A different chapter in the the history of Fereldans
3 November 2012
Summary: Dragon Age II feels completely different from the original. The interface is much more refined, the gameplay is simplified, but for the better. In fact, I am not a fan of combat, but more of the plot and the interactions between the members of your party. With regard to the dialogues, I appreciate how the protagonist has been given a voice. Furthermore, there is more intuition and demands for understanding inferred meanings when you interact with other characters.
Summary: Dragon Age claims to be the spiritual successor to Baldur's Gate, but DA2 is nothing like Baldur's Gate or even Dragon Age Origins. While BG, BG2, and DAO were epic, tactically engaging RPG adventures that were carried by the strength of their characters, story, and atmosphere, DA2 stands in contrast as a bland, colorless, mindless button-masher. It feels rushed, cheap, and much more like a console action game than a story-rich RPG.
Summary: This is an absolutely fantastic game, well written, beautifully rendered, interesting and challenging. But, this particular download is leaving a lot to be desired. Specifically the game. I downloaded all of the components and patches and was expecting to replay one of my favorite games of all time when the game crashed within 5 minutes of starting. Over, and over, and over. Buy the game, just not the downloadable format.
Simultaneously better and worse than DA:O but awesome value and a lot of fun
12 August 2012
Summary: Make no mistake, DA:2 is a really good game. Is DA:2 overall a better game than DA:O? No. But, it is a lot more fun in some ways. EA / Bioware took some risks in messing with DA:O’s golden formula in an effort to make it more appealing to console gamers with mixed results. Some RPG elements are dramatically improved while others are decidedly worse off. Still, I am a little bit surprised it wasn’t better received by fans and critics despite its numerous faults.
Summary: This will not successfully install, even though I tried running it as administrator and in various compatibility modes on a Win 7 computer and on one running XP. I have been able to successfully install other programs and games on my computer recently, and I have followed the most detailed help FAQ's I can find about this problem, which remind the user about running it as an administrator and in compatibility mode.
Summary: Even though I'm a huge fan of DA:Origins, I still tried to view DA2 on its own merits and not compare it to Origins. But this game was still disappointing. The graphics are good, I liked the protagonist, and I even enjoyed the combat mechanics (even though it has been simplified to the point of being entirely too easy). Its just that everything else about this game is bland.
Summary: Dragon Age 2 is the heroic dungeon crawling sequel for the Dragon Age Origins saga, but other than the title name "Dragon Age 2" the game is a lot different and smaller by comparison. (Don't get me wrong) This is not a bad game, but other than the improve graphics and combat play; Dragon Age 2 falls really short from the rich experience that was Dragon Age Origins.
Summary: To preface I have beaten Dragon Age on the computer. They took almost everything about Dragon Age I and ruined it in this game. Character dialogue is rehashed almost as much as the terrain and environment, you will see the same dungeon multiple times and it truly is game breaking, do not let anyone fool you. There are only so many times you can go on a fetch quest in the same dungeon.