Dragon Age 2 – the year late review

Let me start by saying I realize that this game came out in March of this year and it’s now the end of December and I’m barely getting around to reviewing it but, I live in San Diego where I get to play a lot of golf, so playing this had to wait. Frankly, I could play golf now but the deal with the wife is golf, fantasy football and games, only 2 out of 3 at a time.

Now that I’ve lost my fantasy season I’ve picked up the controller again and am re-discovering how much I love video games. I also am rediscovering fantasy worlds and DA2 is definitely helping there. So let’s get some details on the books yeah?

Dragon Age 2 is a story following a magician named Hawke over about a decade of time. He gets embroiled in various plots surrounding a place called Kirkwall after leaving his native home to escape an evil blight. Think Game of Thrones meets Magician Master.

Overall look: What an impressively designed game. You can tell BioWare put a lot of thought into the art. Though I will say that at this point the maps are starting to get a bit repetitive. It seems to me like they opted for less maps with a higher level of design than the other way around. I’m o.k. with it, but to be fair it’s something that sticks out a bit.

Story: I keep asking myself how they could possibly have thought up, and created cut scenes, for all this dialog. The story works sort of like a choose your own adventure book where depending on what you say and choose different things happen. You get this feeling that you’d get tired of reading it different ways before they ran out of custom story. It’s a great tale without glaring plot holes. Though, there is this strange sexual sub-theme that pops up a lot that I’m not quite understanding. You can sometimes select to flirt with different characters and it does range into the bi-curious world. The game is rated MA so it’s not like they’re trying to get sneaky but it does feel weird at times.

Gameplay: The fighting setup and execution is superb. You really get a great balance between hacking and slashing and strategy. I’ve fought battles over and over trying to figure out what the best method of attack is. I’ve found in some it’s taking the right terrain, in others it’s the right magic and a lot more still it’s going in there and slashing everything to bits. Excellent execution here.

Overall Pros: Great story. Above average character development. Killer gameplay.

Overall Cons: A lot of walking around and reading can distract from the story at times. Weird flirty sexy out of place thing going on. Same 15 or so maps over and over.

My take: I’m playing it over everything else I’ve got right now. This game is worth buying. 7/10.

Firefox 4 Review – It rocks my world

Firefox 4 Own You Have you had a chance to check out Firefox 4 yet. If you haven’t please press pause on the YouTube window you have open (yes I can see your screen… spooky) and go get it immediately. It’s o.k. I’ll wait.. oh, a link would help: Download Firefox 4.

Looks: Is it just me or is this one nice looking interface? Honestly if Firefox 4 was a guy he’d be on the cover of GQ. If Firefox 4 was a girl you’d be following her on twitter.. let’s just say it’s got it going on..

Is it faster? I’m not nerdy enough to load up laptops with every variable the same and different version of FF but anecdotally I can tell you that yes, it’s a BMW M3 compared to the beat up 325i you used to get your first handy at prom (was that just me?).

Does it work well? Well, let me put it this way, I didn’t use Chrome for months after it came out because the Add-On that I live and die by (Roboform) didn’t work. I decided since it works in I.E. and Chrome I’d upgrade to Firefox 4 anyway (Yes, I regularly use all three browsers, and Rockmelt too when I feel like complaining about something). It worked guys, right out of the proverbial box. Roboforms, Firebug, Aerofox, all of it….

Final Verdict: 9 out of 10 (and other browsers all now get deducted 1 point for not being as great)

Thanks Firefox team.. seriously you should all go support them in any way you can.

And if you’re a lady and you stumbled across this entry don’t worry I have something for you too. Not only is Firefox now the best browser HANDS DOWN but you get to watch cute little cuddly Fox cubs play around in their den supported by the team.

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