The original Dragon’s Age may have had flaws, but it never lacked ambition. The question was, what changes would Bioware make for the sequel?
I can't believe I gave that website a hit. Sean Bean doesn't voice male Hawke. It's Nicholas Boulton. He basically has written the review to slag it off. The 6/10 seems a generous score for what he has written. Sounds more like a 3 or 4 and he's not even aware the PC version has auto attack options.
Thanks for the heads up on the voice actors, my mistake. I did know the PC has auto attack, but this was the console version I reviewed.
If you knew the PC version had auto attack and have not played it (I have) then delete this paragraph. What’s even harder to get your head around is the fact that you need to press a button each time you want to attack. In a game that fundamentally operates by invisible dice rolls and traditional RPG systems, its incongruous to have to repeatedly tap the attack button to swing your sword or hurl fireballs. In the same way as WOW or any other modern MMORPG positioning of your character is important and reading the animation cues of your enemies is vital in dodging their attacks. While this works well on the console its not likely to be as intuitive with a mouse and keyboard and its easy to see how the PC crowd will feel aggrieved at being abandoned by another major franchise.
Ehmmm last time I checked, it was called Dragon Age, not dragon's age... but who cares about that... right?
People that sit there and hit one button are morons that don't know how to play. This game is not a button masher. I think this game is being treated unfairly. The story is like a fantasy version of Scarface. Just because a game is not what you expected it to be, does not mean it's a bad game. The only real grip people have that is justified would be the recycling of map layouts in the game.
Everything you say Zeitgeist I agree with across all topics. I think i'm turning into a DA2 fanboy but I want to defend it from unwarranted hate.
I liked the combat, I never said it was a button masher. Of all the points I disliked, I strongly defended the combat system. Once you get used to it its great. You shouldn't be so defensive about a game you love. Read the actual points I criticized, not the ones you imagined I made.
I'm sorry, if you can criticise a game I can criticise your poor review. I read the review in its entirety and, being polite as i'm English, it was bollocks.
1. When you post on N4G don't try to defend yourself too much, let it slide. 2. "In a game that fundamentally operates by invisible dice rolls and traditional RPG systems, its incongruous to have to repeatedly tap the attack button to swing your sword or hurl fireballs." If that is your method of playing the game then you are button mashing. How you describe the combat is your own fault, not mine. 3. You could be a cool dude. I don't know. Don't take it personal, we have differing opinions. Again, if you post on N4G don't defend yourself. It makes your site look unprofessional. Plus there is no need to defend yourself to jerks like me right?
"There’s no self awareness either. While WOW may be full of clever quests which gently mock the conventions of modern RPG’s" Come on what kind of critique is that? What does WOW have to do with anything? More to the point, it's not even true. I just get the feeling that the reviewer didn't have any interest in the game or it's lore from the very start. Also, what's this about bad writing? I don't see the difference in quality from any other BioWare game, and certainly not from its prequel, other than having a voiced protagonist. I agree that it isn't BioWares best game, and it definitely has its fauls, but this review it lazily written, and while it does bring up some good points, it just doesn't come across in depth enough to get any real sense of what the game is all about. For anyone unfamiliar with rpgs, this review would be almost totally incomprehensible. It just feels like a personal rant, is all.
Oh, and I gave it 6/10 = above average. Its not a bad game, but you can't reward mediocrity or a lack of ambition with a higher score. Its competent, but its not in the same league as some of Bioware's best.
So what you're saying is, you compared it to BioWare's best and scored it accordingly? Now that doesn't seem fair, does it? In that case, i think DA2 is a 3/10 compared to my experience with KotOR. But it isn't a 3/10. DA2 is not a mediocre game, just because it isn't as polished as ME2. But how many games can claim that? Since Mass Effect is BioWare's flagship franchise these days, it makes sense.
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