where I disagreed with it's interpretation of what happened :pika:

The Last Court was a nice little something different before the game that gives minor rewards for doing it, bit of resource management and trying to juggle kingdom needs and gather what you need in time, quick, again sense of humour and a nice romance. Worth a try, might not be everyone's cup of tea

Jaws of Hakkon was a very good DLC, plenty of lore and sense of world, both in area's not often seen and mainstream, some good quests and war table stuff, one or two choices to make, fun use of characters. The Descent had a good NPC, some drinks but was something of a grinder without really feeling like it fleshed out the themes it was covering, Trespasser is vital for anyone who played Inquisition and plans to play the next game, acts as both epilogue and bridge. Great sense of "meeting everyone a few years on", the catching up, the memories, the new concerns in their lives, the progression they have gone through, the sweetness and sadness of it all. Has a story that unfolds well both in your starting position and heading out, seemed to be trying to have mystery but was easy to work out but still intresting, has a sense of big impact. It gets a little grindy near the end though.
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Re: What are you playing right now?

Unread postby Sun Fin » Mon Apr 22, 2019 12:50 pm

A mixture of Pokemon Red, I downloaded the original version on to my new 2DS and Pokemon AlphaSapphire!
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Re: What are you playing right now?

Unread postby Jake » Mon Apr 22, 2019 4:03 pm

DaoLunOfShiji wrote:ESO was a pretty alright game when I played it. I did it mostly for the PVP in Cyrodil which was really enjoyable, though certainly lacking in variety.

When you group up it's pretty much running from keep to keep until (and if) you reach a enemy controlled temple which holds an Elder Scroll. It's grinding until that point but it can get exciting. I've mostly been doing quests and dungeons in PvE, though.

And DA: Inquisition was a great game! I should pick it up again as now I've got a rig that can handle it, used to play it low-res and it was a pain every now and then.
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