Upon finishing Mass Effect 3, I decided to load up Dragon Age II (note that this was not inspired by the recent news that Bioware is officially done with Dragon Age II; it ended up being a happy coincidence of timing.) The review I wrote shortly after DAII launched still holds true today, almost word for word. The only exception to this is the DirectX 11 problems, which have long since been hammered out. Now, the game positively sings on my 560ti running at 1920 x 1080, with all of the graphics options spiked and the hi-res pack enabled.
As a sequel, Dragon Age II was rather disappointing. When taken as its own independent experience however, it’s actually quite an enjoyable game. Give our original review a read, then go and load up another trip into Kirkwall; I think you’ll be pleasently surprised at what you find.
Just like Mass Effect 2, Dragon Age II has been streamlined and simplified when compared to its predecessor. Also like ME2, DAII is an excellent game in its own right.
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Our Dragon Age II review will be up early next week (spoiler: we freakin’ love it), but it looks like EA and Bioware have a rapidly growing PR disaster on their hands. Not only does the software include SecuROM despite previous assurances that it wouldn’t, but it looks like a forum user got temporarily banned for criticizing Bioware and EA. As a result, he couldn’t authenticate the game until those 72 hours were up (the game is linked to your Bioware account…if your account is banned, then you obviously can’t use it to authenticate the game.) We’ve already gone over how DRM contributes to the slow death of the large-release PC gaming market, but a forum member getting a temp ban and not being able to activate the product he legally bought and paid for sets a horrible precedent.
If there’s a better example of a legit customer being treated like a felon, I’ve never heard of it. This is a major step backward for both EA (who, in the past few years, seemed to be redeeming themselves somewhat) and for Bioware (who, as a company, seem to have fallen from grace.) Get your crap together, EA/Bioware. This kind of malarky shouldn’t be happening.
Back in October of 2009, just before the release of Dragon Age: Origins, we did a short article on why you should be excited about it. Now, a mere four days before the release of Dragon Age II, I’m going to go over what I liked about the demo and what I didn’t.
Note: This refers to the PC version. I have no experience with the console version of either Origins or Dragon Age II, so YMMV.
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