Monday, September 27

The Best Bioware Games of All Time | Digital Trends Spanish

We felt it was time to review the entire catalog of BioWare games and list your best titles of all time. The top spots on this particular list were difficult to put in order, and depending on the franchise, setting, or playstyle, you’ll probably be ordering them slightly differently.

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BioWare has been one of the most prominent western developers of role-playing games (RPG) during decades. They left their mark on the industry early on by creating deep stories told with a level of writing that would otherwise be absent in video games in general.

Not only were they masters at crafting original stories, they even managed to inject new ideas and twists into existing franchises. In those early days, BioWare was strictly a developer for computer platforms, but little by little it has moved on to developing console-centric experiences and arguably they are now more known for these games, than for their previous work.

After so many years releasing tons of games, BioWare has given us some absolute classics, as well as some major disappointments. No developer is perfect, and BioWare is proof that even critically acclaimed game sequels may fall short of their predecessors for one reason or another.

1. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

(Xbox, PC, IOS, Android)

Acquire the license of Star warsEspecially at the time BioWare did it, it was certainly a daunting task. On the one hand, you have the almost legendary status of the original trilogy to live up to, but also, the obligation to overcome the bad taste that the prequels left in many of the fans.

In an effort to avoid stepping on ancient ground and risk angering fans, the BioWare team made the brilliant decision to place their original Star Wars game thousands of years before the events of any movie. That gave them complete freedom to tell their own unique Star Wars story without having to worry about contradicting any existing lore.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is legitimately among the best media related to Star wars ever created. Your character’s story, which begins the game with amnesia, is totally driven by your choices and actions.

Depending on what you do or do not do, you will tend more towards the light side or the dark side of the Force, but even then, you will never have to wield a lightsaber if you don’t want to. The combat is basic, but with tons of different settings and abilities to experiment with.

Nor can we forget the cast of members of the group. HK-47 alone is worth the price of admission, but it’s also worth spending some time on the rest of your crew.

Total, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic set the blueprint for what would make the best of BioWare’s best games in terms of character, choice, and role-playing mechanics, but elevated for being better than most of the films in the franchise it’s based on.

2. Mass Effect 2

(PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC)

Shephard shooting Geth.

From the trilogy of Mass effect, there is an argument between the first and the second game about which people prefer. Most, at least so it seems, consider the second to be the most prominent thanks to it being the most balanced game BioWare had created to that satisfying point, along with its solid writing and meaningful decisions.

Those who prefer the first game often cite the deeper level of RPG systems, like skill point allocation and the like, which were simplified into Mass effect 2, but that they helped the series reach a much wider audience who expected a more polished shooter experience.

In terms of history, while the general plot of Mass effect 2 found in a somewhat strange place as the middle chapter of a planned trilogy, it managed to satisfy most of the players and prepare them for the final installment.

BioWare slipped a bit by adding a comprehensive story beat as downloadable content (DLC), which not everyone would get, leading to some confusion about what happened between games. Speaking of DLC though, this is where it got Lair of the Shadowbroker, which by itself is considered one of the best DLC ever released.

Almost everything was improved in Mass effect 2, from the cast, the side missions, and the removal of the Mako, to name a few. While we would never recommend skipping the first game, many people enjoyed the series simply by jumping to Mass effect 2.

3. Baldur’s Gate 2: Shadows of Amn


A wizard casting spells in a ring of fire.

Ask any older computer gamer, or many Western RPG developers, what are the most influential RPGs of all time, and they will very likely mention Baldur’s Gate 2: Shadows of Amn.

Even people who have never played a game of Baldur’s Gate have probably heard the many accolades this game continues to receive for how good it is.

To date, it’s still the seventh highest-scoring computer game of all time on Metacritic, and the second-best if you narrow it down to just RPGs. While BioWare would eventually have an unpredictable relationship with the aftermath, Baldur’s gate 2 it is certainly the strongest of all.

Set on the main stage of Dungeons and Dragons, Baldur’s Gate 2 is the pinnacle of translating the pencil and paper role-playing experience into a digital space. Sure, you can’t do anything you can think of in a traditional game of Dungeons and dragons, but this game is very close.

You have a wide cast of characters of different personalities, races, classes and relationships that will accompany you in the conclusion of the search for Bhaalspawn that began in the first game. You can even expose your character from that game, which was still a novel concept at the time.

The influence of this series is so strong that a third game is currently in production, developed by another studio. If you have the means to do it, you won’t regret going back to this classic.

4. Mass Effect

(PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC)

Seran and red geth in a gray room.

Starting a new franchise is not easy. If you add to that that it is planned to be a new trilogy of games, it almost begs failure and yet BioWare managed to do the impossible with the first Mass effect.

Not only did they create their own entire universe, with a host of races, each with their own unique traits and stories that intertwine in various ways, but they also inserted the player without overloading them with hours of boring expositions or texts.

Yes, there is a very extensive codex with pages of history to read, but that is only for players who really want to get into the details of things. If you just want to reproduce the story, everything you need to know is presented organically.

Mass effect it was a vital step in BioWare’s transition to development in the console space. It wasn’t his first game to hit consoles, but it was certainly his biggest and most ambitious.

They had to find a way to balance the complexity that their PC RPG players expected from their games with the accessibility and more direct action that console gamers craved.

While the shootout was pretty stiff, without all the interesting or dynamic AI to fight against, and slightly clunky menus, there was no other game that offered the same experience as Mass effect when it was launched. Thanks to the Legendary Edition, this first game is also even more polished.

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