Well, I'm happy to say I was wrong to worry about the ending being too abrupt. I am close to the end of the main story, yes - but it doesn't end in the way I worried it would. I mean, it might still, but as far as I can tell ( I peeked at the number of main story quests
- avoiding actual spoilers, of course ) the ending is ... well - it looks promising.
I'm still slightly disappointed in the ratio of story to filler content ( and I still have no idea what the reviewer who claimed there was 'no side / main quest separation' was smoking ), but at least the main story missions have been good. Like, really good. I'm impressed, actually. I do have one small complaint, though ( spoilers for one of the last main story quests ):
Ancient elves? REALLY? And they look and behave exactly like the most typical ancient elves ever? Remarkably similar to the ancient elves of the Elder Scrolls? Come on. Getting to know more about the story of the elves is great, and a lot of it was really good. We always knew the Dalish represented a bastardized version of ancient elven culture, but actually finding the evidence was really interesting.
Still. Ancient, hibernating elves. When you're trying to write in some sort of major twist, at least try to make it slightly less clichéd, okay? Okay!
I'm happy, though. I'm also happy to say again that I'm looking forward to playing through the game again. I doubt I'll do two complete playthroughs back-to-back, but eventually I will. I'll just have to be careful to avoid going with exactly the same character ( I do love and adore my Elven Rift Mage who hooked up with Sera, but . . . ), as I end up doing in so many Bioware games ( I can't count the times I played a Paragon Shepard and picked Tali, or played a Hawke who can't stay serious in any situation ).
My plan for my next character: Human Reaver. If only female humans didn't look so ... yeah, their options aren't all that good. But I want a character to get in Cullen's pants. Cullen is adorable.