Dragon Age 2
Not as great as Dragon Age: Origins.
I loved playing through Dragon Age Origins. it was a wonderful game, and the only flaws it had was being poorly ported to the consoles. Dragon Age II fixes that problem but brings a few of it's own to the table. For example there are some freezing issues and problems with Trophies/Achievements appearing when you meet the requirements to unlock them, there are also some glitches with party members, for example Isabella's special skill which grants Hawke an extra 5% attack speed actually reduces his attack speed by 5% each time she enters and leaves the party. Dragon Age II also seems to lack the charm that Dragon Age Origins had, and the story isn't anywhere near as epic as Dragon age Origins. But if you haven't played Dragon Age Origins, this is a wonderful game all on it's own. Everything is eventually explained in Dragon Age II although you still may be lost at certain points. Overall if you've been wanting a good RPG to play Dragon age II is here to fill that gap while you wait for Skyrim or Uncharted.
Decent game for and rpg
I think the game was pretty good combat was pretty quick but if you weren't careful you could miss companions my only main disappointment was the choices for responses to dialog it may just be me but to me the dialog option either made you seem like a jerk, a suck up or someone who couldn't take anything seriously but maybe that may just be me but don't let these games ruin your experience for Dragon Age I am really looking forward to Dragon Age Inquisition I think it will be the best rpg I have ever played.
Good, but lacking.
I have to say I was a little disappointed with this game. I give DA2 a 6 out of ten. The game had no real story line to it. The previous game was about taking down the Archdemon and dealing with the darkspawn horde. This game had no real objective to begin with. Other than you escape to kirkwall. Till later in the game when you finally had a antagonist. One of my biggest problems with this game was the repetitive world. Unlike the first game where you could go all over with different cities, dungeons, and more. This game used the same dungeon template for several missions. I did not get that RPG feel from this game, I couldn't customize my parties armor like the last game either. One good thing from this game is that the combat system I thought was a lot more fluent and fun! To me the major reason why this game didn't turn out as good as origins is because of origins. They did so well on origins, and created such a dynamic world, with lots to explore. We were expecting that same great exploration in this game. Then in this one, its all repetitive towns and caves. Just didn't seem like Bioware put as much effort into this one as they did Origins. So, I give this game a 6 and say that I did play through it, and had some fun with it. But, was not satisfied like I was from origins.
is it worth getting?
im not sure if i should get it. thumbs up if i should, thumbs down if i shouldnt
PS3 vs Xbox 360 Demos
I have both the 360 and the PS3 and I played both Dragon Age 2 demos and I think the graphics are better on the 360. For example, there were alot of pixel like graphic blur in the dark background when the dwarf was talking during the opening scene in the PS3. Also, Hawke's sister's chainmail armor was too glittery or shiny on the PS3 version compared to the 360's version. Also, it seemed like the loading time was slower on PS3 than 360. I don't know if I am alone on these observations but I changed my preorder from PS3 to Xbox 360 version because I was annoyed by it. I don't have any games yet for my PS3 (I have rented some though) and I have to say that I wish I got my $300 + tax back because I am not impressed with the PS3. Some things are nice though such as: Blue-Ray although my dvds look and sound just as good. It is nice that I don't have to pay annual or monthly fees to access Netflix or online stuff + the controllers hold up better but game qaulity/graphic wise the 360 equivelants are better.
A good game
Dragon age 2 is certainly not like the first, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Origins was a heavily story driven game start to finish, with little to offer in terms of game play outside of character interaction. DA2 however, forces you to become involved in combat at all times while maintaining the deep character interaction experience the company is known for. Dragon age 2 is not without issues however. The first few hours of the game can be a little dull, but once past the game becomes far more interesting as you uncover the story of Hawke and Kirkwall. There are a few minor tech issues, but they will no doubt be patched in the near future. DA2 is really more about interacting with the world around you than simply following a set in stone story as Origins did. Overall Dragon Age 2 is a good game and offers a new and unique RPG experience, and while it greatly differs from its predecessor, it's worth playing for any true fan of the series.
Improved some, lost others
The last five years we have seen a push by designers to increase the artwork to stunning details. Dragon age 2 achieved this. However this has cost us something that I feel was to high of a price to pay, story line. Dragon age two has a decient storyline, but it does not compair to its predacessor. Also, I prefure the comand structure of Dragon age 1, verse the button mashing of dragon age 2. I love side quest, but would have liked to see and focus on a central point. The final thing, stop creating one dungoun and blocking exits when you cookie cut it to serve as the template of all your dungouns. Lets make them different.
Black Blood, Enraged Spirits, and Candy...
The demo is a great play, I'm on it twice a day. Comments on pixeled graphics confuse me because my game experience is beautiful. As for the guy earlier with the long winded paragraph, don't read into such a character. If such a person wants to post about the flaws of the game, that person wouldn't make a biased comment such as his.
Good but not like the original
Combat and graphic were much better in this sequel, combat was more fluid and I liked the character development changes. But the dialogue was weird due to the wheel used that gave you a false sense of what he really would say. Overall a great game and this series has a great story.
Great on its own, not a cohesive sequel.
Here's the deal: I LOVED DAO1. I was addicted to that game from the very first moment I started playing it. I really liked the choices available in the game, whether it was armor/weapon choices or game plot choices. This was a phenomenal game for me and I must've played it for six months straight, doing everything imaginable with every imaginable character. Now, this sequel has left me wondering, "Why?" First of all, you can't even choose a race, you're human and that's it. Some fans may not care about that option, but I do. Other changes range from mild to major. Some I like, some I really don't like. The new map system has me perplexed. The new skill tree makes me drool. The fact that armor and weapons are now incredibly character specific (i realize they were in the last game, just not this much) makes me very angry. The graphics are pretty sweet, not really upgraded though. You can't have a second weapon set, that upsets me. The dialogue isn't nearly as amusing. I don't like how my character sounds when he/she talks. The battles are much more realistic and gory, which I really enjoy, the moves you can pull off are nothing short of amazing. Bodhan and Sandal look REALLY different and aren't nearly as entertaining. I don't find the main story to be all that engrossing. Maybe I haven't played it enough or maybe I'm not giving it a chance because it is SO different from the first. Either way, I'm not finding it as addictive right off the bat as I did with the first. I'm willing to admit that if it were to stand on its own without any attachment to Dragon Age: Origins, it would be a great game. All I'm saying is that if you had something right with the first one in order for it to become game of the year, then why change it soooo much?