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Old 2011-03-11, 20:33   Link #821
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Hey I'm thinking of getting the asian region versions of DA:O Ultimate & DA2 for the 360 (got DA:O on ps3 but lost my save when hard drive died.. yay for retarded save locking...), now I'm in the Australian region so I'm wondering how does the DA:O Ultimate Edition DLC work? Is in on disc? Is it just a bunch of codes?

If it's the later do you know if it will work in any marketplace region?
I have the Ultimate Edition of DAO, and the DLC is on the second disc, and no, it has no codes. It just uses your CD key.
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Old 2011-03-11, 20:37   Link #822
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That's the thing. I don't have said DLCs because I never bought them. And I'd rather not reinstall Origins all over again and reinstalling the 5gb or so mods I had with my save file directories of Origins.

If it's insignificant, I'd continue on with my save file that has only up to Awakenings. If it has, then I'd probably be better off with a 95% similar save file that I could get from Dragon Age Nexus, with the only difference that I didn't choose Harrowmont as the next dwarf leader.
Aside from one or two mentions here and there, there are no consequences. Currently starting act 3, and the only mention of my actions I had was a bit of setnoise babbling about the Warden in an inn, and encountering a former werewolf on the way to a side-quest which didn't last long enough to be more than a simple nod.

So I say save yourself the trouble, and just go with what you have.
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Old 2011-03-11, 20:52   Link #823
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My biggest gripe so far is that I had to keep a specific party member alive when given the option to kill them after they did something horrible.

Because I needed a healer.

*facepalm*

Why the hell did Bioware not let every mage learn every non-specialist spell?
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Old 2011-03-11, 21:18   Link #824
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My biggest gripe so far is that I had to keep a specific party member alive when given the option to kill them after they did something horrible.

Because I needed a healer.

*facepalm*

Why the hell did Bioware not let every mage learn every non-specialist spell?
*grins* I was in the same boat heh.
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Old 2011-03-11, 21:34   Link #825
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Maybe if I was playing on Normal or Casual it wouldn't have been a big deal, but I did my first playthrough on Hard. I needed the healing, especially playing a glass cannon rogue.

Edit: The difficulty granularity was whacked, too. Hard was a good challenge on most fights, downright impossible on some fights, and other fights still changing the difficulty made no difference at all until I dropped to Casual (namely, the Arishok + entourage fight).
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Old 2011-03-11, 22:17   Link #826
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Just beat the game on normal today.

I'll probably replay the game as another class when I have the time.

And btw, I found these "Evil book tomes" or whatever, but I never found out what they did. Anyone have any ideas?
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Old 2011-03-11, 22:21   Link #827
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Just beat the game on normal today.

I'll probably replay the game as another class when I have the time.

And btw, I found these "Evil book tomes" or whatever, but I never found out what they did. Anyone have any ideas?
Here's a discussion about these "Evil book tomes" or that's what I think it was.

http://social.bioware.com/forum/Drag...6448163-1.html

Apparently you have options of what to do with them, and having to fight something once you get all 5. Are these the Evil tomes you are talking about?
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Old 2011-03-12, 00:12   Link #828
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Beat the game. Everyone except Varric is infuriating to be honest

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Seriously.. the game is making a good job of not made me care for these characters
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Old 2011-03-12, 00:15   Link #829
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Varric is pretty much awesome, yeah.
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Old 2011-03-12, 00:19   Link #830
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Where can I get a two-handed sword right when i get to Kirkwall ? I'm stuck with the basic equipment because I can't find the place to buy it
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Old 2011-03-12, 00:25   Link #831
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There are weapon shops in Lowtown, the Gallows and Hightown. One or the other should have a two-handed sword or axe or something.
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Old 2011-03-12, 00:45   Link #832
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Here's a discussion about these "Evil book tomes" or that's what I think it was.

http://social.bioware.com/forum/Drag...6448163-1.html

Apparently you have options of what to do with them, and having to fight something once you get all 5. Are these the Evil tomes you are talking about?
Ah yes, those are the ones.

I found 4 of them, and decided to keep them.

Oh well, lol.
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Old 2011-03-12, 03:20   Link #833
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My extremely-disorganized DA2 review

Y'know, the more I digest the ending and the overall story and experience of this game, the less I'm convinced it was worth paying $60 for.

Anyway... Dragon Age II. Was it fun? Yeah, it was. Does it have problems? Hoo boy, it has problems. Many, many more problems than DAO ever had. I'd say it's definitely not Bioware's strongest release in the past few years.

So, let's get to the not-so-short review/collection-of-opinions. Obviously, this contains spoilers of the very spoilery variety. Proceed at your own risk, but I suggest spoiling the plot if you're seriously considering buying this game right now. It may make you reconsider and wait until DA2 shows up on a Steam sale.

Spoiler for Romances:


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Spoiler for Characters:


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Old 2011-03-12, 08:06   Link #834
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eh it SLIGHTLY bugs me that everyone of the romances were Bi. but only because the chances of that happenin in real life is BS XD
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Old 2011-03-12, 08:30   Link #835
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I can't speak for others, but my dislike of Merrill has nothing to do with the quality of the writing, it's purely a subjective dislike of her brainless ditzy little girl character. Bethany being gone was a bit of a plot whoopety-doo indeed.

While on the subjects of fanatical characters, I think the only reason this seems to irk people is because the fanaticism isn't so idealistic as it is in most other games. In most games, every fanatical character is either fanatical about something that is an element of the plot anyway, or it doesn't matter. The later is a brush-under-the-carpet approach (a fanatical characters personal drive will be largely ignored in most games, being given only the occasional nod). For the former, it goes a bit deeper.

Fanatical characters in this game come more to the forefront and look like idiots because we get to see both sides of the coin. For example, nobody in DAO argued against the fanaticism everyone hunted the darkspawn with, nor did anyone disagree with how evil the Tevinters are. Yet, in this game we get to see both sides of the coin. We get to see the poor mages oppressed by the evil Templars, and we get to see the good-hearted templars getting slaughtered by the evil mages.

This creates conflict, because we aren't as fanatical as our partymembers, we can't just blindly see one side as evil. We don't have Anders experience as an oppressed mage, or Fenris' experience as being a slave to a mage. To our views as an outsider, both of them are idiots. Yet, we can't fully disagree with them either.

But is that such horrible writing?

I say no. And the reason I say no is because I look around, see the political and social landscape of my country and see the exact same idiocy. Islam is being labeled as evil (compare to the chantry), entire social parties are viewed as criminals simply for being born with different heritage (compare to mages), simple ways of life such as gaming are labeled as tools of the devil (compare to the way of the Qun).

Granted, the analogies aren't perfect and it's not as violent as it is in DA2, but the ground base for the conflicts remains very similar. It's bigotry, it's fanatical, it's stupid, but it's also real.

The very fact that we look at this and see the idiocy of it all just proves to me how well the writers pulled it off.
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Old 2011-03-12, 09:05   Link #836
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Old 2011-03-12, 09:09   Link #837
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Of course you can.

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Old 2011-03-12, 10:34   Link #838
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Of course you can.

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Thank goodness, I don't really like the abomination elves
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Old 2011-03-12, 10:56   Link #839
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Thank goodness, I don't really like the abomination elves
Well that's the good news.....

Spoiler for The bad news:
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Yeah, there's that...
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