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The Outsider's Perspective – Dragon Age III

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Hello, faithful readers and followers! Tis I, ThatLady! Here to bring to you possibly unwelcome and potentially biased perspective on the new addition to BioWare‘s upcoming Dragon Age III. So hold onto your trigger fingers and concealed daggers until right before I utter the first of many blasphemies.

From the start of my research, I made an overview of the new Inquisition by watching the teaser trailer and found my first impressions were… “Oooh, pretty.” I know, I’m off to a fantastic start. That aside, I began to delve deeper. Maybe those of you who are huge fans of this series would know but as someone who has only ever glanced over these titles, for purely monetary reasons, I had no idea how wide this serious spreads out over the course of ten years. Many companies often halt publishing content for certain games unless they have a driving passion for it or because it is rolling in the dough, Dragon Age seems like that kind of money maker since this series spans over not only video games and flash games but it also extends its claws over novels, graphic novels, cellphone games for Android and iOS, and some tabletop games. Did I mention there’s a film? If it’s anything like some of the video game movies out there– let me not mention the dishonorable Assassins Creed atrocity– it may not be that good but if it’s anything like the animated renditions of video games– much like Dante’s Inferno– then there can still be hope. If there are those of you reading this who have watched it, give me a recommendation or let me know how you personally gouged your own eyes for repentance.

“From the makers of Mass Effect”? Christ on a cracker– I’m on board! As a female who has braved many a misogynistic, adrenaline-pumping, vein-popping gore fests of the male power fantasy, I’ve gotta say that I am waiting in anticipation for the next video game to really test your story-plowing prowess and your ability to chomp down on all that juicy character development.

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Oh Morpheus… Just give me the blue pill.

Okay, okay. To get back on topic, BioWare has announced that this new title will feature multi-regional maps completely open to be explored. I’m not sure about you but news like that or superbly detailed character customization as always been a mighty Hail Mary, it can lead a game into a strong direction. Don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t make a game nor can a game be forgiven of all it’s flaws if it has a strong character selection/customization, it just really helps a game in some cases, in my opinion. Take for example the overly lavish character customization in games like Saints Row or San Andreas. Now take something like Wolverine Origins with different character skins of recent or classic Wolverine costumes that you get to challenge yourself by fighting those skins. Even with Saints Row being crazy-stupid-fun and Wolverine Origins being a silly game translation of the movie, you can still see how much fun they had with it and how much just the smallest of choices and detail can satisfy the gamer.

From what I have gathered, there’s not much information about this game just yet. BioWare has been keeping things pretty hush-hush about it ever since they announced this back in 2011. All I can say is the fans are flipping over with the built up anticipation, for good reason! There is so much behind this series I had no idea about, I never knew how big this truly was until today. To all of you guys who are losing things to do and games to tie you over until Dragon Age III finally releases in the fall, I hope it’s everything you wished for. To those who are more like me and have glanced over this series for years with too few reasoning behind it, pick up a copy of Dragon Age II. From my friends who recommend it, they said it’s best to start from here.

Go forth, Squires! Bring honor to your Lords and your houses! Until next time, from the other side of the looking glass.

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