Is it the best RPG of the year and maybe the best of the HD era??

#1 Posted by Jeust (10864 posts) -

1up reviewer choose those words to classify dragon age.  
 
Do you agree? 
 
If not what is the best rpg of the HD era? 
 
Cheers

#2 Posted by Phonics (327 posts) -

Probably but thats not saying much.

#3 Posted by Red (5994 posts) -

No. Mass Effect.

#4 Posted by trophyhunter (5800 posts) -

I still think demon's souls is better but they are not even the same kind of rpg so it its unfair to compare them to each other

#5 Posted by grotto (18 posts) -

RPG's are such a personal experience, when done well, so it's extremely hard to compare them.  I personally enjoy Bioware RPG's (I guess CRPG) much more than any other type - so for me, DA:O is probably the best RPG of the HD era, with Mass Effect behind it.  I personally don't like Bethesda RPG's at all and could never keep up my interest in any of their games, but for those that aren't as picky Fallout 3 is pretty good competition. 
 
I might pick up Demon's Souls, just because it sounds like such an original idea, but I somehow doubt it provides the immersive experience of a Bioware title.  

#6 Posted by Romination (2777 posts) -

It's actually Bowser's Inside Story.

#7 Posted by Sticky_Pennies (2019 posts) -

Hey man, haven't you heard? It's the "RPG of the decade."
But joking aside, I still need to get my hands on the game to make that judgment for myself. I loved Baldur's Gate 1 and 2.

#8 Posted by Delta_Ass (3282 posts) -

No, I think Oblivion's probably the best so far.

#9 Posted by Icemael (6364 posts) -
@Delta_Ass said:
" No, I think Oblivion's probably the best so far. "
I have to disagree. There are several current-gen RPGs I've enjoyed a lot more than Oblivion, Fallout 3 being one of them.
#10 Posted by eroticfishcake (7792 posts) -

I rather have a bunch of favourites then a single one. And I really hate the word "Best" when it comes to anything.

#11 Edited by Delta_Ass (3282 posts) -
@Icemael said:

" @Delta_Ass said:

" No, I think Oblivion's probably the best so far. "
I have to disagree. There are several current-gen RPGs I've enjoyed a lot more than Oblivion, Fallout 3 being one of them. "
Fallout 3 seems a lot like Oblivion, except the shooting mechanic with VATS. That kinda ruins the whole game for me.
#12 Posted by Meteora (5787 posts) -

"Best" in anything regarding to movies, video games, music, etc. is pretty much subjective at this point.

#13 Posted by Hailinel (25205 posts) -

Technically, Persona 4 was released during the HD era, so no, Dragon Age is not.
 
In all seriousness, though, I find such praise to be mostly hyperbole.

#14 Posted by End_Boss (3220 posts) -
@Icemael said:
" @Delta_Ass said:
" No, I think Oblivion's probably the best so far. "
I have to disagree. There are several current-gen RPGs I've enjoyed a lot more than Oblivion, Fallout 3 being one of them. "
Agreed. I enjoyed Mass Effect far more than Oblivion... But then, I couldn't stand Fallout 3.
#15 Posted by Icemael (6364 posts) -
@Delta_Ass said:
" @Icemael said:

" @Delta_Ass said:

" No, I think Oblivion's probably the best so far. "
I have to disagree. There are several current-gen RPGs I've enjoyed a lot more than Oblivion, Fallout 3 being one of them. "
Fallout 3 seems a lot like Oblivion, except the shooting mechanic with VATS. That kinda ruins the whole game for me. "
They're extremely similar on the surface, but after playing both of them I found that they're actually very, very different.
#16 Posted by Hailinel (25205 posts) -
@Icemael said:
" @Delta_Ass said:
" @Icemael said:

" @Delta_Ass said:

