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What Champions should not learn from Dragon Age

Dragon Age: Origins was not on my must-have list for this year. I thought I had enough of single player fantasy RPG’s. A few days ago I just bought it on impulse and it’s eaten all my gaming time since then. I can recommend it to anyone who’s even remotely interested. It has many interesting features and many things that Champions could learn from without doubt. However, I am going to take a look from the other side and list some great features from Dragon Age that CO should nevertheless not strive to implement.

Long Cut scenes

I enjoy the cut scenes and long dialogs in DAO, but I would not want to seem them used as much in any MMO. The amount of repetitive content is just too much. I know my old WoW guildies would get annoyed at the startup of some events during raiding. So while seeing a scene a few times is fine, I would not want to see it every day.

Split second decisions

The party gets ambused pretty often in DOA which calls for some split second decisions. This is fine because its possible to pause the combat and assign tasks to individual party members. There’s no such option in an MMO, because everything happens in realtime. So while fights should be challenging, there should be time for all party members to react.

Friendly fire

The lack of friendly fire in my first MMO confused me at first. I mean, there’s a big fire and my allies can used walk through it unharmed? Then it dawned on me that people would horribly exploit friendly fire to grief others. So while it’s realistic and a serious tactical decision in DAO when and where to apply AOE, it just would not work in CO.

Control

Mages in DOA can crowd control whole groups or lock down individual monsters for quite some time. The large amount of enemies in DOA makes that necessary, but CO is more about fighting single opponents (villains or other players) and one person being able to lock down many others would be a bad thing especially in PvP. Unfortunately, this already happens to some extent with smoke bombs et cetera.

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