revisiting dragon age: origins

Even though I just got a PS3 about 2 months ago, it has been sadly under-utilized. Demon's Souls is calling me, haunting me, and MGS4 is sitting in its case somewhere wishing I'd finish it, but lately I've been playing more 360 and PC.  The main focus has been beating Dragon Age. 
So I picked the PC version about a year ago now, and played it, loved it, but then got stuck on a couple tough boss fights and basically gave up. Yes, I had the game on easy (I think), but I'm thinking the problem was I just hadn't built myself a very useful character and did know which party members to pick or how to level them up well.  Since then I've done quite a bit of reading about strategy. I'm now a mage instead of a warrior and I've got a pretty good party around me so that while I'm still playing on easy, I pretty much never die unless I'm up against a real badass or I'm just getting lazy and not pausing enough.  Yes, I know -  I really must suck if I'm on easy, but honestly at this point I really just want to see the game through to the end and don't want to have to retry certain parts multiple times.  It's amazing how much easier it's been this time through. One of the bosses I got really stuck on last time (probably last March or April or so) was the Brood Mother.  I could not beat her!  This time through I beat her on my first try. Yipee!  So I guess playing on easy is just the way I'm enjoying the game - it works.  Anyway, not sure if I'm going to get into any of the DLC, but Dragon Age 2 does look pretty enticing. 

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Posted by Nate

Even though I just got a PS3 about 2 months ago, it has been sadly under-utilized. Demon's Souls is calling me, haunting me, and MGS4 is sitting in its case somewhere wishing I'd finish it, but lately I've been playing more 360 and PC.  The main focus has been beating Dragon Age. 
So I picked the PC version about a year ago now, and played it, loved it, but then got stuck on a couple tough boss fights and basically gave up. Yes, I had the game on easy (I think), but I'm thinking the problem was I just hadn't built myself a very useful character and did know which party members to pick or how to level them up well.  Since then I've done quite a bit of reading about strategy. I'm now a mage instead of a warrior and I've got a pretty good party around me so that while I'm still playing on easy, I pretty much never die unless I'm up against a real badass or I'm just getting lazy and not pausing enough.  Yes, I know -  I really must suck if I'm on easy, but honestly at this point I really just want to see the game through to the end and don't want to have to retry certain parts multiple times.  It's amazing how much easier it's been this time through. One of the bosses I got really stuck on last time (probably last March or April or so) was the Brood Mother.  I could not beat her!  This time through I beat her on my first try. Yipee!  So I guess playing on easy is just the way I'm enjoying the game - it works.  Anyway, not sure if I'm going to get into any of the DLC, but Dragon Age 2 does look pretty enticing. 

Posted by ahoodedfigure

I've heard from some people that even on Easy, Dragon Age provides a decent challenge. I wonder if that had something to do with why they streamlined the engine so much for 2.

Posted by Gabriel

You don't suck, that games legitimaitly hard. It took a second playthrough for me to even attempt to play it on normal without lowering the difficulty every 5 minutes. 

Posted by armaan8014

I had a really bad time in the deep roads, and had begun to dislike the game at that point. But see the game through! It's end is amazing and is one of the best games I've ever played!

Posted by zombie2011

I got through most of it on normal, but had to lower it to easy when i got to the Dwarves Caves. The spiders where so fucking lame with the web stun ability.

Posted by ___pocalypse

There are some wicked hard parts, though I spent a lot of the game toggling the difficulty as I felt some parts weren't tough enough on normal. It definitely depends on who you take with you, and team management. The Deep Roads were definitely my least favorite part, but man the mage tower gave me some trouble.

Posted by Teran
@Nate: The game is pretty hard if you're not in the mindset of building an effective party.  If you build your party up certain ways though the game's difficulty becomes trivial even on nightmare (or whatever the hardest difficulty is called). 
 
Warrior is definitely the weakest class to choose as the protagonist because it is a relatively simple class to use and the warrior characters are far closer to an effective spec than the mages or rogues.  I ended up going rogue on my second play on a harder difficulty and without the handicap of the horrible default specs I had a much easier time killing things and the game in general was easier even though it was on a harder setting.  I tried mage for the hardest setting and breezed through the game using a party build I never imagined would work. 
 
Trick for me was figuring out how the game measured an enemies chance to hit and whether whether or not auto attacks or "on use" abilities did more damage.