" No, I think Oblivion's probably the best so far. "
I have to disagree. There are several current-gen RPGs I've enjoyed a lot more than Oblivion, Fallout 3 being one of them. "
Fallout 3 seems a lot like Oblivion, except the shooting mechanic with VATS. That kinda ruins the whole game for me. "
They're extremely similar on the surface, but after playing both of them I found that they're actually very, very different. "
This is very true.  It's easy to make the empty argument that Fallout 3 is Oblivion with guns, but I found Oblivion to be absolutely no fun to play unless I was gaming the system.  The gameplay in Fallout 3 was different in many ways and better in most all of them.
#17 Edited by AgentJ (8778 posts) -
@Red said:

" No. Mass Effect. "

No. Fallout 3 
 
 BTW I do love Mass Effect :P
#18 Posted by Yukoei (1878 posts) -

GOTY.

#19 Posted by Adamantium (885 posts) -

The best this year, yeah. Maybe not the HD era.

#20 Posted by Maxszy (2067 posts) -
@Jeust: Best of the year? Yes. Best of the HD era? No way. Though that goes to BioWare's other game, Mass Effect. I expect Mass Effect 2 to surpass it. Sure it may have had texture popping, but I would argue that when Mass Effect was running on full cylinders it is the best looking RPG of this HD era. And for being HD, that's a major component of what it would need to be. 
 
Dragon Age looks fine to me, but it certainly is no Mass Effect.
#21 Posted by Seppli (10250 posts) -

No. Actually GTA IV is the best RPG of the HD era. It just needs a special set of eyes to see the RPG nature of GTA IV. It obviously is a RPG  - isn't it?
 
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#22 Posted by pause422 (6249 posts) -

I count WRPGs and JRPGs separates so Im not including JRPGs...I would agree to it being the best RPG of the HD era and of the year(that I can remember at the moment anyway.) Any other RPG some people are saying I just think are absolutely terrible. Its not very hard for it to be the best RPG of the HD era because to me, there has been nothing but complete garbage to barely likeable RPGs at all. The only thing that gives it a run for its money to me, is The Witcher.

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#23 Posted by Diamond (8634 posts) -

I'd hope if it really was the best RPG of the year I'd actually have some interest in the game, but I don't.  Lots of the design concepts and the theme are not only unappealing to me, but actually actively turn me away from the game.
 
Demon's Souls is my RPG of the year, and Fallout 3 probably my RPG of this generation so far.  Both weigh heavier on action and have much more appealing design to me.

#24 Posted by EvilTwin (3324 posts) -
@Diamond said:
" I'd hope if it really was the best RPG of the year I'd actually have some interest in the game, but I don't.  Lots of the design concepts and the theme are not only unappealing to me, but actually actively turn me away from the game."
Like what?  Just curious.
#25 Posted by Kombat (2205 posts) -

So far, to me, yes.  The RPG genre just isn't what it used to be.

#26 Edited by Diamond (8634 posts) -
@EvilTwin said:

Like what?  Just curious.

The design and theme that turns me away?  The 'mature' theme which seems to rely on blood & sex to be mature.  That's what I've seen from the trailers and gameplay I watched, instead of touching on more adult subjects which might interest me more in the theme.  The story seemed very dry to me.  A sort of pseudo maturity through banality.  The design problems specifically in being a game so heavily based on dialog trees.  It wouldn't be a problem if it didn't focus so heavily on trivialities and how your group mates react towards your choices.  I like some of the gameplay design ideas, such as the way they use spells and show their damage area.  I think it is mostly the theme that's driving me away.
#27 Posted by Griddler (3344 posts) -

Mass Effect is IMO.

