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Do not buy Dragon Age II

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I had originally planned on posting a rant about Dragon Age II tonight, but the day didn't quite unfold the way I thought it would. So, although I don't have enough time to do a full-on posting at the moment, my conscience is screaming out to me that I need to do something in order to warn people against buying it.

I'll go into greater detail later on and I will be doing the full review, but for the moment let me just say that I think Dragon Age II is a colossal disappointment on an epic scale. After racking up around ten hours or so in the campaign, I can honestly say that I have nothing positive to report, and that there is absolutely no reason why anyone should waste their time or money on it.

Do not buy this game.

Category Tags
Platform(s): Xbox 360   PS3   PC  
Developer(s): BioWare  
Series: Dragon Age  
Genre(s): Role-Playing  

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Yeah, sounds like it

When I read a review of it, my heart sunk.

Could you have at least told

Could you have at least told me that on March 7th?!

I am enjoying it and am also

I am enjoying it and am also about 10 hours in. It is a fun game and in my personal opinion it was well worth the money. Of course in a game this size 10 hours is a small sample size, but I have been given no hint that my enjoyment is unsustainable.

Thanks for the heads-up.

All the previews made it look terrible IMO, but the 'professional' reviews were all positive. Wasn't sure if the negative reviews by users were just people who hadn't played the game posting over and over.

I had never played the first Dragon Age

I had never played the first Dragon Age, so I decided to download the demo for this on the 360. Wow, just wow. Completely terrible. Combat literally consists of hitting one button. I haven't played a Bioware game since Mass Effect (which I really enjoyed, by the way) and now I see why.

The Xbox version does sound

The Xbox version does sound pretty terrible, but the PC version is nothing short of excellent. it's far more tactical and challenging on the highest difficulty. This just feels like a franchise meant to be played on a PC.

calm down

I respect your evaluation but do strongly disagree with you.

Dragon Age 2 is a very decent game. Sure it lets its heritage down, it's bland but it is definitely worth playing.
I'm not playing through it 4 times, i'm not buying the DLC (like Origins) - in fact i'm writing a sincere open letter to Bioware for whomever might care about that.
I have fun in Two Worlds II but I have more fun in Dragon Age 2 and I base that on rather common... might I say objective? parameters.
Disappointing Brad.

not that bad

There are demos available on the console and PC.
I would recommend people try those first.

I played a little bit of the PC version,
and it plays alot like a console game,

The tactical iso camera view (which made the first game better on the PC) has been completely removed. But the PC version does not have the auto targeting feature of the console game.

So the pc game is a weird hybrid, where you have to click on everything (like an RTS or old school iso RPG) but you do it from an up close camera view (like an action game).

Imagine playing Halo, but with the control scheme of Diablo. Its an upclose visual game, but with the mechanics of a strategy click click click game.

The story seems like standard Bioware cliches - which is fine with me. Its the mechanical changes that are bothering me, in DA2.

If someone creates a camera hack, that allows for the old tactical camera view, i will probably revisit the game. I will probably play it anyway... if I see it cheap.


The reused environments and recycled dungeon layouts to me are the most unforgivable aspect of this game, imo.

I'm about 40 hours in and now into Act 3 and, honestly, at this point I'm thinking of quitting. :/ There are just too many little annoying things that have stacked up against my ability to enjoy it any longer.

It does have an auto target

It does have an auto target feature, Joe. Default key is bound to F.

Considering that the

Considering that the original already bored me to tears, this is hardly surprising.

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