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Dragon Age II: Disaster brought to you on leathery wings. OP NSF56k
I didn't much enjoy Dragon Age 1, but I did think it was overall a very solid RPG, at least worth a playthrough. Dragon Age 2, however, is a serious step back for Bioware and in general for RPGs. Bioware used to be the studio that brought us classics like KOTOR and BGII, all were very solid games with strong core RPG elements. The opposite can be said of Dragon Age 2. DA2 is merely a hack and slash adventure game for players with ADD. If you want a game where you can hold x, or randomly mash 1-9 on the keyboard and see cool effects while your character jumps around the screen spastically, DA2 is for you. This game is an attempt to stream line the RPG into something a 10 year old can sit through. Congratulations Bioware, you have successfully killed the PC RPG. I will say the graphics are improved from DA1, but considering you spend 99% of the game in the same city, this improvement does little. Kirkwall, the main city, is barren and empty, not to mention pristinely clean. The entire area seems like a tile set with very little to see or do. The worst part is the sheer linear style of gameplay. Remember NWN2 where you are free to roam and discover? Yea, that's gone. Dragon Age 2 is more like Fable, where you walk from point A to B along a predetermined route. It's essentially Mass Effect in Medieval times. The conversations feel forced and anti-dramatic. Everything feels cheesy, and the main character, Hawke, has an annoying British accent and in general sounds like a wimp. This is a game that you will playthrough maybe once, considering it's short, and then never play it again. Honestly, the amount of DLC whoring that Bioware and EA has come up with is sickening. I'm all for developers making money, but now it looks like Bioware is just using their name to hype their games and sell max amount of DLC possible. As you can see, even critics are saying this a massive step backward from DA1. If this game were made by any other studio other than Bioware, the scores would be even lower.
God, it's sounds so terrible.
But is it?
Okay, what may we encounter on our journey through Hawke's life?
These kickass foreign devils contemplating life and shit.
Chest Hair you just want to disappear into.
Stacked Pirate Strumpet
Perv Bait Elf Girl
Sexy Elf Slave Guy
Cocksure Competitive Little Brother
Dead (for me) Sister
This Princely fucker
A Gay Warden
And my Hawke.
Hello, you like what you see?
Perhaps you like Hat? Is good hat, yes?
Bah, you know nothing of hats, little man from the Jersey Shore.
In Dragon Age II, Hawke (male or female) can pursue a heterosexual or homosexual romance. There are five companions who can be romanced: Isabela, a rogue pirate captain; Merrill, a young Dalish elf; Anders, an apostate mage who was formerly a Grey Warden; Fenris, an elf who was a former Tevinter slave; and Sebastian, a DLC companion. No other companions can be romanced.
It is possible to sleep with all four companions (obviously not including Sebastian) in a single game. Sleeping with either Isabela or Fenris does not prevent the development of other romances, but sleeping with either Anders or Merrill and subsequently asking them to move in will deactivate the romance flags of all other characters, and remove critical flirt lines from their dialogue. However, if at the end of the cut scene where you sleep with them, you choose the breaking heart option to indicate that it was merely a one-night stand, you may continue with other romances. As Sebastian's romance has the prerequisite of never initiating a flirt option with any companion or NPC character, he can never be simultaneously romanced.
Sebastian will never sleep with the player. He is a chaste romance.
All love interests, except Sebastian, may be romanced by either gender.
After a romance is successfully completed, the love interest will receive a new outfit (this does not affect anything but look).