I like Dragon Age 2. I like the new combat system. I play as mage and I like having the ability to not have to blast balls of light at an opponent half an inch from me. Blunt trauma is a nice attack. I also like the new talent trees. I like the new spells. I like the story. I like that there's none of the 'Ahhh we have to save the world now this very second and ahhhh somemore' in contrast to Origins. I like that there's no overlooming crisis for large parts of the game. I like the subtle build up of tensions. I like not having to collect entire suits of army for my party. I like them having their own homes. I like the fact that Kirkwall is a city and not a kingdom and so it isn't very big but we see plenty of it. I like most of the party members. I LOVE Merril. I LOVE Varric. I like the DA:O cameos. More than anything though I LOVE the way it plays on what you already know. I went into this game loving Origins. I expected this to be similar lin the way people act especially seeing Cullen in the Gallows as a templar. But they don't. Everytime I do something that I think is siding with one side they turn it on its head. Like when you come across Thrask's rebellion. I wanted to sign up . . . and then I noticed Grace. I love the way that I can't stand either the Circle or the templars. Yes I know Meredith is a loon (with a very realistic and understandable backstory) but if I see one more blood mage I'm moving to Tevinter where I'll see less of them. Grace is from Starkhaven and she's already a blood mage so there must be some truth to what the templars say or is it that Greagoir was really easy going? Why are the Dalish acting so strange, sticking around for the best part of ten years? Oh ok. That makes it awesome. Every complaint I ever heard from DA:O has been changed for DA:2 and poor Bioware - they're the same things people are complaining about now. Anders has a new voice actor - well I'm not sure they could have gotten away with Cullen and him sharing one this time. Isabella has one too - well I would have only been able to picture Anora otherwise. They are completely faithful to their own lore. They take what they've shown Fereldan to be about and twisted. You aren't in Fereldan anymore. It makes sense and it is brilliant. Not everyone will live it but it doesn't deserve such harsh criticism.
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