The Roleplay Truel: Dragon Age 2 Vs.The Witcher 2 Vs. Skyrim


RPG gamers have a lot to anticipate as three big sequels in the genre are all set to be released this year. Dragon Age 2, The Witcher 2 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim are all ready and set to be released on their respective release dates, and RPG fans alike can’t wait to get their hands on them. Let’s have a look at what these 3 games have to offer and what impressions they have given so far.

Story

The majority of the time it is the story which determines the quality of a role playing game. Glad to say that all three of these games have a great tale to tell. Let’s examine the story of these games individually.

Dragon Age 2: In Dragon Age 2 we play as Hawke, a young human forced to flee from the player characters hometown of Lothering, rising to become a person in the game-world’s history known as the ‘Champion of Kirkwall’. The story of Hawke is told in narrative-style by a Dwarf named Varric, who occasionally exaggerates the events while narrating. The game’s overall storyline has a span of 10 years, so that’s a very interesting change that gives its characters personalities time to change.

Like its predecessor, the moral actions of the player determine the historical outcomes in the game. Thankfully, the player can direct the story through conversation choices and we think that will help the storyline quite a bit (in-terms of interest at least) as compared to the almost-mute Dragon Age: Origins hero.

The Witcher 2: Story of The Witcher 2 is a continuation of the ending of its predecessor. The Order of the Flaming robe is almost annihilated and only La Valette Baroness Fortress is undefeated. The king asks Geralt to help restore peace in the area.

Meanwhile Geralt is chiefly interested in the assassins who attempted to kill the king, and that’s where the majority of the storyline focuses on. There are, of course, many subplots that are tied to Geralt’s past and shall hopefully reveal quite a few interesting details about the game-world’s history.

The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim: The Elder Scroll 5: Skyrim’s story isn’t a direct continuation of Oblivion but instead is a new chapter in the Elder Scroll series. As in the previous Elder Scroll games, the player takes on the role of an unknown prisoner. Eventually learning that the Skyrim civil war is one of the last of a series of events told by the prophetic Elder Scrolls warning of the return of Nordic Alduin, the great god of destruction.

In a form of a gigantic dragon, Alduin is prophesized to destroy the entire world. The player thus takes the role of Dovahkiin, a dragon hunter embrocated by the gods to fight against Alduin. The main-quests are said to take around 20 hours of play, with additional sub-plots and side-quests also available across the game-world.

Gameplay

The gameplay of these three games is completely different from one another, yet each one of them offers something exciting and new. We’ll have a look at the game-world, character development system and combat system in this section.

Dragon Age 2: Instead of being confined only to Ferelden, the game-world is expanded to include the Free Marches, Antiva and other distant locations, while still remaining in the continent of Theda. The Free Marches contain Kirkwall, the power-house of the protagonist Hawke. It is not yet known whether or not travel to neighboring countries such as the Tevinter Imperium and Antiva is possible.

The character development in Dragon Age 2 is different from the one in Origins. For starters, it’s simplified. The spells and talents have been reduced in number, which is a good thing, since unnecessary talents are no longer a barrier to better and meaner talents/spells. The system resembles that of World of Warcraft instead of the standard Origins style.

The combat system of Dragon Age doesn’t change drastically from that of Origins, but flows more smoothly. However, the individuality of enemies is significantly reduced, so the combat is usually 3 (or maybe 4) against 20, the usual that is. That is sort of a bad thing since enemies feel like just like obstacles in your path and the fighting becomes somewhat like that of God of War.

The fights are faster though, with hack and slash styled combat. Whether that is good or bad solely depends on the player’s preference. Switching between characters and pausing during combat (like in Origins) is still a vital part of the combat system.

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By Haider Khan

One of the long time staff at SegmentNext, Haider is an integral part of the team with a love for writing, playing guitar, and aviation. Apart from writing for us, Haider is also a competitive FPS player and also enjoys exotic RPG games like Diablo and Xenogears (his favorite game of all time) on the side.


