Will Dragon Age: Origins Be Violent, or Outright Gory?
Throwing pointless violence into something can always get attention, and usually get a few sales, but it rarely impresses the gaming press who would rather think of themselves as professionals in a responsible industry than blood thirsty sensationalists, our staff included. Throw in that games that tout their controversial aspects tend to offer very little in terms of actual game (is anyone looking forward to actually playing Dante’s Inferno, do we know a single thing about the gameplay?), and we can assume that we’re looking for more than realistic amputations.
What we’re looking forward to isn’t gore a plenty: we just like something for grown ups now and again.
BioWare ruffled some feathers with the nudity in Mass Effect, but those chirping were generally people outside the industry. People who played Mass Effect generally found it to be an intelligent game with a deep, fully-featured, and yes, mature, plot. Similarly, the FAQ from the official page explains that:
"Dragon Age: Origins is a very gritty, often bloody adventure with mature themes. It has elements of traditional fantasy like heroes, villains, and magic, but we're not pulling any punches - you're going to be immersed in a brutal, dangerous, and sometimes shocking world."
Personally, I can do without "sometimes shocking," and would like to think that was more of a marketing brag than a developer goal. But, after years of rather sanitized fantasy RPG settings leading to rather staid stories in games, some of the excitement is that we finally get to enter a world where bad things can happen, difficult decisions have to be made, and when you hit someone with something sharp, yes, they bleed. Making a dark, mature game with violent combat in an appropriate way is just another feat we are expecting BioWare to pull off in making the oh-so-highly-anticipated Dragon Age: Origins.
All photos in this article are from EA's Media Page.