Holy Browser RPG Batman!

I’ve been playing Bioware’s fun new toy. Dragon Age Journeys is a browser-based RPG. But wait! Browser games suck right? Not this one. This game is good.

Now i’m not going to do review and get all in-depth with stuff. That’s not what I do.

What I do is talk about gaming. Not the games really, but the whole ethos of gaming and the people we are because of it.

DAJ is free. That makes me happy. DAJ also charges micro transaction for stuff. That makes me sad, but weighing the fact that it’s mostly free with only a things that cost money i’m more happy then sad.

I hear people talking about the future of micro transactions and where this will bring the gaming industry. The pros include games that are free to start play and we only have to pay for what we want. The con is that we might get nickeled and dimed to death.

Oh well, I just play the free parts.

Keep gaming for free people!


2 new Dragon Age Trailers

Just a couple of things I want to say real quick about this.

Thing one: I find it odd to advertise DLC before the game even launches, although I guess it’s good to know it’s there before you buy it.

Thing two: I think the DLC that comes with the game is an odd way to deter pirates and second hand sales. I think it might work better than some methods, but I still find it odd.

Keep downloading content people!

Dragon Age: Classes & Characters

One of the things these guys are focusing on with this game is your characters origin story. (Hence the clever use of the word “origin” in the games title.) The first few hours of gameplay will be unique for each class and race. You will also be able to decide where your from and what type of background you had. You will have a very different experience being raised in poor streets as opposed to living in the courts of some rich city. Sounds great to me! I’m sick of having to play the same thing over again every time I wanna try a different character in an RPG. I’m sure i’m not the only create-one-of-every-class-race-aholics out there.

You’ll get to pick one of the three stereo-typical classes: Mage, rogue, or warrior. Someday the ACLU will do something about these negative stereo types. Each class will then be able to develop into an advanced class. I myself am looking forward to being a mage because of the spell combos this game has graciously included. In one video I saw a mage cast “fat” then “fire-ball” to light the fat on fire. Nice. Veeeeerrrrrrryyy Niiiiccceee!

Keep holding your breath for Dragon Age people!

Dragon Age: Graphics

Dragon Age: Origins Combat
Dragon Age: Origins Combat

Ah, more on my new obsession, Dragon Age. Let’s take a look today at some of the stuff on the screen.

DA will be using the Eclipse engine which is a new engine developed by Bioware. Here’s the system requirements so you can all go upgrade your machines before the game comes out:

Windows XP Minimum Specifications
OS: Windows XP with SP3
CPU: Intel Core 2 (or equivalent) running at 1.4Ghz or greater
AMD X2 (or equivalent) running at 1.8Ghz or greater
RAM: 1GB or more
Video: ATI Radeon X850 128MB or greater
NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT 128MB or greater
DVD ROM (Physical copy)
20 GB HD space

Windows Vista Minimum Specifications
OS: Windows Vista with SP1
CPU: Intel Core 2 (or equivalent) running at 1.6Ghz or greater
AMD X2 (or equivalent) running at 2.2GHZ or greater
RAM: 1.5 GB or more
Video: ATI Radeon X1550 256MB or greater
NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT 256MB or greater
DVD ROM (Physical copy)
20 GB HD space

Recommended Specifications
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4Ghz Processor or equivalent
AMD Phenom II X3 Triple-Core 2.8 GHz or greater
RAM: 4 GB (Vista) or 2 GB (XP)
Video: ATI 3850 512 MB or greater
NVIDIA 8800GTS 512 MB or greater
DVD ROM (Physical copy)
20 GB HD space

I’m gonna need a bigger hard drive for this 20 GB Behemoth.

The PC version of the game uses a UI simaler to Baldur’s Gate, while the console version uses a radial menu system. The graphics good on a console but better on PC from what I hear. DA is a PC lead developed game which means PC comes first, then it’s scaled down and tweaked for the consoles. Which is fine by me because I can play it on my beast at home while others can still enjoy the game on their 360 arcade hooked up to a 19″ television from the 90’s.

Keep on gaming people!