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#1 Posted by Superharman (284 posts) -

@teddie: Like I said above (although it is extremely reductive) KOTOR, DA:O and Mass Effect are structurally the same game with different skins and combat. Prologue area, Four dungeons/planets/levels you can do in any order and then a final mission.

Which isn't to say that breaking away from this structure hasn't been successful, Mass Effect 2 largely kept this core, it just didn't give you a choice on the four planets instead giving you choices around your crew members. But as they get further away from that, I've just become nostalgic for what we had...for admittedly 4 games (if you include KOTOR2 which keeps the structure despite not being a BioWare game).

I think BioWare were just too reactive to the success of open world games and Bethesda RPGs and decided that their games needed to be bigger. It's also hard to argue that it didn't work with DA:I with the success that game saw, it just wasn't my thing.

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#2 Edited by Superharman (284 posts) -

@nutter: I didn't really get to go over DA2 too much above (because it was already getting a bit long) but I agree with you, the story structure was good and they had some solid ideas but it was completely let down by the dungeons. Unfortunately, I get the feeling that the critical reaction to that game stopped BioWare from experimenting with smaller ideas and immediately went back to the "saving the world from evil" plots they're used to.

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#3 Edited by Superharman (284 posts) -

@daibakuha: I did highlight DA: I in my piece, it was sort of a falling off point for me personally because it started their focus on less designed dungeons and more open world spaces which I didn't care for and made me feel a little distanced from the game. Unfortunately, because of the issues I had with it, I didn't get the DLC which is a bit of a shame because I've heard it's good.

I think the point you should be raising though is that DA:I was extremely popular and even won a number of game of the year awards. I agree that people saying Bioware have been on a downward trend since ME3 is a little shortsighted when you take into account DA:I and what felt like a positive critical reaction. (despite what I thought of it personally)

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#4 Posted by Superharman (284 posts) -

He should give Oryx and Crake a try by Margaret Atwood, if he likes that, there are two sequels.

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#5 Posted by Superharman (284 posts) -

@deathstriker: I sort of covered this when I said, "I don’t even know how Anthem fits into all of this, it probably doesn’t which is fine, they shouldn’t be tied down to a formula or game style if that stops being interesting to them." I'm all for studios branching out and trying different things, this was more me recollecting my history with the studio's games.

My references to story come largely from the trailer they presented at The Game Awards which, and my memory might be hazy here, but they sort of implied was the first time they're showing off story elements.

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#6 Posted by Superharman (284 posts) -

@adamstambaugh: You're right and that's certainly the conclusion I've come to. There is a larger question here of the artist against the studio (I follow film directors and authors in similar ways) but this piece was more identifying where I fell off and what I'm missing.

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#7 Posted by Superharman (284 posts) -

@jasonr86: No offense taken. It's written more of a reminisce on a studio who developed games I enjoyed in the past but have fallen off on despite the fact I continued to play their games. Part of it was just trying to identify why that was in written form and why I just have no interest in Anthem.

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#8 Posted by Superharman (284 posts) -

Day One. Followed Jeff from Gamespot, listened to Arrow Pointing Down and various other shows he was on and did in the interim.

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#9 Posted by Superharman (284 posts) -

@bladeofcreation: Just envisioned a dark future where recommendation compensation is a regular thing and encouraged by companies...I mean, this already happens with some businesses as it is. The company I order meals from will often note that if I recommend them to a friend, I can get a 30% discount off my next order.

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#10 Posted by Superharman (284 posts) -

Is it possible you watched someone else play it, Pat Baer maybe? I know he was running streams of some of these.