History Videogame / DragonAgeII

23rd Jul '16 8:31:05 AM BlackSunNocturne
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** Bartrand once gives us the one-off "Andraste's tits!". Given as he was raised in Orzammar, he may well venerate the Ancestors (unlike Varric, who is surface born and Andrastian), so this may well be a Dwarven slur to disparage Human religion.*** Varric himself with his "Andraste's dimpled buttcheeks".

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** Bartrand once gives us the one-off "Andraste's tits!". Given as he was raised in Orzammar, he may well venerate the Ancestors (unlike Varric, who is surface born and Andrastian), so this may well be a Dwarven slur to disparage Human religion.*** religion.
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Varric himself with his "Andraste's dimpled buttcheeks".
23rd Jul '16 8:19:19 AM BlackSunNocturne
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** Bartrand once gives us the one-off "Andraste's tits!". Given as he was raised in Orzammar, he may well venerate the Ancestors (unlike Varric, who is surface born and Andrastian), so this may well be a Dwarven slur to disparage Human religion.
*** Varric himself with his "Andraste's dimpled buttcheeks".
*** Carrying on the proud tradition from ''Origins,'' such as Shianni's "Andraste's ass, you'd think I'd learn some social graces."
*** [[spoiler: If Hawke lets Fenris do the interrogation in one optional quest,]] a slaver yells, "Andraste's great flaming arse!" [[spoiler: Since Fenris has just stuck his hand in the guy's chest and rearranged his internal organs, this is understandable.]]

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** Bartrand once gives us the one-off "Andraste's tits!". Given as he was raised in Orzammar, he may well venerate the Ancestors (unlike Varric, who is surface born and Andrastian), so this may well be a Dwarven slur to disparage Human religion.
religion.*** Varric himself with his "Andraste's dimpled buttcheeks".
*** ** Carrying on the proud tradition from ''Origins,'' such as Shianni's "Andraste's ass, you'd think I'd learn some social graces."
*** ** [[spoiler: If Hawke lets Fenris do the interrogation in one optional quest,]] a slaver yells, "Andraste's great flaming arse!" [[spoiler: Since Fenris has just stuck his hand in the guy's chest and rearranged his internal organs, this is understandable.]]]]
** During the HauntedHouse mission if Anders is brought along, when a vase flies across the screen: "Andraste's flaming knickers!"
10th Jul '16 10:31:55 AM nombretomado
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Three DLC addons have been produced for the game. The day one DLC ''The Exiled Prince'' (included in the [[LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition BioWare Signature Edition]]) added the ninth permanent companion, the pious archer Sebastian Vael, and his personal questline. The first post-release DLC was ''Legacy'', in which Hawke learns more about their father's past, and the second was ''Mark of the Assassin'', where Hawke teams up with Tallis, Creator/FeliciaDay's character from ''WebVideo/DragonAgeRedemption'', to break into an Orlesian noble's castle. An ExpansionPack titled ''Exalted March'' was planned, but was cancelled so the development team could focus on [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition the next installment of the series]]; some of the elements from the unfinished expansion were included in its plot.

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Three DLC addons have been produced for the game. The day one DLC ''The Exiled Prince'' (included in the [[LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition BioWare [=BioWare=] Signature Edition]]) added the ninth permanent companion, the pious archer Sebastian Vael, and his personal questline. The first post-release DLC was ''Legacy'', in which Hawke learns more about their father's past, and the second was ''Mark of the Assassin'', where Hawke teams up with Tallis, Creator/FeliciaDay's character from ''WebVideo/DragonAgeRedemption'', to break into an Orlesian noble's castle. An ExpansionPack titled ''Exalted March'' was planned, but was cancelled so the development team could focus on [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition the next installment of the series]]; some of the elements from the unfinished expansion were included in its plot.



** This is by far BioWare's darkest game. While other BioWare games have their elements of darkness, they usually end in the triumph of the hero and in "good" endings, everything restored. This game, however, is about a descent into madness with the hero caught in the middle. [[DownerEnding There is no]] [[CrapsackWorld triumph here.]]

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** This is by far BioWare's Creator/BioWare's darkest game. While other BioWare [=BioWare=] games have their elements of darkness, they usually end in the triumph of the hero and in "good" endings, everything restored. This game, however, is about a descent into madness with the hero caught in the middle. [[DownerEnding There is no]] [[CrapsackWorld triumph here.]]



* DysfunctionJunction: As is traditional, the party is comprised of people just filled with psychological issues. Quite possibly the worst case in any BioWare game to date.

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* DysfunctionJunction: As is traditional, the party is comprised of people just filled with psychological issues. Quite possibly the worst case in any BioWare Creator/BioWare game to date.



* InterfaceSpoiler: Weeks before BioWare announced any details whatsoever on the first major batch of DLC, the achievements for it were up, revealing it involves something called Vimmark Mountains, including cave systems and a prison tower.

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* InterfaceSpoiler: Weeks before BioWare Creator/BioWare announced any details whatsoever on the first major batch of DLC, the achievements for it were up, revealing it involves something called Vimmark Mountains, including cave systems and a prison tower.



