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March 29th, 2010, 19:32
Well I am officially frustrated by the game.

First it has crashed a few times. Once requiring a power off to recover. I thought they had polished this with the patched and extended versions? As it stands it is rough when compared with Dragon Age and even NWN 2 !

You weren't kidding about that last battle of chapter 1… yuck…

Don't get me wrong. Hard is fine. I don't mind getting killed a few times, to figure out the best tactics. That is fun actually!

What is NOT OK is that the set battle and the one I referred to in my previous email are preceded by LONG dialogue trees and/or cut scenes that you have to click and escape through. Now if the loading times between the dialogues and cutscenes and load from "death" were fast it would be tolerable, but the loads are sometimes too long!

Example: I die, a load window pops up, I click on it. It takes almost a minute for the saved games list to come up! Then it takes another minute to load the last saved game. Then I transition to the new area with the dialogue. That transition takes another 20 seconds. Then I click through the long dialogue and cut scene. The battle begins with me surrounded by enemies. No time for preparation like drinking potions or putting on weapon balm. Ugh. Horribly tedious…

Love the atmosphere and the music. The dialogue has certainly been improved over the demo, but still has some awkward and logically inconsistent statements. The characters and their behavior in chapter 1 is certainly dark and gritty. There are lots of despicable characters, and the way chapter 1 ended was thoroughly depressing. Didn't like that vibe…

My machine is a quad core and a few gigabytes CPU memory, and a gig of video memory on my mobile CPU. Had no problems with other recent releases….
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