Summary: The Dragon Age series is my new obsession and this game is just as good as Origins. Anyone who has played Origins and hasn't picked up this game yet, I strongly recommend it. Sure, yes, the dungeon/cave layouts are all the same more or less, but I read something funny that might explain it -- since Varric is telling the story of the Champion, maybe he just didn't bother to explain them in detail, and Cassandra is just imagining them all the same?
Summary: I know a lot of reviewers were saying they didn't like DA2 because it wasn't DAO or something but personally I didn't enjoy DA:O much at all and I loved DA2. It's a lot more intuitive and the fights were more fun. The story was more interesting and I felt more invested in the characters too. Plus the way Hawke "develops" based on your dialog choices was great.
DA2, Dissappointment Is Thy Name - A spoiler ahead.
Chris Sircher, Amazon
19 April 2014
Summary: When I got this game, I thought to myself "wow, improved graphics, improved combat UI, great!". It was horrible to find out that not only the story has NOTHING in common with DAO, it changed a lot of the wonderful lines and characters of Dragon Age: Origins. For example, The Qunari are now "evil" and "conspiring against us" (insert random BS here). Sten, from the first game, is in fact the name of EVERY Qunari warrior (who happens to be a bit more badass than the rest).
Summary: I am weary of game manufacturers creating a half a game that you can play through in 10-20 hours and then charging you to download the rest of the game when they finish it in the form of downloadable content, or DLC. This is a ridiculous trend that needs to stop.
I loved Dragon Age Origins...but was a little disappointed by Dragon Age 2.
24 March 2014
Summary: I was a little upset about how they had rushed the making of this game since it was so anticipated after DAO. The graphics are wonderful and the combat style was better...however I feel that the story line suffered greatly. I had played this game at a friends house previously after going through DAO and DAOA and was not impressed by it but I bought it because it was a great price at the time and I wanted to give it another chance.
(3.5 stars, rounded up) All the criticisms are true... but I still enjoyed it
22 February 2014
Summary: I debated buying this because of everything I'd heard about the game. It went on sale for $5 and I figured, why not. I went in knowing the common complaints about this game and with expectations set accordingly. - So, yes, there are endlessly recycled dungeons. It's cheap and lazy -- I can understand having multiple quests in the same location to maximize reuse, but it would be nice if different cave systems had different layouts.