Dragon Age: Origins was the role playing game I had been expecting since I finished Baldur's Gate 2 for the first time and one of the best video games to be released in 2009, so it's natural to believe that the second game in the series, which comes next year, will be something better and more interesting.
And I chose it as my most expected title of 2011 for the fact that it might be one of the most interesting games in terms of how it uses narrative structure and storytelling to flesh out a universe which we have already glimpsed in the first game.
The events in Dragon Age 2
will take place over a ten-year period and character descriptions and initial reports suggest that the adventures of the champion to be Hawke will be told not by the character directly, but by others who might have invested interests in not telling the actual truth.
It's really brave for a video game developer to play extended tricks on the gamer and try lead him into one narrative only to then reveal that all his emotional and time investment has been redirected.
It also seems that Dragon Age 2 will be a more action heavy experience that the first game, which could lead to the demise of those long slugfests that happened to bosses and tougher enemies in the first game.
The only danger is that BioWare cleans up the experience too much and creates something that is to Origins what the second Mass Effect was to the first one.
Thankfully, I will not have to wait too long for Dragon Age 2 as the launch date is set for March 8 in the United States and three days later for Europe.
Gamers will be able to pick it up on the Xbox 360, the PlayStation 3 and the PC and those who get Dragon Age 2 before January 11, 2011 will get a host of goodies for their pre order.