A Rushed Waste of Time and Money
HIGH A brief (and fictitious) mid-game scene description from Varric.
LOW Everything else.
WTF The immense drop in quality was inconceivable until I saw it for myself.
Something's gone absolutely rotten in the house of BioWare.
Dragon Age II was slated to be one of the highest-profile releases of 2011—a can't-miss blockbuster to captivate the imaginations of RPG enthusiasts everywhere. The hotly anticipated return to the realm of Thedas was talked about as a project that would not only fix the original Dragon Age: Origin's rough patches, but build upon its strengths and tell a much grander story over the span of a decade. Ironically, not only did Dragon Age II fail to meet these goals, it didn't even begin to approach the high points of its predecessor. Repetitive, tedious, shallow, rushed and sloppy, this sequel is a complete failure in every respect.
The "adventure" begins with the player selecting a character type (Warrior, Mage or Rogue) and then fleeing the Darkspawn horde that ravaged the land in the original Dragon Age. While these events will be familiar to those who quested with the Grey Wardens last time around, it's soon revealed that the game isn't a sequel so much as it is a side story.
With the wealth of material hinted at in Origins, it makes a kind of sense to let players in on events that were transpiring elsewhere in the land. However, the plot, setting, dialogue and characters are all shockingly slapdash and unsatisfying. If you had asked me prior to Dragon Age II, I would have said that BioWare had some of the best writers in the business—possibly the best. However, I'm sad to report that former prowess is nowhere to be seen in this game.
To start with, the cast of teammates as well as the central hero (or heroine) feel like shallow sketches, rather than fully-fleshed characters. Meetings and events happen quickly and without much of the required pacing, and at no point did I feel any sort of connection with them. Companion quests meant to illustrate each character are tossed at the player in regular intervals with no fanfare or build-up beforehand, leaving each "growth moment" feeling unconvincing, mechanical and false. Instead of people the player grows to know over the course of the adventure, these faces are more like boxes to be checked off in pursuit of unlocking a skill tree.
Wholly apart from the characters themselves, Dragon Age II's plot is every bit as miserable. Structured as a "framed narrative" featuring sequences taken from a ten-year period of time, what I actually got is a thin, unfocused series of things happening that had no dramatic weight and failed to keep my attention.
For some reason, BioWare thought that dropping a character into a city and watching them meddle in quasi-political affairs while cooling their heels for a decade would be just as entertaining as going on an epic adventure. Surprise—it's not. There's just no overarching goal; no purpose to the story. The laundry-list of errands taking up the first 15 hours or so seem present for no particular reason at all, and the attempt to "tie it all together" at game's end is a weak stab at making sense of nonsense.
Continuing the sequence of poor decisions, the "new, revamped" combat mechanics were one of the most talked-about changes to the original formula. Sadly, the developers fundamentally misunderstand what was wrong with encounters in the first place—if you ask me, the fatal flaw was crippling the strategy element for consoles. While BioWare's dubious remedy to lukewarm player response was to let gamers "push a button and have something awesome happen," the result is still a chaotic mess.
While it's true that player attacks (usually) happen immediately after an input, I fail to see what the advantage is aside from being a purely aesthetic change. Special abilities still use cooldowns, and now instead of simply selecting the appropriate target and having the AI execute basic attacks, the player is forced to mash a button until another special is available. It's a hell of a lot of thumb fatigue for no good reason.
Worse, every fight basically plays out the same, with players constantly mobbed by pop-in enemies. It makes even rudimentary tactical play impossible (which was the first game's problem, if you'll recall) and utterly destroys player buy-in at the same time. For example, when fighting a non-magical group of knights at a seaside, new reinforcement troops literally dropped out of the sky onto my party. I could hardly believe my eyes. From any perspective, this out-of-nowhere ambush method is a pile of steaming garbage. I don't know who approved this absurd system, but the battles are distasteful, tedious chores that wear away at a sane person's patience.
Oh, and level design? Dragon Age II completely fumbles here as well. The graphics for each environment are sparse and sterile, not at all convincing as the huge, bustling city the player's home is supposed to be. In fairness, one badly-designed locale wouldn't be a big deal under normal circumstances, but in Dragon Age II, the entire game takes place in this same city.
