Summary: Let’s be honest, here. I
Dragon Age: Origins
. When I heard they were making a sequel, I was all over it. Unfortunately, what I got was a cynical, dark game with fundamentally detestable characters, and where nothing really happens.
Pros: Good voice acting, Updated graphics – while character designs seem uglier, background graphics and sound effects are downright stunning, particularly in night sequences., Easier to travel to locations, and overall pace much faster, Despite all its story and character failings, this is still a ver...
Cons: This is decidedly NOT, Dragon Age: Origins or Awakenings., It’s all hunt and fetch tasks – no real plot for the most part. And what the plot is, you won’t like., Companions suck. You may actually want to see them dead.
Excerpt: Hawke returns in the second piece of DLC for Dragon Age II, and this time he's brought along a new friend. A knife-eared assassin named Tallis leads our hero on a mission to the oft spoke of, but...
Pros: + Tallis is a great character, + Interesting puzzle sections, + Some fun dialogue
Cons: Lackluster story, Stealth section is mediocre, Soso environments
Excerpt: After spending most of your time in Dragon Age II confined to the cramped, dingy corners of the politically scrambled seaport of Kirkwall, the wide-open greenery and lush palatial estate of Mark of the Assassin are refreshing.
Pros: + The different locations offer lots of gameplay variety and visual diversity., + Tallis is a fun companion and deepens the lore of this universe.
Cons: - Stealth segments feel clunky and lack fine-tuning; a few jokes feel out-of-place., ? Why does our female Hawke have to wear a stiff-collared dude’s outfit during the noble-party segment?
Review: Dragon Age II: Mark of the Assassin (Microsoft Xbox 360)
17 October 2011
Excerpt: Dragon Age II has certainly been all over the place insofar as reception goes. Some people liked the more action-oriented mechanics and the slimmed down inventory systems, as well as the freedom to romance characters of either gender with no issue.
Excerpt: Bioware certainly promise a lot from their games and Dragon Age II is no exception. It’s certainly got many quests, storylines and plots following on from the first game, but the changes to the complexity of the game play will infuriate some, whilst pleasing others.
Excerpt: After the events of Dragon Age II, the city of Kirkwall is safe at last — that is, until a new threat arises and threatens to send our champion to an early grave. It seems that Hawke’s unseen patriarchal progenitor has dabbled in some dark arts, and now the Hero of Kirkwall’s blood is going for a...
Pros: + Gives players another chance to romp around with the team.
Cons: - Legacy is incredibly linear and lacks nearly any replay value. It can also feel like a glorified weapons quest., ? How did no one discover the giant prison overrun by demons? C’mon, guys.
Conclusion: You return home after this battle for a brief but heartfelt moment of nostalgia. It's unfortunate that this gentle postlude is betrayed by the routine encounters and slipshod execution that preceded it.
Pros: New, roomier environments to explore, Combat remains entertaining, Some nice story moments.
Cons: Annoying sound glitches, Some enemy encounters are bugged, Final boss is broken in multiple ways.