Summary: If ever there were a developer that truly paid attention to both fans and the critical response to its games, it’s BioWare. Case in point: Dragon Age 2, the follow-up to the beefy, hardcore RPG that unfurls in the Canadian-born studio’s ode to Tolkien’s Middle Earth. While the core makeup of Dragon Age remains the same, numerous elements have been streamlined in favour of a leaner and meaner experience.
Excerpt: Verdict: Dragons love AMD As good as Dragon Age 2 is, it’s a wee bit broken in its implementation of the DirectX 11 API. AMD cards have just about gotten over their crashy-crashy mentality, but NVIDIA cards are still stuttering and struggling. At home I’ve been playing Dragon Age 2 for the last week, since Phil told us all that it was the best game ever. And to be fair it is pretty bloody good. Actually very bloody, spatteringly good.
Excerpt: You’ll be in for a treat with Dragon Age II if you’re running DirectX 11 hardware, Bioware were good enough to take us through a complete run down of the enhanced Dragon Age 2 effects that make full use of the latest DirectX 11 hardware. There’s also a high-resolution texture pack already available, which you can grab it from here . Details of all the features are after the jump.
Summary: It may make a terrible first impression, but I grew to love it.
Pros: Excellent writing; story delivers in the end; some refinements to the leveling up system make character building easier; much of what made the first game great is still present; tons of replay value
Cons: Numerous nuisance-level bugs; the explorable world is much smaller; story starts very slow, a lot of Mass Effect influence makes the franchise seem less unique.
Conclusion: Helping with this storytelling is all of the character interaction one will do in the game be it with quest givers, Hawke's family, or other members of his party. Compared to a lot of Bioware's previous games, the options during conversations seem a lot more cut and dry with a good response, and an evil response at either end of the spectrum, and smarmy jerk filling up the middle.