With the end of 2012 in sight, what better time is there to look back over the year and decide on my top games of 2012. Now when I say top games of 2012, they may not have been actually released in 2012 but they must have been near and I sure as hell played the bejeezus out of them during the year so they count.
I’m sure I’ve missed some, because quite frankly there were crap loads of games I could have played in 2012, and I couldn’t possibly play them all. So this is what we’ll do, I’ll list my top 5 games and then you can all use the comments bit below to add any you think should have been on the list. If nobody comments then I will just have to assume that the entire world agrees with me, and why the hell shouldn’t they.
Mass Effect 3 will be hitting the shelves in a couple of weeks. Bioware’s epic space saga will end, bringing the story of Commander’s Shepard to a close. Will Shepard save the universe, or die trying? We’ll all have to wait until the game’s release before we can answer that question. Fear not Bioware have released a Mass Effect 3 demo that we can wet our appetites with until the game’s release.
Is Mass Effect 3 the gaming equivalent of the second coming, or have Bioware finally run out of steam? I’ve played and completed the single player demo several times so read on to find out what I thought of it all. Read more
Last weekend was the second and sadly the last Beta-test weekend for Star Wars: The Old Republic, and this time my playing experience was a lot more positive than the last time.
If you’ve read my review of the 1st weekend (here) then you’ll know that I left it with a negative feeling. It just felt like World or Warcraft with a Bioware Star Wars RPG skin on it. Well I’m happy to report that my opinion this time around is a lot different. Of course there are still a lot of WoW-esque elements in Star Wars: The Old Republic but this time around I got to experience just some of the things that push it away from its Warcraft counterpart. In fact as the weekend drew to a close I found it hard to tear myself away.
So in no other order than the order I remember them, these are the shiny things that caught my attention on the 2nd SW:TOR beta weekend. Read more
Over the weekend I took part in the Beta Weekend for Bioware’s Star Wars MMO called ‘Star Wars: The Old Republic’. It’s something that I have looked forward to for a while now and I was very keen to jump straight in and see what Bioware had created to topple WoW from it’s increasingly more precarious position on the MMO charts.
Oh I also really stupidly forgot to take screen-shots over the entire weekend, so sorry about the wall of text. Read more
I was going to play all the way through Dragon Age: Origins and then Awakening with my dwarf warrior as I had never played one before.
Then I thought, nah what the hell. I haven’t played this for ages and I wanna skip straight to Dragon Age 2 dammit. So I did.
I continued my, what now seems to be an epic quest, of completing Dragon Age: Origins a further time, so that I can take this character into Dragon Age: Awakenings, and then use that story to play through Dragon Age II again. I’m doing well, I haven’t started playing Awakenings yet, and I’ve had it for month or so.
Anyway, the game progressed and I got to the point where you first meet Zevran and he, and his band of ne’er-do-wells attacked me. He got defeated as he always does, but this time I decided to do something that I have never done in all the times I’ve completed Origins, I killed him. I didn’t question him, or find out what he wanted, I just killed him right there and then. Of course, I know what he was going to say from previous storylines. Read more
Plus a free rant about Facebook games
Those imaginative guys and gals at Bioware have gone even further in their often quite expansive game selling devices. They’ve released a Dragon Age game, Free-to-Play of course, on Facebook called Dragon Age Legends.
As this article will no doubt show, I’m not a fan of Facebook games in general, but was my love of Dragon Age enough to secure it a warm place in my heart.
I’m a big fan of Bioware games; from Baldur’s Gate and Neverwinter Nights through to the Mass Effect Trilogy, and The Dragon Age’s; I’ve even got their new MMO ‘Star Wars: The Old Republic’ on pre-order. So this isn’t really a criticism in the general sense, but with the number and complexity of the games they’re throwing at us, it’s damn near impossible for the average person to devote anywhere near enough time to play them all to the level they deserve.
I’ve now completed Dragon Age II for the second time and the whole ‘playing a bitch’ element was a lot more fun then being the nice guy. Although disappointingly, the ending was not as radically different as I would have liked, although there were certainly changes.
What I wanted to do with these play-throughs is show the complex spider-like way the plotlines can change with each and every choice. Unfortunately the game doesn’t play out that way, there are main events that are carved in stone, it’s just how you get to them or the smaller events, that change.
***As before, this has loads of spoilers, so don’t read if you don’t want to know ‘em.***
My second play through of Dragon Age II? Well, It’s certainly different than the first. The first time you play through things can be missed and I think sometimes you can be more carried away by the story than knowingly involved in its conclusion. On subsequent plays you are able to start tweaking the events (knowing the outcomes) to tailor to your plan.
After playing to approximately half way through the 2nd chapter my earlier choices are starting to show their effects. Although of course there are far more to come. Consider this more of a prelude to Part 2 that will include all of the conclusions and results of my changes. I figured the post would be absolutely massive, if I left it all to the end.
***There are quite obviously a great many spoilers in these posts so if you want to experience everything yourself without any outside influence, please stop reading (I know I’m certainly avoiding all walkthroughs as there’s so much I want to find out for myself). This is also not the complete story of Dragon Age II, it is a walkthrough of the significant choices I have made and how my companions and their backstorys have evolved.***