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Dragon Age II (PlayStation 3)

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MobyRank
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3.7
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An admirable idea with unfortunate execution. Lain Crowley (5410) 2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars

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Overall MobyScore (6 votes) 3.7


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91
Impulse Gamer
I thoroughly enjoyed Dragon Age II and the new streamlined interface definitely makes playing the game a much more enjoyable experience. It may be set in another dusty old sword and sorcery universe but the game mechanics, characters and story a create a very enjoyable experience on the PS3. It's also great that BioWare have returned to this universe because there are so many tales to be told about myth and magic, set in the original Tolkien-esq and Dungeons & Dragons type universes. If you're a fan of RPG, than this game should definitely be on your pick list.
91
3D Juegos
Dragon Age II es otra nueva demostración del fantástico momento de forma en el que se encuentran en BioWare. Sin renunciar al aroma clásico de la franquicia, el estudio canadiense realiza un interesante cóctel de nuevos/viejos tiempos que acaba redondeando un juego fantástico. Muchas horas de diversión apoyadas en combates frenéticos y el habitual buen gusto de sus responsables, para crear historias con gancho y personajes carismáticos.
91
Vandal Online
Dragon Age II es una grandísima secuela, que mejora aspectos toscos y poco cuidados en el original, y que demuestra una solidez argumental y narrativa pocas veces vista. Quizás el cambio y el énfasis en la acción sea el principal escollo por salvar para todos aquellos que buscaban una continuación del estilo tradicional de Dragon Age Origins. Pero si consiguen solventar dicho problema de concepción, Dragon Age II se desvela como un juego completo (algo más corto, pero igual o más intenso que muchos otros que prometen decenas o cientos de horas de aventura), frenético por momentos, y con un diseño tan carismático como atractivo. Es sin lugar a dudas, una puesta al día de un concepto que ya maravilló a toda una generación de jugadores, y que, por compromiso y deuda, deberían estar obligados a probar. Bioware lo ha vuelto a hacer.
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OMGN: Online Multiplayer Games Network
I actually thought the game was broken at first and was loading the same dungeon over and over again due to poor programming or something, but lazy level design aside, Dragon Age 2 is great. Not amazing, not breathtaking, and certainly not the second coming of the RPG, but worth a play through and several replays after. It’s a promising step in the right direction, and hopefully, Bioware can tighten it up and pull it all together before Dragon Age 3.
90
GamingEvolution
For those who enjoyed every minute of Dragon Age: Origins, it will take a bit to get acclimated to how things work within Dragon Age II. For those who didn’t like the original all too well, BioWare has added a host of new improvements to the sequel, which most likely is an improvement upon something you may have not liked. Whichever category you fall in, the Dragon Age series is an immersive experience that continues to reinvent itself. Whether you are simply about experiencing the story from beginning to end once, or trying to get every trophy/achievement possible out of the game, you can expect the action to last a minimum of 25-30 hours. If you haven’t already picked up Dragon Age II, I suggest you stop what you are doing and run down to your local retailer and pick it up.
90
Gamer.nl
BioWare heeft met het eerste deel de lat hoog gelegd voor zichzelf. Aan de hand van ingrijpende dan wel subtiele veranderingen probeert de ontwikkelaar daarom met Dragon Age 2 vooral een breder publiek aan te spreken. Maar dat wil niet gelijk zeggen dat de aanpassingen voor de hardcore doelgroep slecht uitpakken. Integendeel, het spel behoudt de diepgaande RPG-elementen en het uitgebreide verhaal waar het eerste deel zo om geprezen werd.
90
Level 7
Jämfört med ettan ett något förenklat rollspel i en spelvärld som krympts betänkligt. Men serien behåller sin status som en av genrens starkaste historieberättare med intressanta karaktärer och en engagerande värld. Det är inte många spel som jag blir så här absorberad av. Dragon Age 2 når inte riktigt upp till föregångarens nivå för min del, men det är väldigt nära.
