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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh Bioware, what did you do?, March 25, 2011
This review is from: Dragon Age 2 - PC (Video Game)
It's really odd when there is a mini-map in the upper right corner of my screen showing me the layout of a cave or dungeon or landscape, and I can't enter areas that seem completely open on that map. Say, now that you mention it, that map looks very familiar! Oh yes, I've seen it twice before in the last hour. I've been here before... no, it's supposed to be a DIFFERENT area, it just has the exact same layout, except certain areas that I could enter before are now blocked by... a doorway that just doesn't open. Yet the mini-map still shows that those areas are there!

Kind of takes away from the whole immersion thing, doesn't it?

This game is fun to play in the same way that the last Star Trek movie was fun to watch. It is pretty, but lacking any of the depth that made the original something really special.

The whole thing feels less like a good RPG and much more like a console port. If you're more into action than storytelling and role playing, then you will enjoy this game. Unfortunately, I prefer the latter. Be warned, the settings, story, characters, and gameplay are much, much less epic than in the original. The interface, level up options, and dialogue trees feel dumbed down. As others have said, the dialogue wheel and lack of character customization feel much less like an RPG than they did previously, and not being able to outfit my NPC companion armor is a HUGE letdown.

As far as bugs go, I found one side-quest that was impossible to complete based on certain choices. There were some bad graphic glitches that required me to download a beta driver for my video card, but the new driver did fix most of the issues. Still, there are a few oddities with a character standing next to a door or a wall and part of their body is invisible ('swallowed' by the wall).

Unlike the first title, I won't be buying any DLC for this one. Nothing I played here left me wanting for much more of the same. I suggest others who feel the same way to do the same. Maybe Bioware will get the message. If they really wanted to make another epic RPG but time was a problem, I would have been happy to wait another 6 months or a year to get one. If they simply want to make more games for the folks who like action-only console titles, that's fine, but I won't be buying those titles. I'm nearly 38 years old, and have been playing RPGs since the days of the SSI Gold Box series. It's sad when those feel more epic than a new title like this.
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Initial post: Jul 11, 2012, 6:09:30 PM PDT
Ah yes, the Gold Box games! Those were the days. I agree with your assessment of the lamentable trend in computer RPGs lately. BioWare used to be among the very best, and now they have been reduced to just another sticker EA can paste on their boxes.

But then you went and lost me with your crack about the new Star Trek! Ack! :-) If the difference between those who like that movie vs those who hate it is similar to a difference of opinion about the quality of DA2 among its players, then I will have to try DA2 despite reading how awful it is. Because if it is anything like the polarizing new Star Trek, then I can understand why some would love it even if most hated it.
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