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Dragon Age II - Xbox 360

Game Description: Dragon Age 2 for Xbox 360 is the sequel to BioWare's award-winning RPG. The main character, Hawke, is a survivor of the Blight and the Champion of Kirkwall. The player's decisions from Dragon Age: Origins or Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening will influence the world of Dragon Age 2.
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Dragon Age II "Legacy" Hands-On Preview
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Dragon Age II "Legacy" Hands-On Preview

By Miguel Concepcion - Posted Jul 20, 2011

As much as it is fun to explore and monsterslay across the land of Kirkwall, sometimes a change of scenery is in order. Thankfully many BioWare expansions offer this kind of escape; you just have to contend with new, often more powerful enemies. "Legacy" is the first story-driven DLC for Dragon Age II and is one of the larger downloadable adventures for the series, second in size only to Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening.


"Legacy" takes our hero Hawke outside of his comfort zone and into a prison, specifically a Grey Warden prison. It's an old prison that brings along with it an ancient evil, so powerful that the Wardens have kept it under wraps for a millennium. If that weren't enough, "Legacy" also promises to shed quite a bit of light on Hawke's ancestry.

As with past BioWare DLCs, so much of the add-on content has been based off constructive feedback from the fans. For "Legacy," fans get their fix of new areas (both indoor and outdoor), a richer story, new creatures, and a larger emphasis on battle tactics. Not only does the environment play a more notable role in combat, with traps that both sides can use, but the way enemies enter the battle has been changed subtlety. There were a couple points in my brief hands-on session where I was ambushed by darkspawn, sometimes coming out of the walls right next to me. These were satisfying curveballs and solid challenges, but nothing that any experienced BioWare fan can't handle.

In regards to these new creatures, some of them are of course darkspawn, including imposing renditions of the genlock, hurlocks, both their grunt and alpha versions, as well as new takes on creatures not seen since Dragon Age: Origins. One of the bosses is the familiar pride demon who sports new abilities, including the ability to make duplicates of himself. While suspected there were a number of ways to defeat him, I just hacked through the duplicates to figure out who the original demon was.


Further complementing the new features of "Legacy" is a new weapon that is both powerful and highly customizable. You won't have to be concerned about compatibility with your favorite DAII character because the weapon is class-specific, so a mage will have a staff, a rogue will have a dagger, etc.. This weapon is also integral to the story and the design of this expansion, where it acts as a key to progress past three seals, each protected by a boss. It is at each of these seals that you're able to tailor this weapon with your preferred bonuses.

For you procrastinators who have only made a small dent in your Dragon Age II playthrough, you'll be pleased to know that you can take your experience and your new weapon from "Legacy" back to your main game session or to future content. None of you will have to wait long as Dragon Age II "Legacy" will be out July 26 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and Mac. 

 

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  • godzillaisyourdaddy

    Oh and did I mention that the runecrafting, alchemy, etc. was so much better in this game? It was such a pain in the ass to do in Awakening with having to constantly go back to that shop keeper to buy the crap over and over to make the Paragon Runes. It is faster, more reliable and the "less is more" approach to obtaining the resources certainly did wonders, as they actually provided exp and the desire to search for them. I am also glad that you can have your sibling along the adventure, especially BioWare fricken teased their bad ass look in their Warden clothing, especially Bethany with that amazing blue cape. That really pissed me off when I was not able to use them for the sake of the decent story. The trailer for this game was so misleading, none of the stuff they showed in that trailer actually got in the game; especially the part with Hawke running from a burning city in his regular clothes and with Isabela when all that was happening.

