So, I finished Dragon Age 2 a few weeks ago. I enjoyed it, though probably not quite as much as the first one. Some things were better, while other things I missed.
I liked the combat system in the second game. It felt nice and smooth, with the action key letting you continue attacking. The spells and abilities looked really cool as well.
I hated Carver. I’m sorry, I know he was my brother – but he was whiney and annoying. Always complaining, never approving anything I did. He wasn’t even grateful when I saved his life! Needless to say, I didn’t take him along in my party as soon as I had enough without him.
The little cameos from companions in DA:O were enjoyable. Hi, Zev! Even Nathaniel from Awakening made an appearance! I only wish we could have seen
Sten Shale. I want to know if she ever got to become a dwarf again.
I did miss the possibility to chat to your companions whenever you wanted. I loved being able to have conversations with them in camp in Origins, and it was a shame that there was nothing like it in DA2. Sure, the companion quests were nice, but it didn’t make up for the lack of chatting.
They ruined Anders. I loved him in Awakening. He was very funny there, but in DA2 he almost seemed like a different character all together. Even the voice was different! (And I loved his original voice. But I guess they couldn’t have Greg Ellis do two voices in the same game, especially since they share screen time.) I really missed Anders from Awakening, this one was a boring, whiney version.
The companions in general I did enjoy. They all had interesting stories and personalities (Anders’ was just bad because I wanted him to be the way he was in Awakening. Had he been a new character, I probably wouldn’t have minded.) The quests where you’re trying to help Aveline with her love life had me laughing out loud.
I have mixed feelings about the lack of gear for companions. It’s nice not having to save all the gear to check if a companion can wear it, but at the same time I miss being able to customise them. I really enjoyed dressing Alistair up like a Ken doll in DA:O. (Oh look, a templar set – you look dashing! Oh here! Cailen’s armour… you look regal!)
Something I really enjoyed in DA:O was the fact that the game took automatic screenshots for you during specific points in the story. You could, of course, take extra ones yourself. But it’s something I tend to forget, so I loved that the game did it for me. Sadly this doesn’t exist in DA:2 (nor in Inquisition), which means that I have very few screenshots. Shame.
On the whole, I enjoyed the game and I’m very much looking forward to playing Inquisition.
What did you think about DA2?