I, too, liked the fade. It is unique to the rest of the game and, as a result, a nice change. Oblivion is like an FPS-RPG where Dragon Age is a RTS-RPG. In Oblivion you were almost always by yourself while in Dragon Age, sometimes you are required to take a companion and most of the time, you will have three companions with you less your ass gets handed to you. Dragon Age is most similar to the Witcher, if you have played that. They are clearly running on a derivative of the same engine... Personally, the Witcher and Oblivion are tied for first. Dragon Age falls short of them both. Dragon Age isn't bad but those two games do just about everything right. If you are looking for Witcher with companions, Dragon Age is a good match.