Summary: I got this game as a gift, my wife knew I was addicted to Dragon Age: Origins and pre-ordered this from Best Buy. It was an enjoyable game for the most part, but as the game goes on past the 15 hour mark I started to get bored. Anyone who loved Dragon Age: Origins will want to check this title out, but be prepared to be disappointed.
Summary: Most of what is being said in the negative reviews is true. Bioware went from making some of the most epic, interesting, insightful RPGs (Baldur's Gate II, Neverwinter Nights, Knights of the Old Republic, Mass effect, even Jade Empire to a degree) to making a game that emphasized almost nothing but irrelevant combat and semi-interesting side quests.
Summary: Ever since the release of dragon age 2, it has been getting nothing but horrible reviews and disappointed fans, but in my honest opinion, it wasn't a bad game. Sure it wasn't as good as it's predecessor, but it had me hooked and I overall enjoyed playing it. I think that Bioware and EA games should have spent an extra month or so to work out the kinks, and to give a more filling ending.
Summary: This is a superb game. I am astounded that so many people would give it an negative score. Yes, the story is not as epic and there are not as many dungeons/maps as in DA:O. But in everything else, DAII exceeds DA:O. It is a solid rpg game and an even stronger stand-alone game. It's one of the best rpgs available on the market today. The gameplay itself is more simplified and character interaction is stronger. It is indeed Mass Effect with swords.
Summary: OK first of all alot of the reviews are right on it. Its nothing like Dragon Age except it brings back some old lore and characters of the first one. I also agree they made it alot like Mass Effect 2. But for some reason I am still compelled to play this. This game is fun at points and it does have flaws to it. What i would have recommened that bioware did was rename this title.
Summary: I expected the graphics to be better than they were. I didn't like that they kept using the same dungeons over and over again. The music wasn't varied enough and the dungeon music and background noises were irritating. I detested what they did with the graphics for the Dalish and hated the new Kanari look. Everything has taken on a Korean cartoon look with oversized swords and rediculous character movements when running or attacking.
Summary: Let me give you my background, a summary, and then I will provide a bit of detail. Background I played DA Origins all the way through at least 15 times. After playing RPGs for over 25 years, DAO is my favorite RPG. I played DA Awakening through about 3 times. You can find my review of both of those games on Amazon. Summary DA2 is worth buying, but it is considerably more like DA Awakening than DA Origins.