Imagine being stuck in one level with precious little exploration and most areas made up of simple hallways for twenty or thirty hours, and the unpleasantness becomes clear. Adding insult to injury, the player will see the exact same areas being recycled over and over and over and over again, further destroying any potential for Dragon Age's world to be a place of adventure and wonder. Thedas now feels boring, it feels cheap, and the developers should be ashamed of how small and sparse the environments are. The tiny number of unique areas is so absurd, it's got to be someone's idea of a joke.
In terms of actual programming, Dragon Age II isn't nearly as polished as one would expect from a AAA-level release. The day-one launch DLC's Achievements on 360 were glitched and un-earnable, certain quests appear in the quest list before they can be undertaken, quest markers are inconsistently used, I personally had the game crash three separate times, and I've heard many reports of deleted saves, bugged team mechanics and other assorted weirdness—and that's not even taking into account the ever-present loading screens that occur when moving from one area to the next. Since the game is not a visual powerhouse and each locale is as simple as could be, the frequent loads are especially grating. There's no reason I should spend more time looking at loading screens than playing.
Defying all expectations, BioWare managed to take one of the most memorable Western RPGs in recent history and completely destroyed everything that made it so good. I have absolutely no idea how such a respected development house could have made so many colossal mistakes and turned out such an unpleasantly rushed, shallow, utter waste of time… but they did, and it is. I forced myself to play the game to completion despite wanting to quit out of disgust and boredom at least a dozen times before credits rolled, but I shouldn't have bothered. The insulting level of quality in Dragon Age II is perfectly clear to see from the first hour or two, and everything that comes after is just more salt in the wound.
Disclosures: This game was obtained via retail store and reviewed on the Xbox 360. Approximately 22 hours of play were devoted to the single-player mode, and the game was completed. There are no multiplayer modes.
Parents: According to the ESRB, this game contains blood and gore, language, sexual content and violence. To make a long story short, this game should not be played by children. Although it's not the most explicit thing I've ever seen, there are plenty of situations that I would not want my child to be exposed to, and the overall tone of the game is clearly slanted towards adult players. This is one instance when the ESRB disclaimers are both totally accurate and totally appropriate, so please keep this title away from little ones.
Deaf & Hard of Hearing: You shouldn't have any problems. All spoken dialogue in the game is accompanied by optional subtitles, and there are no significant auditory cues during gameplay. It may be a terrible game, but it is an accessible one.
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[quote=Slinky_Bass]One of Da2’s biggest reality fails was this: Kirkwall, City of Mage doom, where apostates are killed or made tranquil, and even those mages under their watch must fear for their lives…NOT. NPC Blood Mages and Apostates infest Kirkwall’s poorer areas by the hundreds and as an apostate Hawke I ran around casting magic in the streets, even in front of Templars with NO reaction whatsoever. If you’re going to have a world with this whole Chantry watching over the Circle history, then at least have something in the game that backs this up.[/quote] I’m beginning to think that the… Read more »
I absolutely agree with this review. I thoroughly enjoyed Dragon Age: Origins, bought Awakening, ALL of DLCs, two of the books (which were slightly worse), but I hate DA2. It is just bad. It’s so bad I couldn’t bring myself to finish it. The story feels not compelling, the abilities feel useless (all my mage spells do a bit of damage and throw people around and that’s it). Fights are ridiculous – enemies appear from thin air, no tactics, nothing. It is more mindless than Japanese RPGs, which at least have a lot of tactics and planning. This has no… Read more »
I appreciate the review. I did buy the game and played.. most of the way (I think) through it. The game really did feel bland. I didn’t like the new combat system when I first bought the demo but in remembering how much I liked the first game I bought it. I tried my best to like it, I really did. It’s just not very good. I don’t think I’d give it a 2.5/10 maybe 4.5/10 or something. There is something there.. it’s just kind of bland and not all that much fun. And yes, I agree I hated the… Read more »
… and for that I, as a player and consumer, am grateful. Dragon Age 2 is essentially crap, and an insult to intelligent and informed gamers; the otherwise inexplicable high score reviews it received from certain “mainstream” big name gaming sites stands out as a good example of what we can, from this point on, expect from an industry which is now almost completely corrupted by the corporations which invaded and now control it, including their associates in the media who write their sponsored reviews for them. The gamer who expects genuine gaming quality will have, from this point on,… Read more »
A concise and brilliantly honest review, Brad. Unlike many of those slavish game reviewers out there!
