A while back I started playing Dragon Age II, a dark fantasy game that merges action and drama. It’s very bloody—excessively so, I would say, since giant gouts of blood accompany pretty much every blow in the game. But what can I say? I’m a violence monger, and I’ve really been enjoying the game.

One of the interesting mechanics it has is the ability to rotate the action in three dimensions during play, combined with the ability to pause combat at any point in time. So you can pause the game, then rotate and pan the view to get a close look at what’s going on from pretty much any conceivable angle. This makes for some pretty sweet screen shots.

So, I thought I’d share some of my screen shots today. These are just thumbnails. Click on them to get a much bigger version.

 

The pause, pan, and zoom ability allowed me to zoom in on this nice shot of my character getting impaled by a long spear:

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And getting stabbed in the back:

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Here’s one of my party members getting stabbed in the back also:

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I get to do some pretty cool things, too. This is my character sending a mage flying through the air (notice the nice mist of blood left where he used to be standing):

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And this is my party’s rogue doing a sweet jump attack on an unsuspecting enemy:

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And this is my character in the middle of my party mage’s Firestorm spell. Notice the burning enemies and dead bodies littered about. When a mage casts Firestorm, you just wait it out and see who’s left over.

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On the other hand, there’s more of my character getting mauled, this time by a giant spider fang:

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Here comes a dragon. Be careful!

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I wasn’t careful.

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I’ve really enjoyed Dragon Age II quite a bit. I recommend it heartily!

Dragon Age II Screen Shots (Not for the Faint of Heart)
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They do go overboard with the blood, don’t they. More than just a little bit. Still, those are cool shots. Being able to pan and zoom to get the best view of things would be pretty cool — a bit like do-it-yourself cinematography. They can do wonderful things with games these days.

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This is amazing! Just surfing your blog and here I found that you are a Dragon Age fan, too!! What do you think of Inquisition, in case you played it and did not mind sharing your thoughts on the topic? And, most importantly, were I to read something of yours (which I would be very glad to do) where may I find it, living in Italy as I do and thus counting only on e-books and Amazon expeditions?