I think I’m close to the end in Dragon Age. Not ‘one fight to go’ close, but reasonably close. I’m level 18 right now, and looking at the skill trees and such, I don’t think you are intended to level much higher. Also the usual RPG hints of ‘the end is near’ are starting to creep up. I’m happy about this because I want to wrap up my singular focus on DA and put more time into DarkFall again. The few hours I’ve been online since transfers have been interesting, and I’ve yet to really meet most of the major players in our new clan (VAMP) and alliance (ShadowPact).
Back to Dragon Age though, I just finished the dwarf portion, and once again I must say I’m floored. The trek through the Deep Roads, all the lore (I don’t remember the last game I’ve been this excited when finding a new piece of lore, kinda cool/odd), the choices and plot twists, it’s all just great stuff. One other thing I’m impressed with is that while each major area (delvish forest, mages tower, human keep, deep roads) has its own unique feel and gameplay, it still all feels like one world. It would be all too easy to have each area be its own thing, and not really relate or work with everything else. It all comes together in DA though, and it keeps you both focused and motivated.
One final note for today, I really like how your standing with other party members impacts gameplay. My guy has a thing with Morigan, and word has spread throughout the camp. While walking around different part members will either talk about it between themselves, or they will ask Morigan directly about it. Morigan being her charming self, the conversations are rather hilarious. In addition to this, Alister is my most liked party member, and so when things go down it seems that he is always the one who is there for advice or assistance. Very curious how some of these events play out if your relationships are different with various characters.
In addition to that replay value, I also suspect that the order you choose to rally your allies has an impact on events. My guess is the actual events themselves will be similar, but the lead up and aftermath will be a little different. Just another reason to press on and wrap up the story, and then try it again with a totally different approach.