You may or may not have noticed that I haven’t blogged this week. There are a few reasons for this. One, I have been on holiday. Two, I have been reading Jonathan Strange and Mister Norrell. And the big fat three, I have been playing Dragon Age 2.
I’m coming up to the final fight on DA2 now, and I suspect I will complete it tonight or tomorrow, and… uh, well, immediately start it again. For my second play-through I shall be Spanky Hawke*, the cheeky bicurious boy-mage who may or may not have facial hair. I usually find I enjoy the second play-through more, largely because of my “control issues” ; the first time round I won’t know what will happen, and I’m always slightly frustrated that I can’t bend the ending to my will. When I play it again, I know what I’m doing and can orchestrate happy endings for as many characters as possible (like I said, control issues).
I expect I’ll do a proper review of DA2 when I’ve completed it, but for now I will say it is enormous fun, with a smoother gameplay system, gorgeous graphics and plenty of oppurtunity to deal explodey death to all manner of darkspawn, Qunari and slavers. Perhaps it’s missing the epic story of Origins, but it did manage to make elves sexy, so I suppose you can’t have everything.
*if you have any better suggestions, please tell me. I’ve not had to name a male character in this before.