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Dragon Age II

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Windows
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3.8
PlayStation 3
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3.7
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Description

Dragon Age II is a sequel to Dragon Age: Origins.

One of the key events early in the first game was the destruction of the village Lothering by the Darkspawn. However, we weren't told that there was at least one person who survived the onslaught: a human named Hawke. Having become a refugee, Hawke travels to an area known as the Free Marches - more specifically, the city of Kirkwall. Hawke's family shares the fate with many other Ferelden refugees; the authorities of Kirkwall are suspicious of the newcomers, and the path to financial stability is anything but easy. Meanwhile, the appearance of the mysterious race of Qunari heralds more trouble to the inhabitants of Kirkwall, as does the growing tension between the Templars and the mages. Hawke is caught in the middle of these political and social conflicts - what shall be the hero's own path?..

Dragon Age II uses a "framed narrative" format: the story is narrated over a decade later by one of Hawke's companions. Similarly to Alpha Protocol, the narrative is rather flexible; motivations and events vary depending on the player's moral choices during the game. The game also adopts the "wheel-based" dialogue system from Mass Effect games: short responses that reflect different tones and attitudes the player wishes to choose for Hawke. Also similarly to Mass Effect, the main character's race and name cannot be changed; however, everything else (appearance, gender, classes) can be freely customized.

The combat system is quite similar to the one used in the previous Dragon Age game (which, in its turn, dates back to the combat style used in Baldur's Gate), though it has been noticeably sped up. Hawke can only be human, but the player can customize his or her physical appearance and character class (warrior, mage, or rogue). The player controls Hawke and up to three active party members, either "programming" their actions by assigning actions that should be taken under certain conditions (for example, healing a party member if his HP drops below 20%), or issuing commands to each character manually. The ability tree is also similar, the player being able to learn new abilities as the characters level up. Many abilities from the first game return, but some are absent or replaced with new ones. The abilities are divided into various disciplines, which correspond to the fighting style of the character.

Screenshots

Dragon Age II Xbox 360 Items can be stored in your personal storage for later retrieval
Dragon Age II PlayStation 3 Entering the chantry.
Dragon Age II Windows Ehh... yeah, I think that would be a good idea :)
Dragon Age II Xbox 360 Map view

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User Reviews

Dragon Effect Windows אולג 小奥 (169544)
An admirable idea with unfortunate execution. PlayStation 3 Lain Crowley (5410)
Good sequel and a good game Xbox 360 Pixelspeech (955)
Not quite the same, but still a good sequel Windows Riamus (8121)

The Press Says

PSM3 (Playstation 3 Magazine) UK PlayStation 3 Aug 03, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Eurogamer.it Xbox 360 Mar 08, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Ten Ton Hammer Windows Mar 30, 2011 86 out of 100 86
IGN Windows Mar 08, 2011 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Informer Magazine Xbox 360 Mar 08, 2011 8.25 out of 10 82
GameSpy Xbox 360 Mar 08, 2011 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Cheat Code Central PlayStation 3 Mar 09, 2011 4 out of 5 80
Da Gameboyz Xbox 360 Mar 18, 2011 7.5 out of 10 75
Bit-Tech Windows Mar 08, 2011 7 out of 10 70
RPGamer Windows Mar 14, 2011 3 out of 5 60

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Is this how you're supposed to play it? 11 lilalurl (778)
Mar 27, 2011
Abouth Bethany (spoilers alert!) 4 Happy Rabbi (1305)
Mar 20, 2011

Trivia

Cancelled expansion

An expansion to Dragon Age II, named Exalted March, was planned, but cancelled before announcement. Bioware's reasoning was that other opportunities for the franchises came up, and that there was no room for it because Bioware's team sizes are fixed and all of them were busy with projects.

Awards

  • 4Players
    • 2011 – Biggest Disappointment of the Year
  • GameStar/GamePro (Germany)
    • 2011 - #3 PC RPG of the Year (Readers' Vote)
    • 2011 - #3 Console RPG of the Year (Readers' Vote)

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