90
Eurogamer.it
Dragon Age 2 si dimostra dunque un prodotto complessivamente straordinario, i cui pochi e trascurabili difetti, come un comparto tecnico migliorabile, sono oscurati da pregi tanto numerosi quanto innegabili. L'intensità e la qualità narrativa dell'esperienza proposta, i miglioramenti apportati al combat system e al sistema di interazione, uniti alla solita, storica profondità del concept di base, sono infatti elementi più che sufficienti per assicurare un'esperienza di qualità eccelsa in grado di affascinare, divertire, coinvolgere e stupire chiunque decida di immergercisi. L'indimenticabile avventura di Hawke rappresenta senza alcun dubbio una delle esperienze digitali migliori dell'attuale generazione videoludica e nessuno, indipendentemente dai propri gusti personali, dovrebbe privarsi della possibilità di viverla. Fidatevi.
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Multiplayer.it
Dragon Age II pur distaccandosi in negativo dal suo predecessore, Origins, rimane un ottimo gioco di ruolo dove la componente action è particolarmente forte e le meccaniche sembrano strizzare l'occhio a chi non è super appassionato e fanatico del genere ma che non disdegna di poter approfondire alcuni elementi del gameplay procedendo nella sua esperienza di gioco e prendendo confidenza pian piano con quanto il sequel è in grado di offrire. E' indubbio che i fan del predecessore e gli amanti degli RPG duri e puri guarderanno probabilmente con fastidio e pregiudizio gran parte dei compromessi raggiunti da BioWare per dare alla luce questo sequel ma da parte nostra non possiamo che promuovere il lavoro svolto dalla software house canadese che pur con i suoi evidenti difetti e con il maldestro tentativo di accontentare un po' tutti, senza riuscirci pienamente, si lascia giocare con grande coinvolgimento e tutto d'un fiato dall'inizio alla fine.
90
GamingXP
Obwohl „Dragon Age 2“ eine sinnvolle, ja würdige Fortsetzung des Franchises ist, kann er nicht ganz so stark überzeugen wie Teil eins. Die Zutaten sind zweifelsohne vorhanden, die filmreife Aufmachung ist sehenswert und auch die Spielmechanik hat nichts von ihrer Qualität verloren, dennoch sind wir mittlerweile im Frühjahr 2011 angelangt, und die Konkurrenz hat nicht geschlafen. So sind hochwertige PS3-Spiele wie „Mass Effect 2“ stärker vertreten als noch zu Zeiten von „Dragon Age: Origins“, und angesichts solcher Konkurrenz muss auch das beste Spiel ein wenig verblassen. Das soll aber nicht heißen, dass sich BioWare mit diesem Titel einen Fehler geleistet hat, ganz im Gegenteil: Fans des ersten Teils werden auch den Nachfolger ohne Zweifel lieben, und darüber hinaus wird „Dragon Age 2“ viele Neueinsteiger ansprechen. Ein Platz für eines der besten Rollenspiele für PS3 gebührt dem Titel auf jeden Fall, und das belohne ich nur zu gerne mit dem Gold-Award!
90
Spazio Games
Nonostante i molti dubbi che ne hanno accompagnato l’annuncio, Dragon Age II si conferma come degno sequel del suo predecessore: l’apparente semplificazione delle meccaniche di combattimento si rivela più che altro legata a fattori estetici, che riescono con successo a rendere l’azione più spettacolare senza sacrificare la strategia sottostante, così come la decisione di offrire un protagonista ben definito non va ad inficiare l’elemento ruolistico, salvo grazie all’eccezionale qualità delle quest e relativo sistema di scelte. Il risultato è un GDR eccezionale, impreziosito da un combat system efficace e divertente e da personaggi finemente caratterizzati, il tutto tenuto insieme da un arco narrativo ben bilanciato e ricco di temi interessanti. Per quanto un po’ di ulteriore pulizia grafica avrebbe potuto alzare ulteriormente la valutazione finale, Dragon Age II è l’ennesima conferma della maestria di uno degli sviluppatori più abili dei nostri tempi.
