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Dragon Age: first look

Where AGE is the operative word and I feel like a 120-year old trying to run a marathon in under 6 hours. These last few days have been quite busy, to say the least, so when DA:O hadn’t shown up by mid-afternoon yesterday I was a little peeved but not really surprised, and possibly a tad relieved. Yesterday was “develop interesting new aches and pains day” for me too, for some unknown reason, so I spent most of it working around groans and grimaces.

All of which to say that Sod’s* Law is still alive and well: the second we decided to just slob it out, forget about DA:O and order pizza, the damned UPS man showed up with our Collectors’ Editions.

And again, I find myself wondering why I splurge on these CE versions. The cloth map smells funny, is vaguely waxy to the touch, and is a massive 12″ x 8″. Haven’t done anything with the in-game or downloadable goodies yet. Oddly enough the most impressive thing about it was the cool tin, which not only closes nicely but also holds the two disks in a neatly stacked but easy to get to way. Plus it has red artwork on it.

Oh yeah, and there’s some kind of a bonus disk too. To me, that almost always ends up meaning “Here’s some crap we threw together so we could charge you more for this package. Aren’t you glad you’re a consumer?”

But when the most impressive thing about something is the packaging, it might be time to realise that you’re not the type to buy collectors’ editions. I’ll know for next time. (I should also have done my research. The contents of the preorder CE have been known for some time:)

DAOpreorder_collectors

After all that, when we caved and did install the game on my machine, the character I made in the downloadable character creator imported just fine but looked nothing like the character I actually made. So, yeah… that wasn’t impressive, though certainly not game-breaking. For someone like me though it’ll be time-consuming to have to make her all over again; I’m the type of person who can spend an hour fiddling about with eyebrow sliders, and when I have a character in mind then that character is going to end up as close to mind’s-eye-perfect as I can get it.

And then the intro sequence started, and lo it was quite impressive, but verily we were extremely tired by then and, sadly, we wimped out and stopped. Another interesting thing to note is that while you can select interaction options during the intro sequence, there’s no way to quit the game. Well, other than the tried-and-tested ALT-F4, which worked like a charm yet again.

Today starts with a visit to the vet (for the dogs, not me!), then walking said dogs, then working, then spazzing out because I got no NaNoWriMo done yesterday either (even though I actually have a vague outline of the plot now — whew) and must try to get some in today around all the other stuff going on.

Oh yeah, and we’re trying to move to Albuquerque. Try saying that really fast 8 times in a row. (No prizes! Just personal satisfaction.)

So maybe after all that I’ll get to spend my 3 hours in the char creator and THEN finally get to try this game. I’m exhausted already just thinking about it.

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* Sod is Murphy’s nastier cousin from England.

  1. arbitrary
    November 4, 2009 at 7:13 am

    Good luck at vet’s – first of all.

    Secondly, you’ll soon get totally enthralled by it. The time spent creating a char you actually like looking at and feel committed to will pay out in the end!

  2. Longasc
    November 4, 2009 at 7:17 am

    The best things are alway the ingame extras and… the tin case.

    Really, I love tin boxes. My Band of Brother’s CE was not really worth it for anything else but the cool box. :)

  3. November 4, 2009 at 7:31 am

    I’ve been reading good things about this game. It gets higher marks on the PC than the Xbox or PS3, which would have been my first choice since I my computer is primarily my MMO gaming system and if I’m on it, I’m playing WoW not another computer game. Sad I know.

    Let me know how you like the game, I’m still on the fence about getting it now or later. Oh yes, I will get it, but I recently picked up Torchlight and a bunch of console games not to mention all the fun I’m having in WoW.

    Never enough time nor enough coffee.

    Oh and hope your doggie is well.

  4. smakendahed
    November 4, 2009 at 8:51 am

    Weird, both characters I imported worked fine for me. I had other issues though, namely redeeming the deluxe edition items (I pre-ordered via Steam).

    Logging out (in game) then logging back in (in game) seemed to sort out the extras and downloadable content.

    Definitely gets you hooked in.

  5. November 4, 2009 at 11:20 am

    I’m semi-interested in this one, but I need to get a 2nd HDD for my pc, or simply a new PC before I’m going to be buying any more games at this point.

    As it is, I’m kinda hooked on DDO at the moment, so not really wanting to add any more games to the stable right now anyway.

  6. November 4, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    I hope the dogs are all right.

    I’m looking forward to checking this out but am so busy already that I’m refusing to worry about when I get the game. I’ll pick it up sometime in the next week or two, but I want to retain my focus on the NaNoWriMo work. I know from experience that Bioware RPGs (and especially module-building toolsets) tend to suck me in to the exclusion of all else, and now is not the best time for that. ;)

  7. November 4, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    The fact that my system chose last night to start blue-screening made me question my atheistic believes and start to believe there is in fact a god and it is a cruel and spiteful being.

    Once I got the PC working again, I got DA:O installed, but by then the Bioware servers were slammed and downloading the DLC became a burden (see my blog for my eventual solution).

    And the DLC that you get with the Deluxe Edition costs something like $10 if you buy it separately, so factor that into whether it was worth the extra $$. :) I bought the digital version and went deluxe because it seemed like a good deal with all the extra DLC.

    • Tesh
      November 4, 2009 at 2:13 pm

      Maybe the blue screen goblins are just protecting you from the terrible vileness that is the unholy EA/Bioware merger, complete with ESRB Orwellian “mature” content. That’s no so much cruel and spiteful as “nanny state protective”.

      …or is that the same thing?

      • November 5, 2009 at 8:46 am

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  8. {fake}Tesh
    November 5, 2009 at 4:13 am

    Maybe the blue screen goblins are just protecting you from the terrible vileness that is the unholy EA/Bioware merger, complete with ESRB Orwellian “mature” content. That’s no so much cruel and spiteful as “nanny state protective”.

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    • November 5, 2009 at 4:57 pm

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