Dragon Age 2
As a sequel it doesn't deliver
The overall graphics are better than Origins, but the details are where they mess it up. Every character has the same look to them, namely an elongated face. The Elves are horrible looking, and since when did Sten have horns?
The thing I loved most about the original game was the interaction between the party members. Some of that is still present but not enough to get you really invested in your party.
The worst is that it plays like an action game, not an RPG. They would have been better off buying the fighting control from the God of War franchise (or even Fable) which at least doesn't make it annoying to get to all of your talents. (I played it on xbox platform, maybe different for PC players) The end result is that my thumb has the famous button mashing spot on it.
Bottom line wait for it to be cheaper before buying. As a sequel it isn't worth $60 and as a stand alone game its still not worth $60 brand new.
Little known fact about Bioware
Ok, so it's not so little known that Bioware never sacrifices the story of a game. No matter what they endeavor to do they do it to the fullest. The rich background of the characters, the plot and different sub-plots, the and quality of the game play are always the standard other companies strive to achieve. They are the best of the best when it comes to telling and epic story and I suspect that Dragon Age II will be no different. I, for one, cannot wait for this game to come out. I have already pre-ordered it and I know that I will be playing it non-stop, at least once, to appreciate the complexity of the story.
It was nice
I fell in love with Dragon Age Origins, i even have two different copy's of the game one for PC and other for 360. I waited really long time for Dragon Age 2. There were many positives and some negatives. As many people said and personally, i think it was rushed, but over all it was good. Very limited party interaction was a big downer, so as world interaction. I wasn't very pleased with story, but it was satisfactory and made me hope that Dragon Age 3 will be different. It felt like the whole story was just chopped down just so they can make Dragon Age 3. it was a nice touch that they made main character vocal, but i think it was a big negative, because it limited total interaction with other characters. On other hand i was very pleased with class skills, even after it felt that they really under power mages. Overall i was happy with it and i dont understand why people were displeased with it, yea story could of used lot of work but overall game was alright.
Average, but enjoyable
Unfortunately BioWare has sold itself to the EA devil, and this game exemplifies it perfectly. The game was obviously rushed, and does not live up to its predecessor. Where DA:O presented you with an epic story, DA2's "story" is barely present. I often found myself questioning "why am I doing this?". Because I really had no idea why I (or my Hawke) was supposed to care about anything going on. Quests do not have much variety, and you will see the same few dungeons over and over again. In DA:O you really felt like you were traveling to different places, but in Kirkwall you visit the same boring looking places--if you even leave the city. The graphics leave a lot to be desired for a 2011 game.
While the game is absolutely average, it does have a few redeeming qualities. Combat is fun, though "consolized" but that is a matter of personal taste. There are a few strong companion personalities that make the game fun, and I found myself enjoying my companion's personal quests more than the overarching story.
Not worth $60, perhaps something to pick up when it's closer to $20. This game does a disservice to DA:O, but is not totally irredeemable.
Dragon Age = best fantasy RPG, DA2 will top it!
Bioware NEVER fails, sure the games they allow other developers to do sequels for have been sub-par (neverwinter nights 2, Kotor 2) but not ONE bioware game has been bad.
Dragon Age Origins I have played 4 times with awakening twice, I am on my fifth playthrough and almost at the landsmeet again.... It is such a rich game with so much interaction with characters and involving/evolving storyline, amazing combat system that keeps you LOCKED in and THINKING... as a rogue using bow and arrow I have had hits in the thousands as my EA profile shows, while a former character with daggers / sword and dagger etc combo's never went past around 100. so for the original Archery (BOW) is the way to go!
Anyway, with games like Mass Effect 2 and Dragon Age Origins back to back (DAO first) winning so many awards for best RPG etc, you KNOW that Bioware is going to be giving Dragon Age II it's very best and its ALL just like they are doing with mass effect 3.
The fact that your character of the Hawke family line spans 10 years of content of which evolves due to your choices in game with the story changing around you is rather amazing, and should lead to even more playthroughs than the original had in store for me!
With a new graphics engine, revamped combat, cinematic story telling Dragon Age 2 will be not only the RPG for companies to aspire to beat this year, but the over-all GAME to aspire to beat.
Not Bad, Not the Same, Important for DA Fans
Although Dragon Age 2 isn't as great as Origins was, it's still an important title, in my opinion. It seems like Bioware made this game based less on a 'choice-based experience', and more like a 'essential story bridge'. The way it's starting to seem, the events of Dragon Age 2 will play greatly into the events of Dragon Age 3, and therefore needed to be told. Although you, the player, may have had fewer choices as Hawke (DA2's protagonist), this is probably so the story ends in a certain way, which traverses over to Dragon Age 3, which will allow data transfer, like the past 2 titles. All in all, I wouldn't recommend anyone playing this game if they hadn't already played Dragon Age: Origins, and transferred their data. Really, the best parts of DA2 are the references to the actions of the Grey Warden from DA:O (your character), and if you just choose one of the 'generic Origins story lines at the beginning of DA2. you wouldn't really understand the impacts of the first game. Though, like I said, it seems that the choices made in both DA:O and DA2 will have more impact in DA3 (I've heard tell that you can actually meet your character from both Origins and DA2 in Dragon Age 3!), so if you want to really tailor THAT game, playing through Dragon Age 2 is recommended.
