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Dragon Age: Origins – Platinumed

Posted in Dragon Age with tags , , , on 27/02/2014 by arthur1977

Well it took me 5 years, a PSN name change, and a through walk through of the Traveler trophy to finally accomplish this feat!

I was originally given Dragon Age as a birthday gift in 2009 and fell in love with it. I have always been a huge fantasy fan so this game was right up my ally. I had completed the game a couple of times on my old PSN and even with some of the graphical glitches on the PS3 thought it looked great.

With the upcoming release of Dragon Age: Inquisition I decided it would be a great opportunity to reply it under my new PSN handle, Gutvik. I remembered that the Bronze Traveler trophy was a royal nuisance to unlock so before starting I found a list of all the places I needed to visit to remove the frustration.

Once I started as a Human Noble Rogue named Kristzi I was addicted for a second time. Kristzi exploits as a Grey Warden are listed below:

*Spoilers* By the time my campaign was ending the Werewolves were cured, the Mage tower restored, Harrowmont was King of the Dwarfs, the Urn was found and shared to the world, the Anvil was destroyed, and Conner was saved. The final sacrifice came down to Alistair and me, Morrigan was not to happy when I said no to her offer, and Alistair made the death blow to kill the Archdemon.

After completing my first run with Kristzi I managed to collect every trophy except Hopeless Romantic (still needed Morrigan), Archmage, and Master of Arms. I admit to getting the Archmage and Master of Arms trophies by taking advantage of the Witch Hunt DLC, but hey what’s a man with limited time to do.

I am currently working through the game a second time with a City Elf Warrior named Gutvyk. With this trek through Ferelden I plan on getting the actual ending I want when I start Dragon Age II, along with completing the Hopeless Romantic trophy.

As for my platinum quest, it was just a few nights ago that Gutvyk charmed Morrigan to get the Witches Gone Wild (and Hopeless Romantic in the process) trophy to capture my first Platinum. Even though there are no more trophies to be had I am still having a great time playing to get to the ending I want.

Once I complete Gutvyk’s campaign I plan on a little break before tackling Dragon Age II again. Perhaps a little Ratchet and Clank, DMC, or ICO for something a little different.


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.

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.


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.