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  • Summary: EA announced that a new installment in the Dragon Age series will arrive in the first quarter of 2011.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 52
  2. Negative: 0 out of 52
  1. Mar 14, 2011
    91
    If you're a fan of RPG, than this game should definitely be on your pick list.
  2. Mar 7, 2011
    90
    Striking and confident compared to Origins' drab brownness. [Apr 2011, p.86]
  3. 90
    Some great storytelling and enjoyable fighting prove once again that Bioware is the king of modern role playing games.
  4. Mar 16, 2011
    85
    This new Dragon Age game is a really good one. The game continues where the original game ended. This time you play with Hawke and multiple team members against the Darkspwan who are back to take over the world. A great Action RPG with a very strong story and gameplay, only the graphics aren't really improved than the previous part and that could have been obviously a lot better.
  5. Mar 8, 2011
    81
    Dragon Age II is still a good role-playing game, but in more than one way it is inferior to its great predecessor.
  6. Mar 14, 2011
    80
    Dragon Age 2 has its flaws, but none of them are big enough to obscure the vast, absorbing whole of the game. This Hawke the slayer is definitely not rubbish.
  7. Mar 11, 2011
    50
    Quotation forthcoming.

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  1. Mar 9, 2011
    10
    I can't believe how much better this game is than Origins! The graphics are way better, the combat is actually enjoyable, and the framrate isI can't believe how much better this game is than Origins! The graphics are way better, the combat is actually enjoyable, and the framrate is smooth as silk. Another BioWare hit! Expand
  2. Mar 10, 2011
    9
    My favorite RPG game now. Thanks Bio ware for best 40 hours of my gaming life! The best characters ever, the best gameplay and the bestMy favorite RPG game now. Thanks Bio ware for best 40 hours of my gaming life! The best characters ever, the best gameplay and the best storyline. Dragon Age 2 > Mass Effect 2 and all rpg (gothic, oblivion etc) Expand
  3. Mar 18, 2011
    8
    As a long time Bioware fan, I can understand the large amount of criticism of this game. For me, however, I found it much more satisfyingAs a long time Bioware fan, I can understand the large amount of criticism of this game. For me, however, I found it much more satisfying than Dragon Age: Origins, or even the Mass Effect games. The pacing of the game is quicker and the scope more focused, but I felt that there was still an epic feeling to the whole endeavor. The story seems like it's a set up for something much more epic in the long run, while DA: O is like backstory. I understand why a lot of hardcore RPG fans (and believe me, I'm one of them) liked DA: O better, but for me DA: O dragged on for a bit too long and the combat was boring. I enjoyed the new combat system in DA 2 and the fully voiced main character. I liked how decisions had repercussions later on in the story.

    Obviously there are flaws. The recycling of environments is the biggest one. That to me made the game feel a tad rushed. The other common complaints, such as texture pop-in and bugs in cinematics are relatively minor to me.

    When it comes down to it, it's about enjoyment. For me, Dragon Age: Origins felt like a chore to play by the end of the game. Dragon Age 2, however, had me keep coming back for more, staying up late on marathon game sessions but didn't over stay it's welcome. I think that says a lot.

    If you like Bioware's approach to RPGs, you should play this game at least once. I for one will be going back for a second helping of Kirkwall and Hawke's adventure.
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  4. Jul 8, 2012
    4
    Dragon Age II was a let down, I don't like that the game is being told through a completely new character as it was some storybook. In DragonDragon Age II was a let down, I don't like that the game is being told through a completely new character as it was some storybook. In Dragon Age: Origins you were able to choose race and story setting unlike this sequel. The setting is also very boring, in the prequel you could travel to all kinds of different places but in this game you find yourself in a dull city called Kirkwall. The storyline is boring and cliché, it doesn't live up to it's expectation and it does surpass it's predecessor. To make it even worse Bioware were so lazy they reused the same locations over and over again Expand
  5. Mar 18, 2011
    2
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. It's sad that this game has turned out how it has. Where i would play DA:O hours on end cause it immersed me into a beautiful world with diversity and a compelling story, i have to take a break from DA II every half hour because of the fatigue the game gives me, it's the same thing over and over, covered in bland and repeating surroundings and a general 'meh' feeling toward anything character or story wise.

    I miss bird eye view alot when positioning party members, which is a shame since you haveto reposition alot due to enemies spawning out of nowhere. Simplified loot system is so uninteresting and easy to get around with that it's an annoyance to be bothering with.

    Managing companions has been reduced to giving them jewelry. I never liked Massive effect to start with and the introduction of that wheel selection thing is just horrid to me.

    In the end i felt like all options that would activate some braincells have been reduced to such simple tasks that i can't find it more challenging than setting one foot in front of another. It's so straightforward and linear :-S

    The character selection system is restrictive and doesn't offer in any way what DA:O did, not at all. I don't feel like i'm playing a unique character at all in this game.

    This game might of been received better if it hadn't been named the sequel to DA:O. But even if you take the first game out of the picture it still doesn't add up to a very good game in it's genre. I'd say i would rate it a 6 without ever playing DA:O. It's just not good. :(
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  6. Mar 18, 2011
    1
    Origins had a lot more epic and exciting story. Idea of putting story in one city, with 2-3 locations near it is really catastrophic. CombatOrigins had a lot more epic and exciting story. Idea of putting story in one city, with 2-3 locations near it is really catastrophic. Combat is not that satisfying as it should be, inventory is awful. In Dragon Age Origins we didn't have so much restriction for armors and weapons like here. I was really surprised by that, but in the wrong way. Graphics, well, I can't complain too much about it. Characters...there's only one worth mentioning and that is Varric because it seems they only finished him and that the others were in work by the time game was out. Main character is finally voiced and it doesn't seem so dumb like in Origins, but I expected more. I really wanted to like this game, especially because it is from Bioware. But call of money and greed from EA made this game the biggest flop this year. I will give it a 2, only because it gave me 35 hours of gameplay. I really hope this won't happen again, this rushing and placing a half-finished product on the market with Mass Effect 3. Expand
  7. Mar 12, 2011
    0
    BioWare please tell me what in god's name did you do to Dragon Age? I don't even want to type how disappointed I am with this title. I fullyBioWare please tell me what in god's name did you do to Dragon Age? I don't even want to type how disappointed I am with this title. I fully blame this game's release with the superquake in Northern Japan. Expand

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