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Game News Dragon Age II Definitely Not As Dumbed Down As Mass Effect

Discussion in 'RPG Codex News & Content Comments' started by VentilatorOfDoom, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. VentilatorOfDoom RPG Codex Staff

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    <p><a href="http://kotaku.com/#!5764293/dragon-age-ii-definitely-not-as-dumbed-down-as-mass-effect" target="_blank">Let Kotaku assure you</a> that <strong>Dragon Age II</strong> will by no means be as dumbed down as Mass Effect - a game which actually wasn't dumbed down but streamlined - if for no other reason than if you press a button something awesome happens. Did something awesome happen everytime you were pressing a button in Mass Effect? I don't think so.</p>
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    <p>Two days ago, after watching some fast combat in Dragon Age II, I found myself staring at a menu screen in Dragon Age II. What I saw was not simple and certainly not over-simplified. What I saw was something that might stress a Mass Effect player, that might sail over their head.</p>
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    <p>I predict whatever he saw isn't over the head of anyone, except maybe gaming journalists.</p>
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    <p>The screen I'm going to describe is the game's Tactics menu. It's beneath the game's hood and can be ignored by those sword-swinging, button-mashing new fans BioWare might gain with its streamlined, faster-fighting sequel. The Tactics menu isn't there for those new gamers. It's for the old-school, for the kind of person in this world who knows keyboard shortcuts and has at least once fixed a TV for a relative simply by properly using the machine's menus.</p>
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    <p>It can be ignored if you're willing to button-mash? Surprise.</p>
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    <p>Spotted at: <a href="http://www.rpgwatch.com/?rwsiteid=1#16784">RPGWatch</a></p>
     
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  2. Coyote Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Re: Dragon Age II Definitely Not As Dumbed Down As Mass Effe

    Being capable of reading manuals is considered old-school now?
     
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  3. racofer Thread Incliner

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    My TV has menus?

    But back on topic, the only things DA2 has in common with Mass Effect are the dialog wheel and fully voiced main character. Everything else is pretty much like DA:O, but people had to make a lot of noise because of these two features and draw conclusions such as "OMGZ DA2 IS MASS EFFECT IWTOUT GUNZ FFS BIOWRE DUM DOWN!!" - now we see this was nothing like what people believed it to be. Bioware initially said they were getting some ideas off Mass Effect but it would still be Dragon Age, but nobody listened and Bioware stopped bothering explaining what they had changed and shrugged the haters off.

    This was actually quite a smart move though, making everyone believe their game to be as bad as people expect it to be and then it turns out to be what they hoped for since the beginning.
     
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    Re: Dragon Age II Definitely Not As Dumbed Down As Mass Effe

    Blank stare. #1 typical symptom of a damaged mind, if there is any.

    Uh, no.
    No matter how much it may seem to be the case for impaired minds, blandness is not an indicator of complexity.

    Hardly an achievement.
     
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    If we take his word concerning an actually complex tactical option at face value (which I don't, but sake of argument here), but the game can be easily beaten by those utilizing PRESSATTACKPRESSATTACKPRESSATTACK strategies... wouldn't it defeat the entire purpose? Tactical complexity is only worthwhile if the game is balanced around it, applying it to a game winnable by button mashing would only serve to make the game laughably easy in reference to whatever difficulty setting it's on (which Origins already was).

    Incidentally, my roommate plans on buying this shit for the 360, so I may end up filming him playing it and doing a Let's Play of me mocking and deriding him for his poor taste and impaired decision-making capabilities. Or murdering him with a fork.
     
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    Stephen Totilo is one of the most stupid people on the internet. I don't think he understands the concept of 'dumbing down'.
     
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    Alas, one so feeble as I can only revere and aspire to such heights, and ape those elements of greatness within my limited grasp.
     
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    Now even the use of the term 'dumbed down' is dumbed down. ME 2 wasnt even dumbed down. It was indeed simplified. Compared to Infinity Engine games DA:O was dumbed down and it sounds like this is true with DA 2 with the way their handling friendly fire.
     
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    I hope Gaider shares his diet and workout regimen with that dude.
     
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    Re: Dragon Age II Definitely Not As Dumbed Down As Mass Effe

    What the :retarded:

    How? how do these people work? How can someone who finds using the TV menu to be complex and old-school and daunting sit and down and PROGRAM A FUCKING VIDEO GAME?

    For that matter how did the consolfags who supposedly find the tactics and TV menus to be of the same complexity manage to hook up their console to the TV in the first place.

    WHAT. THE. FUCK.

    Why a spoon boss?
     
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    You still have much to learn then, for True RAeg is done with words and not caps.
     
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    To be fair to DA2, I don't care if it was dumbed down or not.


    After playing DA1, I won't play DA2 unless the encounter design is much better than DA1 AND the writing is better. Bonus points if the combat is more complex/interesting.

    So far I haven't seen any of those things, though.

    Edit: Also, a villain who doesn't act like a complete and total retard from pretty much the first time you see him onward. And less plot holes. You know what, fuck it. They'd have to go pretty far to get me to play DA2.
     
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    why do we even care? why am i posting here?
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    go away, there are many better things to do, nothing of interest here
    let's better joke about ass effect 3
     
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