Death. Taxes. Darkspawn must die. There aren’t too many things that are certain in life, but Bioware definitely comes through with their latest adventure, Dragon Age 2. I’m a big Bioware junkie, so I was looking forward to Dragon Age 2, even though I wasn’t too awfully impressed with its predecessor. The first Dragon Age had a rich and well developed world that was fun to read about but only moderately fun to play though. I know everyone loved the game but the graphics and mechanics of the game left me extremely disappointed. To be fair, hearing it lauded as Mass Effect with dragons and swords makes for some pretty high expectations.
Dragon Age 2, on the other hand, more than fulfilled that expectation for me and in a much greater fashion than I ever would have expected from the first DA. For example, I’ll start by saying that I hate mages. They are soft, squishy, pansy-ass, book reading maggots who should get swirlies by their school bullies every day. That being said, I ashamedly admit that I played a mage on my first run of DA2, and loved it! These are the types of guys that got the girl in school because they new how to use their tools, instead of just showing them off.
The blood, body parts, and gory mess all over your clothes in the cut-scenes were only slightly less impressive than the superb textures of the city and landscapes. The game itself just played well, too. I was much more impressed with the combat system in DA2 than the first entry in the series. As far as character creation goes, you aren’t able to pick your race anymore (bummer), but you are still able pick a male or female Warrior, Mage, or Rogue. The one real disappointment I did have was when I went to create my character’s mug. The default character face is far more appealing than the custom ones you can create. They should have brought over Mass Effect’s tool for that.
And can you say Hottie Bang Bang Pirate Chick? I didn’t flirt with any of the other gals because they’re pretty much lame. I’m not into banging dudes, so Pirate Chick, here I come! The romance plot lines are a little harder to follow through than those in DA or Mass Effect. I mean really? I have to get them gifts? I suppose I have to pay for dinner too. Oh well, it all pays off in the end (crosses fingers). In all honesty, the romance plot lines are not as prominent in this game as some of the other Bioware games, but frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn. I was too busy lighting shit on fire.
All in all, I was very happy with the game. I look forward to replaying with the other classes to see the intricacies of the mechanics of the class. The only other series I have ever replayed because of that would be Mass Effect. I’d say that DA2 easily made my top ten. And it will be one I pick back up from time to time, so I can hack stuff up and light it on fire. Speaking of which, where’s my roommate’s dog??