You’ve won a new reader 🙂
I agree with you completely. While some of these negative claims are valid (especially all the long loading screens), it really didn’t affect my utter enjoyment of the game. To start, I thought the first Dragon Age was, quite honestly, pretty damn sucky. The graphics were atrocious, my character seemed lifeless and drab, the story seemed unoriginal (to clarify, I thought that the lore was fantastic; love the Fade and the Circle and such), and the combat was just plain bad and boring. I felt no personal connection to the characters and found myself quitting from the game after about… Read more »
DA2 is an example of what Electronic Arts does to companies. They have done it before and they doing it again. The drop in quality of DA2, the crapiness of the combat system, the lack of detail in everything, the typical kids console bash and samsh them all kind of gaming, made DA2 one of the worst tittles launched in the RPG market.. and pretty much destroyed the franchise. Whos fault? Dont know.. but i sincerely doubt the crew that made DA2 was the same who made DA. EA -> less cash -> less talent = crappy product.. its an… Read more »
While I wouldn’t drop down to a 2.5 personally, perhaps a 5.0/5.5, I feel that’s more a difference of opinion in review criteria. Arcania: Gothic 4 was a 2.5 to me, and while Dragon Age 2 is a superior game, it’s hardly a good game by any stretch. Everything you mentioned is spot-on. The lack of pacing, lack of build-up to “Important” events; these were things that I couldn’t have pointed out so clearly myself, but absolutely felt. DA2 feels as if the bare-bones a good story were slapped together by a competent writer in a very brief time allotted… Read more »
I agree completely with the reviewer. I don’t understand how this game could have gotten such favorable reviews from other sites. Looking at the Metacritic scores (for the xbox360) I note that : The average reviewer rates the game 7.9 (generally favorable) The average user rates the game 4.5 (generally unfavorable) Difference between average reviewer and user rating 3.4 wow! So what is going on here? Have the reviewers been receiving money from EA or are they just scared of damaging their mutually beneficial relationship? Is this the future of online (video)game reviews? Actively misleading reading in this way should… Read more »
I really don’t see how any serious gamer can defend Dragon Age II. It is one of the biggest disappointments in gaming history, and the fact that most magazine and website reviews are sucking up to it, giving it great scores, just confirms what we have always known about the reliability of these reviewers. It also adds insult to injury. I couldn’t have said it better than Brad. I finished this game last weekend (took a while because I just couldn’t bring myself to play it all the time). I am so glad i didn’t pre-order this. What an awful… Read more »
While I can agree that the combat is tedious and that there should have been more dialogue with your friends the comparison to DA:O seems a bit … ridiculous. First off, wether you like the story or not is entirely based on taste. Personally, I thought that the worn old epic cliché of the old game was the boring part. There’s no tension in a game where you know the outcome before you’ve even put in the disc. With this game, the ending surprised me and the bigger conflicts surprised me. It was never black and white and you definatly… Read more »
Nice review – and refreshingly honest! I preordered the signature edition in good faith. Biowares history of games is nothing short of impressive but DA2 is a totally different story. I agree with every point of the review but i have to add another thing. The game feels like an insult actually. Everything, that requires thinking was removed. Instead i get exaggerated combat scenes with almost silly splatter scenes and a “3 choices” conversation system. Why this game received so many good reviews from big sites is a mystery. Reading the gamer reviews here, on AMAZON or even on the… Read more »
I think that the rating is a bit harsh. The one thing no one seems to mention is that you can only dress yourself in this game, not your party. I thought that was a good thing to leave in. This seems like a very poor attampt by another company at copying DA. The first was epic, loved the characters, loved the way you fought and the story was great. I bought this with high expectations but feel very let down by it. The main character is bland at best and i have taken to just choosing the top option… Read more »
Thank you so much! I’m ashamed that I bought this game at retail price, it nowhere near met my expectations. As others have said, this game isn’t a 2.5, but I think everyone is very pissed that popular game reviewers wont touch such a popular title. (Hence the backlash from users on metacritic who have given the game less than 5 on average.) I wish I could get twice my money back for being so utterly insulted by this trash of a game. On another note, I wish you would’ve touched on the lack of choices in the game. The… Read more »
While I disagree with your review personally, I fully respect the fact that there is a website on the internet somewhere that is willing to thrash a major game release. I noticed with a lot of the bigger websites, reviews of AAA games rarely go below 7/10 or the equivalent no matter how much they suck. It’s nice to come across a site that is willing to criticize games, instead of using reviews to simply run down the games features, throw in one or two half-hearted dislikes and likes and call it a day. One of the things that is… Read more »
Thank you so much for bringing to the forefront the multitude of flaws that every player has been experiencing but that no professional critic has really put into honest relief. I was wondering if I was going insane, reading all the positive critic reviews that metacritic has been displaying.
