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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 10:47am 08/12/09 | 18 Comments
We have a new patch up for the PC version of Dragon Age: Origins, BioWare's deep RPG romp which has garnered a lot of love as the closest thing to BioWare working on Baldur's Gate again (even the good Dr Greg Zeschuck confirmed this for us).

There are a ton of fixes here (too many to list in this news post), but you can scroll through them all as listed on our download page, but chief among them are balance addresses, plot updates, PC control updates and a handful of new gameplay fixes and updates.

Grab the patch right here.



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Dazhel
Posted 11:58am 08/12/09
* The spells Force Field, Crushing Prison, Cone of Cold, and Blizzard now have shorter durations and/or longer cooldowns. This ensures that combatants can no longer stun-lock each other by repeatedly casting the same spell.


Wow, the battles will now go from 'just plain difficult' to 'bat s*** insane'.
Khel
Posted 12:02pm 08/12/09
Already beat the game with my high dex dagger rogue, and now they fix daggers :(
Hogfather
Posted 12:22pm 08/12/09
Wow, the battles will now go from 'just plain difficult' to 'bat s*** insane'

The BioWare forums have been lit up by people screaming that mages are too easy for months.
skythra
Posted 12:49pm 08/12/09
news posting for a non-content patch?
CSIRAC
Posted 01:02pm 08/12/09
Wow, the battles will now go from 'just plain difficult' to 'bat s*** insane'.


You're doing something wrong.
Dazhel
Posted 01:11pm 08/12/09
I must be. :( Probably need to tweak the tactics a bit better and use a wider variety of spells.

I barely scraped through the Redcliffe village fight simply because I was able to run up the hill like a girly man and pick off the bad guys one by one with my archer. If I stayed out the front of the chantry they just kept flooding in and ganking me.
HurricaneJim
Posted 02:56pm 08/12/09
Dazhel, it's a kite fight. Kite the mobs from the Chantry up to the windmill.
Hogfather
Posted 03:07pm 08/12/09
Dazhel, it's a kite fight. Kite the mobs from the Chantry up to the windmill.

Hah, really? I stood my ground until the enemy gave up, was a top little fight.

None of the NPC guards made it, and I used 2 rezzes, probably one of the best rumbles in the game I reckon :)
Hyperslide
Posted 03:07pm 08/12/09
I didjn t kite I applied WOW tatics to the fight ...

1. the Tank to hold the aggro
2. SPAM AOE/DPS
3. Switch between all toons and heal like buggery

Used this for most of the game and have owned every fight. It seems to be all about using all your parties abilities and not replying on autopilot for me
ravn0s
Posted 03:08pm 08/12/09
tank with taunt/threaten + forcefield = win
Methz
Posted 03:25pm 08/12/09
I've managed to get the tactics set up well enough that I just leave em alone and worry about my rogue
So far it's worked well on norm difficulty
Dazhel
Posted 03:33pm 08/12/09
Dazhel, it's a kite fight. Kite the mobs from the Chantry up to the windmill.


Yeah kiting them didn't occur to me at first, I held ground because I was trying to keep both the party and NPC guards alive as long as possible. The NPCs were doing stupid things and were getting in the way all the time so I just gave up on them. Cone of Cold wasn't as effective at crowd control since they were streaming in one at a time but at a steady rate.

In the end I didn't even need to go all the way up to the windmill, just up to the first plateau. It seems if you aggro one of them the nearby mobs don't aggro unless they're hit as well, so I felt incredibly dirty picking them off one by one.
Phooks
Posted 03:46pm 08/12/09
i just finished this game. watching credits roll right now. pretty awesome.

can someone tell me the name of the song in the credits? not too bad.
Phooks
Posted 03:47pm 08/12/09
Also something you will all enjoy. (no spoilers)

