Dragon Age II

8.7 Overall Score
Gameplay: 8/10
Sounds: 8/10
Graphics: 9/10

Dynamic combat mechanics and new visual style.

The PS3 version of the game suffers from some stutters and long loading times.

The long-awaited sequel to Dragon Age: Origins and Mass Effect 2, Dragon Age II is a spin-off of its 2009 predecessor, with the entire game based on what would happen if your character had escaped Lothering in the begging of the Origins game. One of few survivors, your goal is to make allies with the strongest, gather as much notoriety and money as possible, and cement yourself in the history of the new world.

To start, you choose your character’s gender and class, with the options of mage, rogue, or warrior. You get to pick the first name of your fully-voiced character, which adds its own level of entertainment to this rather long, and complicated, game. However, you do retain rights over the dialogue. You start as a refugee, with the ultimate goal of becoming a well-recognized champion.

The game itself takes place over a span of 10 years, and combines politics, sci-fi, and fantasy, all in one. The storyline itself borders on cinematic, only upping the entertainment factor. Along your way, you’ll face dragons, slavers, mages, and ultimately decide the final outcome of the world you’re building.

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The graphics are, to put it mildly, stunning, with detail well-beyond most games in the same league. Perhaps the most interesting part about Dragon Age II is its lack of a point. There’s no real goal or tangible prize; while on paper that may seem off-putting, it leaves a lot of room for creativity, and the end of the game can be so incredibly different for each player it’s rather astonishing. Beautiful and well-thought out, you won’t be disappointed with Dragon Age II.

Dragon Age II is free to play.

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