** According to a dev on the BioWare forums, [[spoiler:Zevran]] was meant to stay dead. If this is not the case, then it's the result of a save import bug.

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** According to a dev on the BioWare Creator/BioWare forums, [[spoiler:Zevran]] was meant to stay dead. If this is not the case, then it's the result of a save import bug.



** Gaider has said that the folks at BioWare liked [[spoiler: Anders and the plot he was involved in]] too much to leave him dead.

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** Gaider has said that the folks at BioWare [=BioWare=] liked [[spoiler: Anders and the plot he was involved in]] too much to leave him dead.



* TrueCompanions: Par for the course in a BioWare game. Instead of a random group of adventurers thrown together by fate to stop some BigBad, they're friends and/or rivals who bond over the course of six years. While some of them [[TeethClenchedTeamwork genuinely can't stand each other]], they put up with it for the sake of the overall group.

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* TrueCompanions: Par for the course in a BioWare Creator/BioWare game. Instead of a random group of adventurers thrown together by fate to stop some BigBad, they're friends and/or rivals who bond over the course of six years. While some of them [[TeethClenchedTeamwork genuinely can't stand each other]], they put up with it for the sake of the overall group.
9th Jul '16 11:06:35 PM tsstevens
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* GiantSpider: They're baaaaaack, [[SpidersAreScary arachnophobes.]] They still do the JumpScare teleport from the ceilings bit but thankfully have their Overwhelm ability removed, and poison versions are Black Widows. The Spider Queen is on par with a dragon in size.
8th Jul '16 9:14:28 AM Give1Take2
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** This game follows the time-honored tradition of hammering home how making deals with demons NEVER works out for the mortals ([[spoiler:poor Merrill]])... except when the player character does it. [[note]]The demon Hawke can make a deal with does get loose and kill people, but it's entirely off-screen, no one Hawke knows, and its presence is never traced back to Hawke. Showing that Hawke personally suffered no consequences for making a deal with a demon.[[/note]]
23rd Jun '16 5:36:21 PM HeroGal2347
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* AntiSmotherLoveTalk: If you take your [[StaticRoleExchangeableCharacter sole surviving sibling]] to the Deep Roads expedition, your mother will beg you to leave them at home, since she cannot bear to lose both of you. You can then give her the reassurance that everything will be fine and that you are both responsible adults, persuading her to relent. [[spoiler:Naturally, if both of you go to the Deep Roads, your sibling contracts the Taint and dies (or, under very specific circumstances, becomes a Grey Warden--a Fate Worse Than Death by many standards), so your mother ''was'' right.]]
7th Jun '16 1:08:22 PM nighttrainfm
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* TakeYourTime: Played both straight and averted. Side and Companion quests generally [[LostForever disappear]] when you go to from act to act. However, within a single year? The looming threat of a poisoned district, dangerous blood mages on the loose, or an insane serial killer [[spoiler: kidnapping your mother]]? It's fine, feel free to wander the Dalish camp or take that [[FetchQuest random item back to that random NPC.]] The safety of hundreds can wait.
** Very much averted with the Act II Fenris quest "A Bitter Pill." Fenris will get mad (i.e. rivalry) if you try to do anything else other than continue with the quest, and if you persist in ignoring his pleas, he'll [[spoiler: leave to handle things himself and will get killed]].

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* TakeYourTime: TakeYourTime:
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Played both straight and averted. Side and Companion quests generally [[LostForever disappear]] when you go to from act to act. However, within a single year? The looming threat of a poisoned district, dangerous blood mages on the loose, or an insane serial killer [[spoiler: kidnapping your mother]]? It's fine, feel free to wander the Dalish camp or take that [[FetchQuest random item back to that random NPC.]] The safety of hundreds can wait.
** Very much averted with the Act II Fenris quest "A Bitter Pill." Fenris will get mad (i.e. rivalry) if you try to do anything else other than continue with the quest, and if you persist in ignoring his pleas, he'll [[spoiler: leave to handle things himself and will get killed]].himself. As he's never seen again, it's quite possible he gets killed.]]
28th May '16 4:29:30 PM JoieDeCombat
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** Fenris is remarkably cordial towards Bethany, which stands out given his hostility towards pretty much all other mages except for a befriended Hawke.
28th May '16 3:21:21 PM JoieDeCombat
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** However, it can also be played straight (or averted again) with Merrill and Isabela, the remaining female party members, who can be recruited in Act I after the prologue. Whether the trope is played straight or averted depends on which one is recruited first and which one, if either, is romanced.
28th May '16 1:14:57 PM JoieDeCombat
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** Most noticeably (and jarringly, if you didn't find/read the Codex explaining it) Qunari now all have horns, and many seem substantially larger and more brutish-looking than good ol' Sten did. Some even speculate that Sten is only Qunari in the sense of "follower of the Qun," rather than being of the Qunari species proper.

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** Most noticeably (and jarringly, if you didn't find/read the Codex explaining it) Qunari now all have horns, and many seem substantially larger and more brutish-looking than good ol' Sten did. Some even speculate This is handwaved with an explanation that Sten is only some few Qunari in the sense of "follower of the Qun," rather than being of the Qunari species proper.are born without horns, which is taken as a sign that they are meant for great things.
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