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: “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.
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.
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.
Review: Dragon Age II: Mark of the Assassin (Sony PS3)
13 July 2011
Summary: Dragon Age II: Mark of the Assassin isn’t going to change your mind on whether you love or hate this game or not, as much of it is more of the same. However this expansion does introduce you to stealth based missions and abilities, a few badly implemented point and click adventure game style puzzles and for those who care, Felicia Day as a monotone elf. You also get to explore Orlais, attend a large party and kill a bunch of Wyverns.