i'm currently ready to face corypheus for the final battle, and i'm playing on nightmare, which has been a lot of fun until now. However, years of playing bioware games on the highest difficulty has taught me that while it's possible to wing it through the main game just relying on pause and squad commands, when it comes to the main bosses, preparation is key.
Okay, so i've got magic defense stacked on the whole party.
Next up, cleansing runes, and here's the first problem. It costs 6 revenant hearts or 6 corpse hearts to make them. And where I am at in my game there are no revenants to be found, i only got three hearts all game, and the only corpses around, the ones in fallow mire, do not drop hearts at all. I had already closed the pits in exalted plains, as i was asked to, and all the remaining rifts, about twenty of them, spawned demons and nothing else. Surely this is an oversight. If runes are destroyed when used, and cannot be unslotted and reslotted (isn't that how they worked in earlier DA games?), then it should be possible to farm for them. right? Anyway, no cleansing runes for me, but I can manage without them.
Next up, healing. Now I like the potion / camp system a lot within the main game, but when it comes to bosses that have many stages, not to mention when they've got a dragon to jump in the ring for them, i think it's a little imbalanced and unfair. But okay, there are healing mist grenades which can cover my ass. Also there are grenade belts which allow me to carry more. EXCEPT ALL OF A SUDDEN ALL MY GRENADE BELTS ARE BUGGED, when i replenish the grenades the herbs are consumed and the numbers are right, but then when I transition to another area, the numbers are back down to the default 3, and the herbs are still spent.
EDIT: this bug also applies to the extra slot i get from my Tempest specialization, which, like the belts, had been working fine until now.
I was tolerant of all the bugs for a long time, even when they affected combat, but being denied a basic strategy like this is not the ending I was hoping for.