Like a lot of people, the game that got me interested in Bioware was Baldur's Gate. It was my reintroduction to PC RPGs after a very lengthy hiatus, and I really loved that game. It had the most tactically oriented combat that I'd ever experienced in a role-playing game up to that point, there were really interesting characters that would join you on your adventure (the world met Minsc for the first time!), and the game took place in the Forgotten Realms which was one of my favorite fantasy worlds growing up. So yeah, Baldur's Gate was all kinds of awesome for me when it came out.
After playing the game, I made a point of keeping an eye out for whatever other games may come down the line from Bioware. I grabbed Tales of the Sword Coast when it came out, I leaped at Baldur's Gate II and its expansion, and I even played MDK2 when it came out (yes, Bioware even made the occasional game with no RPG elements in it). This process continued right up to the first Knights of the Old Republic, devouring whatever the company had to offer.
|The Baldur's Gate series is one of my absolute favorite RPGs|
I've even been slow to grab the Dragon Age games. I actually like them quite a bit in no small part because the games' combat is much more similar to that of the old Infinity Engine games. It's a lot more tactical. Heck, I even enjoyed Dragon Age II, and I know a lot of people can't stand that game. I thought it was a fun ride, even if players had to spend a ton of time in one town.
|Mass Effect is the first Bioware game that I couldn't get excitied about.|
Will I ever like the series? Who knows!
|Dragon Age was a bit of a|
return to Bioware's roots
Backlash against the company has been building for a while. There was that whole debacle regarding the ending of Mass Effect 3, a lot of people really disliked Dragon Age II, and it's safe to say that Star Wars: The Old Republic was a colossal failure. So, one has to wonder if these things played a part in Bioware's founders deciding to leave. Then again maybe they really are tired of making games, and want to walk away from it all. Whatever the case, they were the last line of defense between Bioware and EA. With them gone, I suspect Electronic Arts will have even more direct control of the company. Sadly, when this has happened in the past it has led to the demise of countless once great studios like Bullfrog, Westwood, and Maxis. It wouldn't come as a surprise if Bioware found itself as the latest addition to this heap of carcasses sooner rather than later.