Summary: The game was great on its own. I enjoyed the game play, the atmosphere and the story. However if you are looking for a game to live up to Dragon Age: Origins or Dragon Age: Awakening, look somewhere else. The story was fairly linear; while you were able to change small events as they happened, none of your efforts will effect the ending in any meaningful way. All in all Dragon Age 2 was a great diversion.
Expected to hate it, but this game is really well done.
3 October 2014
Summary: I expected to hate this game (I just bought it this year, largely because I'd read so many bad reviews of it by fans of Dragon Age: Origins). Well, I decided I had to play through it before the third game in the series comes out so that I'd be caught up on the story. The game is framed with a storytelling device that's different from anything else I've ever played. At first, because I thought this was just a cinematic, this was completely confusing.
but I do not believe this to be a bad game by any stretch of the margin
Dominic Sero-Asturi, Amazon
27 August 2014
Summary: This game gets an unfair shake due to the nature of the original. It did not live up to the standard of Dragon Age 1, but I do not believe this to be a bad game by any stretch of the margin. It had static camera angles and interactions, minimized ability development, a more rigid story of specific focus, and a troublesome inventory system that focuses on symbols.
This game only accomplished two things better than Dragon Age
Zachary Truesdell, Amazon
25 August 2014
Summary: This game only accomplished two things better than Dragon Age: Origins. I enjoyed having my character voiced, it completed the gap in Dragon Age: Origins conversations that was missing. Secondly, I enjoyed how much more visceral the combat was, except it was a bit over the top. The rest of the game paled compared to its predecessor. I didn't particularly care for any of the new cast of characters except the dwarf.
Summary: Dragon Age 2 is a very different game than Dragon Age: Origins. There are some better features (faster combat, better graphics, fully voiced main character) and some that are worse (reused environments, less freedom with using inventory items, oversimplified combat) but overall it has a great story and immersive environment that is expected from the Dragon Age name.