First off, this review is coming from someone who logged over 300 hours in Dragon Age: Origins. Bioware decided to take a new approach to this game, give it a more Mass Effect appeal with hack n slash combat. With a few excellent upgrades from the first, they fell in a lot of other areas.
Story: A refugee becomes the savior of the city of Kirkwall. Which for the record, you hardly ever leave the city, so if you were hoping for a big world adventure, your out of luck. Basically the story revolves around the Chantry against the Mages. You can be good or bad, and if you import Dragon Age: Origins character in you get unique dialogue and quests. The story will keep you amused, but not on the edge of your seat. 6/10
Characters: Excellent job here. They made each character very unique in their own way. Each character has a skill tree only they can use, and all of their personalities shine very bright. Easy to fall in love with the characters and how they react to you. 10/10
Combat: Yes and No. While more abilities add more fun to combat, it just seems a little over the top. It's fast paced, and very rugged, as in you have to mash buttons. Aside from playing as a rogue not much strategy involved, which sucks. You can set up your party skill trees and they react very good, but if you enjoyed how the first game felt, you will hate this game. 5/10
Graphics/Sound : Very good, a lot more voice actors and sound effects, visuals are more bright then the first game. 9/10
Replay Value: This game is LONG! One playthrough without side quests, knowing what your doing, will last you a good 30 hours. With side quests, your looking 50 to 60, because there are a lot. From my perspective, once I was finally done I really didn't want to go through all that again. But I do see future replay as different classes and personalities. 7/10
In summary, Bioware did do a good job on this game. But I think they strayed from the path a little too much. Definitely worth a rent
posted by jayroboy12 (LOUISVILLE, KY) Mar 30, 2011
Member since Oct 2009
Dragon Age 2 is another rpg hit from bioware. With some big upgrades and a different story from the first game. The story starts off with your character, who is named Hawke, trying to get his family out of Lothering, which if you played the first was destroyed by the Blight. They escape to the city of Kirkwall which is like the home base of the Templars. With no coin, Hawke tries to make a name for himself by accomplishing difficult tasks to help his family survive in the city. Even when the Blight is over Hawke still remains in Kirkwall. The main point is to become the Champion of Kirkwall.
The Gameplay is very different from the first Dragon Age. You dont just press a button and your character attacks, this time you need to to move around more and you need to keeping pressing buttons to attack. You still have special moves and leveling up is easier too. You can customize your character by being a boy or girl. There are 3 classes. First is warrior, which is more for strength and defense in case of tough enemies. Second is Rogue, which does not have a good defense but makes up for it with speed and attack. Also you can enter stealth to escape enemies and heal. Rogue is my favorite. Last is the Mage which wasnt a very easy class in the first game. The mage is now a lot easier to control and their magic attacks are even stronger than most of your other characters, but has the weakest defense. I did not like Mage before and now I enjoy it. You can also import the choices you made from the first Dragon Age.
The bad part about this game is that you stay in Kirkwall and dont go anywhere else. You see a lot of the same areas. There are also a few bugs in the game but I am pretty sure that Bioware will fix them. If get past all that it is actually really good. I have already beaten it twice and I am gonna do a another playthrough. I would rent this first because there is so much of a difference between this one and the first but I still enjoy it.
posted by bishop228 (BAY SAINT LOUIS, MS) Mar 29, 2011
Member since Mar 2011
All I have to say is wow, this game is amazing, i was hooked from the very beginning. I'm a huge RPG fan and am very unhappy about the library of RPGS for the 360 but the withe the addition of DA:2 there is a little more happiness in my heart. I'm on my second play through and I see many more play throughs in my future with this title. It's a sure buy but rent it if you don't believe me.