So, again, thank you for being honest. I hope Bioware reads this review and takes it to heart. I’ll be coming back to this site regularly now.
Great Review, and also a lot of good follow up content. I’ve totally enjoyed hating this game, and then coming around to appreciate it despite its flaws. In my final analysis its pretty good (6-8) and its biggest sin is the way it railroads the player into zero freedom of choice (aka role playing.) DA2 passifies the ‘player’ into a kind of audience who can watch (but not change)a script. This is the dreaded ‘Mass Effect’ path. Where you can appreciate amazing races, gear and scenery, but you never aproach the illusion hat you can have or play any of… Read more »
I respect every comment made in your assessment of the game. However, I must say that this is a rare case where I agree with the flaws that you pointed out, but disagree fully with the conclusions that you came to. In my eyes, Dragon Age 2 is a smaller scale epic, one that tries to venture away from the Bioware norm in search of something new. Not necessarily fresh, but rather different. What Bioware has done with this game is essentially take an age old formula and reduce it to fit the needs of a development cycle, substituting the… Read more »
seems your emotions were strung a bit too high. 2.5’s belong to Technically broken games that are not playable, even the mostly broken and awhile FF14 had 35% and 4/10’s…. I am a huge DAO and DA2 fan, but just generally speaking a 2.5 does not beling in the category and league of this game production values alone. Aside from what I find to be an excellent story, characters, combat, etc but thats just me. A 6/10 or a 7/10 would be more reflective on how reviews rate a game as a “non purchase due to X reason” as stated… Read more »
I have played the game and guess what? The review pretty much sums up my feelings. I too forced myself to complete it, and by the end of the game I was left with a bad taste in my mouth and a sick feeling in my stomach.
Finally someone with the free from the forces of EA and Bioware (Metacritic magazine scores) able to give an honest and deep review of the trash that is DA2. They took away racial choices They took away many spell trees They made weapons restricted to classes They repeat the same enemies over and over They repeat the same environments over and over They have only a few achievements compared to DO:A They have only 2 endings They took away Dual Wield warriors, Champions, Archer Warriors and Strength rogues. You get only one healer. Bottom line I beat this game in… Read more »
[quote=Wind]seems your emotions were strung a bit too high. 2.5’s belong to Technically broken games that are not playable, even the mostly broken and awhile FF14 had 35% and 4/10’s…. I am a huge DAO and DA2 fan, but just generally speaking a 2.5 does not beling in the category and league of this game production values alone. Aside from what I find to be an excellent story, characters, combat, etc but thats just me. A 6/10 or a 7/10 would be more reflective on how reviews rate a game as a “non purchase due to X reason” as stated… Read more »
He may have lost you, but he gained my respect.
Thank you for your honest review of Dragon Age II. It’s good to see someone let people know for what the game really is unlike those other publications, like the exclusive reviews that came days before the game’s release. Ignore the haters bashing your review, Brad. It’s been known that some Bioware employees have been reviewing their own games under alias name in attempt to increase the average score for DAII. So I wouldn’t be surprise if some of them go to this site hating your review.
Somewhere in Bioware…. Troubled Bioware Designer Yet here’s a spot. RPG Fan Hark! he speaks. I will set down what comes from him, to satisfy my remembrance the more strongly. Troubled Bioware Designer Out,damned spot! out, I say!—One: two: why, then, ’tis time to do’t.—Hell is murky!—Fie, my lord, fie! a lead designer, and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account?—Yet who would have thought Dragons Age Origins had so much blood in it? And Inon Zur’s music; where is it now?— What, will these hands ne’er be clean?—No more o’… Read more »
It is so refreshing to see a game reviewer “tell it like it is”… thank you very much for your honesty. My biggest issue was the design (or lack thereof) for the city of Kirkwall itself – epic? immersive? a living city? What a joke! Kirkwall is Orzammar without the ceiling… and even less “awesome” stuff to do/explore.
Again, thank you for a giving the community a REAL review. Hopefully the folks at Bioware will read this and take it to heart.
