Dragon Age 2
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"A visceral, well-written and worthy sequel to an excellent game, with huge potential to become a modern classic." - PCFormat
"a perfect example of how a great sequel should be put together." - GameFocus.ca
Experience the epic sequel to the 2009 Game of the Year from the critically acclaimed makers of Dragon Age: Origins and Mass Effect 2. You are one of the few who escaped the destruction of your home. Now, forced to fight for survival in an ever-changing world, you must gather the deadliest of allies, amass fame and fortune, and seal your place in history. This is the story of how the world changed forever. The legend of your Rise to Power begins now.
- Embark upon an all-new adventure that takes place across an entire decade and shapes itself around every decision you make.
- Determine your rise to power from a destitute refugee to the revered champion of the land.
- Think like a general and fight like a Spartan with dynamic new combat mechanics that put you right in the heart of battle whether you are a mage, rogue, or warrior.
- Go deeper into the world of Dragon Age with an entirely new cinematic experience that grabs hold of you from the beginning and never lets go.
- Discover a whole realm rendered in stunning detail with updated graphics and a new visual style.
Not as great as Origins, but still a fine RPGSganotak | Jan. 23, 2014 | See all Sganotak's reviews »
Being released in less than a year after Dragon Age Origins was done with it's DLC, it was widely suspected that Dragon Age 2 would be a rushed product. This is partially true as DA2 doesn't even come close to the greatness of Origins. However it is still a great RPG bearing Bioware's seal of quality
Unlike Origins, in DA2 you play as a fully voiced character with a fixed race and background, similarly to Bioware's other epic, Mass Effect. This character, Hawke (whom you can freely customize in gender, appearance and class), is forced to escape Lothering with his family after the Darkspawn attack and settle in the city of Kirkwall, where the events of the game will take place
The story is good but it lacks the consistency and scope of Origins. It consists of three main acts, which are not very connected. Don't be worried though, the narrative is still the strongest part of the game and there are lots of different decisions that you make throughout the storyline that will affect later events. The dialogue system is very reminiscent to that of Mass Effect and most of the followers that you will acquire during your quests are interesting and full of personality.
The combat received a major overhaul and became more flashy, stylish and streamlined. I loved Origins' old school combat system but I have to admit that I enjoyed the changes that DA2 made a lot, since it achieved a good balance between tactical and action gameplay.
The graphics sport a more cartoony look but retain the gory and brutal animations that made Origins so awesome. The musical score is also impressive and the Voice actors do a very good job at bringing their characters to life
What's wrong with Dragon Age 2, is that it made a lot of compromises due to it's short development time. The majority of the action of the game takes place in the city of Kirkwall, so you will be visiting the same areas over and over again, even when you venture outside the city's walls you will soon realize that all the dungeons and outdoor areas are generic and identical. Another major problem is the lack of loot variety and most importantly follower customization, which was present in Origins. Finally, despite it's strong narrative and plot, Hawke's story arc seems really minor and irrelevant to the events of Origins and the universe of Dragon Age in general
Dragon Age 2 may take several steps forward for the series, but at the same time it takes an even or greater number of steps back. It is impressive however that Bioware despite all the pressure to quickly release a sequel for the widely successful Origins managed to deliver another great story-driven RPG. Therefore I strongly recommend this game.
50/50Mscigniew | Jan. 3, 2014 | See all Mscigniew's reviews »
Ok this one is pretty hard to judge,why?Because the first Dragon Age is legendary,almost perfect.With that in mind expectations go high,and DA 2 does not meet them.The game came out simply unfinished,you can feel it you can see it,its all over the game.But looking at DA 2 without the burden of DA:O,its decent piece of RPG,the fighting is done very effective,its simply fun to slay enemies.Story aint bad but not as epic as first one.After I dealt with unfullfield expectations I must say that I did enjoy the game and will remember it for a long time.
If ill judge it by DA franchise standards I will give it 5/10 But as a solo RPG I give it 8/10
Mixed Opinonakaman16 | Dec. 20, 2013 | See all akaman16's reviews »
This game isn't bad, it just fails to achieve the heights of the first game. Its combat is improved with its animations looking slick but its suffers from pacing issues as you tend to be in one location the whole game, this starts to get tedious as you will be given the same fetch quests, I didn't feel invested in the characters, I didn't feel like what I did mattered in the grand scheme of the story. The game is a mixed bag the combat is fun and challenging but the story fails to deliver, hopefully the next game in the series will learn from the short comings of this tittle.
A tacky hat on an otherwise brilliant outfit.Dancer087 | Nov. 26, 2013 | See all Dancer087's reviews »
There's something a little bit ominous going on when a game series goes from 'Origins' to 'Awakening' and then to simply '2'. You don't have to explore much further before it's apparent that something has been compromised along the way.
Don't get me wrong, the game is competent enough to be fun and engaging. It's major flaw however is It's streamlining of most of the primary mechanics - such as combat and dialogue. So, instead of having a plethora of responses and topics to discuss you're given a Mass Effect-esque pie of saying something which is either, good, bad or blah. The placement of these morale alignments are always in the same place so you don't even need to pay attention to what you're saying in order to achieve the desired response.
The Combat has been overhauled from 'tactical and challenging' to simply, 'sexy looking'. While the combat system of the previous games in the series were reminiscent of games such as Star Wars : Knights of the Old Republic, the new system is much more similar to Dynasty Warriors. In the same way with the dialogue, you no longer really need to pay much attention to what you're doing in order to do well.
Had this game been released under a different name and a different story, it would have done very well. And so I can only really recommend this to anyone who has never played any previous Dragon Age title. If you're a fan of the the first instalments and are looking to carry on the epic adventure, I'm afraid you've been doomed.
Simply a Solid GameLleris | Oct. 7, 2013 | See all Lleris's reviews »
Now, many will gripe over how it wasn't better than Origins. Having played both, I agree in many senses that Origins was better. However, there was very little in Dragon Age 2 that I didn't enjoy. The storyline was satisfying and left me in great anticipation for DA3. Gameplay was mostly fluid and suffered no major problems for me. There may have been a few bugs and glitches here and there, but even Skyrim and Oblivion had these in their immense worlds.
I think it is due to the fact that I played 2 before Origins which leaves me without the stigma of disappointment.
Is Origins better than 2? Yes. Does this prevent 2 from being an awesome game? By no means.
Perhaps you expected more after playing Origins, but in all due honesty, it's not a bad game if you look at it as a stand-alone game.