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Old 03-29-2011, 08:01 AM   #1
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Anyone playing this? I'm enjoying more than some of the reviews but wanted to see if anyone here has been playing with it. I'm in act 3 and can already tell I'll play it through at least one more time.
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Old 03-29-2011, 08:13 AM   #2
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I'm just getting started in it, posting so I can find this thread again when I get further on in the game. So far I like it a lot though, looks so much better, and I appreciate a lot of the simplifications, like how it actually tells me how changing a piece of gear will affect my dps, making companions' gearsets basically one piece, stuff like that.
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Old 03-29-2011, 08:17 AM   #3
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Big fan of Bioware, will get the game once i get enough free time to play it. If its anything like the first I'm sold. When it comes to RPGs, they do the best gameplay, which matters a lot to me.
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Fun rouges are better. I wish it were bigger. Likes original better. Played on casual because I was pressed for time. Also prefer to put armor on my crew.
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It's being ripped apart online. I'm not gonna touch it with a five foot pole.

Check out this example of the terrible level design.

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Old 03-29-2011, 09:08 AM   #6
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Big fan of Bioware, will get the game once i get enough free time to play it. If its anything like the first I'm sold. When it comes to RPGs, they do the best gameplay, which matters a lot to me.
My kid's all over it. He likes Bioware games and is also big into oblivion and KOTOR also.
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Old 03-29-2011, 09:14 AM   #7
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It isn't a bad game, but isn't a sequel to Dragon Age 1 in any way. It is a very different game, streamlined and dumbed down to perform and fit on consoles.

The first game was an epic RPG like Baulder's Gate or Fallout. It let you explore a whole world.

This game lets you explore one city and the same cave over and over 15 times.

The combat is less tactical. You just wait for your super powers to recharge then smash the button as waves of enemies appear out of nowhere. Hey guess what, if I'm in that last group of 4, and the first 20 guys just got ripped apart in front of me, I aint jumping out of the shadows...

Still, the characters are cool, and the dialogue and moral options the game give are top notch. I'll go back and finish it one day, but right now I'm playing the hell out of Crysis 2 and Shogun 2.
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Great game, not the same epic feel as the first.

I disagree with people who complain about the level design - the design is fine, but they are recycled way too often.

In a way I'm happy that they didn't play the normal game of one-upsmanship

game 1 - save the world!
game 2 - save the universe!!
game 3 - save the multiverse!!!

Same setting, but in a parallel storyline to DA1. More restricted to the city of Kirkwall, but that isn't a bad thing, as you didn't have that 'run across the continent for some random reason' feeling like DA1.

I felt they toned down some of the tactics and turned up a little of the button mashing, but the writing and characters are quite solid (although I didn't really care about a couple of the characters)

They took a page from Mass Effect 2 by simlifying the inventory system (as one poster already said, you can't put armor on your friends). It simplifies things, but some people like that micromanagement. It's a give/take.

I liked the overall story, as it wasn't the same 'kill the big monster and save the world'.

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Its on my list to play but honestly after playing demons souls I doubt Ill be wowed by the game.

Right now I am playing Dc Universe online and having a blast, its really a lot of fun especially the pvp servers.
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Old 03-29-2011, 09:52 AM   #10
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It just feels rushed.
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:36 AM   #11
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I played through Dragon Age Origins 3 times, got all the achievements, and just loved the game. I've had this one pre ordered for awhile, and I think I'm only 2/3rds through after having it for maybe 3 weeks?

The combat is WAY better than Origins, and I actually enjoy the graphic changes. Unfortunately, I don't have a sense that I'm doing anything important. I also hate the changes they made with the gear. You can't give each party member custom gear except rings, amulets weapons and belts. BORING.

I'll probably still play this one through 2-3 times since I'm an achievement whore, but it probably won't be as fun as origins. It seems to me that Bioware has actually made a game with a mediocre story, something that they almost never do. Hopefully that doesn't become a trend.

Overall good game, not great which is disappointing.
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I've only tried the demo, wasn't too crazy about it. I've never played rpg's, and understand that there's probly a learning curve that isn't really portrayed well in such a small demo, so I can't give an honest opinion.

Anybody have a recommendation for someone who'd like to get INTO Rpg's but doesn't have the formula down? Like, a beginner's rpg?
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Most of you have the same views as myself. Except I like more than I don't.

Don't like
  • Not being able to put armor on your characters
  • Being locked in Kirkwall. I miss the world of Ferelden.
  • Having to revisit the same areas for different quests. I understand when you're in a city things happen in the same places over and over, so it makes sense but they should have let us "get out"
  • Virtually zero connection to the last game, with the exception of a few cameos.

