Bioware’s Dragon Age is one of the most iconic RPG series. We’re looking at its three games, plus all of its campaign DLCs. These games have original high fantasy medieval stories and debuted in 2009.
- Since then, the series has met massive commercial and cultural success.
Fans and critics praise it for its narrative, RPG elements, lore, characters, and player choice. Their games are available for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, and Mac OS.
However, the last entry debuted in 2015. There’re 3 main Dragon Age games, 19 DLCs/expansions, 2 bundles, and four spin-offs.
The total is 28 Dragon Age entries. As a high fantasy tale, Dragon Age is a story of good vs. evil, heroes vs. It’s also a story about the relationships characters create along the way and the general politics of the world colliding during times of crisis. Lastly, it’s a story of the rise of humankind while the rest of the races (like dwarves and elves) are slowly fading. So, these are the Dragon Age elements present in all games:. Player choice: There’re multiple opportunities to choose from. You decide how to complete missions, when to complete tasks, and which sides to take at various parts in the story. These decisions may lead to branching paths and alternative endings. Character creation: You can create your avatar by selecting genre, appearance, and class. Character progression: Characters have a regular leveling system. Leveling up unlocks skill points you can invest into skills and skill trees. Additionally, the character can find increasingly better gear. Relationships: You can talk to your companions and choose dialogue options. They can react to what you say, what you choose, and how you act. It may lead you to a friendship, loyalty missions, loyalty skills, romances, or rivalries. Party members: Other characters join your party along the way. Every Dragon Age game allows 4 players per party. Even though the AI controls your companions, you can swap between the characters freely. However, the main character is often the most powerful. Tactical view: Dragon Age doesn’t have turn-based combat. It’s a real-time action-RPG action akin to an MMO game. Nevertheless, you can activate the “Tactical View” mode. This birds-eye perspective pauses the game while you tell characters where to go and which powers to use.
Behaviors and strategy: Outside of combat, you can set the behavior of your companions during battle. For example, set when they should drink a potion, use a certain skill, or stun an enemy. Combos: Lastly, the most essential idea in combat is combos. There’s elemental damage, physical damage, and other kinds of magical injuries.
Different types of attacks may create powerful combos for varying effects.
Origins debuted in 2009 for Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. Currently, you may update its graphics and features through mods.
Bioware took inspiration from Dungeons & Dragons and Baldur’s Gate to create the DA series. Compared to its competitors, Dragon Age Origins leans more into the combat while still respecting the storytelling and characters.
That said, there’re some similarities between the Dragon Age Universe and The Witcher’s lore. The story happens across Thedas, but I’ll have to explain the lore before we go on:. According to the legends, the ancient Tevinter Empire sent its most powerful magicians into the heavens, the Golden City. Even though they succeeded, their greed corrupted the Maker’s realm and turned it into the Black City. The magicians became Archdemons, and the Archdemons vowed revenge against humans. Meanwhile, dwarven raises dug nonstop beneath the Earth and created the Deep Roads to travel underneath. They were endlessly searching for treasures and magical artifacts. However, they discovered the Darkspawn. The Archdemons took their chance and raised the Darkspawn to invade the realm of the living. The first game opens up during the fourth Darkspawn invasion, the fourth Blight. You play as a Grey Warden initiate, a nearly extinct group that goes through a ritual to gain the power of slaying an Archdemon. Your goal is defeating the Archdemon to stop the Blight. You gain various companions, create alliances across Thedas, save various towns, and solve conflicts within the human kingdom.
Ultimately go to war against the horde. Across the story, you’ll find complex moral choices about murder, sacrifice, betrayal, genocide, and position.
There’s no good or bad slider you can use as there’s no right answer. It depends on your role-playing. More importantly, you pay a visit to the Veil, a feature present in all DA games.
- It’s often the best part of the games, as the Veil is loot, unique bosses, enemies, and otherworldly sights await.
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