Alright! With Dragon Age II completed, time to go through my original “rumors list” and reflect on them. Just to clarify, these were the things I had heard about Dragon Age II, and were written just before I installed the game. (PSSST…if you want to read the complete pre-Dragon Age II cherry popped post, click here)
“It’s not nearly as great as Dragon Age: Orgins.”
Yeah, I have to agree on this one. The settings were repetitive, the story wasn’t as deep, and companion interaction had its faults as well. It’s hard to top a game as massive as Dragon Age: Origins.
“You need time to adjust to the game before you will appreciate it.”
Once I made peace with the fact that I’d be spending the entire game in Kirkwall and its surrounding areas, I came to appreciate the game a little more for what it was, and not what it could (or should) have been.
“You can’t have sex multiple times with your romance partner (BOO!)”
I think Anders and I boinked twice, and the romance scenes were super lame. I’m not asking for full on nudity or humping, but c’mon. The romance scenes in Dragon Age: Origins were more intimate.
“The combat system has vastly improved.”
I played DA:O on PC, and the combat felt pretty much the same in DA II. But to be honest, it could have been vastly different, but I didn’t pay much attention to that. I just click, hit random keys and hope for the best. Perhaps on the consoles it had been improved greatly.
“Alistair may be a playable character, if he wasn’t made king or killed during the Landsmeet (this is what someone hinted, anyway).”
Negative! I came across Alistair once, and he looked deformed. That’s all I have to say about that.
“It is SUCH a different game than Dragon Age: Origins and is not a suitable successor.”
I think DA II was a necessary catalyst for the franchise, and Bioware did what they could to make it as enjoyable as possible. It does feel a tad different, but I still felt like I was playing a Dragon Age game the entire time. Sometimes it just felt like a huge DLC expansion.
“Zevran makes an appearance at one point (Ok, so I stumbled upon this mini-spoiler myself. DAMN YOU YOUTUBE!)”
He did. And I would have boinked him had Anders not been in my party at the time. GRRR. He looked super elvy, too, with his bug-eyes and all that.
“The game was described as Dragon Age and Mass Effect’s lovechild.”
Mmm…okay, I get where some would have come up with this. Dragon Age II adopted the conversation wheel, the mail/letter system and perhaps the console combat reflects Mass Effect’s, but I don’t know. Although it’s blatantly obvious that it’s the same developer, it still felt more Dragon Age-y than Mass Effect-y.
“The setting is in Kirkwall (I may have known this at one point, but I had forgotten about it until someone tweeted me).”
Oh, yes. Good. Old. Kirkwall. I was so sick of that place by the end.
“…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.”
W-wait. 50 years?! Where the heck did I hear that from?
Most of the rumors were spot-on, actually. Next I’ll tackle my original DA2 wishlist. HOW DID YOU FARE, BIOWARE?!