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    • Wayne

      While people argue over which game is better lets look at this in a more expansive way such as….. witcher 2 realize the namme says it 2.This is their second attempt at a game ever! While at the other end of the spectrim is Skyrim…Elder Scrolls 5 plus all the other games they have made..but go back to part 2 of the elder scrolls….daggerfall..or was it arena. I dont re3meber because both of those games were totally unplayable..but by part3 morrowind 5they had fixed most things and have been very successful since then.CDprojectRed has done an amazing thing if you take all things in consideration. Both are very good games and I know Skyrim will win game of the year. But I wonder what will it be like many years from now and we have witcher 5 and new elder scrolls. The witcher 2 is very close can th3ey not surpass. I believe in thier passiom. GO SMALL COMPANIES!!!!!!!!!!

      • Wayne

        oh and i forgot bioware but then again da 2 was very forgettable with those other two games lol

    • psycho77

      Its a different style of games inside the same genre but different experiences anyway,but if i have to choose i think skyrim and oblivion have more “role playng” feel on it and are bigger and calls for more dedication to complete…but i love them all.

    • justsomebloke

      DA2>Witcher2<Skyrim (beat DA2 yesterday it was alot better than I would have thought having only ONE location but they're all gonna be epic)

    • dfa

      Witcher 2 > Skyrim > DA2.

    • Corakus

      “Oblivion was good, very good, but what made it questionable at times was the fact that it was rather filled with unsuccessful elements. ”

      What, like level-scaling?Last I checked Dragon Age:Origins had level-scaling as well.Dragon Age 1 wasn’t bad and it offered at least 100 hours of gameplay before it got old and boring, it had a long main story but it’s sidequests were terrible, mostly fetch quests where you had to go get 10 corpse galls or 3 chests or go get a dead guy’s journal with little to no exploration in between.And then there’s Oblivion, which not only had the main quest, but also had faction quests.There were four guilds, and it took about 10-20 hours to play through one of them, not to mention there were at least 3-5 sidequests in each city, and then there were sidequests that you sometimes found in the wilderness, or in one of the side dungeons.It would take you 100 hours + just to play through it all and then it was a completely different experience with a different character because the combat styles had very different feels.Playing as a warrior was very different than playing as an assassin.All in all, you would probably spend over 500 hours on the game, and that’s without the expansion pack or any DLC.Skyrim will probably be just as good if not a hell of a lot better, the engine blows any other rpg out the water.And dragon age 2 looks like a crappy,linear hack and slash game, even worse than the last game, which was at least decent.Bioware will have to step up their game or Bethesda will destroy them.And with that I take my leave.

    • Awesome136

      OMG PEOPLE SKYRIM PWNS YOU ALL! if you had a bad experience with oblivion, well then your computer was laggy, or your xbox was crap, or something like that. The elder scrolls series is the best game ever, with amazing graphics which you can’t compare to other games because it has so much stuff put into it it would make it run like my bomb computer playing runescape. The series has great quests, an amazing world, great graphics, and so much to do its scary. All dragon age is is stupid people fighting stupider monsters in an even stupider place. The witcher ive never played so i dont know

    • E-Nomad

      DA2 is going to get crushed.

      If the Demo is any evidence whatsoever, Bethesda/Projekt are pushing the genre much farther than Dragon Effect 2 is with its atrocious redesigns, retcons and quasi-cartoon art style. Already seeing reviews telling of a “short” feeling campaign that in no way feels “epic” and bears a god-aweful ‘open ended’ ending that, if i were to guess, was made that way to ‘compel’ you to throw down cash for the inevitable overpriced expansion.

      Have at thee, fantards.

    • headtripgames

      Witcher 2: Yes, Dragon Age 2: Yes, Skyrim: No. Sorry Bethesda, but I’m sick of having to reboot every 10 minutes because of a game freezing or game killing bug. I’m done with them, which is unfortunate cause I was looking forward to Skyrim and Hunted.

      • Uber

        Playing on PC? Get a better one. I’ve never experienced anything like that on 360 while playing Oblivion, and I beat the shit out of it. Great game, great story, great gameplay and beyond..

      • Robert Farr

        I’ve never experienced issues like that with the previous Elder Scrolls games, though I think there were issues like that in Fallout New Vegas specifically.
        Also, I should point out that they built a brand new/heavily updated game engine for Skyrim so hopefully the flakiness of the Gamebryo engine should be a thing of the past…