Average User Score: 5.8Dec 1, 2014The best Dragon Age games to date. This may sound like a strong statement but I really think it is better than DAO, let me explain why.
TheThe best Dragon Age games to date. This may sound like a strong statement but I really think it is better than DAO, let me explain why.
The changes (compared to DA II):
- no more recycled maps, every area is unique, no subquest has the same map as another
- no more wave combat except for the rifts where it actually makes sense
- stunning graphics
- more holistic subquests which fit well into the main plot and/or the area
- combat is fluent and fun but with less button mashing
The changes (compared to DAO):
- bigger maps
- consequences to your actions are reflected directly in the game and not only after the game is finished
- while areas are bigger, they are also open. Making it easy to come back for an unfinished subquest. No need to backtrack over large areas (like in the deep roads or the circle tower) to hand in the quest or to find the item you forgot
The good parts it kept:
- companions are interesting and well written, like in every Bioware game
- main quest is your standard save the world, recruit everyone you can find for the cause
- music score is really great
- the companion banter is.. like it always has been, fun fun fun :)
Things I did not like so much
- since this is a semi-openworld game the main story will progress a lot slower, there is too much to do for a completionist
- graphics are fantastic, but you need a very good card to run everything on high with 60fps. My GTX 760 manages above 60 only with AA on low. But to be honest even without AA the game looks more than good.
- balance issues, at least at the start of the game you need a healer or the combat turns into a nightmare very quickly. Even on normal.
- Elves still look like aliens :(… Expand
Average User Score: 7.3Sep 29, 2014I was a backer of the Kickstarter campaign and a fan of old school RPGs, but this game is just not very good... And it pains me to give itI was a backer of the Kickstarter campaign and a fan of old school RPGs, but this game is just not very good... And it pains me to give it such a low score, because you can clearly see the effort and the love put into it. The story is interesting, it finally captures the feel of old games were you had to make big choices and where the gameworld was shaped by your actions.
So what is wrong with it? The gameplay... it is just terribly broken beyond hope. Combat is dull with very little tactics involved and worst of all far too repetitive. It completely lacks the depth of Baldur's Gate or Icewind dale, and since it is turn based it is also slow. Is the game hard? YES! But it is not the fun kind of hard like Divinity Original Sin.
All in all I do not recommend buying this. There are far too many fun RPGs to play with.Give it a few months, maybe the devs will fix things, Shadowrun Returns started out bad, but after a year and 2 major patches it is now miles better than this pure excuse of a sequel.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.7Apr 29, 2013For a game that advertises itself as being all about choices it really doesn't have any. It's an OK adventure game with some interestingFor a game that advertises itself as being all about choices it really doesn't have any. It's an OK adventure game with some interesting characters and if you are into TWD then you will probably enjoy it. But I bought it because I was intrigued by the "dynamic storytelling" and how my choices would shape the narrative. Well the story is completely railroaded and my choices are dismissed almost immediately. Shame really....… Expand
Average User Score: 4.4Mar 21, 2011Good game, actually far better than some of the older Bioware games, but not perfect and very far from DAO.
There are a lot of improvementsGood game, actually far better than some of the older Bioware games, but not perfect and very far from DAO.
There are a lot of improvements compared to the predecessor, graphics, combat, animations, but in some areas DAO was a bit better, like choices which affect the world, or dialogue.
The story is great, far more original than the 'let's save the world again' idea in DAO, if you want dark fantasy, then this is the game to play. This however also means that the story is a bit more realistic, not as grand, or epic.
The game has a lot of potential, however it's clear that a bit more time in development would have helped a lot. Some areas are recycled over and over again, and while the main quest is perfect, the side quests are.. mehh.. less original.
On the bright side.. it's not as bugged as DAO was on release day.… Expand