By melcene 15 Comments
So it's not quite Friday, but I expect I'll be kinda busy tomorrow. So here's this week rundown on the games.
Dragon Age: Awakening, Witch Hunt, and console vs. PC
So I finished Awakening last weekend. Overall, I was pretty satisfied with the expansion. I had enough party members, that I had to pick and choose who came with. I put a fair amount of hours into the thing, and still missed a couple side quests. And of course, there's the whole my-world-will-get-imported-into-DA2. Which made the decision to kill The Father a bitch of a decision. I was truly torn on what to do, since it could have far-reaching repercussions on my next game. But in the end, I killed him because (a) there are going to be darkspawn to kill either way, and (b) I wanted his loot. Although it occurred to me later that all this awesome loot that I have, and all the money that I've acquired, I can't do anything with. I wish I could at least import my character back into a new playthrough of Origins.
Witch Hunt... I was disappoint. What a bunch of crap. I think it took me about two hours, and that was my usual take-my-time style of playing. The ending didn't answer any questions, except to tell us that Flemeth isn't really dead. But I want to know what happened to Alistair's kid. And what Morrigan plans to do with said kid. I wanted answers, damnit!
So since I had been playing DA:A a bunch recently, my daughter decided she wanted to start up a Dragon Age game too. I relegated her to the console version. And a few times she has needed my help on particular quests or with certain fights. It's really only served to strengthen my opinion that the PC version is far superior, especially for any sort of tactics.
Monster Rancher DS
I got this for my husband this last week, but of course I get to hear lots about it. If anyone was a fan of the first couple/few Monster Rancher games, they would enjoy this one. It goes back to a lot of the original concepts of the series. Of course, there's still the whole thing with getting, raising, and breeding monsters. Instead of getting monsters from CDs, you either draw a picture onto their "magic field" or speak a word, and voila! A monster is created. Many of our favorite old monsters are back, like the suezo, monolith, and gali. As before, you train your monster, take them to battles, or take them out exploring. And now you can even battle with other people from around the world over wifi!
I realize that the Monster Rancher series is, in general, very much like Pokemon (though it's older than Pokemon damnit!) but they are totally not the same. My understanding is that Pokemon is very much a monster collecting game, while Monster Rancher is a breeding/raising game. I dunno, personally I've never touched Pokemon and have no inclination to do so. But overall, if someone is into those types of games, Monster Rancher DS is probably worth a shot.
And that's it for this week really. No idea yet what I'll be playing next week, though I expect the DA2 demo will be in there. Also, probably the Rift open beta.