I had the pleasure of trying out Dragon Age II over the summer at San Diego Comic Con 2010. Was I a lucky member of the press whisked away to some dark room to spend hours with the game? No, absolutely not. I waited in a long line with other passionate fans for about an hour to get my hands on an early build of the game. As I told a number of my friends, the game looked and felt amazing. Combat had been sped up, and everything felt more fluid and tactile. Lead Designer Mike Laidlaw was standing a few feet away as I got a feel for the controls. He was cool enough to stick around for a while after the preview to answer a handful of my questions. My first thoughts were “why is this guy answering my questions?”, soon followed by “wow… Canadians are all super nice”. I could tell Laidlaw knew I was a fan, and that I was beyond eager for the next installment of Dragon Age. He even asked the camera crew to film my reaction to the Game, and the changes that were made. I’m happy to say that somewhere in a dank Canadian Bioware vault is footage of me acting like a total spaz.
Here is some footage of this new combat released today by Bioware, followed by another great making of clip.
Tonight Microsoft is hosting a live event on XBL (8pm EST / 5pm PST) that promises to reveal some new details on Gears of War: Judgment, including the new Aftermath and Survival modes. Viewers will also be able to influence the content of the live broadcast by sending tweets with the #GearsJudgment tag.
Quite possibly the biggest piece of gaming news in recent months was the rise and fall of 38 Studios. Virtually every gaming site on the planet has covered the event that will no doubt go down in gaming history as one gigantic cluster bomb of nasty. We actually talked about it on Rated NA:60 as well as Press to Reset: 45 – Like a chainsaw wielding white knight, North Carolina based Epic Games, creators of Unreal, Gears of War, and the upcoming Fort Night, have stepped into the ring as the heroes of this once awful and depressing tale. Take a look at the latest info straight from Dr. Capps and Epic. This is just awesome.