90
PSM3 (Playstation 3 Magazine) UK
DA2's niggles are all in repetition. Forcing players to spend their time in only one city and a handful of identikit dungeons can lead to fatigue; so too can the sometimes-fiddly combat annoy. But underneath those minor problems is a character, charm and wit that make both the city of Kirkwall and your own version of hero Hawke come alive.
87
Videogameszone
Nicht alle im Test beleuchteten Features lassen sich als simple "Pro"- oder "Kontra"-Argumentation klassifizieren, denn in Dragon Age 2 prallen einfach zwei Welten aufeinander. Was klassischen Rollenspielern wichtig ist, wird von Actionfans vielleicht müde belächelt und umgekehrt. Was sich an dieser Stelle schon festhalten lässt: Auch wenn wir all den klassischen Rollenspielelementen, die Origins noch besaß, nachtrauern: Die hervorragend inszenierte, actionreiche Story, die packenden Gefechte, die coolen Bossgegner, die kernigen Dialoge – das alles passt sehr gut zusammen und bietet einfach viel Spaß.
86
Ten Ton Hammer
There is no denying that this game is a stand-out product and another definite milestone in the continued evolution of single-player RPG epics. But to turn a blind eye to its blemishes simply because its story and voice acting are such incredible work, would be a dis-service to the industry, and to gamers. Calling them game-breakers, however, would be inaccurate and insulting to the hard work of Bioware's talented development staff. Sure, the game has its warts, but in the end they are outshone by the sheer enjoyment that comes from playing this title, and becoming the Champion of Kirkwall.
86
Extreme Gamer
Following the 'Mass Effect' series, Bioware has reformulated and streamlined the experience within 'Dragon Age 2.' While it certainly comes with some backlash, the end product is a more cohesive, polished game that continues to transform into its own entity. For this gamer, who wasn't overly enthralled with the original, 'Dragon Age 2' hits their target mark by bringing me into the age of dragons with an overwhelming sense of excitement. I loved everything 'Dragon Age 2' had to offer, this is one RPG, all fans of the genre should check out. Gripping, complex, and delightful, role-playing games are rarely this good.
86
PSX Extreme
Dragon Age II is a great RPG. I want to make that perfectly clear. The depth in terms of gameplay and control is here, and if you wish to fully immerse yourself in yet another top-quality BioWare adventure, you won’t be disappointed. But I just can’t figure out the need for words like “streamlining” and “accessibility” when it comes to extraordinarily niche titles designed specifically for hardcore fans. Stranger yet, this all came from BioWare’s own design team; I refuse to believe these changes came about due to player feedback after Origins. No RPG fan would want a simpler, most straightforward presentation when the original setup worked out just fine. Again, chances are, if you’re a follower of the genre, you’ll probably like this game. You might even love it to pieces. But since when does a slightly more mainstream approach – and it is indeed slight – have any place in a production like this? And why does the game still chug and freeze at times? And yet, why can’t I stop playing?
86
Gameswelt
Wieder einmal liefert Bioware ein sehr gutes modernes Rollenspiel ab. Dragon Age II lebt dabei vor allem von der gut gestrickten Geschichte und Hawkes superben Begleitern. Wer Angst hatte, dass die Kämpfe zu actionlastig werden, darf sich beruhigt zurücklehnen. Gerade die Bosskämpfe sind knifflig und fordern euch zuweilen einiges an Nerven und Ideen ab. Dank Entschlackung ist das Spiel vergleichsweise kurz geraten, aber dafür stimmt die Wiederspielbarkeit. Langweilig wird es zu keiner Minute, auch wenn sich Grafiksets und Aufbau der Dungeons viel zu oft wiederholen. Grafisch hat ebenfalls Schritte nach vorn gemacht und bietet mehr Details, allerdings wirken die Umgebungen oft steril. Insgesamt ein würdiger Nachfolger, der Änderungen an den richtigen Stellen beinhaltet und vor allem eins macht: Lust auf einen dritten Teil. Warum trotzdem weniger Prozente als für Teil 1? Weil mir so ein bisschen die besonderen Momente fehlen, und mir das Ganze einfach ein bisschen zu klinisch glatt ist.
