Summary: To play the first, oh, ten minutes of Dragon Age II: Mark of the Assassin is to gaze into the abyss, to confront everything weird about videogames and the culture that surrounds them. The scene: protagonist Hawke is enlisted to help an exiled assassin, Tallis, break into the estate of an Orlesian nobleman to pilfer some jewels.
Summary: Marian Hawke -- refugee of Lothering, Champion of Kirkwall -- is a liar, a thief, and a murderer, a political sellsword for the powerbrokers of the Free Marches. Most Kirkwallers assume she is a lesbian after a brief affair with Isabella, a Rivaini pirate, but they do not know that she tried (and failed) to seduce a Tevinter slave elf named Fenris. As a rogue, Hawke's particularly gruesome specialty is stabbing enemies in the back so hard they explode.
Summary: “Legacy” comes from humble beginnings: Varric, our dwarven narrator, tells Cassandra, a Chantry seeker, that he didn’t tell her about Hawke’s excursion into the Vimmark because he “didn’t think it was important.” An inauspicious start for the first piece of downloadable content available for Dragon Age II , BioWare’s biggest release this year. But Varric’s explanation points to something vital about the Dragon Age series as a whole.
Conclusion: “Dragon Age II” takes players back into the “Dragon Age”, universe which is packed with magic, monsters and of course dragons. But don’t be fooled, it’s not really just a sequel. It’s a brand new adventure, with a new hero, a new land, and a completely new story to be played out. BioWare also made some innovations to the game play, making dialog less cumbersome and changing the fighting style to a more visceral button mashing experience.
Pros: Hours of game play, including valuable side quests, Rich story supported by well developed characters, "Dragon Age II" looks and sounds stunning, The "acts" are broken up with a enjoyable story involving a dwarf and the chantry, Hours of game play, including valuable side quests, Rich story supported by well developed characters, "Dragon Age II" looks and sounds stunning, The "acts" are broken up with a enjoyable story involving a dwarf and the chantry
Cons: Over-simplifying things such as the dialog streamlined game play too much, The game isn’t really a sequel nor is it entirely a new title, instead it falls somewhere in between, You’ll spend the majority of your time in one city, instead of seeing more of the country, Quest and dungeon maps quickly become repetitive, Over-simplifying things such as the dialog streamlined game play too much, The game isn’t really a sequel nor is it entirely a new title, instead it falls...
Excerpt: Legacy marks Bioware's first return to the Free Marches since the release of Dragon Age II almost five months ago, and thus signifies a chance to reconsider the divisive decisions that polarized the game's audience. Does this new chapter effectively address any of the criticisms leveled against Dragon Age II? It's obvious that BioWare tried.
Excerpt: Before I get to the nitty gritty of the highly anticipated DLC for Dragon Age II Legacy , let me get to the problems surrounding this paid downloadable add-on. When it comes down to value for money, this DLC can easily be finished by most Dragon Age II veterans in just over 2-hours but to make matters worse, it costs around $15AUD.
Conclusion: There's more to this game that we haven't talked about: Inventory and character outfitting, crafting, resources etc.. There's a lot here to do, there's a lot to experience, which is great. On the whole this is a good game, you will enjoy it, and it's definitely worth getting and worth playing. An ending is just an ending for some people, and even I'm capable of ignoring a lot of 'niggles' that drive other people up the wall. Still, this game could have been better...
Excerpt: It's worth remembering that even before BioWare's foray onto consoles it was known for its Dungeons & Dragons titles on PC. Long before Mass Effect, or even Knights of the Old Republic, the studio had the excellent Baldur's Gate series, still regarded as one of the highlights of the genre. Dragon Age: Origins was the developer's re-entry into the fantasy RPG after a few years' hiatus.