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Dragon Age II

A third-person perspective RPG sequel to the greatly received game from 2009. It’s another installment of the series that is considered as a spiritual successor to Baldur’s Gate. It was developed by the creators of the legendary series – BioWare studios. The story takes place in the well-known dark fantasy world and it concentrates on a completely new character – a refugee named Hawke who becomes a legend and a hero of Kirkwall. What’s interesting, the plot is presented as a set of stories told by various bards. In difference to the first game, in Dragon Age II the player can become only a human character. The lack of choice is compensated by a much more advanced character development system. Combat system was improved as well, and the dialogue system was changed. The graphics of the game are not only much better than in the predecessor, but they also have a different, more comic book-like style.

PC / Windows
Game Dragon Age II (PC) Cover
Dragon Age II

Dragon Age II | PC

RPG, TPP, fantasy, classic RPG

Companies responsible for Dragon Age II

BioWare Corporation | game developer

Electronic Arts Inc. | publisher   Official website

Dragon Age II release date for PC:

game language:
English

08 March 2011 | Worldwide

11 March 2011 | Europe

08 March 2011 | USA

Game mode: single player , size: 1 DVD
Game score 7.9 / 10 calculated out of 5987 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 8.6 / 10 calculated out of 2220 players' votes.  

Microsoft Xbox 360
Game Dragon Age II (X360) Cover
Dragon Age II

Dragon Age II | XBOX 360

RPG, TPP, fantasy, classic RPG

Companies responsible for Dragon Age II

BioWare Corporation | game developer

Electronic Arts Inc. | publisher   Official website

Dragon Age II release date for XBOX 360:

game language:
English

08 March 2011 | Worldwide

11 March 2011 | Europe PAL

08 March 2011 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player , size: 1 DVD
Game score 7.2 / 10 calculated out of 494 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 8.4 / 10 calculated out of 389 players' votes.  

Sony PlayStation 3
Game Dragon Age II (PS3) Cover
Dragon Age II

Dragon Age II | PS3

RPG, TPP, fantasy, classic RPG

Companies responsible for Dragon Age II

BioWare Corporation | game developer

Electronic Arts Inc. | publisher   Official website

Dragon Age II release date for PS3:

game language:
English

08 March 2011 | Worldwide

11 March 2011 | Europe PAL

08 March 2011 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player , size: 1 BD
Game score 7.5 / 10 calculated out of 566 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 9.0 / 10 calculated out of 248 players' votes.  

Dragon Age II for PlayStation 3 is the second installment in the series developed by BioWare, which is best known for the production of many cult role-playing games (e.g. Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter Nights, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and Mass Effect). Released in 2009, the first Dragon Age has been recognized by both the players and the press, and is often referred to as the spiritual successor of Baldur's Gate.

Plot

The game takes us back to the dark fantasy world inhabited by humans, elves, and dwarves. It is plagued by new problems. This time, we assume the role of Hawke – the penniless refugee who plays a key role in the future of the game world and later on transforms into a legend known as the Champion of Kirkwall. The game's plot covers ten years of his life, during which he gathers deadly allies and gains both fame and wealth. The whole story is set in the past. All events have already taken place, and the players are listeners of many different storytellers, who often differ in their perspectives and views on the stories recounted.

Mechanics

Major changes have occurred in the approach to the main character. In the previous installment, the players were able to choose between a couple of races. In Dragon Age II, however, we can only play a human character, even though the world is inhabited by a number of races. No freedom of choice in this regard has been rewarded with the protagonist having a specific, clearly defined personality (though, of course, shaped later on by our decisions). All three character classes known from the original game – warrior, rogue, and mage – are playable. This time, the developers made sure they that they are clearly different. Depending on the chosen class, we might feel like a killing machine, a medieval ninja, or mobile artillery. During the adventure, the players develop their character, perform different tasks, and take part in momentous events. Just like in the original, the fate of both the protagonist and the entire world is shaped by the player’s decisions.

The combat system has been significantly improved. It is still real-time (with the possibility to pause at any time), but this time the efforts were made to ensure that the player’s character is always in the center of the battle, regardless of whether it belongs to warrior, mage, or rogue class. Development tree was also altered, so as not to increase the number of talents, but rather to expand the capabilities of individual skills. For example, if someone fancies casting fireballs, the game will allow him to develop and improve this particular skill, so that at the end of the game he will have super powerful version of this spell, perfectly matched to the needs and capabilities of his character. The dialogue system has also been completely changed. The classic list was replaced with attitude icons. Instead of seeing entire possible responses, we get a graphical representation of the general feel of an utterance (e.g. aggressive or sarcastic).

Technical aspects

Dragon Age II for PlayStation 3 uses a modified version of the graphics engine used to power the first game. In addition to the usual technical improvements, the game also offers a heavily revised graphic style. The visual realism gave way to stylization. Shapes are now sharper, surfaces smoother, and the whole excels in a bit of a cartoon version of dark fantasy.

Dragon Age II Champion

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Dragon Age II Game Guide

game guide 19 April 2011

This enormous guide to Dragon Age II contains a walkthrough of all the missions in the game. The description of each quest consists of consecutive steps which you will have to complete during it, including the possible endings.