New Feature! Dragon Age 2 -Video Game Review
Note to reader: I’m trying something new and will also begin to review video games I play that I feel have an incredible story. While we are all big readers here, that does not mean we cannot appreciate a story in all its shapes and sizes. Once stories were all oratory and today they span many media types, whether through the written word, crafted art, movies, games, etc. Video games often have a large reading comprehension aspect, especially the RPG genre. For this reason, I feel that it is relevant to the blog.
For all you video game players out there, this is an epic fantastic game loaded with an awesome story.
I have not finished the game yet, but I could not help myself. For those people who love a great story, RPG games like Dragon Age can bring the fantasy a step closer to reality. You can physically move and make choices that directly impact the story line. In this particular game, you play Hawke, an either male or female character depending on your choice. The character and his or her family escape the blight when the darkspawn raged war on civilization. Making their way to the city of Kirkwall they struggle to survive and reclaim their family honor and status. Along the way Hawke makes a name for herself/himself by doing deeds and quests that help and hinder those she meets. You can develop romantic relationships that lead somewhere <wink wink> or you can make friends based on your attitude. You play either a mage, rogue, or warrior but can switch control between your gang of friends, so really you can be all! The game has multiple endings that all are based on the choices you make.
Honestly, I am in love with this game and I am only on Act 2 of 3. It is available on multiple platforms. I play on XBOX 360, but PS3, PC, and MAC are all supported. The sequel, which I am squealing inside about is due out Oct 2014.
Learn more from the Bioware site.
About Dragon Age II
Embark on an all-new adventure spread across a ten-year span of years with an all-new hero in the multiple award-winning Dragon Age saga. In Dragon Age II you are Hawke, said to have been one of the few to survive the destruction of your homeland. Forced to fight for survival, you gathered the deadliest of allies, amassed fame and fortune and sealed your place in history, eventually becoming in effect a legend in your own time. But legends are all in the telling.
Dragon Age II utilizes a nonlinear narrative, taking the form of a story-within-a-story that hinges upon your exploits as told by the storyteller, Varick. Yet like any good storyteller, Varick tends to exaggerate from time to time. When questioned on events related to Hawke, Varick may present a different scenario in which Hawke’s exploits play out. It is within these replays that the decisions of the players hold sway, as their particular versions of Hawke relive these events. Is the player’s particular version of Hawke, male or female? A warrior, a rogue, or a mage? Is Hawke good-natured or something less than a salt-of-the-Earth type? Is romance in the air amongst characters he/she associates with? These choices are all the player’s to make and each affect the the outcome of the story at all levels.