So I've been playing a second run through on dragon age rolling a dahlish elf dual wielding berserker. The most recent quest gave me the "evil" option to destroy some sacred ashes by pissing on them or something in exchange I unlock the reaver specialization class.
Unfortunately two of my companions were "unhappy" with this turn of events as a result I'm now down one lock picker and one healer mage. Which is unfortunate as I'll have to try and respec some of my remaining character to fill those roles. If I'd thought about it I would have taken more "evil" henchmen with me for that mission and everything would be fine at least till I got back to camp. I also lacked the room in my inventory to loot all their stuff so had to make do with stealing the best bits.
Anyway it's a bit of an odd reaction for this one act where for comparison on my previous run through I sold the soul of a young boy to a demon receive evil blood magic and no one batted an eyelid. Admittedly at the time I was in some sort of dream realm so none of my party noticed me signing away the soul of one boy in the blood of the innocent. Still you'd think they'd notice my sudden power to cause peoples bodies to erupt blood through their eyes.
The blood magic thing in Dragons age does seem a bit arbitrary I mean why is that power off limits when there are whole schools of other powers that allow a mage to incinerate their foes to ash, or one of my favourites turn enemies into a wandering explosive devices, summon skeletons zombies or what have you, or any number of other fairly dark and violent powers. In some ways the powers you gain for blood mage are fairly weak beyond one that allows you to dominate one character.
It does feel that the bad path for dragon age is less well thought out than the good path less like the Mass effect 2 renegade paragon where either option gives advantages in this is seems good give you the additional gifts of loyal followers where as bad just gives you the odd chuckle and the occasional specialist class. If there is going to be a morality thing I like it to have some practical effect.
It's funny coming back a few months on to notice other things that could have been done better one thing I miss in Dragon Age vs say Mass effect is the full voice acting, it does make the scenes much more engaging I know why they didn't put a voice in but still I think since all the other characters are voiced they should have voiced the main ones too.