Forever ago, I thought dragons were awesome. I indulged in the world of fantasy, often acting out purely imaginary scenarios involving the rescue of a princess, and then giggling at seeing her naked. I was five, gimme a break.
Dragons will always hold a soft spot in my heart, regardless if they are real or not. Though if they were real, I'd probably crap my pants at the sight of one. Or maybe befriend it, make my own 3D movie, and make millions. Both are possibilities.
Along with the resurrection of Spyro, another series starring the mythological creatures has gained a huge following this generation: Dragon Age.
I was skeptical to try the game, purely on the fact that it played out like famous titles KOTOR and Baldur's Gate. Micromanagement has never been my forte, and to be successful you really have to be good. Going into the Dragon Age 2 demo with no preconceived notion of gameplay or storyline, obviously I was lost and wanted to shoot someone. I had no idea who the Champion was, nor who the "Witch of the West" was, or even what the hell a Darkspawn was. I soon did, however, as the demo really does a good job of letting you feel combat, and right off my bat I may add. The only part I had trouble on was fighting the Ogre. I played a soldier, and it is difficult to maintain a damage outburst whilst gauging health of teammates. Adds would spawn consistently that didn't make things easier. After five tries I was successful in slaying the beast, but at the cost of someone's life. I won't say who; just that people do not show emotion in the Dragon Age universe. You'd think in times of war people would show some compassion.
I initially refused to play the demo, but I did basically on a dare. Now I'm impressed, and I borrowed the first one from a friend to give the game a whirl. Come March 8, if I have the spare change, I may find myself adding Dragon Age 2 to my collection given a majority of reviews are solid. In the meantime, I am still deciding on whether to write about my adventures in the land of Ferelden or write a straight review. I'll see what i'm in the mood for.
To arms my readers! We will slay the Darkspawn in about two weeks time!