…not to mention uncomfortably like some of my past gameplay, if I had somehow managed to play a game that combined the feel of Skyrim (yay!) with the combat animations of Dragon Age 2 (…yay?). The martial arts Vikings were a nice touch: I personally like to ninja it out in my games whenever possible – and sometimes when it’s, strictly speaking, not.
Weren’t you people all supposed to have jumped on downloading theDragon Age 2: Mark of the Assassin DLC ahead of time? …Guess that there’s honest people in the world who don’t take advantage of the mistakes of others, after all*.
*Don’t even think that I wouldn’t have bought the DLC early if I had been told about it in time. I don’t steal stuff, but if the vendor accidentally makes it available ahead of time, well, that’s not my screw-up, is it?
Not bad: not really a grind, some good backstory, they actually created new maps, and the last battle came perilously close to being a Total Party Kill. Any combat where I have to run around for a while being chased by the bad guy until my spells regenerate enough to bring my party back to life is pretty much by definition a challenging combat: the designers expected me to be a Leroy Jenkins*, and lo! I was. If I wasn’t a mage with group healing/resurrect, I’d have been hosed, hosed, hosed.
There is at least one (in my opinion: serious, annoying, infuriating) thing about the way that they ported Anders over from Dragon Age: Origins Awakening to Dragon Age 2 that’s worth complaining about. And it’s not the fact that he makes a pass at your Hawke character, regardless of gender. That I could care less about*.
Mind you, like Tycho I default to female characters for Bioware games. Mostly because if I’m going to be spending a lot of time being forced to look at my avatar’s butt (Bioware loves over-the-shoulder POV), it might as well be a butt whose aesthetics I can properly appreciate.
PS: Why do I have the feeling that I’m going to end up regretting that I posted this?
And I’m being told that my copy of Dragon Age 2 – Bioware Signature Edition has a street value roughly one and a half times of what I paid for it. I should have bought four, sold two, kept one for myself and upgraded my wife’s copy.
Hmm. Maybe I’ll do that for Mass Effect 3, if/when they offer an upgrade. Except that my wife won’t need a copy for that one.
…I was playing the Dragon Age 2 demo. It was nifty. It is not Dragon Effect 2 or Mass Age 2. I may actually play a non-mage my first run-through so that I can have the right companion mix. Also, it has Varric in it, which is cool, but not as cool as his crossbow:
To quote my wife quoting the forums, that is a crossbow that fires crossbows that fires rock stars. Otherwise known as a ‘shotgun’ – assuming of course that you can use a shotgun as a mortar, and may I say that there is something wrong with a universe that does not let you so use a shotgun? I spent the entire second half of the demo (spoilers) area-effecting the room, giggling, and running away from all the things that I had just aggro’d. Great fun.