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Dragon Age 2 (PS3)

Platform : PlayStation 3
3.8 out of 5 stars 92 customer reviews

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  • Embark upon an all-new adventure that takes place across an entire decade and shapes itself around every decision you make
  • Determine your rise to power from a destitute refugee to the revered champion of the land
  • Think like a general and fight like a Spartan with dynamic new combat mechanics that put you right in the heart of battle whether you are a mage, rogue, or warrior
  • Go deeper into the world of Dragon Age with an entirely new cinematic experience that grabs hold of you from the beginning and never lets go
  • Discover a whole realm rendered in stunning detail with updated graphics and a new visual style
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Game Information

  • Platform:   PlayStation 3
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product details

Platform: PlayStation3 | Edition: Standard
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  • ASIN: B003VM8HG8
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 13.6 x 1.4 cm ; 82 g
  • Release Date: 11 Mar. 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,363 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Platform:PlayStation3  |  Edition:Standard

Product Description

Rise to Power…By Any Means Necessary

Experience the epic sequel to the 2009 Game of the Year from the critically acclaimed makers of Dragon Age: Origins and Mass Effect 2. You are one of the few who escaped the destruction of your home. Now, forced to fight for survival in an ever-changing world, you must gather the deadliest of allies, amass fame and fortune, and seal your place in history. This is the story of how the world changed forever. The legend of your Rise to Power begins now.

  • Embark upon an all-new adventure that takes place across an entire decade and shapes itself around every decision you make
  • Determine your rise to power from a destitute refugee to the revered champion of the land
  • Think like a general and fight like a Spartan with dynamic new combat mechanics that put you right in the heart of battle whether you are a mage, rogue, or warrior
  • Go deeper into the world of Dragon Age with an entirely new cinematic experience that grabs hold of you from the beginning and never lets go
  • Discover a whole realm rendered in stunning detail with updated graphics and a new visual style

Manufacturer's Description

Dragon Age II is a single player role-playing game (RPG) for play on the PlayStation 3. Epic sequel to the BioWare developed 2009 Game of the Year, Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age II continues the adventure with a new hero, Hawke, and utilizes the choices made by the player to affect a story that spans ten years worth of time in-game. Additional game features include: the ability to choose your character's class and sex, a new cinematic in-game experience, a nonlinear narrative and the ability to import saved information from earlier Dragon Age games.

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About Dragon Age II

Embark on an all-new adventure spread across a ten-year span of years with an all-new hero in the multiple award-winning Dragon Age saga. In Dragon Age II you are Hawke, said to have been one of the few to survive the destruction of your homeland. Forced to fight for survival, you gathered the deadliest of allies, amassed fame and fortune and sealed your place in history, eventually becoming in effect a legend in your own time. But legends are all in the telling.

A female warrior battling enemies in Dragon Age II
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Dragon Age II utilizes a nonlinear narrative, taking the form of a story-within-a-story that hinges upon your exploits as told by the storyteller, Varick. Yet like any good storyteller, Varick tends to exaggerate from time to time. When questioned on events related to Hawke, Varick may present a different scenario in which Hawke's exploits play out. It is within these replays that the decisions of the players hold sway, as their particular versions of Hawke relive these events. Is the player's particular version of Hawke, male or female? A warrior, a rogue, or a mage? Is Hawke good-natured or something less than a salt-of-the-Earth type? Is romance in the air amongst characters he/she associates with? These choices are all the player's to make and each affect the the outcome of the story at all levels.

Game Features

  • Embark upon an all-new adventure that takes place across an entire decade and shapes itself around every decision you make
  • Determine your rise to power from a destitute refugee to the revered champion of the land
  • Think like a general and fight like a Spartan with dynamic new combat mechanics that put you right in the heart of battle whether you are a mage, rogue, or warrior
  • Go deeper into the world of Dragon Age with an entirely new cinematic experience that grabs hold of you from the beginning and never lets go
  • Discover a whole realm rendered in stunning detail with updated graphics and a new visual style
  • Story-within-a-story nonlinear narrative style

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Nonlinear narrative.
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Female Rogue character waiting for ogre enemies to come to her in Dragon Age II
10 years of gameplay.
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Female Rogue character in pirate garb besting human foes in Dragon Age II
Cinematic quality experience.
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A female mage character fighting an ogre
Completely updated graphics.
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Platform for Display: PlayStation3Edition: Standard Verified Purchase
This game has been out for some time and consequently has been reviewed extensively. Most of the flaws other people have mentioned are real and annoying, BUT there are many things which I think make this a terrific game, especially for female gamers. Many people will disagree with me I'm sure, but I'm going to write the review I'd like to have read when I was considering buying this game.