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  • The game is clean. I strongly disagree with the idea the game is rushed. I think they kept it simple and ironed out kinks and produced a solid story that progresses steadily and is well ballanced.
  • It's a good game if you aren't expecting a sequel. They should have called it "Kirkwall" and made it an offshoot game and not a true sequel. DA 2 is as much victim of high expectations. If they had not made it THE sequel people would be loving this.
  • The combat system is better. I agree it gets button mashy on easier difficulty, but try it on a higher setting. Your characters build's, keeping agro, and how and when you use power becomes much more important.
  • The story and characters are much better. I also like the main character having a voice. I am eager to play this through several times.
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Old 03-29-2011, 11:39 AM   #14
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It's being ripped apart online. I'm not gonna touch it with a five foot pole.

Check out this example of the terrible level design.

The level designs are pretty repetitive, but it is still a fun game. Not quite as good as the first, and definitely not as good as Mass Effect 2, but still fun.

Also, I wouldn't trust most of the user ratings online. It is being review bombed by /v/ and a couple of other sites because of how much the game play was changed from DAO. Most of the low reviews are by people that haven't played that game and are just riding the hive mind express.
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I've beaten it twice, so obviously I like the game. It is true that you cannot change what your companions wear, but each Act has armor upgrades for each character. I suppose that's something. I dig the story, a much smaller focus coinciding with the events of DA:O. The fact the characters emote actually pulled me in a bit more to care about the story and made dialogue choices tougher.

Out of all your companions, Isabela and Merrill are my favorites. Anders...I dont dig whiners, and that is what the guy does. Alot. Fenris' constant I am angry ARGH bit got old, too. Varric is pretty awesome. For a dwarf. I have the distinct impression we see the Champion of Kirkwall in DA:3.

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I disagree with the idea you aren’t doing anything important. It opens with you saving your family from the blight and then having earn off your debt from being a refugee for two years. You start at the bottom, sure, but how is that different than any other RPG? As the story progresses you gain in importance and your actions influence the city more and more. Do you save the world? No, but I agree with what was said earlier. I don’t need to save the universe every time I play a game and to be honest “saving the world” has been beat to dead millions of times in games. Saving a city, one that you spent a lot of time in, hits closer to home and is easier to conceptualize. It also progresses very well. I have several issues with the game, but the story and overall objectives were not among them.

And the online reviews are mostly garbage. Ones that say the game outright sucks, anyway. Ratings of 7-9/10 are closer to correct.
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I disagree with the idea you aren’t doing anything important. It opens with you saving your family from the blight and then having earn off your debt from being a refugee for two years. You start at the bottom, sure, but how is that different than any other RPG? As the story progresses you gain in importance and your actions influence the city more and more. Do you save the world? No, but I agree with what was said earlier. I don’t need to save the universe every time I play a game and to be honest “saving the world” has been beat to dead millions of times in games. Saving a city, one that you spent a lot of time in, hits closer to home and is easier to conceptualize. It also progresses very well. I have several issues with the game, but the story and overall objectives were not among them.

And the online reviews are mostly garbage. Ones that say the game outright sucks, anyway. Ratings of 7-9/10 are closer to correct.

I'd give DA:II an 8.5, has some technical issues but nothing serious, and the game could have branched out a bit more into the FreeMarches, but that was not the focus of the game so its not that big a deal. Sound track was awesome, voice work was awesome. Story and character development was awesome.

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I like his when I bang the elf her armour turns color. Let's me. Know how awesome I am.
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I'd give DA:II an 8.5, has some technical issues but nothing serious, and the game could have branched out a bit more into the FreeMarches, but that was not the focus of the game so its not that big a deal. Sound track was awesome, voice work was awesome. Story and character development was awesome.

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I like his when I bang the elf her armour turns color. Let's me. Know how awesome I am.

Only means she is a pariah and her people hate her. But I'm sure its all due to your elf banging skills.


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I've played this game three times. The first time I pursued the connection with Anders. The novelty of the relationship wore off as the game's story unfolded.

Isabela is my favorite. If I had a type of girl, it would be her.

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Only means she is a pariah and her people hate her. But I'm sure its all due to your elf banging skills.


Well what do think she was going to say were are private people.
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Well what do think she was going to say were are private people.

I liked the contrast. Normally when women wear white in the context of that type of relationship, she is reflecting purity. Not so with Merrill. Dalish are friggin odd.

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