Archive for March, 2011

Addicted to Dragon Age II

Posted in Dragon Age, Games, PS3, RPG with tags , , on 30/03/2011 by arthur1977

Well I have to say I am fully addicted to Dragon Age II!  Even when I set time aside to blog I find myself with a PS3 controller in my hand out questing with Hawke and the gang.  The more I play DA2 it seems the more I get pulled in to the story and each of its different threads. 

I am truly enjoying playing the Witty Mage with Hawke, the joking and bantering between the quest givers and the group is very entertaining.  I have made Hawke into a devastating area of effect killer and back up healer.  So far this has work out really well in most of the battles I have fought.  There is only one exception to this and that is when I tried to fight a dual and realized I had no chance of winning.  This is one of the story arcs that I wish I could have done differently, but as you find when playing this game sometimes your choices range from bad to even worse and there be nothing you can do!

I had the joy of running into another character from Dragon Age: Origins during one of the major battles I fought last night.  It’s strange to remember that I am not a Grey Warden in this game after being one in the first game.  The encounter reminded me that as much fun as I was having mucking around in the city there were other forces at work out there.  Speaking of the first game, another of my choices from DA:O was brought to my attention as well when talking to a Templar in Kirkwall. I had actually forgotten that we didn’t save the mage tower in Ferelden in my first play though, oh well who said the life of a Mage was ever easy.

I only have a few minor gripes after playing about 35-40 hours of Dragon Age II.  The first is the repetitiveness of some of the explore able areas, but I can sort of off write this to the fact that we never range that far from Kirkwall.  Another minor irritation is the fact that my game has crashed 3 times on me while playing.  This so far has not caused me any major problems because of the timely auto save but if it happens during a hard boss battle that I am about to win I might be a bit turned off.

All in all this is a very solid game with an amazing story and great combat.  I cannot wait for these next couple of shifts to fly by so I can spend some time with my ladies and maybe a little Dragon Age as well.



The Force be with you…

Posted in Castle Age, Games, iPod with tags , , on 25/03/2011 by arthur1977

I lucked out a few weeks ago and got an invitation to join this great Castle Age guild called {TEAM YODA}.

The group overall has been really helpful and supportive answering all my rookie questions. I have been joining them most nights for their guild battles (both auto and Festival) contributing any way I can. We also took down an Alpha Vincent a few days ago which was a new experience for me.

Being part of {TEAM YODA} has really increased my enjoyment of Castle Age. I cannot wait to get to know the members of TY better over the months to come.

Dragon Age II: Impressions after 15 hours

Posted in Dragon Age, PS3, RPG with tags , , on 19/03/2011 by arthur1977

I have not had as much time to play Dragon Age II since launch but I have enjoyed every minute I have played.  The game has the familier feeling of the first game with lots of stream lines and graphical improvements.  I decided to play my first run through as a Witty Wizard, focusing my skills and traits on the Earth and Force trees.  I don’t plan to look up any of the trophies or go back and change any of my decisions to help avoid spoilers.

The story narration is an interesting way to tell the story with two different points of view.  I am enjoying it so far and have been trying to complete all the quests in Kirkwell before moving on to next story point.  I loaded one of my finished games for Dragon Age: Origins and have already ran across some quest that were affected by the choices I made in the previous game.  While they were not large game changing quests it’s a nice touch and it helped me remember the choices I made.  Already after about 15 hours I have been introduced to many different and unique characters that have join my group.  I find it now sometimes difficult to decide who to bring along questing depending on how I want the make up of my group.  I am usually adventuring with a Tank, Healer, Rogue and myself (DPS Mage).  So far I have had only a few chances to start building romantic relationships with some team mates (its been equal between male and female characters).

The combat have been fun and frantic at times.  I am only playing on the normal difficulty setting for my first play through and have had to redo a few battles already.  I like how they have set up the skill trees and added individualized ones for each member of your group.  This adds a nice new twist when building up a characters skills and relationship with you.

I am looking forward to my next adventure in Dragon Age II.  I should have a few free hours to tie up loose ends in the city tomorrow night and continue my quest to become the Champion!

Drop a comment and tell me what you guys think so far, I am interested in hearing some other opinions.

On the move and in control….

Posted in Life with tags , , on 12/03/2011 by arthur1977

Its amazing just how fast things can change with a baby.  In the last week or so my little lady finally figured out how to crawl forward after a month of hopping on the spot or moving backwards.  Its great watching move around trying to catch the cats but it also made me realize that we have to keep an even keener eye on her.

In the past two weeks she has also been standing a lot with the assistance of the furniture. In the last few days she has been letting go and maintaining her balance for a few seconds.  I cannot wait for her to walk with summer around the corner.  I love watching my little one grow and develop, its fascinating seeing her figure new things out almost daily.

**** Breaking NEWS****

What an afternoon, it turns out I might just become an Uncle later tonight.  My Wife and here Sister were out shopping earlier today and my Wife’s Sisters waters broke on our front yard.  I wish her and her Husband all the best because they might be in for all long night!

***** Update*****

Its 1:30am and still no baby, but my Father in Law says both Mother and Baby are doing good.

***** Update 2 *****

The baby is not dropping as the Doctors had hoped and a C-section has been scheduled, it’s now 5am. This has been one long nightshift at work!

***** Final Update *****

Little M was born at 6:30.  Mommy and Baby are doing fine.

A picture never lies….

Posted in Castle Age, Games, iPod with tags , , on 05/03/2011 by arthur1977

…. and their right.  Oh well, its true I am currently a punching bag for other guilds in Guild Battles but at level 151 I have lots of room for improvement.  I want to thank all the great people in {TEAM YODA}3 for letting me join and not kicking me out after all my questions, lol.

I cannot wait for our next guild event. 🙂

Active Time Babble XXXII: BioWare’s Mike Laidlaw talks Dragon Age II

Posted in Games, PS3, RPG with tags , , , on 03/03/2011 by arthur1977

If you are looking forward to Dragon Age II you have to check out this ATB XXXII.  It has a great interview with Mike Laidlaw from BioWare.  Mike talks about the some of the changes and fine tuning that has been done from the lessons learned with Dragon Age Origins.   Kat does a great interview and I am looking forward to DA2 now more than ever!!