The fanbase that BioWare established with Dragon Age: Origins is clearly still split by Dragon Age II which I asked you to tweak last week. A number of you still seem to just want Dragon Age Origins 2 but I have to wonder if that would have just led to comments that BioWare had done nothing to develop the series.[drop2]Some of the comments about a lack of continuity serve to highlight how important it is with Dragon Age to have played through the DLC for the first game and to preferably have a save game to import to the second. The events in Dragon Age: Awakening help bridge the two games in both story and returning characters while Witch Hunt helps tie up a significant loose end. The other DA:O DLC is more standalone though Leliana’s Song expands her background which is very relevant to DA:2 and its own DLC.
Some of you also seemingly haven’t played or returned to the game since its mid-April patch that added the “Auto Attack” option that saves you having to repeatedly press the attack button as well as fixing a host of other issues and niggles.
2ofclubs brought up an issue that both myself and MayContainEvil had forgotten about until reminded:
My main annoyance with numero 2 is that only Hawke could equip different armour. That just seems like a huge and pointless step back as far as I’m concerned. I like to see the other characters evolve visually as I play and accrue as sorts of armour.
While it is true that the upgrades to your companions armour that you pick up during the game do slowly develop the look of the of their apparel the only dramatic change in their appearance happens should you romance particular characters. That is in stark contrast to the complete freedom offered regarding clothing your party in Origins.
This week I would like you to tweak both Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas. I have not played New Vegas but from what I know of the game it changes little other than setting for the game besides adding the optional hardcore mode with its weighty bullets and need to eat, sleep and drink.
Leaving aside the fact that both games suffer from more than their fair share of bugs that seem to have affected some players more than others, what I miss in Fallout 3 is any real sense of engagement with the characters or locations. There seems to be no development of relationships beyond them being someone to talk to to get a quest and somewhere to go to do it.
The other thing that I would really have liked to deepen my Fallout 3 experience is a much greater number of songs being played on the in-game radio stations. The songs that are there are certainly well-chosen I just wish there were many more of them as the repetition becomes wearisome far too quickly.
What tweaks would improve your experience and enjoyment of post-apocalyptic America?