Dragon Age II Demo Out

Followed by the necessary a million downloads gets you unlockable goodies in the finished game!, Bioware has released the playable demo of their new epic Dragon Age II. The game with features that amalgamate the storyline style of Mass Effect with the rudiments of role playing is set to be the next Role Playing Game (RPG) of the Year (that is unless The Witcher 2 trumps it which I am hoping will).

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As Hawke, the to-be Champion of the world of Dragon Age, you will journey through the different locations of the universe. The main character is fully voiced, and the dialog options are just the gist of what the character actually says (as in the Mass Effect games):-

In the demo, players will venture through the game’s prologue, choosing from three different character classes. They’ll also learn more about Hawke and hone their skills and abilities that will make them the ultimate hero. After finishing the prologue, players will enter a key new location in the world of Dragon Age, Kirkwall, befriending Isabela, a romantic interest in the game who is also a deadly smuggler. Upon completion of the demo, players will unlock a special weapon, Hayder’s Razor, an ancient dwarven blade which increases health, mana, and combat abilities, in the full release of Dragon Age 2.

Bioware has also created two new in-game items that will be released in the full version of Dragon Age II if there are one million downloads for the demo. The two items are the Lothering’s Lament and The Far Cliffs of Kirkwall. Both of them are lore books that give an experience (XP) boost and money when read.

So download the demo today and tell us about your experiences with it!

The demo is also available off Steam, in case you don’t like no-fuss downloading and installation.

Dragon Age II Has Quite a Lot of Gaiety

I am pretty sure my readers are used to my terrible puns in the title. It is a habit I cannot let go of, much like the habit of exploring every possible relationship possible in a Role Playing Game (RPG). To that extent, Bioware’s games have always been liberal even slightly rainbow colored. Although the option was glaringly missing in Mass Effect 2, Bioware have decided to let gamers from all orientations (except the slightly unconventional ones, um) experience virtual love in a fantasy world in their own way.

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In other words, more homosexual romance options! In Dragon Age: Origins, Zevran Aranai delivered men from the pangs of homosexual lovemaking (the elf was an amorous and libidinous assassin), while Leliana the Orlesian bard did the same for female gamers (which as we know exist in the bodies of Many Men Online Role Playing as Girls {MMORPG} ).

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The game itself is mature beyond this fine treatment of the rainbow pride movement. According to the ESRB’s rating synopsis, the game has its fair share of dirty talk as well as one oral sex scene (cough, cough, Bioware):-

During the course of the game, characters sometimes engage in sexual dialogue (e.g., “Why is it always about sex with you?” and “Sailing is like sex. Do it wrong, and it’ll make you sick.”). Players can also initiate brief cutscene sequences in which couples (male-female or same-sex) are shown kissing and embracing one another in a bedroom as the screen fades to black. In one cutscene, a woman kneels in front of a male character and appears to perform fellatio—there is no depiction of the sex act; the camera pans out to the rest of the room. The words “a*s,” “bastard,” and “sh*t” appear in dialogue.

Much fun to be had by the RPG loving legion in about a month’s time, eh?

Dragon Age Awakening Expansion Now Available For Mac

Finally, Mac users will get the taste of the Dragon Age Origins Expansion, Awakening. The expansion is released and is available for purchase for Mac.

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The expansion Awakening is a 12 hours journey from the Wardens Keep to the boss in the end called Mother. The entire journey will take place in Amaranthine, you will not come in Ferelden. New and powerful enemies will make the fights more exciting, especially the talking Darkspawn. Only one character from Origins will come with you in this journey and rest all will be new.

The Expansion for Mac is available at GamersGate and GameTree Online.

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Bioware Announces Witch Hunt DLC For Dragon Age Origins

Bioware announced that they will be releasing the Witch Hunt DLC for Dragon Age Origins. This DLC is supposed to be the conclusion of the Dragon Age Origins storyline.

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All the fans of Dragon Age Origins wanted to know what happened to Morrigan (the beautiful mage) in the end of the game. This DLC will reveal all the secrets or more than what you bargained for, as said by Bioware.

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According to me, this could be the best DLC of Dragon Age Origins because even after ten months since I started playing this game, I still wonder if the secret of Morrigan could be revealed. The key features in this DLC are:

1) Confront Morrigan in this dramatic conclusion to the Origins storyline

2) Earn powerful rewards that transfer into your Awakening and Origins campaign

3) Import your character from Origins or Awakening or create a new, high-level hero!

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The Witch Hunt DLC will be released on 7 September 2010 for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3. It will cost $7.

I am wondering what will happen in this DLC. If you have played Dragon Age Origins then do comment what you think will happen.

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Dragon Age 2 Trailer Released: 8 March 2011 Is The Day

Dragon Age Origins from Bioware was one heck of a super duper RPG. It was crowned as one of the best RPGs till now. Personally, I found it so exciting that I completed that game 10 times. As a Dragon Age fan, I was badly waiting for a glimpse of the upcoming Dragon Age 2. Finally, Bioware has released a cinematic trailer of Dragon Age 2.

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The story seems to be completely new and it has no relation between Dragon Age Origins. In the video you can see new weapons, powers and enemies. The game will be releasing on 8 March 2011 on PC, PS3 and Xbox platforms. You can also preorder it now. Here is the trailer, enjoy!

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Dragon Age 2 Announced

Epic RPG makers Bioware today announced the epic sequel to the epic RPG game of yesteryear in an epic announcement page today, er… epicly (!)

I guess they got bored of developing Mass Effect 3

Dragon Age II will be taking place across a decade, with each and every one of your choices having consequences far into the future. Though the initial setting is pretty similar to what we have played already, I am pretty sure Bioware has some new tricks up its sleeve that would definitely make this one a huge, if not gigantic, hit.

Morrigan? Please?

The usual marketing snippets follow:-

Embark upon an all-new adventure that takes place across an entire decade and shapes itself around every decision you make.
Determine your rise to power from a destitute refugee to the revered champion of the land.
Think like a general and fight like a Spartan with dynamic new combat mechanics that put you right in the heart of battle whether you are a mage, rogue, or warrior.
Go deeper into the world of Dragon Age with an entirely new cinematic experience that grabs hold of you from the beginning and never lets go.
Discover a whole realm rendered in stunning detail with updated graphics and a new visual style.

New visual stylesounds pretty sweet but I don’t think a Borderlands-ish effect is what I want from my RPG. Nevertheless we’ll see how that goes.

A trailer is inbound on the 17th of August. Stay tuned for it!

Mass Effect 2 Trailer Video, Releasing 26th January

Mass Effect 2 is going to be released on January 26th 2010 in US, January 28th 2010 in Australia and on January 29th 2010 in Europe. The game has already got some rave reviews from reviewers and has made use of some awesome graphics.

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Mass Effect 2 is an action role-playing game which is a successor to the hugely successful Mass Effect game published by Microsoft.The game which is being developed by Bioware and will be published by Electronic Arts.

A pre-launch trailer of the game has made its way to GameStop. The game definitely looks yummy and it would be good to get my hands on it. You can watch the trailer of Mass Effect 2 in the embedded video below. Please note, the game is only for 17+ mature audiences, you will be asked to verify your age before you can watch the trailer.

Mass Effect 2 will be available for Xbox 360 and PC. You will find more details about the game at http://www.masseffect.com (requires age verification) or pre-order it from Amazon for $56.99, GameStop or EA Store. The game will start shipping on 26th January in US and as per the release date in other countries.