Arcane Warrior is a pretty good class when you can reach it, in my experience. I haven't built a PC around it, but I have been able to unlock the class for my other party members (though this wasn't until well into my first playthrough). I turned Wynne into an Arcane Warrior, and she was pretty tough... she had such a high magic rating that she was able to wear some of the best armor in the game before my fighters did. I don't think you'd go too far wrong with Arcane Warrior/Spirit Healer if you plan to do a runthrough as a mage.
Most are taught by party members that already have that specialization (Wynne - spirit healer, Alistair - templar, Morrigan - shapeshifter, etc.). Others are unlocked through the plot (a demon that teaches blood magic, an ancient spirit of an arcane warrior).
Btw, arcane warrior is super powerful and tough. More melee damage and armor than either of my warriors, but no mana left over after all the buffs (and super high fatigue), so most spellcasting is left up to Morrigan. Blood mage might be a good combination w/ arcane warrior, if blood magic and combat magic can be activated at the same time.
Has anyone been able to romance/bed Morrigan? I've got her approval rating in the high 70's by now and still no new dialogue options.
The only chance I think I might have missed is when I gave her a golden mirror, she was really touched and I had the option to say, "It's a gift", "You're beautiful", "You could try to be nicer" or something really callous. I chose to tell her that she should be nicer, thinking she's such a evil [Censored] that acting like a smitten puppy would just turn her off. I also thought that maybe she wouldn't disapprove of altruistic choices I made.
But, no result. I normally would save and reload before an important conversation but I didn't. The mirror may not even be the trigger...my character is so head over heels for Morrigan though...
Story of my life. Even in fantasy-land I'm utterly incapable of saying and doing what makes girls want to get it on.
Well, I discovered the problem with Morrigan at least: There was just some basic camp dialogue that I unknowingly attempted too soon, when her approval rating was still negative, and so missed my shot. Oh well.
Here's more of the sucky in-game advertising. Here's the actual "in-game advertising" for DAO - Return to Ostagar DLC...
Basically, all DLC areas in GOLD on your world map are The DLC Content.
There's an area in GOLD called Bann Loren's Land. You see a guy has on Callan's armor, he gets killed, you fight the killers.
Then, you search the dude.
Then, you get this opportunity to buy the DLC.
What sucks is they let you actually start THIS quest - then you are left w/ the cliffhanger that leads to "go buy the DLC," if you want the quest and uber-gear. That's even worse than how "Warden's Keep DLC" does it. At least Warden's Keep DLC before you are given the option to buy it just tells you about the quest and doesn't have you engage in the start of a quest before asking you if you want to buy the rest of it.
Ok, I admit, the game is pretty good, but when compared to other Bioware games...its not even in my top five...the game needs some serious polishing.
Well, on the PS3, it's been said it needs polishing, yes - namely that version is known for its issues of framerate; odd graphical bugs; its very clunky interface; and the lack of the extra top-down BG2 style isometric viewpoint (which the PC version actually has). GameSpot touched on that stuff in its PS3 review. It's a shame - they should've took some more time to polish that version; and since they didn't, they should patch it up NOW.
I am running DAO on my PC - and I think it's a very highly polished game on that platform. I don't even have the required processor requirements (Double Core required; I'm using Single-Core w/ HT) and it runs absolutely fine on my PC on Medium w/ 1024x768 res' w/out ever any slowdowns or anything. I meet the rest of the requirements by a mile (i.e. the video card), though.
Post by Nero the Glorious on Feb 9, 2010 5:52:46 GMT
The most annoying thing for me has been the sound...the music is great, but the transitions between battle and travel are terrible, and then the conversations between party members while walking around can get cut off by random unnamed NPCs gossiping about crap I don't care about...
I think I may sell the PS3 version and then buy the PC version
Post by Nero the Glorious on Feb 12, 2010 18:27:59 GMT
Between the two games I have going I think I am up to around 75...
The combat system doesn't really do anything for me, don't get me wrong its not terrible or anything I'm just not a huge fan. I am mostly playing for the story at this point...I just set it to casual so I can massacre everything.
I can't say that I recommend the PS3 version for anyone wondering...the interface is just...clunky...and limited.
I have to admit that my first mage character was a female...and she totally hooked up with Alistair and then got dumped...
that totally pissed me off...but they wouldn't let me stab Alistair.