    Posted: July 21, 2011 7:23 AM
    godzillaisyourdaddy
  • godzillaisyourdaddy

    DA 2 was major let down for me; it had some good ideas, on paper anyway, but when executed, it was done so poorly. Of course we all know it most obvious flaws: bad AI, inexcusably terrible wave spawning (seriously, spawning from the sky is idiotic), limited options, especially when you cannot duel wield with warriors, or have a Arcane Warrior, that can wield a shield and sword the decaying functionality of items with the 5 star rating system, which I hate because I would have loved to play with the better looking Blood Dragon Armor the entire game like Origins, but nooooooo, they force me to put it away for less flashy armor in order to survive Hard Mode, which was not that hard, considering the game is so easy, which is another flaw, and the Rogue class is pretty pathetic, a huge blunder. The graphics are still not that great of course, taking me out of the game at times, in addition to the weak animation of the characters that look as if they have wedgies up their asses when they walk. The horrific repetition of environments and enemy types was incredibly annoying, since the game lost its genuine feel in Act 1, fairly quickly. Being stuck in Kirkwall the entire game was no fun. The repetition of the same items is also pretty obvious. I get a shield with a cool name only to find out it is the same shield I used 4 times before, just different stats, very disappointing, but the Champion did look amazing, especially the helmet and clawed feet and hands. I felt cheated when the game ended the way it did, since it actually got interesting towards the end, minus the atrocious boss fight with Meredith, which was the easiest one in the game. Probably my biggest complaint is the lack of executions in the game; Origins allowed to jump on Ogres and stab their head and you could behead an enemy in a bad ass way, but DA 2 had nothing like that, the only time an execution occurred was during a cut scene at the very beginning of the game!

    There are good things about this game though,not everything was a total blunder on BioWare's behalf. The conversation wheel from ME just felt right in the game and I definitely enjoyed the ease of use of trying to get your party member's approval, since I am a Paragon player, not a Renegade. In addition, I really like the fact that once a character is at full friendship, it stays that way infinitely, no matter your decision. I was less of a pain when you choose a conversation option that would offend them, but wont affect their view of you; and their friendship gives them extra abilities too, I like Isabela's ability enhancing your own. The characters themselves were enjoyable of course, which is a BioWare staple. I hate how you had to button mash A for attacks, but what made up for that is the option to have the game play like Origins, which felt so good to have. I did really like the ability to move from enemy to enemy at a quick pace, which completely beats Origins horrible shuffling movement. The best part of all is the party banter, since most of it is so well written and hilarious that I actually kept playing the game for those and the actual conversations in the game, since this game is superior in writing over its predecessor.

    Despite all my complaints, and it has been months since the game released. I have a more cool head than before and forgive this game and Bioware for its shortcomings. The game is not the most horrible game in the world, but it certainly could have done better. I gave Origins a 9/10, but I gave DA 2 a 7/10. I might buy this DLC because it sounds so eloquently presented in a manner by addressing the huge issues with the game. It sounds pretty good to me and I know now that BioWare learned their lesson and wont try this again with DA 3. :)

    Posted: July 21, 2011 7:17 AM
    godzillaisyourdaddy
  • alivealie

    I for one enjoyed DA2, in spite of its flaws (of which there were many). I'll probably snag this right away. I haven't lost all of my faith in Bioware, yet.

    Posted: July 20, 2011 8:17 PM
    alivealie
  • alivealie

    I for one enjoyed DA2, in spite of its flaws (of which there were many). I'll probably snag this right away. I haven't lost all of my faith in Bioware, yet.

    Posted: July 20, 2011 8:15 PM
    alivealie
  • RPG-fan

    Most of the the Dragon Age DLCs have been poor to mediocre and after the train wreck that is DA2, I'll wait for the reviews for this DLC before buying it.

    Posted: July 20, 2011 5:40 PM
    RPG-fan
  • DrowNoble

    "As much as it is fun to explore and monsterslay across the land of Kirkwall"....

    The first sentence and I already know the reviewer never actually played DA2. G4 gave the original game a 3/5, mainly cuz it was NOT fun to explore since maps were endlessly repeated. It was NOT fun to monsterslay since console users had to wear the their thumb to the bone mashing a single button and PC users had no tab-targeting.

    Bioware did great on Mass Effect, but Dragon Age series has been rather fail.

    Posted: July 20, 2011 12:25 PM
    DrowNoble
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