The Sonic Saber: “Dragon Age: Inquisition World and Character Specifics Revealed”

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Just a short post today to highlight my latest article over at The Sonic Saber, this time a feature on the Dragon Age: Inquisition news revealed this week in the September issue of Game Informer.

Here’s an excerpt from my post:

The central plot mechanic seems to be a throwback to Dragon Age: Origins, where the player character traveled around Fereldan with the Grey Warden treaties, recruiting an army to end the Blight. In Dragon Age: Inquisition, the player will instead amass an army to solidify his or her own power. Developers have emphasized that each player can choose whether to side with or against the mages or Templars. As Inquisitor, the player has the option to use either diplomacy or violence to win over allies, similar to the Paragon and Renegade system in the Mass Effect titles.

While you’re at it, check out the Game Informer series of online features, “covering everything from combat to character creation.”

I for one think that this game is going to be one to remember—a true spiritual successor to Baldur’s Gate, and the sequel that Dragon Age II should have been but wasn’t. BioWare has done a commendable job of listening to feedback from gamers and striving to combine all the best elements from both Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II. If all goes well, the end product should be an impressive open-world experience woven tightly together by a central storyline and a charismatic player character.

At least, that’s what envision for Dragon Age: Inquisition. We’ll need to wait (albeit impatiently) for the next year to find out if I’m right.

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PlayStation 4: A Lot of Dazzle and Hype for a PC in Disguise

If you didn’t get chills when Sony opened the PlayStation 2013 event with the retro PS1 startup music, you must not have lived a PlayStation childhood like I did.

The PlayStation wasn’t my first console. (That would be the NES.) It also wasn’t my last console. (A few years ago I finally bought an Xbox 360.) Lately, I’ve even ventured into PC gaming. But PlayStation will forever hold a special place in my heart.

We never owned an Atari, a  Super Nintendo, a Nintendo 64, a GameCube, or a Dreamcast. All we had was our PlayStation.

When I say “we” I mean my brother and I. He’s 14 months younger. As kids, we were inseparable. I don’t even know how many hours we spent in front of the PlayStation, playing “Crash Bandicoot,” “Herc’s Adventures,” and “Casper.” Crash was our incontestable favorite. When my brother and I played pretend, we imagined that we were Crash and Coco Bandicoot, on a mission to save the world. We made a cardboard replica of Aku-Aku, or as we called him, “The Oobi-digah.” I know it’s still lying around here somewhere. We wouldn’t throw away a memory like that.

So was I excited to tune in for Wednesday’s unveiling of the PS4?

Hell yeah!

Was I still as excited by the end of the event?

Well…yes and no.


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The Sonic Saber: “Rumored PS4, Xbox 720 Specs Circulate the Web”

Good morning, Internet denizens!

While I work on getting “COFFEE AND DRAGONS” up and running for Tuesday’s reboot, you can check out my latest nerdy blog post over at “The Sonic Saber.”

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“The Sonic Saber” is a geek blog that covers all the latest news about movies, TV shows, video games, comics, and more. My friend Dave owns the site, and he has an especial love of all things Star Wars, for those of you who (like me) grew up pretending that your baseball bat was a lightsaber.

I just uploaded a new post to the site, titled “Rumored PS4, Xbox 720 Specs Circulate the Web.” In the article, I talk about how the PS4 and Xbox 720 reportedly match up on computational power and RAM, as well as the rumored 2013 release dates for both machines.

Even if next-gen gaming doesn’t interest you, please do take a few minutes to go check out “The Sonic Saber.” I think you’ll find something there you’re bound to like.