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Dragon Age II Released 168

Today marks the US launch of Dragon Age II, the sequel to BioWare's popular 2009 RPG Dragon Age: Origins. Like its predecessor and other BioWare RPGs, Dragon Age II is non-linear and has extensive dialog, though this time the story focuses on a particular character, Hawke, whose race and identity you can't change. A demo of the game is available, and early opinions noted both the impressive art direction and less punishing difficulty settings. BioWare has also released an optional ~1GB texture pack for the PC version that bumps up the level of detail for owners of high end computers. They explained some of the technological changes they made in a couple of blog posts. It's available for Windows, OS X, the PS3, and the Xbox 360.
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Dragon Age II Released

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  • by Tridus ( 79566 ) on Tuesday March 08, 2011 @02:50PM (#35421672) Homepage

    So I was one of the suckers who bought DA 1 on release day. Didn't buy any DLC, because Bioware DLC is always overpriced.

    Eventually they come out with the 'ultimate edition', which is the game, expansion, and all DLC for the same price I paid originally. That part is normal, and alright.

    Where it gets ridiculous is that for me to add the DLC to the game I already bought on the same day this new verison came out would have cost MORE then just buying the game again and getting everything thrown in.

    The pricing model is sufficiently out to lunch that I'll wait this time.

  • by Mashiki ( 184564 ) <> on Tuesday March 08, 2011 @03:08PM (#35421902) Homepage

    Well my GF is a avid RPG player, and enjoys cRPG's on the side. She got home oh an hour or two ago. Installed, starting playing 30ish mins in she was raging and screaming going where are my choices and what's up with this shitty dialog. I want a RPG, not a action-adventure game. Which promptly 5mins later resulted in her storming out of the house, and driving off game in hand. I think she's out for a refund, and woe to the person who tries to refuse it.

    I know people will go bahwhaha GF what? Yeah some of us managed to hook one anyway.

    I didn't even have a chance to play, but I'm hearing a lot of people use the phrase "Dragon the Mass Age Effect". Which doesn't bode well, and I get the feeling EA has given Bioware the touch of death.

  • Re:Bioware (Score:4, Interesting)

    by nschubach ( 922175 ) on Tuesday March 08, 2011 @03:57PM (#35422514) Journal

    I refuse to buy it because of EA though. The last Dragon Age I had to sign into their servers to use the equipment that was supposed to come with the game. (Collector's Edition "perks".)

    If/When Bioware splits ties with EA, then I will resume purchasing Bioware games.

The last thing one knows in constructing a work is what to put first. -- Blaise Pascal