Bioware had a winner with Dragon Age: Origins, a RPG that gave you tons of choices down to a different opening depending on your character. There were problems but overall the game was very fun to play
I had very high hopes for Dragon age 2 at first but as the release date came closer more and more red flags came up. Oh you have a set background..well fine it isnt called Dragon age ORIGINS 2 no big deal, then ...oh the whole game takes place in one city...that sounds kinda repetitive.. and not to mention the over the top fighting animations..and the list went on and on.
I'll admit i had fun with the game but its definatly a single playthrough game. I kept telling myself throughout the game "this must get better, it is dragon age after all" But it never happens
Lets hope Dragon Age 3 brings the series back to where it belongs, until then i'll be playing Origins, The Witcher 2, and Oblivion
Unoriginal and repetetive
Well I picked up this game when it came out on Tuesday very excited because of how good the original was. After the first day I was less than impressed... The game is split up into 3 chapters although outside of the final confrontations at the end of each not much sets them apart.
The game itself is like the instructions on the back of a shampoo bottle. Lather, rinse, repeat. In each chapter each of your companions will have a quest you need to do. There will be various vanilla side quests that contribute very little if nothing to the story. And the main quests are all disconnected and equally unrelated.
They failed to really introduce any new songs past the main menu. So be prepared to hear the same music you did throughout Origins and Awakening. The dungeons are frustratingly repetitive. The insides of caves all look alike, same for warehouses, mansions, and other dungeons. So once you've seen a floor plan you've seen them all for that type of dungeon...
The new trees for skills are quite nice I'll admit. That's where this game really shines. Though really each class has 2 stats it cares about and the rest are superfluous. You can more or less play the whole game only dumping Warrior stats into Constitution and strength, rogues into dexterity and cunning, mages into wisdom and intelligence. They provided little to no incentive to branching out.
The fights are also very much alike. You'll find a group. It'll have a commander that pumps up the rest. Kill him then the rest. Usually a rogue will come out and attack you. And as you kill the enemies more will literally fall into the combat area.
The variety of enemies has been greatly reduced. It's basically people, elves, spiders, dragons, hurlocks, Qu'nari, Mabari, shades, rage demons, abominations, desire demons, pride demons.
There are only 2-3 Ogres in the whole game. Very few mage enemies and they tend to just put up a shield at the start and do little else.
The overall game and level design lacks the in depth thought and planning that we saw in Origins. Nothing about it really jumps out and wows you except that Flemeth looks radically different than in Origins. I can't say how I feel about this game as I'm now in my second play through already bored with it... Due to each encounter feeling like the exact same thing as before it feels more like a chore than an adventure... I don't even care about testing out different out comes as a result. Over all I'm very disappointed but that's not to say I don't think others have a shot at enjoying it. Buy at your own risk...
Not Bad... But A Disappointment
I made the mistake of buying this game solely based on my love for Origins (aka part 1) and BioWare's history of making the best RPG's. I not only pre-ordered, but I got the collecter's edition guide and downloaded all the available DLC without trying the game which ran me over 100 bucks. The thing is if you buy this game having not played the first one and you don't have any expectations you'll actually probably like it. I knew the game was going to involve some modifications to the original and it wasn't going to be a continuation, but rather a different story in the same world. However they took a game like Origins which was a hugely popular success and altered the design of almost everything dramatically. They completely ignored the old saying 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it'. In the end they came out with a much more linear story that doesn't really explain your character's motivations well. It is MUCH shorter and the designers reuse the same maps over and over. On top of that, regardless of how up to date and powerful your hardware is, if you still use Windows XP they limit you to the medium graphics settings. Overall, I was very disappointed.
Needs more work.
Let me start by saying i have played and beaten this probably three times and all of them were pretty fun. It has good combat, though i kind of miss the combat from Origins. Good graphics the main character talking is a nice change. I greatly miss the party camp and the long deep conversations you could have with the party members. The conversations with them in this game seem rather bland. Overall fun game for a few playthroughs but until an expansion or some serious dlc is released the game will feel very repetetive due to a major lack of variation with the dungeon design. The biggest problem is the dungeons repeating and the quests being very similar, just simple (deliver this) or (kill him) sort of quests which have very little impact on the game. I enjoyed it and I'm sure others will, but unless you are a serious dragon age fan (like me) I would recommend waiting until price drops or some good dlc comes out.