Reviews for Dragon Age 2

70

Doesn't live up to its prequel, but decent on its own

Danielpf1 | Nov. 1, 2014 | See all Danielpf1's reviews »

Everybody has heared of the black sheep among the bioware RPG's. However it is not that bad. DA:O was (IMHO) in the top ten of best PC games every made, and dragon age 2 had a lot of expectations to meet. Let me start of with the things that are good about this game.

First of all the story is still good and has quite some throwbacks at dragon age origins, for instance Merril showed up as a companion and the whole dalish clan from the dalish origin showed up in this game. Anders also returned from awakening. Besided that it seems to be the bridge between DA:O and DA:I.

THe second thing concerns the combat system, it is more fancy and feels more responsive however later on in the game, when the new wore off, it became just a waiting game.

Now the bad things. Far less loot/gear, sometimes the game take you loot away by initiating a cutscene. Companions dont interact with you anymore as they did in DA:O. Way easier then the first game even on higher difficulties. Quite short for a RPG.

However if you never played origins or just you just forget about origins and treat it as a stand alone or different game in the same universe, it is acutually decent.

TL:DR:

If you haven't played origins: decent game with interesting story If you played origins: Better fighting, still good stories /w throwbacks. Only if you treat it independently of origins

70

Subpar sequel

mcofdiablo | June 22, 2014 | See all mcofdiablo's reviews »

I am a big fan of Dragon Age: Origins. I didn't know about the game before it came out, but when I tried it I fell in love. So when Bioware announced sequel I couldn't wait to get it. And i was a bit disappointed when I did.

First of all, about the good things. The main character got the voice. Bioware took this feature from Mass Effect series and decided to voice the protagonist. And now during cutscenes the main character speaks, moves and interacts with objects of other characters, not only stands like in the Origins. That's a really good addition, makes the game more cinematic.

The story on the one hand is good. It is well told and contains interesting characters who develop throughout it. On the other hand, I expected it to be bigger, more epic! In the Origins we save the world from Archdemon! Here everything happens in the city. The story is more personal, it's only about Hawke and his friends.

And here comes another problem. Small amount of locations. Seriously, there are a few city areas and a few areas outside the city - for the game that will take you some 40 hours to complete!

All in all, it is a disappointing sequel to Origins. As a standalone game it is pretty good. Hopefully, the developers will correct all the mistakes in Inquisition.

65

Dissapointing

Gosen | June 20, 2014 | See all Gosen's reviews »

It's not a gad game, just first Dragon Age was nice surprise and expectations were higher that that. In terms of story maybe it's even better than Origins, but gameplay was made for casual players. Just clicking mouse our characters can own everything without sweat. It seems like game is not made without passion, but just for earning money. Lot of aspects are not made well and game seems somehow unfinished. Level design looks like copy&paste, there is no much diversity here. Character customization is also poorly done. There are not many choices and you have to play default race. Each story s the same, party's inventory is default and you can't change it. Anyway it still can be enjoyable game, but it's definitely not as good as first DA game, not to mention oldschool rpgs like Baldur's Gate.

70

Subpar sequel

mcofdiablo | June 20, 2014 | See all mcofdiablo's reviews »

I am a big fan of Dragon Age: Origins. I didn't know about the game before it came out, but when I tried it I fell in love. So when Bioware announced sequel I couldn't wait to get it. And i was a bit disappointed when I did.

First of all, about the good things. The main character got the voice. Bioware took this feature from Mass Effect series and decided to voice the protagonist. And now during cutscenes the main character speaks, moves and interacts with objects of other characters, not only stands like in the Origins. That's a really good addition, makes the game more cinematic.

The story on the one hand is good. It is well told and contains interesting characters who develop throughout it. On the other hand, I expected it to be bigger, more epic! In the Origins we save the world from Archdemon! Here everything happens in the city. The story is more personal, it's only about Hawke and his friends.

And here comes another problem. Small amount of locations. Seriously, there are a few city areas and a few areas outside the city - for the game that will take you some 40 hours to complete!

All in all, it is a disappointing sequel to Origins. As a standalone game it is pretty good. Hopefully, the developers will correct all the mistakes in Inquisition.

74

Not as good as the first

darkyhbk | June 19, 2014 | See all darkyhbk's reviews »

Dragon Age Origins was one of the best RPG games of modern times. It had everything: varied skills, clever level design, a strong lot with memorable characters, and could easily suck you in for hours and hours. Dragon Age II limits everything it showcases. You play as a pre-defined character, loot variety is much smaller, and so are the arty customization options. The whole complex RPG system present in Origins was dumbed down and simplified to an annoying extent. Combat follows the same rules, but the skills are not as cleverly implemented, and while fights are dramatic and entertaining, they can get boring after a while. The game world is much smaller than in Origins, most of your adventure taking place in various districts of the same city, with some outskirts as well. However, many dungeons seem recycled, and their design is mostly uninspired. On the story side, however, Dragon Age II excels as well as its predecessor. It offers a mature intrigue, interesting plot lines and very complex characters that I got very attached to. They are voiced professionally and extremely well, which goes hand in hand with the superb soundtrack. Flawless execution on the audio side. Unfortunately, the game seems rushed and unfinished at times, and you might get a feeling of claustrofobia later in the game, when you're questing in the very same locations. This is a good game, but by no means the gem Origins was.