Gaming blog Screen Play, written by Jason Hill of The Sydney Morning Herald, featured a fan driven competition in search of gamer’s most memorable moments from BioWare’s many successful franchises. The contest, which ran in recognition of the release of BioWare’s Dragon Age II highlighted gamer’s memories every BioWare title from Baldur’s Gate to Mass Effect.
Popular choices included game shaking plot twists in Knights of the Old Republic and Mass Effect II, praises of gameplay elements in Jade Empire and Dragon Age: Origins and celebration of characters including everybody’s favorite blue alien Liara T’soni, the evil (and sarcastic) protocol droid HK-47 from Knights of the Old Republic and the incomparable ranger Minsc from Baldur’s Gate and his miniature giant space hamster Boo.
Sadly, I have not received my copy of Dragon Age II yet as finding affordable shipping to my island state is difficult to say the least. I am however, excited for the game (as mentioned in my impressions of the demo) and have had my share of experiences to BioWare’s many franchises. I’d have to say my favorite BioWare moments have to be:
- The final battle at the Citadel in Mass Effect.
Not only was the fight between the rogue Spectre Saren a challenging and lengthy fight chock full of well written dialogue, but the accompanying space battle between Saren’s Geth fleet led by the Reaper Sovereign and the Citadel was some of the most incredible space-combat not found in a Sci-Fi epic. The player is also given the choice of whether to save the (rather unsupportive) council aboard the Destiny Ascension before confronting Saren.
- Discovering your true identity at the end of Knights of the Old Republic.
Not only were you without any memories throughout the entirety of the original KotOR, but I spent the majority of the game living as a Jedi and pursuing a morally sound persona. This build up came shattering to the ground when you discover that Darth Revan, the missing Sith Lord who worked hand in hand with villian Darth Malak, was your former identity before the memory loss. In 2003, this type of plot twist was unheard of and resonated deeply with me.
- Minsc the ranger with his companion Boo the miniature giant space hamster in Baldur’s Gate.
Minsc never seemed like he was all there, maybe took a few too many clubs to the head as a child. He did, after all, have purple face paint. And he carried with him Boo, whom he claimed to be a miniature giant space hamster that fell from the sky after he sustained a head injury. Character back story aside, Minsc was an effective character that always stayed in my Baldur’s Gate party for his combat ability…and his battle cries.
“Magic is impressive, but now Minsc leads! Swords for everyone!”
“You point, I punch.”
“Go for the eyes Boo, go for the Eyes! Raaaaaah!”
“Camaraderie, adventure, and steel on steel. The stuff of legends! Right Boo?”