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Thursday
Nov042010

Dragon Age Legends Brings BioWare’s RPG Franchise to Facebook 

A Screenshot From Dragon Age Legends

So it seems that Bioware has customized the game to fit the casual environment of Facebook. Buried at the end of paragraph one of the press release they have this neat bit of info:

Launching in February 2011, Dragon Age Legends will also give gamers the chance to earn exclusive unlocks* for Dragon Age II, one of the most highly anticipated video games of 2011.”

They gave a little bit more insight into what to expect here:

“Dragon Age Legends will give players their first taste of the Free Marches, the primary setting of Dragon Age II. Alongside their Facebook friends, players will take on challenging quests within an engaging storyline, earning loot, sharing rewards and growing their kingdom. The game will include a gratifying character customization and upgrade system that will allow players to tackle demons and darkspawn to become a legendary hero within the Dragon Age universe.”

 

It appears that EA 2D actually did the port and design of this new Facebook game, not Bioware themselves, which leaves me wondering how well the implementation will actually be when we get our mitts on it. What do you think? Any chance this takes the place of Farmville and MafiaWars?

 

 

 

 

Thursday
Sep182008

Top 5 Video Games of All Time

What’s on your Top 5 video games of all time list?


hmmmm, this is a difficult question to answer for a guy who grew up in the midst of THE video game revolution. I’m going to exclude Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games, because it doesn’t seem fair to compare them to their more focused siblings.

In no particular order:


1) Baldur’s Gate and Icewind Dale series (all of them. Wish they had never stopped making them this way. Never enjoyed Neverwinter Nights as much as the original Bioware masterpieces in the Forgotten Realms setting)


2) Super Mario Bros. (the first one)


3) The Legend of Zelda - A Link to the Past (simply my favorite in the series. It seemed that all the components of a great game from design through gameplay converged perfectly on this game that in most cases came included with your Super NES)



4) Quake (the original. Who can forget NIN nailboxes, and in the words of Bill S. Preston Esquire, “the most  excelleeeeennnnttt music!”)



5) Final Fantasy - the original.   (This game was the first cartridge RPG to keep me up for three days). Final Fantasy II comes in close behind it. Note, I am referring to the stateside numbering system here.


Other games that just missed the list but were high in my consideration:  Myst, Riven, Dragon Warrior, Star Wars Rebellion, Star Wars (the original 1983 first person), Tetris,  Age of Empires I and II, Civilization II and III, Zork and Zork: Nemesis.