It’s been a few months since I last posted. I’ve been busy with work and too tired on weekends to do much updating but as I have a bit of time, thought I’d add something today.
So, I haven’t been playing many games lately, my T-Build Sims 4 house is on hold at the moment unfortunately but I do intend to finish it sometime in the future. Every now and then I play a console game and the other day I learned about a couple of DLCs for Dragon Age Inquisition. I already had Jaws of Hakkon, but two more had been added that I didn’t know about. Unfortunately I couldn’t find these DLCs on the network, and after searching online, discovered that the DLCs are not available for PS3 or the 360 as Bioware are no longer providing updates for those two consoles anymore. Bummer! However I do happen to have a PC (or 2) and the additional DLCs (Tresspasser and The Descent) were released for the PC (as well as XboxOne and PS4 which I don’t have either of). Luckily, Origin have been having a sale, and so I was able to purchase the DAI base game for a great deal.
So, as I didn’t grab the game until late afternoon, I let Origin run overnight in order to download the very large files. I picked up the Digital Deluxe version, both it and the standard versions were on sale but the Game of the Year version was not and I wasn’t about to spend full price on a game that I already have on PS3. I have not yet bought any of the DLCs, they’ll have to wait until I can afford to get them later, but I’m now playing the game through for the first time on a PC platform. I knew that the game would look much prettier on PC than on the PS3, but obviously not as beautiful as it is on PS4. Still I was kind of excited to play this awesome game with much better graphics. I did end up playing around with the graphics settings, at the moment they sit well on medium settings. I did try upping them to high settings but ended up with horrible lagging so I had to change them back. Prior to running the game, I was alerted to the fact that my graphics drivers needed to be updated before I played the game, so I grabbed the auto-update program from AMD and let it do it’s job. I made an assumption while playing around with the graphics options in the game that I could change the rendering from the PC’s 3d graphics program to AMD’s Mantle. However, that ended up stopping the game from loading at all. I had to open up the profile file in notepad in order to reset it so that I could play the game again.
Since I have played the game several times on the PS3, what is it like playing it on a PC? Well like I mentioned, the graphics are awesome. Way better, far more detailed than the PS3 version and just generally cooler. The thing that first blew me away was when the Herald first leaves his little hut in Haven to head to the Chantry. In the PS3 version you come out of the hut and there’s a soldier kneeling down with his arm across his chest as he pays homage to your character for saving them. As you travel along, you spot a few soldiers here and there, and one or two villagers as well, as you make your way through the few streets to the chantry. In the PC version, I come out the door and nearly did a double-take. There are two soldiers either side of the steps leading down from your little hut, both kneeling and bowing before you, but as you step down, there are rows of soldiers creating like a pathway for you to follow, with not one or two people but crowds of people standing behind. In fact, Haven, and so far even at the Crossroads in the Hinterlands, there are a lot more people wandering around than there are in the PS3 version, probably because it was harder to render that many in the PS3 environment or so that it didn’t cause too much lagging when you move around everywhere. I’m really just blown away by it all, so I’m kind of looking forward to seeing Skyhold. I’m thinking that Skyhold will look much prettier than the PS3 version.
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