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Dragon Age 2 [Download]

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Platform: PC Download | Edition: Standard
Game Manual: English [PDF]
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  • ASIN: B004PGNJG2
  • Release Date: March 8, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
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Platform: PC Download | Edition: Standard

From the Manufacturer

Dragon Age II is a single player role-playing game (RPG) for play on the PC. Epic sequel to the BioWare developed 2009 Game of the Year, Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age II continues the adventure with a new hero, Hawke, and utilizes the choices made by the player to affect a story that spans ten years worth of time in-game. Additional game features include: the ability to choose your character's class and sex, a new cinematic in-game experience, a nonlinear narrative and the ability to import saved information from earlier Dragon Age games.

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About Dragon Age II

Embark on an all-new adventure spread across a ten-year span of years with an all-new hero in the multiple award-winning Dragon Age saga. In Dragon Age II you are Hawke, said to have been one of the few to survive the destruction of your homeland. Forced to fight for survival, you gathered the deadliest of allies, amassed fame and fortune and sealed your place in history, eventually becoming in effect a legend in your own time. But legends are all in the telling.

A female warrior battling enemies in Dragon Age II
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Dragon Age II utilizes a nonlinear narrative, taking the form of a story-within-a-story that hinges upon your exploits as told by the storyteller, Varick. Yet like any good storyteller, Varick tends to exaggerate from time to time. When questioned on events related to Hawke, Varick may present a different scenario in which Hawke's exploits play out. It is within these replays that the decisions of the players hold sway, as their particular versions of Hawke relive these events. Is the player's particular version of Hawke, male or female? A warrior, a rogue, or a mage? Is Hawke good-natured or something less than a salt-of-the-Earth type? Is romance in the air amongst characters he/she associates with? These choices are all the player's to make and each affect the the outcome of the story at all levels.

Game Features

  • Embark upon an all-new adventure that takes place across an entire decade and shapes itself around every decision you make
  • Determine your rise to power from a destitute refugee to the revered champion of the land
  • Think like a general and fight like a Spartan with dynamic new combat mechanics that put you right in the heart of battle whether you are a mage, rogue, or warrior
  • Go deeper into the world of Dragon Age with an entirely new cinematic experience that grabs hold of you from the beginning and never lets go
  • Discover a whole realm rendered in stunning detail with updated graphics and a new visual style
  • Story-within-a-story nonlinear narrative style

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Nonlinear narrative.
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10 years of gameplay.
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Female Rogue character in pirate garb besting human foes in Dragon Age II
Cinematic quality experience.
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A female mage character fighting an ogre
Completely updated graphics.
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System Requirements
 Minimum Specifications:Recommended Specifications:
OS:Windows XP with SP3, Windows Vista with SP2, or Windows 7
Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHzIntel Core 2 Quad 2.4 GHz
RAM:1 GB (1.5 GB Vista and 7)2 GB (4 GB Vista and 7)
Hard Drive:7 GB 
Video Card:ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro 256 MB OR NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GS 256 MBATI 3850 512 MB OR NVIDIA 8800GTS 512MB

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86 of 98 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:PC Download|Edition:Standard
Introduction

Let me start by saying that I play both PC and Console games so don't have a bias in that regard. I purchased the PC version with the free collector's edition upgrade. This means that I received most if not all of the DLC available at launch for no extra charge. I chose to purchase the PC version over the PS3 or Xbox360 versions simply because there are no mods for console versions and I personally like mods. Unfortunately, Bioware has announced that they have no intention of releasing any Mod tools for DA:II although they did say they would consider updating the tools from DA:O to make them compatible. We shall see if that actually happens.

The DLC really did not affect my ratings as the equipment was not enough of a factor in the game to matter, and I very rarely used the extra companion. If I had failed to preorder and actually purchased the game and the DLC separately, I would have given the overall game package 2 stars instead of 3. This is because I already feel that I overpaid, even with the bonus content I have already received.

During gameplay I experienced a 20-45 second lockup about every 20-30 minutes. This required me to alt/tab to my desktop to resume play. I also found a few quest continuity errors, graphical glitches and other random issues. I did not deduct points for the games overall somewhat buggy feel as BioWare has already acknowledged these issues and I expect them to provide a patch fairly quickly.

Purpose
My goal is to explain why this game succeeded or failed on its own merits rather than comparing it to Dragon Age: Origins.

Rating

Fun
When it comes to "fun", I have given this game two stars.
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75 of 87 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars THE HEIR THAT LOST THE KINGDOM... March 8, 2011
Platform for Display:PC Download|Edition:Standard
The original Dragon Age was a true masterpiece that marked gaming history forever. It was an epic cRPG that not only absorbed you into a world of scheming nobles, romantic witches and invading darkspawn but it was also an exercise in morality choices and balancing the clashing personalities of your companions. Following in its success, everyone and their grandmother is waiting to play the sequel (for some reason, the grandmother usually opts for a handsome rogue character). However, the question is this: does the sequel prove worthy of the original?
Well, like an embellished Varric's tale, it seems to be a mix of good-news and bad-news.

