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30 Days of DA: Least favorite quest

So I am going to be very predictable and say that my least favorite quest is the Fade sequence in Broken Circle. I know this puts me in company with most of the fandom, but so be it. It's a structural problem, really -- the Tower itself is a linear, unescapable dungeon, so to be thrown into a second linear unescapable dungeon in the middle makes the whole thing feel much longer and more tedious. It also feels really unfair that you can't stock up for it. My first time through, we didn't realize what was coming, so I hadn't bulked up on healing potions, and my warrior Cousland died a lot. Normally I like dungeons with a puzzle aspect, but this particular one didn't appeal to me as much. About the only thing it has going for it are the character moments in their individual nightmares -- Alistair's, in particular, I found very telling, and Sten's as well -- but because I always do Broken Circle very early in the game, I'm limited as to which characters can participate. If only I could play on PC and install the "Skip the Fade" mod -- that and the Grey Warden armor are the only ones I'd be tempted to use.

Anyway, that's my answer, and I'm sticking to it.

I actually don't think I have a least favorite quest in Dragon Age 2. I don't love them all uniformly, of course, but I can't think of one I dislike above all others.

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madzilla
Jan. 8th, 2012 09:52 pm (UTC)
Aw, I actually quite like the Fade in DAO - having said that, I've only played it twice, and only with a walkthrough. I enjoyed switching between the different forms and choosing which one to use to fight different enemies - golem, burning man, mouse etc. Spirit is creepy as all hell. >_>

I died a lot in the bit where you find the mage apprentices, but the rest was OK. I do think I would have found it a lot harder and more irritating without the walkthrough, though - and I'd never have found all of the upgrades.

I wish there was a Skip The Deep Roads mod. Aside from the creepy part with Hespith, the Broodmother and Branka/Caridin - YAWWWN. So much brown/grey. The Deep Roads in DA2 are beautiful in comparison.
owlmoose
Jan. 8th, 2012 10:11 pm (UTC)
I feel like I have a better handle on how to use the forms now that I've done it three times, but I don't feel like a quest should take that much repetition (or a walkthrough) to figure out. I know that's a me thing, though.

Heh, I am unusual in that I really like the Deep Roads. Especially now that I've played through as a dwarf and so feel like I have a better connection to Orzammar and the rest of the history. And I thought the sepia tones added to the underground atmosphere.
madzilla
Jan. 8th, 2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
It's been a while since I played it, to be fair, so perhaps I'll enjoy it more this time around now that I know what I'm doing. :) I've not yet played a dwarf origin, either, so you're right, that probably does add more depth to it, as each of the main quests does for the different origins.
jessicajones_1
Jan. 10th, 2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
I like the Fade a lot too - I thought I was the only one. My first playthrough I did the Circle last, and my mage was half battle, half healing, so she did fine on her own. She rather enjoyed being a golem, too.

And the character scenes are awesome! I love all of them.

Plus, all those free attribute points...


owlmoose
Jan. 11th, 2012 01:35 am (UTC)
I do have to give you the attribute points. Although to me they felt more like a reward for making it through the slog!

I wonder how much it has to do with how soon you do the quest. So far, the Circle has been my first or second place to visit, and so my characters are much less powerful when I've attempted it.
jessicajones_1
Jan. 12th, 2012 01:46 pm (UTC)
I'm sure if I'd done it first my first time, I would have hated it.

My second playthrough, with my rogue, I did it first because I wanted Wynne very much (heals!) ... but I knew it was coming so I stocked up on healing potions. And I still liked it. :P
owlmoose
Jan. 13th, 2012 03:12 am (UTC)
Stocking up on potions definitely helped my second time through be less painful. Especially since that was Sereda's game, and she was unable to take advantage of the lyrium healing points -- I'm assuming being a dwarf made her immune, because they never worked for her at all.
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