Archive for April, 2011

A Final Fantasy XIV Extended Look

Posted in Final Fantasy, Square Enix with tags , , on 29/04/2011 by arthur1977

I was recently checking out the Games and Geekery blog and it was like Victor Stillwater had read my mind.  I have recently been thinking of logging back in to Final Fantasy XIV and see if the few months after launch had been kind to the game.  I turns out that Victor has beaten me to the punch, he recently started putting out a multi part set of blogs taking an extended look back at Final Fantasy XIV.  I would suggest that if you have any passing interest in Final Fantasy XIV you should go check them out.

Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

I enjoyed my time in Eorzea even with all the problems that were there at launch.  I think when my life slows down (my daughter sleeps through the nights, water in the basement, etc.) I might pick up a copy for the PS3.  Until then I will look forward to reading blogs like Victor’s to keep up on top of whats going on in Eorzea.

The many fates of Alistair in DA2.

Posted in Games with tags , , on 23/04/2011 by arthur1977

Poor Alistair, at the whims of the player at the end of Dragon Age: Origins.  There are many different choices for how this noble Grey Warden will end up being portrayed in Dragon Age 2.  I finished Dragon Age: Origins twice with completely different ending for Alister and am now currently on my second play through in Dragon Age 2 and the future of Alistair is vastly different.

During my first play through I chose to accept Morrigans option in the battle with the Archdemon.  With this ending I meet Alister in DA2 during the last part of chapter 2,  my Codex got updated saying:

Alistair:
“A hero of the recent Fifth Blight, the Grey Warden Alistair is credited alongside the Hero of Ferelden with slaying the Archdemon and sparing Thedas the ravaged of the darkspawn.  Rumor has it that he is an heir to the Fereldan Throne, but that he turned it down in deference to Queen Anora, daughter of the traitorous Teyrn Loghain.”

My second time through DA:O I was working on getting most of the trophies that I missed so I recruited Teyrn Loghain.  This really rubbed Alistair the wrong way and he ends up leaving my company.  With this ending the future is not as bright for Alister.  In DA2 I end up running into him at the Hanged Man down on his luck, after spotting him a fellow comes and takes Alistair away hoping to help get him back on track.  The codex for this future for Alistair reads:

“Once a Grey Warden, and rumored to be the bastard son of King Maric of Fereldon, Alistair turned down the throne and abandoned his order at the height of the Fifth Blight in Fereldon.  He has slipped into anoymity, living down his disgrace in a drunken stupor in the Free Marches.”

Its interesting how different the future is for this Grey Warden.  I still need to finish DA:O once more to hopefully to get the platinum and this time I plan to put Alistair on the throne.  It will be interesting to see if he makes an appearance DA2 with this future.  If anyone has done this I would be interested to hear if you ran across Alistair.

Note: I got this amazing picture of Alistair by artastrophe from: http://artastrophe.deviantart.com/art/Dragon-Age-sc-Alistair-143913459.

Malazan Book of the Fallen

Posted in Books with tags , , , on 17/04/2011 by arthur1977

I must admit its been a while since I picked up a book but I got the urge to start reading again a couple of days ago.  I have been reading Steven Erikson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen series over the last couple of years and am currently on book 9, Dust of Dreams.  Erikson is an amazing author and this series is truly a wonder to read if you like complex, branching story lines, with death at every turn type of series.  The last point shocked me when my favorite character died in the third book, but it also goes to show how engaging the books are because I still wanted to read on.  With The Crippled God (the tenth and final book) now on shelves I am looking forward to reading the conclusion of this amazing series and cannot wait to see what Erikson puts out next.

Thank You BioWare

Posted in Dragon Age, Games with tags , , on 10/04/2011 by arthur1977

I had a nice surprise on Thursday night. I was checking out BioWares social site before playing Dragon Age II and unlocked two in game items (A Shield and Sword) along with a free copy of Mass Effect 2! 

It turns out for anyone with a copy of Dragon Age II (any platform) and the Black Emporium they get a free copy of Mass Effect 2 for the PC until April 30th.  Not a bad deal if I can say so myself, and what a great way to get an older game out that has a sequel coming this year.  To be honest I never really invisoned myself playing ME2, but havnig a free copy on my PC is strongly changing that. 

One more game added to my ever growing list 😛

Dragon Age II: Final Verdict

Posted in Dragon Age, Games, PS3 with tags , , , on 06/04/2011 by arthur1977

I finally completed my first play through a few days ago and really enjoyed the experience.

My final stat line was:

Time: 44:45

Level: 22 (Mage)

Specializations: Force Mage, Spirit Healer

Trophy Count: 62%

I did not realize how close to the end I was in my last post in which I covered most of my Pros and Cons. So below is just a point form versions of them with a few changes.

Pros: Improved Battle and Upgrade systems, Character Interactions, Graphics, Story Line, Trophies.

Cons: Repetitive Environments, Second chapter better than final, Ending (Cinematic after you complete the game).

Overall I think Dragon age 2 is one of the better games I have played in a long time. I have already started my second trek through KirkWall as a Warrior trying to take paths not traveled by my Witty Mage. My next step will be deciding if I should purchase the Exiled Prince DLC.

Let me know what you think about the game, please leave me a comment if you either agree or disagree with my opinions.