#28 Posted by EvilTwin (3324 posts) -
@Diamond:  I'm not entirely sure from that, but it seems like you haven't played the game, or at least not much?  I'm not recommending you go out and buy it right now, because I have no idea what kind of games you're into.  But, after playing the game, you might find the trailers to seem bizarre and inappropriate.  The tone of the trailers and the tone of the game feel so different (except the blood splatter on your character, that is absolutely comical and ridiculous).  That's not to say that the story is some kind of masterwork.  It's feels kind of like a typical Bioware story with more shock value.  There's some good writing, but as with most Bioware games, it's only really impressive because it's a competent story in a video game. 
#29 Edited by Diamond (8634 posts) -
@EvilTwin: I haven't bought it, no.  That's what I'm getting at.  I hope if it were the RPG of the year I'd be interested.  That is, I hope I'm not so out of touch with all of what the game is that I've chosen not to play it right away by mistake.  It seemed to me when I was watching streamed gameplay that the game focused more on dialog trees than even Bioware's other titles.  There was heaps and mounds of dialog, and it was really boring for me to watch.  I think a game can focus that much on story, but the story better be damn good, and like you say it does seem like typical Bioware writing.  I'd say some of the dialog writing was very clever from what I watched, but that was the high point.  There's more to a good story than witty quips.  Even in the best case I'd probably prefer the actual combat mechanics of something like Fallout 3 or Demon's Souls.  What I've gotten out of games such as Neverwinter Nights was more along the lines of leveling up, new spells and new abilities instead of the actual combat.
#30 Posted by PeasForFees (2411 posts) -
@Hailinel said:
" @Icemael said:
" @Delta_Ass said:
" @Icemael said:

" @Delta_Ass said:

" No, I think Oblivion's probably the best so far. "
I have to disagree. There are several current-gen RPGs I've enjoyed a lot more than Oblivion, Fallout 3 being one of them. "
Fallout 3 seems a lot like Oblivion, except the shooting mechanic with VATS. That kinda ruins the whole game for me. "
They're extremely similar on the surface, but after playing both of them I found that they're actually very, very different. "
This is very true.  It's easy to make the empty argument that Fallout 3 is Oblivion with guns, but I found Oblivion to be absolutely no fun to play unless I was gaming the system.  The gameplay in Fallout 3 was different in many ways and better in most all of them. "
I think you would find that many deem Morrowind Better
#31 Posted by Icemael (6364 posts) -
@PeasForFees said:
" @Hailinel said:
" @Icemael said:
" @Delta_Ass said:
" @Icemael said:

" @Delta_Ass said:

" No, I think Oblivion's probably the best so far. "
I have to disagree. There are several current-gen RPGs I've enjoyed a lot more than Oblivion, Fallout 3 being one of them. "
Fallout 3 seems a lot like Oblivion, except the shooting mechanic with VATS. That kinda ruins the whole game for me. "
They're extremely similar on the surface, but after playing both of them I found that they're actually very, very different. "
This is very true.  It's easy to make the empty argument that Fallout 3 is Oblivion with guns, but I found Oblivion to be absolutely no fun to play unless I was gaming the system.  The gameplay in Fallout 3 was different in many ways and better in most all of them. "
I think you would find that many deem Morrowind Better"
I hated Morrowind. Oblivion might not have been as good as Fallout 3, but I enjoyed it. Morrowind, I couldn't play for more than an hour. So terrible.
#32 Posted by PeasForFees (2411 posts) -
@Icemael said:
" @PeasForFees said:
" @Hailinel said:
" @Icemael said:
" @Delta_Ass said:
" @Icemael said:

" @Delta_Ass said:

" No, I think Oblivion's probably the best so far. "
I have to disagree. There are several current-gen RPGs I've enjoyed a lot more than Oblivion, Fallout 3 being one of them. "
Fallout 3 seems a lot like Oblivion, except the shooting mechanic with VATS. That kinda ruins the whole game for me. "
They're extremely similar on the surface, but after playing both of them I found that they're actually very, very different. "
This is very true.  It's easy to make the empty argument that Fallout 3 is Oblivion with guns, but I found Oblivion to be absolutely no fun to play unless I was gaming the system.  The gameplay in Fallout 3 was different in many ways and better in most all of them. "
I think you would find that many deem Morrowind Better"
I hated Morrowind. Oblivion might not have been as good as Fallout 3, but I enjoyed it. Morrowind, I couldn't play for more than an hour. So terrible. "
I have never played Morrowind, nor do I intend to, But Oblivion was great and Fallout 3 was great, the variety in Oblivion is what made it great in my eyes

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