85
Strategy Informer
There's a lot here to do, there's a lot to experience, which is great. On the whole this is a good game, you will enjoy it, and it's definitely worth getting and worth playing. An ending is just an ending for some people, and even I'm capable of ignoring a lot of 'niggles' that drive other people up the wall. Still, this game could have been better... should have been better perhaps, but if we're going to look at the wider picture there have been far worse games, far worse things to have happened in games. Whilst very specific, the story of Hawke is an engaging and compelling one indeed, and we urge you to discover it for yourself.
85
IGN
Every modification to the gameplay and structure of Dragon Age II is a clear improvement over the previous game. The combat is more responsive and bloody, you don’t need to fight the inventory system anymore, and conversations are more engaging thanks to the adapted Mass Effect wheel. There are downsides though; the semi-linear story and repetitive environments have a negative effect on what is otherwise a great role-playing game. Despite these complaints, Dragon Age II is a game I’m eager to replay.
83
Game Revolution
In their reimagining of Dragon Age II, Bioware has transferred one too many points from storytelling and exploration to combat. That doesn't mean this sequel is beyond playable or even average; Dragon Age fans will likely have the heart to finish it without too many complaints despite its flaws, but even they will feel unsettled at times. Nonetheless, Dragon Age II carries enough from its triumphant predecessor that it doesn't tarnish the Dragon Age name too much, though it creates one of those weird moments in life where people realize just how much they can let slide for the sake of enjoying an experience. Much like a threesome. Uh, never mind.
83
1UP
Though I generally enjoyed Dragon Age 2 (enough to go for another playthrough), it's an enjoyment with significant caveats. It really seems like the biggest mistake is calling it "DA2," as it's just different enough from Dragon Age: Origins to not feel like a sequel, but more like a reboot. The different main character, the faster and more streamlined combat, and the overall structure makes it feel like a fine Dragon Age adventure, but not a direct follow-up to DAO. Ultimately, Dragon Age: Origins felt like a modern high-definition callback to the glory days of Infinity Engine RPGs -- it was a decidedly PC-centric game that got a sloppy port to the consoles. Dragon Age 2, by comparison, feels like a new console-focused action-RPG that should have been called something like "Dragon Age: The Hawkening" instead.
82
Game Informer Magazine
Part of me was disappointed with Dragon Age II. I hoped for an improvement on the original, but it ultimately feels like a step back. The new battle system is fun, but not nearly as satisfying or rewarding as Origins’. Since you don’t even have a main antagonist until the final hours, the story pales in comparison to the original. If you put those complaints aside and remove Dragon Age II from the impressive shadow of its predecessor, you’ll find an engaging action/RPG experience that still retains BioWare’s trademark clever dialogue, cool characters, and detailed lore.
81
Gamers.at
Es war Qual und Freude zugleich, dass ich mir mit der Wertungsfindung von Dragon Age II viel Zeit lassen konnte. Der Einstieg ins Spiel fiel mir noch relativ schwer, für meinen Geschmack zuviel Action und zuwenig Rollenspiel. Mit beiden Aspekten kam ich allerdings im Laufe der knapp 35 Stunden die ich für ein erstes Durchspielen benötigte immer besser zu recht. Die „Hardcore“-Rollenspielelemente wurden zwar beschnitten, aber viele von ihnen sind noch da, man muss nur etwas tiefer graben. Viel mehr stört mich, dass gewisse Aspekte des Spiels nicht das Niveau erreichen, dass ich von BioWare gewohnt bin. Die Außenareale wiederholen sich immer wieder und auch die Stadt selbst löst in ihrer Gesamtheit nicht wirklich Begeisterungsstürme aus. Geschmäcker mögen verschieden sein und manch einer wird das Spiel sicher anders empfinden, aber für mich ist Dragon Age II eben nur ein weiteres gutes Rollenspiel, das sich einfach nicht aus dem – zugegeben großen – Schatten des Vorgängers befreien kann.
