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January 27 2011
Dragon Age 2 - PS3 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
10/3/2011EA GamesEA GamesBioWare
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
1None$109.95

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Dragon Age II certainly has blood!
Announced in July 2010 Dragon Age 2 is the sequel to BioWare's 2009 hit Dragon Age: Origins which has sold in excess of 3.5 million units on the PS3 and XBox 360 since release. No need to wonder then if a sequel, releasing only 16 months after the original game, would generate interest. This is one of the most anticipated RPG's in years. So let's see what to expect from this BioWare developed sequel.

Unlike the first game which was set over two years, Dragon Age 2 takes place over an entire decade. You play the role of Hawke (who you can select to be either a male or female human), a penniless refugee who rises to power to become the single most important character in the world of Dragon Age and a survivor of the Blight and the Champion of Kirkwall. Now, forced to fight for survival in an ever-changing world, you must gather the deadliest of allies, amass fame and fortune, and seal your place in history. This is the story of how the world changed forever. The legend of your Rise to Power begins now...

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Dragon Age II is due out in March 2011.
If you played the original game, or the expansion pack released last March called Awakening then you will be able to import the save games from those titles with the choices made there affecting the setup of this sequel. If you never played the original game then this sequel will start with a couple of options to help shape the game.

While Dragon Age 2 has a pre-determined pathway for the storyline how you go about getting from one mission to the next is up to you. While traversing the lands, known as Free Marshes which never appeared in the first game, but was mentioned, any choices you make not only affect your immediate surroundings but may have larger implications on the remainder of the storyline.

In terms of changes from the previous game the developers are implementing the dialogue wheel similar to that in the Mass Effect game which now provides a little more detail about the intent of comments will be made - be they aggressive, flirty or any of the numerous other options. Combat remains largely unchanged however there will be new weapons, spells and items. Character switching during battles has been streamlined too.

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Not the best screens, but it's all we could get.
Visually BioWare have promised that Dragon Age 2 will see many improvements over the original title. The original was criticised somewhat on the PS3, but given it was the developers first title on the console we would expect them to have a lot more hands-on experience with the console now. Artistically the developers are also working to re-design races including the elves, dwarves and qunari while cut-scenes are told in animatic styled form - it looks very cool indeed.

Sound too should see improvements in this game, not least of which will be the inclusion of dialogue for the games main character Hawke. It is due to this dialogue though that the developers have had to fix his race, but still, hearing him speak should provide much more character to, well, the character. Again we can expect some pretty impressive music throughout the game too.

RPG fans will already be drooling with the prospect of Dragon Age 2 hitting their consoles in March. The first game, which we didn't review, averages over 86% on Game Rankings which shows something of the quality and with this sequel set to be improved in almost all areas we expect this to exceed the original. With only a couple of months until this game his shelves we don't have long to wait to see the end result.