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July 14th, 2008, 13:08
IGN has five new Dragon Age screens, including one that shows the pulled-back, isometric-ish combat view (replete with GUI).
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July 14th, 2008, 13:08
I really like some of those screens. Will there actuall be large scale battles like this?

http://pc.ign.com/dor/objects/682217…page=mediaFull
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July 14th, 2008, 13:12
Originally Posted by DarNoor View Post
I really like some of those screens. Will there actuall be large scale battles like this?

http://pc.ign.com/dor/objects/682217…page=mediaFull
I doubt we'll see such huge armies in-game. First of all I think it would take a whole lot of computing power to get them on-screen in real-time. And secondly I don't know how would your party of four interact with such huge numbers.

I think the large armies are simply for cinematic purposes.
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July 14th, 2008, 13:22
Don't forget that one is a mock-up from 2004, using the NWN engine (or a varient), as I recall. Large-scale battle certainly seem to be part of the setting (see the teaser) but it's a good question - how would you interact with such large numbers?

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July 14th, 2008, 13:58
My god looks soo awesome, i just hope see this game in a near time.

The isometric screenshot rule?
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July 14th, 2008, 14:09
Those old screens are on that page the big battles just look like background graphics. Pretty sure it's not going to be like Heavenly Sword.
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July 14th, 2008, 14:30
Originally Posted by Dhruin View Post
how would you interact with such large numbers?
ummm… mow 'em down maybe?
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July 14th, 2008, 14:38
I do like that isometric-style screenshot. Brings back warm and fuzzy BG memories.
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July 14th, 2008, 14:42
Originally Posted by Moriendor View Post
ummm… mow 'em down maybe?
I thought the idea was to return more gritty combat/world. That was said a long time ago though.
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July 14th, 2008, 15:18
"BioWare is on the verge of wiping out the PC piracy problem. And the company will not do this by adding more and more DRM to its titles, as Electronic Arts might want. The
way to get rid of pirates, the BioWare style, is to create copious amounts of downloadable content and to increase the fidelity of PC gamers.

Ray Muzyka, who is the boss of BioWare, has recently told MTV Multiplayer that "We're doing a lot of post-release downloadable content on all of our PC titles going forward. We think it's a good thing to encourage players to make them want to buy a PC title"."

Hopefully that's good news all round also.
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July 14th, 2008, 15:36
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Hopefully that's good news all round also.
It's great that one developer understood.

Funny thing though, I have a complete collection of all Bioware/Obsidian/BlackIsle games already. I often pre-order every new game before I read the first review…



I have to say it though. Bonus stuff that takes place before the end of the game is something I rarely play. I did so with Heart of Winter and with Tales of the Sword coast, but those were exceptions.
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July 14th, 2008, 16:20
That article is misleading - all that Ray has said is this that they quote:

"We're doing a lot of post-release downloadable content on all of our PC titles going forward. We think it's a good thing to encourage players to make them want to buy a PC title"

There is NOTHING there about reducing or eliminating the current level of DRM they use for PC titles as observed in Mass Effect… or indeed any promise to not increase that also. The site is making a conclusion from Ray's comments that can't be backed up by what he actually said.
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July 14th, 2008, 17:49
"We're doing a lot of post-release downloadable content on all of our PC titles going forward. We think it's a good thing to encourage players to make them want to buy a PC title"

…as long as the baseline game is a decent length without the extra content. I prefer meaty expansions/addons rather than itty bitty "episodic" extensions, which might be one interpretation of what he's saying (I hope not) Still, based on the new footage/pics I'm feelings somewhat more positive. Wonder how long the "PC exclusive" deal will last…
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July 14th, 2008, 18:21
People can just pirate the DLC so that won't prevent people from pirating the game itself.
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July 14th, 2008, 18:23
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I doubt we'll see such huge armies in-game.
Why not? The Total War series and Mark of Chaos get pretty close to this today. And in Mark of Chaos, you've got multiple heroes you can control individually, using powers and giving commands and such.
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Why not? The Total War series and Mark of Chaos get pretty close to this today. And in Mark of Chaos, you've got multiple heroes you can control individually, using powers and giving commands and such.
Imo controlling large armies takes too much away from the roleplaying part. I'm quiet content with roleplaying a party of four.
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July 14th, 2008, 20:25
Originally Posted by Holly Avenger View Post
That article is misleading - all that Ray has said is this that they quote:

"We're doing a lot of post-release downloadable content on all of our PC titles going forward. We think it's a good thing to encourage players to make them want to buy a PC title"

There is NOTHING there about reducing or eliminating the current level of DRM they use for PC titles as observed in Mass Effect… or indeed any promise to not increase that also. The site is making a conclusion from Ray's comments that can't be backed up by what he actually said.
I agree. There is nothing in what Ray said that could be viewed as Bioware elimating or scaling down DRM in their forthcoming PC titles. Reading between the lines, well, that's another matter. I do believe that Ray gets it. So does John Riccitiello, I think. However, the investors might not.

Ray also speaks of ways to reduce piracy in PC games; releasing DLCs only available to registered is one of these ways, he says. Reading between the lines, this means a more lenient drm feature…or that would be my (qualified) guess at least.

As for the Dragon Age screens they look great

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July 14th, 2008, 20:45
Found the article on MTV I guess the actual DRM word has been banned until they are ready to disclose it. That's not while they are announcing the game I guess. Still I'm more interested than I've been in a game for a while on meagre scraps.
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July 14th, 2008, 21:46
Originally Posted by zakhal View Post
Nice collection. I have all except lionheart because I understand its not so good. I also have/had up to 4 copies of baldurs gate and two of icewind dale (and I even bought the ps2 baldurs gates). I had a bad cdrom burner 8y ago that somhow scratched beyond repair most of my cds - two of my baldurs gates were destroyed this way.
One of my Baldur's Gate disks were broken, so I bought the collection because of that.

Lionheart is a decent game to play if there's nothing better available. It's the worst game in my collection, but it's not through-through "avoid at all cost" bad. The game remind me a bit about Divine Divinity in being a Baldur's Gate style game with Diablo style combat.
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