2011 is looking to be a big year for Bioware: Dragon Age 2 is coming in the first quarter and Mass Effect 3 is also on the slate. However, any old school fan of Bioware’s releases will know that there’s much more to the games than picking them up from the store or purchasing them off of steam when the release dates come around. There’s a bit of preparation that comes around any Bioware release, especially those in a series.
Saves Importing a save from a previous installment is a hallmark of Bioware’s titles. It was of unspeakable importance for Mass Effect 2 and continuing the story of your warden in Dragon Age: Origin s to Awakening was there to. While you can skip the process, importing a save is worthwhile not only for the most basic reasons (continuing your character’s story), but you’re usually afforded bonuses for doing so. Mass Effect 2 granted you bonuses on credits, resources and paragon or renegade bonuses depending on the save’s merit. The resources were incredibly useful as you didn’t have to engage in much of the mind-numbing planet scanning. In Dragon Age: Origin’s expansion you gained the ability to manipulate certain elements of the story and see some of the choices you made have an effect on the story, though killing Oghren didn’t have the desired effect of carrying over.
Preorders While some of the exclusive items did eventually become usable for all players, many of the special bonuses associated preordering from a particular store remain locked. Where you placed the preorder deteremined what item you received, whether it was GameStop.com, Steam or Amazon.com you’d receive a special item that made the outset of the game easier. Bioware has already gotten in on the act once again with a preorder special for Dragon Age 2 . A bonus character and mission to go along with numerous items is available at the Dragon Age website. Expect the same to be done for Mass Effect 3 when it gets closer to its release date.
Technical Less of an issue if you’re playing on a console, but Dragon Age 2 is steeper requirements than its predecessors. Not much has changed as far as processing power goes, but the need for a more up-to-date video card has been made clear with the release of the specifications. Unless your gaming PC is more than three years old, you should be able to run the game at lower settings, but if you had trouble running Origins then you should definitely look into upgrading before taking in Dragon Age 2 .