So i bought Dradon Age 2 last week after resisting the urge to buy it for a couple of months now. You may ask yourself why ive waited until now to buy this game well i was playing DA Origions quite abit earlier on in the year finishing off multiple play throughs and after hearing that Dragon Age 2 wasn't as good as Origions i didnt want to play it so soon after playing Origins and feel disappointed with it and not enjoy it so i decided to wait and well i need not of worried because DA2 is awesome, definately the best game ive played this year, if Origins was a 10, DA2 would be a 9 its that good and i honestly cant understand why so many people had a problem with it.
Some of the main complaints people had with the game were that most of the missions took place in Kirkwall and that you couldn't visit and explore other city's like you could in the first game, this may be true but it really isnt as bad as it sounds, im 25 hours into the game and ive havent once thought im bored of visiting the same places and wished there were more locations andits because the story and missions all tie in to the games location so it makes perfect sense why your spending 80% of your timewithin the city walls ofKirkwall. Although something that i wasn't impressed with is that its so obvious that some of the caves that you visit outside the city have just been copied and pasted with the odd alteration to change the layout slightly, now i could understand if there were loads of caves in the game but there isnt so i think thats just lazy on the developers part.
Another issue people had with the game is that they've streamlined some of the RPG elements of the game, is it a big issue ? for me no you can still spend points on your abilities and decide which attributes you wanna upgrade for your characters etc. The only reason i can think Bioware did this is to make it more accessible for a wider audience but personally i think they shouldn't of changed it, i mean was the first game really that difficult for people new too RPG's, if anything its one of the easier RPG's to pick up and play.
Bioware have also changed the combat system, its no longer point and click but rather a hack and slash game now. I wasn't sure if i'd like this because im not a huge fan of hack and slash games but the combat just feels so natural now, when i first played it i didn't even read the on screen instructions introducing you to the combat, it was as if the combat had been this way all along.
Ive read that Dragon Age's story and its characters arent as good as the first game now this may be true but Origins was an exceptional game and it would of always been difficult for its sequel to follow that like weve seen so many times in games and films but that said the games story and its characters are still very good and you'll connect with them just like you did withAllistair and Morrigan etc
So to tie up this blog Dragon Age 2 is one of the best RPG's on consoles so if you havent bought it already go and get it, seriously what you waiting for :)