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newbreview.com
Dragon Age 2 is both a button smashing interactive movie, and a strategic immersive fantasy tale. Whilst the PC version is the best of the three versions, Dragon Age 2 is a good game in its own right and an extremely solid platform for the sequel to improve on by taking it to a larger scale and adding more variety.
80
Just Push Start
Dragon Age II is pretty much what the fans wanted after they finished Origins—a sequel that expands the world of the series. From the hours of gameplay that I’ve spent, I have a mix of emotions about it. While the new features feel refreshing to the series, the things like recycled environments and a story that seems too short can disappoint the fans who are expecting more from BioWare. The ability to just be in one big town and access a few dungeons are not the things that fans want; we expect to see much more. Nevertheless, Dragon Age II is still a must-purchase for fans of Origins, despite some of its shortcomings.
80
PlayStation Lifestyle
While the environments and fights may get a little redundant by the end, a well written story, plenty of side quests, and great character development save the day. Any time fighting gets boring, switching characters to use different tactics and abilities refreshes the feeling of combat. The main plot line sports a decent length, and exploring the various character stories and side quests along with it should take about 40-50 hours in an initial play-through. The story is structured in a way that events can play out vastly different based on your many choices, giving the game a good level of replayability. Since Hawke has three speciality talent trees that are completely different for each character class, a second venture is made more interesting by experimenting with these new specialities and playing styles. So, while Dragon Age 2 may not be the ultimate RPG of the year, it’s fun to play through, delivers a good story, and is generally worthy of a purchase.
80
Games Radar
In the end, DA2 is sure to be a divisive game. The purist, PC-RPG crowd will hate it for "dumbing down" one of the last remaining hardcore RPGs, while the console clan will love it for making a fantastic series more accessible. Everyone should cotton to the clever, twisty story and fully fledged characters. It's hard to say that DA2 is an overall improvement on Origins, but you can't deny that it's a bold step toward remaking the entire action-RPG genre - something we'll have to evaluate the success of with Dragon Age III.
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TotalVideoGames (TVG)
Dragon Age II is another evolution of BioWare's RPG format. It features slick combat, interesting characters and an intriguing narrative that - for those who can ignore the presentational shortcomings - combine to make an incredibly immersive role-playing experience. However, the game's uninspired, repetitive environments and limited sense of adventure fail to provide a suitable platform for what could have been the defining RPG of this generation.
80
XGN
Heeft Dragon Age II alle verwachtingen ingelost en is het zo dé role-playing game van het jaar geworden? Nou, daar valt over te discussiëren. In ieder geval is wél zeker dat Dragon Age II een totaal andere weg is ingeslagen en dat kan teleurstellend zijn voor sommigen. Qua gameplay is het meer Fable dan Dragon Age geworden, wat opzich ook positief geïnterpreteerd kan worden. Helaas wordt het spel door die gameplay wat eentoniger, en dat is erg jammer in zo’n mooie stad als Kirkwall. Het verhaal is namelijk weer leuk, met name dankzij de vele verwijzingen naar het vorige spel. De quests, het bloed, de veranderingen: dat valt allemaal goed in de smaak. En daarom is de game een aanrader, ook al is het een beetje jammer dat Dragon Age II niet is geworden wat vele mensen gehoopt hadden: de perfecte opvolger van Dragon Age: Origins.
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Cheat Code Central
This is a solid game, but it's a step backward for Dragon Age and Bioware alike. The question we all need to ask ourselves is whether we'd rather Bioware spend years (seven, by some accounts) working on an epic like Dragon Age: Origins, or if we'd rather they pump out markedly more flawed editions every eighteen to twenty-four months. I really don't know the answer.
