But enough bitching about being so late to the party---I've done that plenty on this site. 😉
Alright, so Dragon Age II. It would be pointless of me to state that I am excited, as everyone and their mother probably knows I'm a Dragon Age nutcase by now. Because of that "common" knowledge, fellow gamers, during mid-conversation, have let a few things slip regarding Dragon Age II. Here's what I've heard so far, in no particular order:
- It's not nearly as great as Dragon Age: Orgins
- You need time to adjust to the game before you will appreciate it
- You can't have sex multiple times with your romance partner (BOO!)
- The combat system has vastly improved
- Alistair may be a playable character, if he wasn't made king or killed during the Landsmeet (this is what someone hinted, anyway)
- It is SUCH a different game than Dragon Age: Origins and is not a suitable successor
- Zevran makes an appearance at one point (Ok, so I stumbled upon this mini-spoiler myself. DAMN YOU YOUTUBE!)
- The game was described as Dragon Age and Mass Effect's lovechild.
- The setting is in Kirkwall (I may have known this at one point, but I had forgotten about it until someone tweeted me)
All in all, the general consensus is that Dragon Age II could have been better. I could care less about what others say about it (someone could say it's the worst game ever and I'd still by a jillion copies), but I'd be lying if I wasn't a little worried. The above opinions came from people I trust, so it's hard to believe there isn't any truth in them.
Before we talk about what I want from Dragon Age II, you should know that I avoided reading almost every Dragon Age II article I've come across. I know little to nothing about the story and the characters. I know the story takes place over 50 years or so. I know Hawke is voiced, and the dialogue is now more Mass-Effecty. I've seen screen shots. That's it.
Mmmkay! A few key things I want:
- Alistair. I made him king in Dragon Age: Origins, so I'm assuming he'll pop up at one point or another.
- Intelligent characters. Make them interesting. Make them react to their surroundings. After their approval is maxed out, don't stop giving me different dialogue options. That was one of the issues I had with Dragon Age: Origins.
- Multiple references to Dragon Age: Origins. Now this might sound kinda "DUH" as DA2 is a sequel of sorts to Origins, but I spent SO much time reading about the game's history and culture that it would be a huge disappointment if that stuff was ignored in DA2. I shouldn't worry, as Bioware is known for creating game history, but it's on my "must-have" list.
- Different settings. Exploring Ferelden and all of it's landmarks Dragon Age: Origins was exciting, but like I said above, I've read so much about the game's history that I want to explore places I've read about, like Orlais, Tevinter, Antiva, and the Free Marches.
- Cameos by the characters I met in Dragon Age: Origins. I know Zevran says "ohai" at one point or another (will I see him in Antiva?!), but I hope to see cameos from the others as well. The characters in DA:O are some of my favorite, and I would be a sad panda if they like, stopped existing or something.