Tenfold Hate

Micromanagement and Sleep Deprivation
November 9, 2009, 3:40 pm
Filed under: Dragon Age: Origins

This weekend was all about Dragon Age: Origins and I managed to clock in around nine hours of game play Sunday. I can’t say enough good things about this game. Since its release last Tuesday, I seem to be revisiting the unhealthy gaming habits I once practiced around the time of WoW Mark One when I averaged around five hours of sleep a night.

The thing about Dragon Age is, the story is written so damn well, tearing myself away from the computer would be tantamount to shooting my DVD player seconds before the climax of an enthralling movie.

My first couple days of game play were spent severely micromanaging the combat (literally changing tactics after each turn) but the more familiar I get with the game mechanics the more settled I become with letting the NPCs wreak their own havoc.

Speaking of which, I’m having a ton of fun with the NPC party members. So far, Alistair’s the only constant outside of my rogue. I’m dead set on wooing Morrigan. Maybe if I take care of her mother for her like she asked, she’ll have a change of heart.

I have a thing for bad girls. But I must say, lately I’ve been leaving her at camp a bit since I got the more healing-centric mage from the Circle of Mage’s Tower to join my party. Skills over beauty, I guess.

For my fourth slot, I rotate between the dog and the bard. In that case, beauty trumps the coolness of having a loyal war dog in my band. I’m tailoring the bard’s skills toward archery, so she makes a much cleaner fit into my party of tank/melee/healer than the cyber mutt.

So many options, so little sleep! What class/party combos have you been playing around with in DA:O?

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