80
GameSpot
In certain key ways, Dragon Age 2 is a step back. Regardless of how you may feel about the changes to the formula, however, it's still a great RPG that draws you in, thanks to the power of choice. Here is a game in which decisions have consequences that ripple outward, producing effects you may not have seen coming. What makes them more effective is that there is not always a clearly bad or good path to take--not in this world in which greed and anger course through the veins of so many, regardless of their affiliation. Personal connections in your family and adventuring party further complicate matters, ensuring there isn't one obvious way to continue. It's a shame that these intricacies were tempered by unnecessary simplification and unfocused storytelling. Nevertheless, Dragon Age II makes a strong impression, pulling you through with the promise of another fun quest, another character to meet, and another beast to slay.
75
Gameplanet
Dragon Age II is sure to raise the ire of some more traditional RPG fans. Gone are the elaborate spread sheets and item juggling of yesteryear, but with The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim due later in 2011, those gamers needn’t despair. The increased focus on combat, and the tighter scope of the story do lend the game an air of "Action RPG", but the depth of a full-blooded BioWare game still beats within. Some missteps have been made between the first game and this sequel but Dragon Age II stands on its own as a solid, brawling RPG, and is a worthy addition to the world of Thedas.
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gamrReview
Dragon Age II is a good game and I think it’s important that people understand that. What it isn’t is an incredible game, or even a great game, and it certainly doesn’t feel like a worthy sequel to Origins. BioWare sought to make the console and PC experiences equal and they have pretty much succeeded in that, but the result is a loss in quality all around. While great characters and voice acting remain, BioWare’s hallmark ability to create a living, breathing world falls flat in this sequel. The world is dull and dead and the lack of visual style and variety makes it get old fast. Combat is certainly fun, but former Origins PC gamers can no longer get a strategy fix from it. If you’re interested in a fun romp around an action RPG, pick Dragon Age II up, but if you’re a Dragon Age fan looking to continue what you loved about Origins, you may be better off skipping it altogether.
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Gamer.no
Dragon Age II er resultatet av et kompromiss mellom konsoll og PC som plattform. Det er resultatet av at Bioware i stedet for å differensiere sine to store levende rollespillfranchiser, fører Dragon Age II nærmere måten Mass Effect 2 utspiller seg på. Det er rett og slett resultatet av retningen spilldesign generelt tar i 2011. Vi kan like det eller ikke, men Bioware forsøker å få deg til å fokusere mer på historien og mindre på å lage flasker med gift eller finne ut hvor mye større tallene blir hvis du tar på deg en annen sko. Dragon Age II er på tross av sin bunnsolide historiedel og noe mer lettfordøyde rollespillplattform, ingen Messias til rollespillsjangeren. Det er et svært velregissert og godt komponert eventyr som er hakket mer morsomt på PC enn det er på konsoll – men det var vel ingen nyhet. La våre ansikter nok en gang dekkes av blodsprut.
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4Players.de
Die schwache Technik ist nicht mal schlimm. Aber nach Dragon Age war eine Entwicklung hin zu noch mehr Rollenspiel wünschenswert, nicht diese Kastration und diese Anbiederungen an schnelle Action. Wer hat denn bitte dieses 08/15-Frauendesign und das lächerliche Blutgespritze zu verantworten? Wer hat bloß diese 90-60-90-Mutter entworfen, die wie 20 aussieht? [..] Wenn der katastrophale Einstieg sinnbildlich für die kommenden fünfundzwanzig Stunden gewesen wäre, wäre das ein Verriss geworden[..]. Aber die guten Quests, die spürbaren Konsequenzen, die sehr guten Dialoge und vor allem ein Kampfsystem, das [..] ab dem zweiten Akt taktisch cleveres Partymanagement fordert, retten dieses Abenteuer in den befriedigenden Bereich.[..] Dass es nicht für eine gute Wertung reicht, liegt auch an einer ebenso kleinen wie sterilen Spielwelt, die mit roboterhaften Bewohnern, seelenlosen Tavernen und fehlenden Erkundungsreizen zu einer Abklapper-Kulisse degradiert wird.
