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Flawed but entertaining!
on 20 February 2014
“DA: Dawn of the Seeker” is all about Cassandra Pentaghast. If you played DA2 you might know her from being the interrogator Varric tells his story to. I always found her presence in DA2 a bit strange, since the player had no background on her, so in “Dawn of the Seeker” we get her “origin” story. She is also confirmed as a companion for “Dragon Age: Inquisition” so its nice to get this “early” insight into the character. “DoTS” also serves to give us more insight into “The Seekers”, the Chantry's elite fighting group and their dynamic within it and relationship with the templar order. They essentially “watch the watchers” and promise to be of huge importance in “Inquisition” so this anime offers quite a bit of interesting lore about them.
This edition comes with a beautiful cover, a wonderful match for the game's covers, and with two discs. One has the english audio track, the other the japanese. I only watched the english version because I don't think I can get used, after so many hours in the games to “watch” anything “Dragon Age” related in japanese. The voices are decent for the most part even though Cassandra's takes a bit of getting used to. The image is great in my PS3 as is the sound. There's english subtitles but only for hearing impaired, which can be distracting if you just want the dialogs.
The movie itself is average. I enjoyed the animation and there are some truly epic moments, with amazingly detailed dragons and huge fights, but there were also many flaws preventing it from being really great.
Cassandra is a hard character to like, with her seemingly endless thirst for killing and her absolutely annoying behavior. She's also not very smart, to be honest. And she screams a lot. And she really, really, really likes to hack people apart. Did I mention that already? Other flaws include blood mages fighting primarily with blades, hand to hand, instead of... well using blood magic. Rarely do we see any actual magic, instead we get Cassandra slashing through hordes of blood mages like they are harmless grunts. When Cassandra starts killing a few Ogres and Golems, with little effort things start to get silly. Oh and by the way, the Ogres, (darkspawn) are “fighting” alongside the Golems... and both are being controlled by the evil mages... and there's like 20 or 30 of each in once scene. Seriously? This a clear case of putting something in there because its cool and not because it makes the slightest sense in the universe.
Also the villains are more cheesy and goofy than threatening, especially the evil, disfigured, ugly blood mage leader. This guy's design is so cliché its laugh out loud funny.
The movie just never really feels “Dragon Age” although it comes close many times. The ending is epic and satisfying and sets up the beginning of DA2 rather nicely, and we get to see at least one mage, Galyan, that's not either insane or dealing with demons. He's just a regular guy, trying to do the right thing with no secret agenda and after DA2 its nice to see not every mage will turn to blood magic because his toasts burned in the morning.
There's few extras. A few stills, a few interviews with Bioware people hyping the movie and a tour of Bioware studios which for me as a huge fan was very interesting although short.
“Dawn of the Seeker” is a bloody, exciting adventure, within the DA universe, with some interesting lore, especially considering the upcoming “Inquisition”. If you, as a hardcore fan, can forgive some flaws, its fun and entertaining and at least more time inside “Dragon Age”. It could be so much better, but I still recommended it for all the fans.