"Oh shit, it's that guy that uses //rainbowtext//."
Nah, not this time around. Don't even know why I even considered doing that.
Anyway, if you even read my "content" regarding what I considered the "best manga", you might be wondering what I consider to be the best "video game". Well, that my friends is easy: Cory in the House for DS. It has superb graphics and voice acting, along with a talented cast that intermingle incredibly well throughout this masterpiece of a game!
Jokes aside, I do have several games in mind that I consider to be the "best": Fallout 2, Skyrim, Breath of the Wild, Shadow of Colossus, Mass Effect (trilogy), etc etc. I have a massive list which could fit all the criteria I believe are needed to be the "best". However, only one can hold the title -- at the very least in my eyes.
So, enough with the cookie-cutter shit, what do I consider to be the best game and why?
Dragon Age: Origins! Now, if you're an avid RPG player like myself then you have most likely played this game, along with its SCI-FI sibling Mass Effect. But this particular game I rank higher than Mass Effect, despite its superior graphics and combat.
Now Dragon Age isn't exactly the best franchise, mainly because of the disaster that was Dragon Age 2. However, Dragon Age: Origins - All of the DLC included (Awakening practically being its own game) - is a masterpiece that just drags you in. Now, admittedly, the graphics can be a bit off-putting: Morrigan's hair bending all the light around it, sometimes fire would cause the background to disappear, along with just an overall poor polish. Luckily, however, there are mods for that!
But the graphics don't make the game, and isn't necessarily required for immersion (if not completely fucking terrible of course). What Dragon Age does exceptionally well is story, characterization, and building yourself within its world! Each decision you make will have a long-lasting effect, in the game and later editions. None of it is boring besides some of the little fetch-side-quests; Every event and character is intriguing and exciting, especially in regards to Dwarvan politics (I wont spoil much for those you haven't played it). Your party, varying quite a bit -- A dwarf drunk, a Qunari warrior, a Cloister bard, an elf assassin, a cheeky witch, a Tower mage, a smart-elect Templar/Greywarden, and a loyal mabari hound (DLC party members being excluded) -- all have in-depth characterization with ***various*** dialogue options. My favourite characters are Morrigan (witch/bitch), Alistair (sarcastic templar), and Oghren (drunk). However, I do enjoy the other characters as well, I just prefer those a bit more since I am a *coughs* shitposter.
Now, how can you build your character? I will say that "Origins" is not without its meaning. You can choose from these categories: City Elft, Dalish Elft, Tower Mage, Dwarf Noble, Dwarf Commoner, and Human Noble. Each one unique and each one with major decisions that will heavily impact the game later. Here you start your legend into becoming a Grey Warden when you meet Duncan, who eventually recruits you -- albeit through willingness on your own part or the Right of Conscription. In which you then undertake a test and fight the creatures of the Blight in the name of your homeland and king!
Anyway, enough with characterization and story (mainly because I don't want to spoil it), what about the gameplay? The gameplay is incredibly good, especially in regards to its leveling difficulty (I must press that you play on very hard or Nightmare). The combat is different, unless you played some Divinity, as you need to direct your party a bit. There's a lot of preparation and planning before you go to a certain area or do combat, in which I stress you need bombs and poultices (LOTS). You command your party on what they need to do, what opponents they need to focus on, if they need to be the support or the tank etc.
You also have to focus on what stats you're going to be leveling on: Strength (STR). Dexterity (DEX), Cunning (CUN), Magic (MAG), Willpower (WP), and Constitution (CON). Not only for yourself, but your team as well. For example, Alistair: STR (40-5), DEX (26-30), and CON (35-45). Or if you're a DEX rogue, you want to put 20-ish on STR, 16 CUN, then everything else on DEX (which should get you to around 80 DEX without equipment, give or take a few points). This is crucial to your play-style and how you want to conduct yourself during combat.
There are various equipment as well that you need to consider with your classes: Rogue, Warrior, Mage, and the subclasses that are with these. How much defence do you need? Do you need more mobility for backstabs? DEX being your main focus or STR? Your equipment will help immensely, especially the Juggernaut armour for Alistair since he's a tank -- it gives major boosts to magic/element defenses, nicely paired with his Templar abilities.
Now the romances are just *generic French "muah" here*. My favourite romances being Morrigan and Alistair. I wont spoil anything about them, you'll just have to play (if you haven't). However, if you've played Mass Effect, I guarantee you that they definitely shine here in the romance department as they do in MA, if not more-so.
Alright, enough of my blabbering -- GO PLAY THE GAME! It is an amazing ride that you will certainly enjoy!
Now, I'd like you hear/read your thoughts: Do you agree with my points; What are your opinions on Origins; what do you consider to be the "best" game? I would really like to know.