When i first started playing DA2, i really wasnt feeling it. There were only one or two posotive differences from the first one, and many negative ones.
Now however, im glad to say im completely won over, and in my humble opinion, Bioware have given us another classic game.
So thats my opinion, now i've got to convince you! But i'll start by taking a neutral slant on it, and just tell you what's changed, and what to expect this time around.
First off, let me start by saying DA2 has been streamlined substantially since the first one. Im sure a lot of people will not be happy with some of the stuff thats been taken out (like me at first!), but the flipside is, a lot of people will be thrilled about the changes.
When the first one came out, there was a whole load of complaints that gameplay was clunky, and combat quickly got boring (although i personally disagreed, but then im easily pleased!), and its clear that they have listened this time around.
Combat is now completely thrilling, and so much faster paced and more dramatic. The animations of people fighting have been dramatically improved, and you get a huge array of some seriously cool spells and attacks.
Characters seem to have stronger personalities this time around aswell, you'll find yourself having arguments with them, and dealing with their issues a lot more than the first one (aswell as making friends ofcourse!).
The voice acting is as good as ever, if not a little forced in places. One annoyance of mine was the main male characters voice, the actor was so painfully bad at this, i went back and restarted as a woman after 2 hours of playing!
Its clear that the entire game has seen a lot of reworking after the first one. This one is a much darker game, mages are now under oppression and looked down on, and a new race of people is introduced, who will play a big part.
If you've been caught up in the bad reviews on various forums, take it from me, if you liked the first one, you will like this one - it may take you some time to adapt to, but the 'action' pace of this one is much more entertaining to play than the first - and i was in love with that game!
Admittedly the storyline isnt fantastic, but theres plenty of quests to absorb you individually, and its going to take you atleast 25 hours to complete, but i prefer to play as much content as i can!
Although scripted, there's a lot of decent fight scenes in this one (as with the first one), and you'll be taken by suprise frequently! Theres a real emphasis on graphics this time, and some really nice Dx11 tech to wow at!
Overall, i'd say to fans of the first installment, have patience with this one, and take your time to appreciate your surroundings, and the smaller details that weren't present in DA:O. To those who've never played a Dragon Age, i'd suggest playing through in chronological order - its a fantastic series to get into.
It will take some time to get used to, but its worth persisting, excellent game.
Quick graphics note:
On the following system, here's some rough performance guides:
Phenom II x4 @3.2Ghz
4GB DDR3 RAM
460GTX 1GB DDR5
(No vsync, no ambient occlusion)
Dx11 - High settings - 0xAA - 0xAF = 78FPS Average
Dx11 - High settings - 8xAA - 16xAF = 55FPS Average
Dx11 - Highest settings - 8xAA - 16xAF = 22FPS Average (ouch!)
Hope thats helpful
Thanks for reading!