First a disclaimer: I’m a huge fan of Dragon Age: Origins. Origins was cleverly designed with addictive gameplay and an epic story that had me talking about it long after I put down the controller. I had a lot of hope for Dragon Age II but after playing the demo I started to have reservations. In the end I put my doubts aside and purchased the game on opening day. It turns out that my concerns were well founded as there are many serious flaws in an otherwise potentially impressive game.
Let’s start with the good: DA2 has some of the best story telling I’ve seen in a game to date. Like other Bioware games, DA2 isn’t afraid to punch you in the stomach with cold hard reality and situations that don’t have a happy ending. Also, the use of political agendas and back-biting was a refreshing change from the standard “storm the castle, save the princess” story.
Now for the bad: My biggest gripe with DA2 was the constant recycling of maps. I truly cannot comprehend the logic behind this decision. It really feels like a lazy, amateurish shortcut. While the story was excellent, it felt fragmented and lost amongst the other missions yet too linear due to the lack of available exploration. The graphics were a step up from Origins but the texture of the armor in close-ups looked extremely low-res, especially next to the crisp facial renderings. It kind of looks like a character from an Xbox 360 game wearing armor from a Playstation 2 game. The combat system felt subpar and overly simple with too much button mashing. The final cut scene was shorter than most of the other cut scenes in the game, finished with a cliffhanger, and didn’t provide any background story on the city or your characters like in Origins.
In the end I think they game was good but didn’t nearly reach its potential. Many flaws coupled with what seemed like a lazy rush-job greatly hampered my enjoyment of this game. I would still recommend this game to others but advise them to keep their expectations low.
Pros: 1.Great Dialogue. 2.Fairly long campaign. Recommend doing the side missions because there isn't many main missions. 3.Great graphics. 4.Nice loading screens. 5.Plenty of skills to choose from.
Cons: 1.The absolute worst locations/level design ever in a video game! You constantly running through the same exact areas over and over again to complete random missions. (If you see a review that doesn't say this its obviously from a die hard fanboy or someone who is literally blind) 2.Nearly no customization.(In a RPG game! WTH!!) You can't change you companions armor, you can only upgrade it. You also can't choose a different race. Only Human. 3.Low level cap! (Lets just say a 2 month old infant can count higher than the level cap) 4.No tactics. Just keep smashing the A button while your skills are cooling down. That's it! 5.Unappealing weapon skins. Most weapons looks exactly the same. For example, you have a hammer called "Mauler" and another hammer called "War Hammer". Well the only difference are the names and the stats. They look exactly the same. 6.No free roam. Choose an area,explore it, return to the city, start a new mission, go back to the same area you just where at to finish a previous mission. Rinse and repeat over and over and over again until you finally go insane. Its just an unwanted headache, disappointing.