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videogamer.com
There's as much maturity to the game as there ever was - DA2 is a bloody, moody thing. But despite the way narrative has been re-structured and the combat made meatier, this sequel follows the old conventions of the genre too literally to develop an individuality beyond them. Two entries down the pipe, and Dragon Age is still experiencing the growing pains of a series that's more dedicated to studying fantasy games than developing its own personality in the genre.
65
Worth Playing
Dragon Age II does not have much to recommend. It doesn't technically do anything extremely wrong, but it doesn't do much right, either. It feels like it's trying to mesh together Dragon Age: Origins and Mass Effect 2, and the result is more of a bland sludge than a tasty peanut butter-and-chocolate combination. The characters are cookie-cutter, and the combat is dull and repetitive. Aside from a few interesting moments here and there, Dragon Age II feels like it's been spread too thin. There are occasional strong moments, but unless you're desperate for more of the Dragon Age setting, it would be best to replay Dragon Age: Origins or Mass Effect 2 instead.
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Fragland.net
Dragon Age II isn't a bad game, but it is a disappointment for those that had expected a big improvement. We understand that a first attempt for a new IP can fail up to a certain point, even for a developer like Bioware time pressure and budget limits are problems that are difficult to circumvent. However, a sequel shouldn't be less than the original. Except for the combat sequences - luckily there are plenty - there's really very little that shines. It was a hellish 32 hours until the end and that ending unfortunately sucked as well.
60
DarkZero
Dragon Age II isn’t a bad game, but it is a huge disappointment from such a respected and otherwise consistent developer. While the combat has been improved significantly, its failings in other areas – areas in which BioWare usually excel – are numerous and baffling. In the 32 hours it took me to finish the game, I spent the last 10 wishing it would hurry up and get to the good bit at the end. And then it turned out the ending was a bit non-committal and rubbish, too. A shame.
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Gameblog.fr
Vous l'aurez compris, ce Dragon Age II est globalement décevant mais je vous l'avoue, c'est un vrai casse-tête d'en parler en mal. Pourquoi ? Parce que Dragon Age II possède un univers extrêmement riche, un contenu immense et demeure très divertissant malgré ses écueils. Cependant, on espérait que même en s'orientant vers l'action (un choix très contestable pour de nombreux joueurs), ce nouveau titre saurait transcender la formule originale. Ce n'est malheureusement pas le cas, certains défauts du premier épisode étant toujours bien présents. Si graphiquement le titre est plus joli, la technique dessert toujours l'immersion dans l'intrigue. Et comme en plus, certains éléments (le choix de la race) ont été amputés... Dragon Age II demeure une belle aventure mais encore une fois, je vous le dis : "c'est bête ça...".
60
Jeuxvideo.com
Dragon Age II permet de réaliser ce qu'aurait pu donner Mass Effect 2 s'il avait été raté. La simplification du système de jeu était attendue, mais on la pensait motivée par une aventure encore plus épique, servie par une histoire passionnante et une mise en scène spectaculaire, ce qui n'est pas vraiment le cas. Entre le peu de soin accordé aux quêtes, faites d'incessants combats dans des environnements recyclés à l'envi, l'impossibilité de négocier ces affrontements de façon stratégique et la médiocrité de la traduction française, l'ensemble n'est même pas du niveau d'Awakening, mais d'un gros DLC peu inspiré. Les amateurs de jeux de rôle tactiques refuseront donc de cautionner cette suite bâclée, en concurrence sérieuse avec Gothic 4 pour le massacre de franchise le plus manifeste de ces dernières années.
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GameGavel.com
I want to like this game and as an old-school paper RPG player, it should pander to me at the most basic level. That having been said, I doubt I will ever really be a big fan of Bioware RPG’s as long as they keep this current system of character interactions. It will always feel like a rip off, not being able to talk to certain people at certain times, and further more not being able to converse with any more diversity than Pro, con, or aloof smart ass. It will always come off to me as robbing me of one of the chief reasons I play these games in the first place. To play a role other than myself. I think Bioware would be well-served remembering that there are four humors, not just three, and that complexity is the nature of the human, dwarf, or elven experience.