I'm a female gamer and I love RPGs. For me an RPG is something I like to bury myself in, like a great book where you get to see an aspect of yourself in the protagonist, make friends/build relationships, AND have a great story, fun levelling, killing monsters and looking cool in amazing gear. The problem with so many RPGs is that they get the last four things right and completely ignore the the first two. Dragon Age II does not do that. Red Dead Whatever might be the most amazing cowboy experience ever, but why do I have to play as a hairy-arsed bloke I can't relate to? For me that's not roleplaying, it's adventuring and the difference is important.

Dragon Age II allows you to build a female character (which should not be a rare optional extra) and the NPCs you collect for your team as you try to stop Kirkwall from imploding have well written if sometimes annoying personalities. Another aspect which really improves immersion for me is that my character actually speaks, instead of the mute staring person I controlled in DA Origins (which is also a fantastic RPG for female gamers - just a little more dated).

Now that I've tried to outline where I'm coming from, here's my list of pros and cons for anyone who has a similar attitude to RPGs.

Pros:
1. You can play as a female protagonist.
2. Good voice acting, especially for Hawke.
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I want to start off by saying the game is not half bad. I have just finished the game so I thought it time to give my critique. That said...I will continue.

My main problem is the heavy recycling of interior cells. Its amazing how Bioware thought none of their players would notice the same 'Dungeon' time after time. For this reason I say "Make an effort". We're paying for game which is following an epic like Dragon Age: Origins and a game which is several steps behind Mass Effect 2. Both are Bioware games which wipe the floor with this one.

Its not a lack of originality, as the storyline is good. Its just poorly executed and you find yourself rolling your eyes as you enter the same area you did two quests ago. It takes away 90% of the immersion when everything looks the same.

The interface is inferior to the last game. The skill trees can easily be confusing. The inventory system is appalling and the items (compared to the last game) do not make sense when trying to decipher their usefulness to your character.

That said, I still plowed 30 hours of my life into it and I will be playing through again. And to be honest, the immersion I felt in Origins, Awakenings and the numerous other DLC's from the first game was never going to be mirrored. If they fix this for the inevitable Dragon Age 3 then I look forward to it.

You win this round Bioware. But only by a slim margin.

EDIT 23/08/2011: After rethinking my initial review I have had to drop my rating by one star on both 'Fun' and 'Overall'. The game really doesn't compare to its predecessor. My decision to change my rating came after something as simple as listening to the two soundtracks. The title theme 'Origins' reminded me of a game I did not regret playing. Thinking back, this was not a good game. My above review still stands, but overall this is not a game I am proud to have in my collection.
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After the first dragon age i was really disappointed with this game. Im not a brilliant game player and just play for the fun of it, but after how amazing the first one was, all the fun just seems to have been sucked out of this one. Not one of the characters is likeable and it feels too forced like you have little/no choice in how the game evolves compared to the original, so i dont feel particularly involved or care about how the game turns out. Its also very back and forth and the areas are fairly boring. Only positive is the battling i think has improved slighty and i prefer the levelling up choices. Overall the game is alright just a disappointment compared to the original.
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This game is tedious, boring and slow. You'll find yourself running through a dungeon on autopilot because you've run the same map 3 times already. Turn that corner, the stairs go down, cross the room, through the door...

LOADING SCREEN

One fight, loot a chest, talk to a character...

LOADING SCREEN

Go into a house, read a letter, put some stuff in a crate, LOADING SCREEN

Go into the pub, talk to one character, go out, LOADING SCREEN

LOADING SCREEN ... LOADING SCREEN ... Oh, yeah, seen it... done this map already.

*yawn*
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I suppose the first thing to say about this game is don't think of it as a sequel to Origins, so much as a game set in Thedas which refers to events in Origins. Dragon Age 2 (why such a prosaic title?) is much closer to the pen and paper game than Origins was and so concentrates more on the Dark Fantasy element, choc-a-block full of moral dilemnas. In fact, the game can be emotionally harrowing (well, on the first go anyway), which is surely a good indicator of the scale of possible immersion. None of the missions are as long winded as many in Origins were (can we say, Orzamar!) and using a two-handed weapon is now fun! Spells and skills now come with upgrades, which can be a dilemna in itself: should I take a new skill and have more options in battle, or should I improve on an existing one? There are battles aplenty, Qunari aplenty, cameos from familiar faces and bags of Thedas lore to be discovered. The game, then, should have been a triumph.

Unfortunately, there is too much wrong with it to give the game more than an average score. The quality of the graphics is little short of a disgrace after Origins, and this game is around fifteen hours shorter than the original. This would make the story suffer, if there was any real story to speak of, but there is not. There's no over-arching heroic goal, no sense of destiny: there's no sense, at any point, of real purpose, beyond occasionally saving Kirkwall (the city in which the majority of the action takes place)and sorting out your companions. And your companions really do need sorting out, the dark fantasy element having gone perhaps too far! Whilst they happily (and often amusingly) banter with each other, gone are the in-depth discussions of Origins.
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