Just to correct some folks here, I do indeed know what I played and you Brad, played the same terrible game. Thank you for joining Adam Sessler into the land of honest reviews. A shame Adam was afraid to explain why he gave it a 3/5 on Gtv but you were obviously not afraid to make up for that Brad. Good on you. Although if it were coming from any other Developer I wouldn’t give the game a 2.5 out of 10. Any other developer would get a 5 for a mediocre product. Coming from Bioware we all know they… Read more »
I agree with about 90% of criticism Just finished the game yesterday and im still shocked that Bioware could make such epic fail in department which is their strongest asset,or to say WAS-storytelling. DA2 HAS NO STORY none All the sidequests have notihing to do with you becoming a “champion”…you do that by kiling Arishokc and that’s it. At least that’s some kind of explanation for 1 question but until the very end there is NOTHING about WHY are you so important worlwide in the chain of events and WHY are you sought-after by the chantry. The game begins with… Read more »
How can you even compare this turkey with BG2? It`s completely linear for a while, then full of meaningless “quests”, you can easily rush through without reading any of the tedious, pompous and uninteresting dialogue, just by running after the quest markers. There is 0 exploration; in my mind one of the main ingredients of a good RPG, has dull, stereotyped characters who all sound as if they have just come out of their Bible-study/Ritalin OD group. None of them managed to say anything interesting by the time I abandoned the game as a hopeless cause, shortly after entering the… Read more »
I love this review, even though I disagree with it in general. I liked the game quite a bit, though I’m not sure whether I liked it more or less than Origins, or just a bit. I found the characters more engaging than in Origins, and I felt that their development was actually believable. These characters changed in small ways over the ten years, and the companion quests were well-written and very well-executed. The flaws of boring level design don’t bother me, honestly. I’m more in it for the story and the characters, and I’m a big fan of Dynasty… Read more »
The ridiculously long load times and bug that freezes the game occasionally is INCONCEIVABLE!
Maybe 2.5 is harsh, but it definitely doesn’t deserve more than a 7. I’d say around 5 to 6 (of 10) for me. But I can agree with Brad’s 2.5 too! >:(
The overall game was sloppy! INCONCEIVABLE!!
Finally, I’ve found an honest and intelligent reviewer. Thanks Brad.
[quote=Jer Soules]This is nothing more than a rant designed to get hits to the website. I’ve seen it before on Gamecritics, but never to this shocking of a degree. This “review” is clearly designed to agree with the user reviews on Metacritic which are filled with hundreds of moronic PC gamers who consider streamlining the same as “dumbing down.” Bioware neither a.) sold out nor b.) stopped becoming a good developer. I thought game reviewers were supposed to have some degree of journalistic integrity? Clearly Brad Gallaway has none, as this is one of the most poorly executed reviews of… Read more »
I’ll agree that DA2 was a letdown in most, if not all, respects. However, I disagree that it’s such a monumental failure that it deserves a 2.5/10 rating. Were I to score it, I’d likely throw a 6.5 its way–it’s still a better-than-average game compared to most of what else is out there (at least on the PC), it’s just that the disparity between it and its predecessor, as well as everything else produced by Bioware to date, is so great that it magnifies the disappointment. Hopefully Bioware will learn from this misstep, and will address the VALID (i.e., not… Read more »
I’m glad someone finally said it and said it well. you pretty much nailed most of the main points I have been frustrated about. I’ve tried a few times now to get into this game and boredom and shallowness of this “sequel” have overwhlemed me each time.
You did however fail to mention the party mechanics (i.e. inventory, level system) that have also sapped away from the immersion we felt playing the original.
How sad EA and Bioware have tarnished this game so badly that I would have reservations continuing to play a third installment.
I dont see how comparing anything to the Witcher is insulting. Apart from the low production values in places the Witcher was an utter delight to play.
The difference comes in that The Witcher’s city was interesting and had a great deal of charm, DA2 is a graveyard, and am I the only one who’s tired of Bioware’s (bad, good, dickhead) dialogue choices.
[quote=Anonymous][quote=mrklarryd]This game’s not great, but, ignoring the score, this review is among the worst product reviews I’ve ever read for any product, if not the worst altogether. The reviewer has misparaphrased Shakespeare…etc[/quote] Nitpicks aside, at least it was still an honest, critical and entertaining read, fulfilling this sort of article’s primary objectives. Now DA2 on the other hand…full of errors, large and small, but most importantly, neither immersive as a RPG nor enjoyable. [/quote] I disagree. I thought it was immersive and very enjoyable, and I loved Origins as well. It was different and it had some design problems, but… Read more »
FINALLY a review that really get what i feel about this game! It also reflects the community who is so so so dissapointed by this game. Bravo! Clap clap!