* Oghren: So. With the boss, aye?
* Alistair: Pardon?
* Oghren: You and the boss. Rolling your oats.
* Alistair: I don't know--
* Oghren: Polishing the footstones.
* Alistair: --what you're--
* Oghren: Tapping the midnight still, if you will.
* Alistair: what are you going on about?
* Oghren: Forging the moaning statue. Bucking the forbidden horse. Donning the velvet hat.
* Alistair: Are you just making these up right now?
* Oghren: Nope. Been saving 'em.
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* Wynne: Why do you occasionally refer to Alistair as a "little pike-twirler?"
* Oghren: Why? Has the little pike-twirler taken offence?
* Wynne: It's just a curious description.
* Oghren: Curious? (Snorts) Bah. it's entirely true. What, you haven't seen him twirling his pike? Goes at it when he thinks no one's watching. Knocks about in the trees like there's no tomorrow. Caught him just the other day. Blushed all the way down to his navel, then couldn't find his shirt. I swear he's going to hurt himself one of these days, the way he works that thing.
* Wynne: I don't want to hear this anymore, do I?
* Oghren: I keep telling him, pikes are for sticking things at long range, aye? Horses and such. Not for twirling like a sissy-girl.
* Wynne: Wait, you're talking about an actual pike? Like a spear?
* Oghren: Obviously. What else would I be talking about?
* Wynne: I can't imagine.
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* Oghren: Ah. Yep. Lot of tension around here.
* Alistair: You think so, do you?
* Oghren: Know what I do to relieve tension?
* Alistair: I hesitate to wonder.
* Oghren: I polish the ol' weapon.
* Alistair: Really.
* Oghren: Yep. Give it a good shine. With a dry rag, then with a little grease.
* Alistair: That's disgusting.
* Oghren: You're telling me you never gave yer blade the old spit-shine?
* Alistair: I think that's private.
* Oghren: Really? Sodding Chantry and its rules. i like to do it right out in the open.
* Alistair: Where people can see you?
* Oghren: Yep.
* Alistair: Wait, what are you talking about?
* Oghren: What are you talking about?
* Alistair: (Sigh) Never mind.
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* Alistair: Why are you smiling like that? You look suspiciously like the cat who swallowed the pigeon.
* Wynne: Canary.
* Alistair: What?
* Wynne: I look like the cat that swallowed the canary.
* Alistair: I once had a very large cat, but that's not my point. My point is why are you smirking?
* Wynne: (Chuckles) You were watching her. With great interest, I might add. In fact, I believe you were...enraptured.
* Alistair: She's our leader. I look to her for guidance.
* Wynne: Oh, I see. So what guidance did you find in those swaying hips hmm?
* Alistair: No no no, I wasn't looking at...you know her...hind-quarters
* Wynne: Certainly.
* Alistair: I gazed...glanced, in that direction, maybe, but I wasn't staring...or really seeing anything even.
* Wynne: Of course.
* Alistair: I hate you. You're a bad person.
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* Oghren: Aye, sure. Why not?
* Wynne: Pardon?
* Oghren: Oh, I'd give you a roll. Why not?
* Wynne: A "roll?"
* Oghren: Aye. Any time. Preferably in the dark.
* Wynne: I suppose I should be flattered.
* Oghren: I'm not sure I have the equipment for that, but sure, whatever gets you working.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------

* Alistair: "Just what would you do if your mother died?"
* Morrigan: "You mean, before or after I stopped laughing?"
* Alistair: "Right, very creepy. Forget I asked."
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* Sten: Do you know of the kasaanda? The... sundew, in the common tongue?
* Morrigan: I do not believe so.
* Sten: No? You are so alike, I thought you kindred.
* Morrigan: What is that supposed to mean? What is the sundew?
* Sten: A flower.
* Morrigan: Oh? I am a flower, am I? How unexpected.
* Sten: That entraps and devours insects.
* Morrigan: Ah, now that I expected. (Chuckles)
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* Morrigan: You seem so deep in thought, my dear Sten. Thinking of me, perhaps? The two of us, together at last?
* Sten: Yes.
* Morrigan: I... what did you say?
* Sten: You will need armor, I think. And a helmet. And something to bite down on. How strong are your teeth?
* Morrigan: How strong are my teeth?
* Sten: I can bite through leather, wood, even metal given time. Which reminds me, I may try to nuzzle.
* Morrigan: Nuzzle?
* Sten: If that happens, you'll need an iron pry bar. Heat it in a fire, first, or it may not get my attention.
* Morrigan: Perhaps it would be better if we did not proceed.
* Sten: Are you certain? If it will satisfy your curiosity...
* Morrigan: Yes. Yes, I think it is best.
Dazhel
Posted 03:54pm 08/12/09
Hahaha, those little exchanges are icing on the cake. At the start I just kept walking while they were going on but quickly learnt that whenever they happen you need to stop and listen because they're going to be good.
Phooks
Posted 04:05pm 08/12/09
found it:



"EA has always had a forward-thinking relationship with 30 Seconds to Mars and we are overwhelmed with excitement about the bands involvement and creative contribution to Dragon Age: Origins," said Steve Schnur, Worldwide Executive of Music and Music Marketing at Electronic Arts. "This exciting song debut exemplifies our continued commitment to working with great bands that move the needle to where music is going.
CSIRAC
Posted 04:12pm 08/12/09
Anyone give those "hardcore" mods a go. Basically makes nightmare.. challenging by not being able to forcefield your tank and putting hp pots and mana pots on a longer cooldown (or not being able to use them at all with one of the HC mods).

Shame they came out this late, kind of over the game now.
ravn0s
Posted 04:25pm 08/12/09
phooks are they conversations you hear when running around?

i liked the one when i was in lothering where leliana started talking about morrigans breasts.
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