I know that a fair number of us at GamerSushi have played through the depths of Dragon Age II, exploring the streets of Kirkwall and siding with Mages, Templars or both. I also know that a few of us (including myself) have had some discussions about the shortcomings of Dragon Age II, places where it might have been lacking in comparison to the epic original.
These gripes are well-documented around da Webz, and it seems that Bioware has been listening to people’s issues and complaints. After some flack received about different comments made about Dragon Age II’s design choices, here’s what lead designer Mike Laidlaw had to say on a recent forum post, addressing the swell of criticisms that have been leveled against the sequel:
I am absolutely aware of the concerns voiced here. Issues like level re-use, the implementation of wave combat, concerns about the narrative and significance of choice and so on have all been not only noted, but examined, inspected and even aided me (and many, many others on the team) in formulating future plans. Further, I’m not only aware of the concerns, but I agree that there are aspects of DA II that not only can but must be improved in future installments. And that is precisely our intent.
I’m not really posting this to alert everyone of its existence, but rather use this as a spoiler-filled forum for us to talk about how we feel about Dragon Age II, looking back. We don’t do that often enough on GamerSushi, so I want to start making it a point to revisit these games and talk about them in a more open way.
I’ll share more in the comments, but for me, Dragon Age II is one of those experiences that sours with age, and the more I think about it in retrospect, the more it bugs me. For as fun as the game could be at times, it seems that Bioware sacrificed a lot of the thematic things I loved about Origins for the sake of something more accessible. Of course, this makes sense, but Mass Effect 2 showed that they could hit both spots at once.
In hindsight, what are your thoughts on Dragon Age II? Did it surpass or fall short of Origins? How do you feel about Bioware’s comments about it, and are you glad they’re listening? Post whatever spoilers you like below – and if you haven’t played the game, tread carefully.