Reviews for Dragon Age 2 (NA) DNS

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A horrible sequel to a good game

GordonFreechmen | Jan. 7, 2013 | See all GordonFreechmen's reviews »

The game is terrible compared to the first. If you haven't played either of them you might find some enjoyment in this, but if you have played the first you will a very lackluster version of the same game. Not enough was changed to really make the game feel new, but enough was changed to make it worse. They removed the tactical view from the PC version for some reason. You can no longer dress you allies. The types of builds you can make are far less varied. The story makes no sense. There are less areas than the first and a lot of them are reused. Bioware made it clear that the choices you made in the first didn't really matter at all, which I feel insulted by. There really is no reason to get this game, get the first instead.

60

Buy the original.

AppleMuffin | Dec. 24, 2012 | See all AppleMuffin's reviews »

Honestly, DA 2 is much more fast paced than DA:O. This is both a good and bad thing. I liked the combat much more, as it was way more exciting than in DA:O where you sort of just hack at each other in slow motion. But DA:O has charm, and DA 2 doesn't. It's clear how much more love was put in DA:O.

DA 2 often has you revisiting the same locations over and over again - in fact the entire game takes place around a single city. While this feature supposedly brings the player to a certain familiarity with the character of the city, I thought that was bull and the devs got lazy.

One nice thing about the game is that the main character Hawke actually speaks in the game. But that's about the only redeeming quality I can think of. There is drastically reduced customization - allies have fixed armor sets, Hawke MUST be a human, everything is much more streamlined.

The dialogue is good as the first, and you do have to take some strategic point towards the game at times, but seriously, avoid this game and play the first one, which was loads better.

60

An ungraceful sequel

nairume | Dec. 23, 2012 | See all nairume's reviews »

Bioware's Dragon Age was a good game. It was a very good game. However, it did have its share of problems. The combat was rooted in mechanics pioneered by Bioware in the 90's, but had done little to change since. The setting was relatively generic, leaving players in a situation where characters would speak of far more interesting locations far away from where they were playing. Furthermore, while it was definitely a popular game, it did not receive quite the level of popularity that Bioware or owner Electronic Arts sought with its franchise.

Dragon Age II sought to address all of these issues, and did so in a varying level of degrees. The combat issues were address, and Bioware's solution to make things more actions brings a lot more freshness to the game, perhaps being one of the few positive changes between the games. While the city of Kirkwall was a much more interesting location than much of the first game's setting, players spend most of the game in it, ruining the fresh feeling pretty quickly. Also, in an effort to make the game more marketable, the story was simplified and changed up to be more of a power fantasy for the character to play, as if it were Call of Duty meets Dungeons & Dragons. This leaves the writing feeling rather embarassing at its best and insulting at its worst. The asthetical quality of the game is also incredibly lacking, with an iffy art direction and unmemorable score.

Ultimately, the game is still moderately fun, as the combat is still interesting enough to let you choke through the rest of the game. If you do choose to try it out, my advise is to lie back and think of Orlais.

51

When you Rush a product you get This

Mechafury | Dec. 9, 2012 | See all Mechafury's reviews »

Before I start this review, YOU who ever is considering buying dragon age II. please go buy the ultimate edition play dragon age origins and awakening with all the amazing expansion packs.

You done, great now you can understand my point of view when i played dragon age II. I was really excited for this game, I have the special collectors edition on my shelve collecting dust. This game takes people and characters you don't know and frankly after the first 6 hours you stop caring at all. Now yes the game looks great the spell effects are good they streamlined the combat system to make things easier and more fast paced but what i couldn't bear to see was a tarnishing of an amazing brand. Constant refreshing of dungeons and levels you will see the same cave at level 5 all the way to the end of the game they refresh maps, enemy's, even items.

Quest don't seem as open ended the game felt like one straight path from beginning to end with the occasional you want to be good or bad. Now again comparing dragon age 1 and 2 first 3 hours Wow i mean its no contest play dragon age one.

DA 1 - you start off on your own custom prequel depending on your class/story/background/ you then witness and epic battle between man and evil and the game only goes up!

DA 2 - your a refugee that escapes the ransacking of there home village, to escape to another village. that don't like refugees, but you used to be rich. so you work your way up to get your family's name back and then you join an expedition to........ Seriously

You have plenty of games to play and I highly doubt your going to need to play dragon age 2 to understand 3 that's coming out, Play origins and awakening and enjoy a bigger more fun and better experience that will last with you as memories till the day you die.

61

Stylish combat, unfilled story.

das_regal | Sept. 25, 2012 | See all das_regal's reviews »

Dragon Age II starts out on a high note. It emphasizes the humor of one of the better characters, makes grand promises about the direction of the narrative, and showcases the newly improved, fluid combat system. There's a lot to look forward to.

The first of the three acts plays out much as you would hope, but by the end of the game, the way things sloppily close will leave you feeling all kinds of unsatisfied. The game is like a lover that walks away when you're halfway to climax without an explanation.

Perhaps the post-launch DLC remedies some of this, and at this price I suppose you could forgive that, but buyer beware: Dragon Age II does not feel like a complete game out of the box. The story feels unfinished, the dungeons are needlessly recycled, a lot of the item models are straight out of the previous game, and importing what happened in the first game doesn't have as huge of an effect as it does in the Mass Effect games.