Dragon Age II: BioWare Signature Edition
An epic tale!
The story was great. You could even carry over DA 1 save file to add more to the story. The combat was decent, better with the two handed weapon. playing on a second hardiest setting gives the best feel to DA. Never on nightmare, you can do it but prepare to die a lot. If you like great fantasy stories DA deliveries beyond the doubt.
good but not what i was hoping for
personally when i heard of dragon age two, i was hoping for more returns of the original characters and not just saying "hi" to them for a moment before your wisked off in another repeating questline. the areas are reused so often you can know the places by heart. the bosses way too easy even on harder difficulties. i mean they felt to me like a bunch of minibosses. i disliked how your characters would only change thier cloths after certain quests or romances, you couldnt change them at all like the other game. also the title "Dragon age 2" makes you think the game would be more involved with the wardens and the darkspawn or heck anything the first game did. all you get to hear are side conversations and meet who you put as king.
Its very good but i think dragon age origins was better because there was more places to go and you could make your character much different especially the specializations.
Don't Like the new format
This version doesn't have a great ,story line, ability to upgrade all the players or to get trophies. I liked the first and second ones much better. I would recommend getting them.
It gets repetetive...
It's a very fun game, and I only had one problem with it: the lack of areas. Everything took place in Kirkwall (after the prologue) and I got very bored with it after about half the game was over. There's an infinite amount of enemies (which is an improvement from Origins) and some pretty unique characters, with varying back stories. You choose between two sexes and three classes which are Warrior, Mage and Rogue. A warrior is the power house, the mage is, obviously, the spellcaster and the rogue, is the thief/assassin. I really don't want to spoil anymore (because it's quite a short game), so I'll say this, 7/10.
Another great game from Bioware
Dragon age 2 is an excellent game. It excels in storytelling and helps you to really get into the game and care about the decisions you make. There is some differences from Dragon Age: Origins, such as the new combat mechanic. It seems to have received mixed reviews but I find it fresh and enjoyable. Up there with the Mass Effect series, Dragon Age has again succeeded where others have not. I would definitely suggest this game to everyone and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
I had this game on pre-order and when it came out I sat here playing the game till I beat it. The voice acting was great, the graphics were wonderful and the game ran smooth, never had any glitches or game freezes during any play through so far. They went to more of a Mass Effect pause menu which was better in my opinion; one thing they should have left in was the option to have 2 weapon sets equipped at once instead of having to go into inventory to switch sets.
The new combat system was nice even though the main attack was just sitting there pressing X it was more enjoyable then in the first one where you clicked X once and watched your character attack. The new moves for each of the classes were actually worth using in this one.
Storyline of how the hero progressed from a Nobody to a Hero was nice the final bosses weren’t too hard, and you mainly went around solving problems for the rest of the town. The game did have a lot of side quests though which is always nice for the extra cash and xp.
Needs a bit more variety, in the end the champions armor is the best, they needed more armor like the first one where you had Blood Dragon, Juggernaut, other armors like that to earn that are just as good or better then Champions. Although Champions did look pretty sweet, the rogues look was my favorite.
Limiting the Warrior Class to either having a sword/shield, or a 2 hand weapon, and rogues to daggers/bows only was a little disappointing especially since there wasn’t much choice in daggers or bows.
Overall I enjoyed the whole game despite the flaws they had and they’ve definitely left it open to make a 3rd one and I’m thinking it’s going to have something to do with the Hero of Ferelden and the Champion of Kirkwall, since at the end they said both went missing.
Since the announcement of this game, I've eagerly awaited its release. Being a hardcore gamer (especially for Bioware products), I think this game did not deliver on the two most important aspects, storyline and combat. I didn't feel the storyline had a real epic feel to it, other games they've made (KOTOR, Mass Effect, Jade Empire, DA:O) have a much grander feel to them. They've simplified the main character's role from the last hope of civilization to someone who has to solve every petty squabble in an unstable city. Not only that, but there's no sense of travel either. It's alright that they would just cycle through the same zones for every quest, heck, they did that kind of stuff with the Mass Effect titles, as long as they don't use those for the main plot. The combat on the other hand is alright except for the fact you need to press X(A), for every single normal attack. I can see the flaws they had in their hold system, but making us mash the same button for the whole game to kill anything makes me miss DA:O. Other than that, I think the combat system is quite accomplished.
Enjoyed it despite many grievances
Now I LOVED the first game and was very excited about the second one despite a sense of being very unsure since it felt too soon for a sequel. And it seems I was right in feeling unsure. I'll try not to ramble too much, so i'll do a quick Pros and Cons type thing to keep myself from doing so. But overall they seemed to have sacrificed a story for a decent improvement in combat:
- Some of the graphics during combat, primarily with Mages (ex: effects of primal spells such as fire and ice spells)
- Voice acting was top notch! Especially Varric and Fenris :)
- The characters personalities were also great.
- The bantering/conversations between party members while running around in-game was most definitely one of the best parts of the game.
- Some of the boss-like enemies were very fun and challenging to fight, especially the High Dragon :)
- The story, where was the story! I can understand if they were trying to go for the whole "Start as a nobody and become a great somebody" type story, but it didnt feel like I was achieving anything.
- No real antagonist until the VERY last hour or two of the game. In the first game your whole mission from beginning to end was the destroy the Archdemon, so there was a main villain and main goal in sight the whole time (and the final boss battle felt very satisfying when completed). In this sequel you dont discover any real main antagonist until the last chapter, and even then they felt like any other "mini-boss" of sorts that you come across in the game. The final bosses of this game were quite easy and felt very unsatisfying to beat.
- Enemies spawning out of thin air. It did, at times, get quite tiresome to constantly battle random enemies in the streets or caves with no real reason behind why they hated you in the first place. But the main thing that bothered me was that after every group of baddies you beat another group would spawn out of thin air, sometimes even just feet away from you. It just felt so sloppy and not well done. I wouldve been way more convinced if they spawned them around a corner or to come walking out of doors or something!
- All armor you picked up could only be used for YOUR character, so you couldnt customize your companions armor. the only way you could "upgrade" your characters armor is by shopping around and finding some under the "Gift" section of any shop. But even then they had no stats behind them. I just felt very underwhelmed as a RPG gamer to not be able to customize party members like I could in the old game :/
- Recycled Areas. Theres only about 15 caves/areas (give or take) in this game, and they are CONSTANTLY recycled for soooo many quests. Basically they would block off certain areas in the same cave for later quests to try to conceal the fact that they are recycling it all. Compared to the first game the amount of areas and cities to explore is an absolute joke in this game.
Theres probably a few other things I couldnt think of. But overall the characters are the main reason I love this game. The combat is decently improved and one of two of the mini-bosses are VERY fun to fight. But it lacks any real story or main antagonist throughout the whole game which is very very unfortunate. I feel like an 8 might be TOO much to give because of the HUGE lack in story, but I cant help but admit I did enjoy the game enough lol
Not what I expected
I'm not getting into this game. Its a bit boring to me. Looked good and all by reading and watching the previews but I'm just can't seem to play this game more than 10 minutes without getting bored with it. You may like it better than me, just not my bag.