Saturday, November 7, 2009

DA:O - I'm hooked

Been playing a few hour now, the Noble Warrior road, and here's my first impression.

The graphics is great but less than I expected. It could be because of my slightly old graphics card but I run everything on highest. The textures look a bit flat and blurred. Not that it matters so much. Worse is the exterior areas. Many trees look really strange (not in the good way) the grass is flat and the overall terrain is not so good as in many NWN2 modules. Just take a look at the area below this ruin.

But as said. It does not matter. Not at all. The game got me instantly. The controls feels like an beloved old glove. Everything is familiar and I know exactly what do to without thinking too much about it. I get feelings for the characters I meet and the voice over is really good compared to the other CRPG's out there. I even got some adrenaline rush from the first fights. Something I noticed I like very much is that distances in the different areas both indoor and exterior feels correct. Of course they aren't really, but they feel so. In many games rooms are so huge and there's lots of empty space everywhere. The ambient life is also convincing in a way I've never seen before. It feel like when I played Baldur's Gate for the first time but in a more mature way that's suits me very well. My wife couldn't stop looking over my shoulder complaining that it should have been a BG-style multiplayer option (I agree on that). And she said that this is what NWN1 and NWN2 should have been and I agree again - don't dare to disagree with her ;)
Other small things I like is the sortable inventory, the tactics option for handling AI-behavior and the camera control.

And I like, hope and wish that the "single player"-folder indicates something for future expansions.


Lance Botelle (Bard of Althéa) said...

I do so hope for a MP patch. If that happens, my friend and I would buy it instantly. :)

As it stands, I will buy it when it drops in price, but prioritise NWN2 for the main time.


Amraphael said...

It take a long time before I (and my gaming group) will leave NWN2, as there are lots of good modules to play and some in the pipe, as your module. We have not yet left NWN1 entirely either :)

roger said...

Hmm, Mass Effect was a great Bioware game, but seems that they shine with indoors, but are severely lacking outdoors. Unlike Bethesda, that can build amazing forests.

Josh said...

I recently got the game. Gotta love the first two companions you get. Alistair and Morrigan are just awesome. The others aren't quite as interesting though.

As for the graphics, I really dont like them. The Mage Tower and the Fade sequence are probably the best areas I've seen thus far. All the rest look cartoony or way too brown.

We'll just have to see if we can make better looking areas. Haven't opened the toolset yet, so I have no idea what you can or cannot do yet.