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.
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.
Cursed by Origin's excellencenemesis44uk | Aug. 19, 2013 | See all nemesis44uk's reviews »
DA2 is the much maligned sequel to Dragon Age: Origins. PC Gamer UK had the temerity to award DA2 95%, earning it the everlasting scorn of the entire internet.
To be sure, this is not a 95% game, but neither is it as bad as a lot of people would have you believe. It has been cursed by DA:O's excellence and to be fair, ANY game would have struggled to live up to that burden of expectation.
DA2 has a clearer, brighter palette (not so much brown) than the original game and a simplified combat dynamic. I was chopping off trolls' heads with gleeful abandon. It is a very different game to the first, but there is still a lot of enjoyment to be had.
Minor quibbles are that it lacks the storyline of the first game, or the races that you can choose.
On the plus side, it has superb voice acting, interesting NPCs and an easier difficulty level than the first game.
I wholeheartedly recommend this game, especially if you were put off by the first one. To people who loved the first game, treat this as a side project and lower expectations accordingly, you might be pleasantly surprised.
Distant from Origins, but good to playMarcoCav | July 3, 2013 | See all MarcoCav's reviews »
Dragon Age II, while distancing himself from its predecessor Origins, remains an excellent role-playing game where the action is particularly strong and the gameplay seem to wink at people who is not fan of this genre. There is no doubt that fans of the predecessor and lovers of hardcore RPG probably will watch with annoyance most of the compromises reached by BioWare.
Distant from Origins, but good to playMarcoCav | July 1, 2013 | See all MarcoCav's reviews »
Dragon Age II, while distancing himself from his predecessor Origins, remains an excellent role-playing game where the action component is particularly strong and mechanics seem to wink at someone who is not super passionate and fanatic, but that is not ashamed to to deepen certain elements of the gameplay that this sequel has to offer. There is no doubt that fans of the predecessor and lovers of hard-core RPG probably will watch with annoyance most of the compromises reached by BioWare.