Now this is interesting. I touched briefly on Dragon Age II the other day, although I didn’t dwell on it too much because I was tired and I once again left it on the go for so long that I just got bored. Anyway, been reading a couple of news stories that have been floating about though, along with a fairly interesting interview over at Eurogamer, and it seems I may have been on to something after all.
First off, our news guy ran this story about how the Dragon Age II composer was saying how the score for that game was a bit of a rush job, specifically citing how EA was pushing hard for the game to be released around about now to capitalise on the success of Origins. I said in my review that the ending felt a little cut-off – one of those obvious cliff hangers that sets everything up a little too well for a sequel, and I had to wonder whether they were pressed for time or something. Maybe I was right.
Looking at all of the review scores that have been trickling out over the past week, it’s clear something went wrong. I mean to be fair the lowest score is around 6 or so, which is in a real 1-10 scale is slightly better than average and still an ok score, but in the PR world likes like the apocalypse or something. Head on over to this news piece, which is actually taken from this interview, and you can see that even Bioware are slightly disappointed in how things turned out, but hopefully they’ve taken everything on board. Maybe they should leave it a bit longer to develop the next one, eh?
In other news, that legal battle between Sony and LG also had some news today. Not sure how much you all know about this by Sony started some Legal War against LG a while back, but LG recently got the upper hand and actually got PS3’s banned from sale in Europe. Well, technically they were banned from sale and distribution from Holland. Sony could import PS3’s directly into any other EU country if they wanted, but I guess they used Holland as a main ‘supply drop’ for the continent so it might as well be a proper ban. That’s just recently been overturned though.
It’s been a long week, as I mentioned last time, but it’s over now. I’ve got Homefront and RIFT to do for review still, some preview coverage to do… but I think I’ll take it easy this weekend, relax. Hope you all enjoy your weekend as well.
Until next time.