Is there any proof that Electronic Arts isn't to blame for Dragon Age II's rushed development? Because you literally threw that out of nowhere at the end despite never discussing it. That's neither reality or illusion, just speculation on your part, and everyone elses. But it isn't hard to blame EA based on their track record with Crysis, Dead Space and Dragon Age, each starting out remarkably strong and each floundering with the sequels.
Anyway, I like your posts, having read them, but may I suggest you drop that stupid bullet point at the end of the article? It's almost degrading to the reader's intelligence to have a silly list of what is reality and what is illusion. Your writing is strong enough without those meaningless additions. Ditch them and don't use them again. You'll be better off for it.
@NeonNinja Point noted. It is almost a TLDR version for dummies. But maybe I'm better off without it.
Also, I just bought Dragon Age II. Because you never have any idea what you're talking about. Ever.
I likely will. I'm done with my current batch of 2012 releases. The other ones remaining are still too pricey and my backlog is too big for me to bother with them.
As for Mark of the Ninja's 9.5, it's put me in a very peculiar bind. That unranked list is essentially a necessity for me.
I think I am at the fifth chapter. Also I beat you in every level on the leaderboards thus far. I already knew how difficult the choice was for you and with Mark of the Ninja getting a 9.5, I think you'd best go for an unranked list lest you lose your mind over it.
I certainly hope you don't think I'm oblivious to your vile attempts at getting me to play that disgusting genrepiece.
Also, 3 hours of Mark of the Ninja in one sitting.... how many levels did you finish? It's like a 7 hour game, man. But it warrants replaying levels for better scores and unlocks.
As far as Spec Ops' story, yeah, we should. I'm re-confused about my GotY now though. I've got the nominees for each category lined up but I can't decide the victor of the main award. I'm already going unranked for the first time ever with the list and I still don't know which game I preferred the most. Now I'm just mulling it over, trying to figure out what takes the top spot.
Speaking of which, we must continue our online discussions at some point about Spec Ops. A lot is to be discussed about that game and its implications. Also, I shall occasionally continue with my tireless quest of praising CKII in order to brainwash you into buying it. :P
Bias? That's the only reason why I bought it, boy!
Let's be upfront about this, I can only reasonably come to one of two conclusions with Dragon Age II.
1. You are dead wrong and Dragon Age II is one of BioWare's greatest games of all time.
2. You are dead wrong and Dragon Age II is the worst RPG sequel of all time.
There's no middle ground here, and depending on my stance, you and I will battle for many a sleepless night for online supremacy. :P