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Two Hour Long Origin Stories & Celebrity VOs Galore
Preview - posted by Edward_R_Murrow on Tue 28 July 2009, 05:07:44Tags: BioWare; Dragon Age: Origins
At least that's what GamingShogun reports in their preview of Dragon Age. They also drop the fact that there will be plenty of celebrity voice actors, but don't say who.
This origin story campaign basically sets up your character's point of view on the world as well as some initial events which happen in the characters' life. Most amazing to me was that this origin story, according to Melo, will take approximately two hours to complete!I sense inflated statistics. Though at least they have the dignity to not shout out about how they hired Liam Neeson or Patrick Stewart to voice a few minutes of dialogue in a giant press release.
The main example he elaborated on was when the player chooses the race of Dalish Elves for the main character. In the land of Ferelden, the Humans have a very racist attitude towards them and this racist attitude can cause many to simply NOT speak with you. This, in fact, closes off some of the game's quests and storylines for good. Of course this can change for some when your Dalish Elf becomes a Grey Warden. Being that you are a Dalish Elf you are reviled but for being a Grey Warden you are respected - humans are so easily conflicted...
Controlling my character in the 1v1 matches was entirely simple and any modern MMORPG-gamer should be able to pick it up without problem. You select your character and then right-click on the enemy you want them to attack. Each character has an array of skills they can utilize on a quick-bar at the bottom of the screen. Once selected, the character uses the skill and then it takes a certain amount of time to recharge to be used again.
Also mentioned was that there was a huge number of celebrity voice overs in the game, but Melo proved to be a tough customer and just would not crack under the barrage of my inquiry on the matter. Next time, Melo, next time!
One full playthrough of the game should yield the gamer up to 100 hours of gametime and, even then, you will not see everything the first time through. Like Bethsoft's Fallout 3, replayability is being built-in on a design level.
Spotted at: Gamebanshee