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Dragon Age II: Mark of the Assassin is a DLC (downloadable content) for Dragon Age II. After being set up by Antivan Crows, Hawke meets the Elven woman Tallis who hires him to rob an Orlesian noble, Duke Prosper. The goal is a jewel named Heart of the Many and the reason why she chose Hawke is because he received an invitation to participate in a Wyvern hunt. Tallis, a rogue, is force-joined the party during the course of the story and leaves at the end of it.

The DLC takes place in and around the former fortress Chateau Haine, Prosper's current place of residence, and in contrast to the main game (and the DLC content of the predecessor Dragon Age: Origins) all areas are new constructions. The gameplay itself is mixed: it starts with two relatively open areas (comparable to a wilderness area of the main game), a dialogue heavy sequence without fights, puzzles, linear fighting areas and a boss fight to end the expansion. There are also side quests (some can be only played when a certain companions is in the party), optional areas (most of the puzzles take place in those), and sometimes the player can choose how to proceed. Most notably is the choice towards the middle part of the DLC in which the player either can fight through an area or use stealth. Using the latter introduces new gameplay elements: patrolling guards have a line of sight which should not be entered and they can be distracted or knocked put from behind. Both states only last for a short time before they return to their post. Getting caught simply resets the current area to try again.


Dragon Age II: Mark of the Assassin Windows A nice view
Dragon Age II: Mark of the Assassin Windows The optional puzzles involve those tiles...
Dragon Age II: Mark of the Assassin Windows ...along with those colour seals
Dragon Age II: Mark of the Assassin Windows A new enemy type, the ghasts

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Critic Reviews (UK) Xbox 360 Oct 17, 2011 8 out of 10 80
Gamestyle PlayStation 3 2011 8 out of 10 80
Gaming Nexus Xbox 360 Nov 01, 2011 B 75
Game Chronicles Xbox 360 Oct 23, 2011 7.5 out of 10 75
ZTGameDomain Xbox 360 Oct 25, 2011 7.5 out of 10 75
Official XBox Magazine Xbox 360 Oct 20, 2011 7.5 out of 10 75 Windows Mar 29, 2013 14 out of 20 70 Macintosh Mar 29, 2013 14 out of 20 70
Destructoid Xbox 360 Oct 22, 2011 6.5 out of 10 65
GameStar (Germany) Windows Nov, 2011 Unscored Unscored


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