Dragon Age: Origins was my GAME OF THE YEAR in 2009, thus I had extremely high expectations for Dragon Age II. Maybe those expectations were a bit too high?
Technically speaking, this is a lot more precise, much faster and less buggy game than its predecessor. However, this appears to be at the compromise of atmosphere, story-telling and exploration… all aspects that made Dragon Age: Origins such a fantastic experience.
Character creation is also a lot more limited and the story is very linear. It seem like BioWare/EA have conspired to create a “n00b” version of Dragon Age for anyone aged 8 to 80 that has never played a RPG video game before!?
Anyway, I don’t want to get too down on what really is still a great game and which does have several game-play improvements, many of which are brought across from BioWare’s own successful Mass Effect series. There are 20+ hours of great killing, looting and questing to be had and the franchise still has the potential to explore its’ world for many more years to come.
Highly recommended for those that have NOT played Dragon Age: Origins!
score: 8 out of 10.