4.5 not bad, just not DAO Chamon | 09/06/2012 | See all Chamon's reviews (21) The thing with Dragon Age 2 is that it is called Dragon Age 2.Other than a few cameos and references from characters in the original game, similar combat, style etc it feels very much like a standalone game, not a sequel. It took me a while to realise why i didnt like this quite as much as the first game but anyway here's the reasons why i think people are disappointed with DA2 (and believe me - they were, the amount of "stars" this game has got has been pushed up by loyal fans of the original and a sprinkling of biast!) The story feels a lot more disjointed than the first game, you do really feel like you're doing lots of little side quests that have no direct or indirect impact on the main story and you do carry them out over some repetitive areas of map that you have seen again and again which is a shame.. But personally this isn't even the biggest step backward bioware made with this, the biggest mistake is all to do with your companions and the loss of the FUN factor!In the original game, you had varied, big bold exciting companions that stood out from one another who you loved switching between, they had really interesting and fun abilities. For example i used to love playing as Shale and Dog in the first game the satisfaction of having Dog jump on someone and maul them, or shale punching the ground and causing an earthquake - these are the things that made it fun for me and have now been lost.The companions in DA2 are just a bit dull, and you dont even have the option of molding them into something more exciting anymore because bioware have taken out possibly my favourite part of the game - upgrading your companions with armour and other loot you find laying around. You will find yourself getting hold of some really powerful armour and being extremely frustrated that you cant give them to your companions like you could in the first game, infact most of the items you find can only be used on your main character, and you find yourself selling them because you cant use them. - VERY FRUSTRATING! Instead bioware have opted for sets of armour custom made for each companion but there are only a few sets throughout the game and they are nothing particularly exciting. because of this i stuck to using the main character "hawke" for large parts of the game. There were moments where you meet some amazing characters and you really hope you will get the option to recruit them and for them to become a companion that you will get to play with and control.....but unlike the first game, it just never happens, you only really get half a dozen very average characters to use and their special abilites just dont feel as satisfying as in dragon age origins. Other than perhaps DA2's graphics, although a significant move in the right direction, the characters are too "cartoony" for my liking" and a very slight improvement on the combat system DA2 just isnt as good as DAO, it just isnt.My best advice for you if you haven't played either game is to play DA2 first!! the story between the two games is so disjointed it will hardly matter. play DA2 first because it is (despite everything i've said being negative) a pretty good, fun game but if you've played the first game you will be constantly frustrated and let down by all the "best bits" bioware have left out and it will spoil what is otherwise a pretty satisfying game to play.