Very well articulated commentary on all this game’s significant flaws. You’ve just earned yourself a new reader.
This is the most disappointing sequel ever, which is as much a commentary on how wonderful DOA was as it is about how awful DAII is.
More than anything, I think this is why there’s so much hate out there for this game. It took something that was truly awe inspiring, and turned it into something tedious, at best.
[quote=mrklarryd]This game’s not great, but, ignoring the score, this review is among the worst product reviews I’ve ever read for any product, if not the worst altogether.
The reviewer has misparaphrased Shakespeare…etc[/quote]
Nitpicks aside, at least it was still an honest, critical and entertaining read, fulfilling this sort of article’s primary objectives.
Now DA2 on the other hand…full of errors, large and small, but most importantly, neither immersive as a RPG nor enjoyable.
[quote=Anonymous]…I was utterly disappointed about all the “oh my maker the Circle is a prison stuff” never actually leading to seeing the inside of the Circle.[/quote] One of Da2’s biggest reality fails was this: Kirkwall, City of Mage doom, where apostates are killed or made tranquil, and even those mages under their watch must fear for their lives…NOT. NPC Blood Mages and Apostates infest Kirkwall’s poorer areas by the hundreds and as an apostate Hawke I ran around casting magic in the streets, even in front of Templars with NO reaction whatsoever. If you’re going to have a world with… Read more »
Playing this game was like a slap in the face to me. I’m so glad to see a professional actually address some of what made it feel that way instead of simply brushing it under the rug. Thank you also for addressing the horrible pacing of plot events, the weak plot, and the shallow characters rather than solely focusing on combat issues. I’m really glad to see so many of my own issues with da2 represented her.
(first time on your site, and will remember it when scoping out future games)
I love the 2.5 score. It makes up for every biased, suspect 10/10 Ive ever read. I love the “everything else” lowpoint because it makes up for all the “everything in this game is perfection” biased and suspect reviews Ive read. Brad ultimately is putting forward a voice saying the same thing as me. If not the entire genre as a whole, this very game at least is losing itself. He sounds like a genuine pissed off RPG gamer reviewing a genuinely awful so called “RPG” that wants action audiences. Id much rather listen to that than the other drones… Read more »
The problem with the single setting was that it was incredibly ugly. Not ugly as in gritty, but ugly as in “I’m surrounded by a bunch of cardboard boxes apparently and I can’t get out.” Realistic? [spoilers] Like the mission where Aveline asks you to clear out bandits so that she can have a romantic walk down a coastline known to be swarming with bandits and rogue Qunari? Or a crazy mage who kidnaps old women for their parts to create a blood magic Frankenstein monster? Or maybe you meant all of those “quests” that consist of finding random crap… Read more »
Two days ago, I would have said the 2.5 was too low of a score, I was actually enjoying the game a lot, but that was before my Hawke character started moving in slow motion… slow to the point of making the game unplayable… turns out this is a game breaking bug. So I turn to the Bioware forum and find that Bioware is aware of the bug. Tons of upset people on their forum. They are working on a patch, but they are not really communicating very well as to when the patch might actually be ready, and it… Read more »
Brad, I salute you sir for the most honest and true review of the game. Never has a game incited so much anger from me like Dragon Age 2. “I forced myself to play the game to completion despite wanting to quit out of disgust and boredom at least a dozen times before credits rolled, but I shouldn’t have bothered. The insulting level of quality in Dragon Age II is perfectly clear to see from the first hour or two, and everything that comes after is just more salt in the wound.” No reviewer summarized exactly what I thought like… Read more »
DA2 has some of the most unexpectedly awesome characters in quite some time. Aveline and Varric, in particular, are absolutely wonderful. I went into the game believing I was going to hate Aveline. However, by the end of it, she was my favorite.
Couldn’t agree more – overhyped game – a true waste of time and money
The first Dragon Age II review to give it the bashing it truly deserves. By Bioware standards, this game is an abomination, and you had it right when you called the level of quality insulting. You just earned yourself a place on my bookmark list.
Really great review. I think most of the reviewers who didnt like this game dont dare to give bad enough score becouse its bioware game. Its great that you are being honest and i really agree on every aspect. Ive enjoyed all other bioware rpg:s and was really looking forward to this, i really wanted to like this but i noticed after few hours that almost everything in this game was unappealing and uninteresting, i dont even remember last time when i got so bored and sick to a game so i had to just quit and delete it but… Read more »