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Dragon Age Origins: "Thirty Seven Straight"
Posted: Monday November 16th, 2009 by

One of your fellow forum members that happens to work for EA sent along a Collector's Edition of Dragon Age Origins. Well with Stormy's guest strip submission Friday, I found some time to actually play the game. Now, two things should be pointed out here:
1. I was warned that I would have to endure a lot of voice work.
2. Despite what the comic says I did not play 37 hours straight.

To clarify, I've played a few RPGs in my day. I'm used to loads of text and/or voice work. And I've only played about 16 hours. 10 hours straight Friday night. One 3 hour session before spending some time with the kiddo. And one 3 hour session last night. I probably would have played longer but I just couldn't take it anymore.

The game is great. It has fantastic graphics, enjoyable gameplay, and a UI that's not a barrier to playing. But like I told Taks, "I played 10 hours staight but only actually 'PLAYED' for 15 minutes." Okay so it's an overstated comment. I know. But there's a LOT of jabbering. And where the voice acting is really quite good and a sizable portion of it is actually engaging, there's a good bit that's not and you can't really zone out. You could miss something or choose the wrong response because you weren't paying attention. Luckily going cross-eyed doesn't really impede your ability to listen.

All that being said, I would recommend this game without any reservations. If for no better reason than it amuses me that after a fight, the jabbering is done completely splattered with blood. Awesome. Now if I could just have ONE more member in my party.

- My ick only lasted for a day and a half and theKid went back to school today. So hopefully my schedule will return to normal after I catch up on a bit of work. And no fussing at me for playing Dragon Age instead of getting some work done! That's the first gaming mini-marathon I've done in 2 years.

- I'd like to unload a few more original panels. Seriously... I have over 1000. So if you're interested in owning original GU artwork, dig through the Archives, any date with a green background is "still available". Thanks folks.

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