Let’s just say, right from the get go, this was a disappointing game. I love Dragon Age: Origins. It’s a brilliant game. But following it up with DA2 is just a let down. There are only a few engaging aspects of the game, and that’s the fact that Hawke speaks, and your companions. And the companions are the only reasons I would replay the game.
After being able to explore Ferelden on a grand scale, being mostly confined to the city of Kirkwall made me a bit claustrophobic. Also, the reused backgrounds drove me insane. Everything looked the same and I don’t understand why. DAO had so much more unique scenery and more settings, you think they would’ve been able to make a few more different caves and mines to liven things up a bit, especially considering that they obviously weren’t paying for an engaging plot. Because the plot was pretty shit. You spend the entire time running around doing chores for other people. There is no greater cause for at least 2/3rds of the game, and when the grand MAGES VERSES TEMPLARS thing finally happened, I was sick of the both of them.
The companions were the best thing about this game. While I don’t think they held a candle to the original group of companions, they were all unique enough and their stories engaging enough to keep me interested. And Fenris completely won me over. Good gods, what a fine elf that boy is. But I was incredibly disappointed with Anders. Having played DA: Awakening, I liked Anders and I liked Justice but putting the two together really put me off. He was boring, preachy and every time I had him in my party, he set about insulting my beautiful elven boyfriend. The mage can fuck right off. That being said, I am determined to romance him one playthough, just so I can try and understand what the internet sees in him, but I’ll have a hard time not putting the moves on Fenris cause he’s just so perfect.
Finally, I liked the new fighting mechanisms but the new inventory and the inability to customise my companions armour really pissed me off. I found it incredibly hard to understand and inconvenient. And while I didn’t completely understand how the abilities and stuff worked, I did find myself using them more and I did enjoy it, so that’s something.
All in all, DA2 is a good game, but that’s about it. In almost every respect it pales in comparison to DAO and, honestly speaking, I’m only ever going to replay it so I can romance the companions.