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This is my first Bioware product and I have to say that I am indeed satisfied with this purchase. I have not touched the first in the series, Dragon Age:Origins, I intend to play that soon. Hence this review will not compare but rather state as I see it.
The game is told in a storytelling fashion and its storyteller 'Varric Tethras' makes it quite interesting and explains the situation to the gamer and the listener, as one progresses further into the story. The story surrounds Hawke rise to the Champion of Kirkwall through various events that takes place throughout the game. The plot surrounding the predicament of Kirkwall, mages and templars, the Qunari who happens to be immune to a certain element at nightmare, demons, blood mages is bound to get you caught up in this game. Codex can be collected to help learn further about lore, monsters, characters and so on.
The battle system is engaging, fast and makes you feel like the boss, it is relatively simple to use and can be quite fulfilling once it is mastered. Although, there are glitches in gameplay like having my mage locked out of the battle area and hitting cliff sides instead of the enemy.
It is a RPG game so there is character customization and a variety of things that can be done to them. The game features four levels of difficulty, nightmare being the most difficult of all, with happens to focus a lot on backstabbing... 'literally'. All in all though, I have played on normal and have had challenging fights so imagined how hard nightmare mode is.The party members are interesting folks and tend to leave you in giggles hearing some of their conversations while you complete missions and tarry through Kirkwall.
However, for all the glory of this game, there was a disappointment, the graphics and maps. Don't get me wrong, its not PS1 quality but it has a washout look to it and as for the maps, it is same thing over and over. Maybe a different year in kirkwall but there is no randomization, just the same maps throughout the entire game with accessible and some in accessible parts at various parts of the game.
In concluding, I must say I absolutely enjoyed this game, my first playthrough was with a rogue and I finish the game in 41 hours, so it has good longevity. There is also downloadable content, Legacy and Mark of the Assassin to keep one occupied. The DLCs give up to five hours of extra game play. I am now playing with the mage at normal, as I intend to do the other two modes (hard and nightmare). The game is definitely worth its value, I recommend it to anyone who likes RPGs, unfortunately it has been removed from steam so maybe a purchase from amazon would do. Game on!
This game definitely had a lot to live up to. Not only was the game before this very enjoyable, but it received numerous rewards for being one of the best in its kind. This game has definitely been rushed, and it is very noticeable when playing. Even during the press conferences, the developers admitted that they were forced put out a game ASAP. This is not a good sign, as rushed games are not always the best.
I found this game to be interesting and be a pleasure to play. Often, i was sucked into the political struggles that was brought upon this fantasy world. It was a very enjoyable experience influencing others to progress in this struggle. The choices that you have to make in this game are very fun, and give the game a different twist. You can play as a warrior, rogue, or a mage. The game will be a bit different when you play with a different class, and that's what really enjoyable. It is also very interesting to see how your character develop over time.
Overall, this game was a rather enjoyable one. Although it was nowhere near as great as the original masterpiece (Dragon Age: Origins), it is still a good game for what it is worth. Although a lot of people have been extremely negative about this game, it is not as bad as some people say.
I thought the first Dragon Age: Origins game was average, but DA2 is simply awful.
In an interview a developer for DA2 admitted that EA forced them to churn out a sequel only a year after the huge success of the first game. And it shows. Boy does it show.
The first indication I got that this was a rush job was during character creation. In the original you could play a Human, Elf or Dwarf and choose a background and social class that had an impact on the first stage of the game. Not so anymore. This time you're a human warrior, mage or rogue and your name has to be Hawke. That's it.
The story revolves around your rise to becoming Champion of Kirkwall (a big city). This means Kirkwall is the 'hub' and your travel out to dungeons and other areas from here. Immediately this dissolves the chance of any good story, as you're not able to move around the world as you could in the first game.
Then there's the dungeons. You visit the same locations many times, and minimum effort has been made to provide variety. Some rooms close off, some others open up, and sometimes you go through the dungeon backwards. Eventually you notice that statues chests and even entire room layouts are copy/pasted into different rooms. Game resources, sound and visual effects have been lifted from the first game, some have been polished, then they've just been dropped in DA2.
Then there's the combat. It's still the reactive strategic combat system from the first one, but what DA2 does is spawn enemies from nowhere a seemingly random number of times. The first game you could always see your enemies and plan spells/potions/powers accordingly. Now you just have to sort of guess.
There's the usual Bioware 'real life' simulating. You have to keep your party happy, smooth their ruffled feathers and start relationships with them. This time around your character has a voice and is so unlikeable and witlessly cocky I found cutscenes painful to watch.
EA have long been a toxic influence on gaming, but DA2 shows a new level of their disregard for gamers. This is a truly cynical attempt to cash in on the goodwill that the first game generated. Go to hell EA.