Paul continues his look back at the Dragon Age series with the much maligned Dragon Age 2. Is it really as bad as people say it is?
To be honest, I liked DA2. I thought it was a good game. In fact, I thought it was better than DA:O in a lot of ways (but worse in other ways). The main problem is that the game was quite obviously "consolized". It was streamlined to work better on consoles, and everything (story, areas, choices, customization) was narrower than the first game. If DA2 came out as its own game without the DA license, I think gamers would have loved it. But it stood in the shadow of DA:O and suffered for it.
DA:O was the cinema release with its epic scale, diverse locations and characters. DA2 felt like the TV movie, it had better looking but less diverse characters. The sexy arse wiggle from female Hawk could only distract you for so long before you start to feel déjà-vu from the games locations, it's like they ran out of money for the set design and had to keep using the same interiors and exteriors over and over again. On the plus side I enjoyed the story.
The story had less depth, reused dungeons, couldn't customize party's armor, way less exploration, and 90 percent of the game took place in 1 city. I liked the fighting in origins better, but I understand if people liked 2's faster paced fighting in 2 better. But dragon age 2 was a rush job and could be seen in everywhere but maybe the fighting. It was a pretty good game on its own. But as a follow up to origins it was a major letdown.
Da2 was def not as good as Dao, but I still personally liked it, especially after I found out that you COULD make different choices depending on stuff you've said before (SPOILERS hating on Qunari most of game allows you to side with the crazy Chantry girl, something I heard a lot of people complain about not being able to do) Also I don't blame Bioware for the rush job, I mean come on, DAO was in development for around 5yrs, DA2 around 15months (AND it wasn't a direct sequel and they made a new engine) why anyone thought it would be as good as DAO (including me) was fooling themselves. I'm actually impressed how good it was considering.
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