Also, as long as I'm bitching, I picked some power that enhanced my Arcane Shield and now it throws off giant blackish waves of energy. Unless I stop and turn off my sustainables talking to anyone is like watching them from across a large grill between the smokey particle effects and "air ripples". If they can lose my helm during those scenes, they should be able to lose the spell effects.
I pretty much got into the habit of stripping 2-3 specific sustainables on my Arcane Mage for converstaions. It actually got me dizzy if the conversation was too long. I wonder if there's a mod to turn the effects off?
I agree that Awakenings lacks the character depth of Origins. I liked Anders as a healer, and he was probably my favorite of the new characters that you can recruit.
I hated Anders in Awakening, but it made me like him in DA2 (because I realized how much less annoying he became).
And yeah, Awakenings characters are the primary reason I found the expansion completely disappointing. The only characters I kinda liked were Justice and Sigrun. Except she didn't really have much of a character beyond "Can I go die now?
" and I only liked him for letting me learn about the Fade/Spirits.
Ohgren was especially bad. They not only vamped up his lecherous drunkenness, but they also added abandonment of family to the mix. Every single time he talked in Awakening, I had to suppress my desire to facepalm.