ESRB Rating

May contain mature sexual themes, more intense violence and/or strong language.

Release Date

US: 2011-03-08

Genre: RPG

Dragon Age II

Also available for: PC, PS3

Dragon Age II thrusts players into the role of Hawke, a penniless refugee who rises to power to become the single most important character in the world of Dragon Age. Known to be a survivor of the Blight and the Champion of Kirkwall, the legend around Hawke's rise to power is shrouded in myth and rumor.

Featuring an all-new story spanning 10 years, players will help tell that tale by making tough moral choices, gathering the deadliest of allies, amassing fame and fortune, and sealing their place in history. The way you play will write the story of how the world is changed forever.

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Ratings for Dragon Age II

Rating Description
Presentation The menus and interfaces have been cleaned up, so everything’s easy to understand and the screen isn’t as cluttered. The map is pretty slick, too. The framerate can get pretty choppy though.
Graphics The environments are extremely pretty, but you’re looking at same ones for most of the game, which sucks. Low-resolution textures plague weapons and costumes. Pre-rendered cutscenes appear blurry.
Sound The voice acting is really impressive, especially Varric’s. The sound effects and music are also nice complements to the game.
Gameplay This is a game that lets you play the way you want to: be a jerk or a saint, play it like an action game or employ your own strategy. It’s up to you, and that’s great.
Lasting Appeal Keeping you in one area for almost the entire game means you’ll probably get sick of looking at Kirkwall after the second Act. Still, I want to replay the game to develop different relationships.
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