We have been talking quite a bit about Dragon Age II here at HG headquarters. In between all the yelling and crying, between the smashed keyboards and thrown staplers, one question keeps coming up: What do we compare Dragon Age II against? More specifically, should Dragon Age II be compared to Dragon Age: Origins, or can it be judged separately?
Such a question leads to statements like “Dragon Age II is a good RPG, but not a good Dragon Age game” or “Dragon Age II is a decent action-RPG, but not a sequel to Dragon Age: Origins.”
I say, ridiculous! Whether you compare it to Dragon Age: Origins or Baldur’s Gate II, to European RPGs or Japanese RPGs, to first-person shooters or real-time strategies, Dragon Age II is a lazily designed game, a game developed with little effort and thought.