LEVELING UP (FINALLY) MAKES SENSE
In most cRPGs, leveling up involves adding points to strength, constitution, dexterity, intelligence etc - which, in turn, have an effect on health points, dialogue options, defending ability and damage dealt. By reading the manual you know what affects what, however, in most games, you cannot readily see those effects as you level up. Not so with DAO2. Every point added to an attribute will increase the derived statistics on the same screen.

COME FOR THE LOOT. STAY FOR THE STORY - YOUR STORY
Your hero, Hawk, lives during the times of the last blight, fleeing Lothering as it is burned to the ground. Your decade-long story is narrated by Varric Tethras, a companion of yours. However, how the story will twist and turn is entirely up to your actions and choices. The story will absorb you completely because it reaches so many bifurcation points that, in the end, it is entirely your personal creation. And, yes there are companions with...
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but not as good as the first one March 14, 2011
Platform for Display:PC Download| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
First and foremost, I played the first Dragon Age on the PS3 and thought it was a great game. But 2 days before DA2 was released, my PS3 died (red light of death). And I am still not sure if I'm going to replace it or not.

So I got the PC version of DA2. And I must admit that the keyboard / mouse combo is not my favorite and I enjoyed the PS3 gamepad controller better.

I also don't have the graphics card to run DA2 in DirectX 11. But my quad core with 4 gb of ram (32 bit) ran the game just fine and very smooth. I had no problems with lockups or bugs.

But, for me, this game lacked the integrated story of the first one and seemed to be just more menial shorter tasks of running errands for other people instead of an epic adventure like the first Dragon Age. It didn't seem to have the big build up to a grand finale like the first one had. It just seemed much more segmented without any cohesiveness to it. Personally, I think Bioware could have done a better job wit it.

So from that stand point, it felt flat. And I agree wih the other reviews, I was suprised to see the same maps and terrain used over and over. There seemed to be little variety and was just kind of there instead of inspired.

I played straight through for the most part and while it was a decent game overall, I wouldn't put in the great category like I would the first Dragon Age.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Just like many other reviews, I agree that this game might not have lived up to the anticipation from the success of its predecessors, but is this really a bad game? Absolutely not.

For you to read this review, i'll go ahead and assume that you have played or at least experienced some part of Dragon Age Origins, so I think it would be easier to review this game as a comparison between the two.

Graphics: This game took a slightly different approach to graphics, making the characters and environment look a bit watercolor-ish. Visually it really isn't any improvement over the first one, and you don't really get better texture or detail or anything that would create an eye candy. Overall i say the two are tied.

Story: Dragon Age Origin painted an epic scale world adventure, with a humongous amount of background story and locations for you to explore and get to know the world, a truly satisfying experience. Dragon Age 2 is completely different. Instead of trying to save the world, you more or less experience the growth of a character as he climbs up the rank in society with his heroic adventures and meet companions along the way. Both games have really great stories, but overall in terms of main story, Dragon Age 1 comes out a bit ahead.

Gameplay/Combat: Dragon Age Origin was more of an RPG, where you give command to a character and then just watch him execute his moves. It was fun, but kind of bland in a sense. Dragon Age 2's combat became a blend of action and RPG, while keeping the old pause-and-command feature, the controls of the characters also became a lot more dynamic, where in order to survive, you will have to run across the battlefield, find cover, and strike enemy at where it hurts the most.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The game leaves me longing to play the first of ...
The game leaves me longing to play the first of the series. I played about two hours of this game, only to go back and replay the original. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars PC Mods are Awesome
Though the game itself had issues with reusing the same areas over and over I got so I coould mod the game and I haven't compained since.
Published 7 days ago by A nerd
5.0 out of 5 stars nice
very good
Published 9 days ago by tdaddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Same idea, fun story, thank you for not messing too much with the...
Much different than the first Dragon Age, namely because this adventure isn't across a scrolling landscapre, but in a microcosm of one large city-state. I still like it very much. Read more
Published 11 days ago by timc
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
was not what i expected
Published 12 days ago by jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to Find. Great Find
Thank you! I spent a lot of time looking for the download version online and it was harder to find than I expected. Even steam didn't have it, nor did EA for that matter. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Dexter Nelson
3.0 out of 5 stars Ho Hum...
Skyrim is by far better...DA3 is bound to be better! Try the demo before buying!
Published 17 days ago by Disciple of Jesus, JKP
4.0 out of 5 stars Tried to download from BestBuy. It FAILED. Had ...
Tried to download from BestBuy. It FAILED. Had to report it to my banking institution. Downloaded from Amazon - no problem.
Published 17 days ago by cornelius cartwright
5.0 out of 5 stars A lot of fun
The graphics are great! I've played through this game 3 times now. I loved World of Warcraft but can't play it anymore due to terrible internet out here in the country! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tammy Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely recommend this game.
It's a little different from the first one, but worth the buy. You have more freedom with dialogue and your character actually talks to npcs.
Published 1 month ago by Hunter
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