gamers (63%) found this review helpful
Having played DA1 on a PC, this sequel is a massive disappointment.
Things to consider before renting/buying: - The game no longer feels epic - The sense of massive world scale is gone - There are only two environments to explore (a city, and a small area outside) - The depth of combat is gone - The ability to fully customize your party is gone - The characters are not nearly as memorable - The RPG elements are good, for the sole reason that Bioware already put that component together in DA1.
Bluntly put, this game is a downright embarrassing and dumbed down version of DA1. It has been made linear, streamlined, and aimed to cater to hack-n-slash people. It might be a decent game, but 100% unworthy of being part of the DA franchise.
It is my theory that Bioware was pushed by EA to deliver a linear game in very little time. It is obvious that the success of DA1 inspired corporate greed to want more.
I liked Dragon Age Origins quite a bit. Don't get me wrong. DA2 is fun to play...but gets tedious...quick. The action is improved over Origins. The story was pretty good and their is a ton of side quest. Unfortunately, they re-use the same environments over, and over and over. How many times can I go in the same dungeon to do a "different" yet equally boring mission. Also, for a "blockbuster" game the graphics are mediocre at best. They could have made the game a lot better. Worth a rent, DO NOT buy.
gamers (61%) found this review helpful
Since nobody's bothering to mention it, or at least on the front page of reviews, I'll go for it. The game re-uses physical layouts like crazy. While I can forgive buildings for looking the same since that's pretty realistic, albeit still just laziness on the part of the developers, all the outside scenery is similar to each other as well. As well, all the challenge to romance was thrown out the window when they added the new dialog menu. Not hard to tell which one is a successful flirt when I have a heart popping up in my face. The music feels as though I've heard it before, which is pretty unexciting. There's a distinct lack of ambient sound which, with some help from reused physical layouts, helps me feel like the raider's cavern I've just cleared out is now infested with spiders.
Not to say it's entirely bad, the combat system is somewhat more smooth, though any game that's about the combat does a better job. If you don't care about a few glaring lore WTFs, then the story will be thoroughly entertaining. And hey, warriors aren't just about dual wielding and getting every known haste buff to man in this one. You actually do stuff. Not that you have the option to dual wield as a warrior here, but what do you want from me?