I've decided to revisit Dragon Age 2.
Some people might think I'm crazy, but I have a few reasons for it. One, I haven't played much/any of the DLC they made for it last year, and I honestly liked the first 2/3rd's of the game, precisely because it wasn't about you being some prophecy hero who is big and important. You're the Champion of Kirkwall, and you're just trying to make it through the day from one crisis to another. Kirkwall could have been its own tiny MMO world if it wanted to; I would have been fine going back to revisit more chapters in Hawke's life like it was a fantasy version of 24 and they kept adding more stories ad nauseum.
If I had any problem with the game, it was that the last third where war erupts everywhere was both short and rushed. It should have been explored much more in depth. It's not structured like a traditional RPG story with a beginning, middle, and end; you have three different stories that happen over the course of the game. Format wise, it is a LOT like the character stories in SWTOR.
And yeah, I LOVE the idea of a character who isn't some prophecy hero. He's like Geralt of Rivia; there's no prophecy, there's just the choices you make and their consequences.
That said, Dragon Age would LOVE to think it is like The Witcher, but it ain't XD. No game I've played has matched the Witcher in terms of storytelling with consequences. And yes, it does a Bioware thing whereby it feels like at the end of the day your choices don't matter because everything still ends badly. Hell, that's one point of the entire STORY itself is that all of your choices will end in disaster.
hmmm... maybe I should just play Witcher 2 instead. Action RPG fare AND well crafted storytelling with consequences. Sorry, DA2. I will revisit you as well sometime soon.
(apologies if I'm rambling a bit; I've got a bit of a fever and it's making me loopy.)
Listening to: Nothing at the moment
Reading: The Silmarillion
Watching: Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil