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gameinformer[edit]

for anyone that feels like doing a write up, gameinformer has a couple of articles up on their website with early details (first details + character details). 61.68.25.249 (talk) 07:37, 10 July 2010 (UTC)

I was gonna say...I had previously put up the Morrigan thing on here but it was removed. I swear though, I swear there was a part in the Game Informer Magazine article (the one with DA2 on the cover) that one of the developers stated "We Certainly aren't done with Morrigan's story..." —Preceding unsigned comment added by 96.245.154.250 (talk) 18:20, 22 August 2010 (UTC)

Wikia references removed[edit]

I have removed all references to Wikia as an unreliable source. Like all open Wikis, Wikia is open to editing by anyone, and cannot be accepted as a reliable source. Additionally, Wikia sites do not pass the "established expert" exception in WP:SPS; Wikia contributors are considered experts no more than are Wikipedia contributers. They are, rather, random people on the internet.

Yet further, it should not be used as a source even if it is reliable since all of their own content is sourced to other sites. If those sources are reliable, and they mostly are, then cite them. Someguy1221 (talk) 23:40, 4 September 2010 (UTC)

Redundancy & Grammar[edit]

There are several bits of repeated information. The page needs to be better organized, and there are some grammatical errors.--FUNKAMATIC ~talk 18:57, 17 September 2010 (UTC)

You're free to edit the article :)  Davtra  (talk) 22:56, 17 September 2010 (UTC)

Creatures[edit]

There is only one entry under creatures and that is for something that only appears in the DLC. Can anyone fill in this section with more relevant creatures? Otherwise I think this section might as well be removed Lady of the dead (talk) 18:36, 22 December 2010 (UTC)

If you actually looked at the reference, you would find it goes to the game's official site and that striders are a relevant creature. In other words, they're not just a DLC creature. I will fill out the section with the rest of the creatures that Bioware lists when I have the time tomorrow. --24.205.50.219 (talk) 10:45, 23 December 2010 (UTC)
Is a creature list really necessary though? I mean this is wikipedia, not the Dragon Age Wikia. 202.53.199.23 (talk) 05:33, 10 January 2011 (UTC)
If you look at the game's official site it gives a picture a a paragraph worth of description. This isn't much of an indicator to the importance of the creature to the game or how much it features. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lady of the dead (talkcontribs) 22:40, 10 January 2011 (UTC)
It's information backed with a reliable reference. It would make sense to delete it if the page was overflowing with other, more important information, but it is not as of yet. It's information with a reliable reference and has something to do with Dragon Age 2; it meets the requirements.--24.205.50.219 (talk) 22:37, 11 January 2011 (UTC)

Formatting issue?[edit]

There seems to be a formatting issue on this page. There's a massive gap after second paragraph in the Plot section. Makes people think the page hasn't loaded completely because everything else is below that gap - JohnP —Preceding unsigned comment added by 123.231.90.179 (talk) 04:46, 7 March 2011 (UTC)

This is because the two templates on the right do not work well together, so it looks mildly bad right now as opposed to terrible. Lesser of two evils. ▫ JohnnyMrNinja 21:34, 8 March 2011 (UTC)

Edit request from Gokudv, 7 March 2011[edit]

{{edit semi-protected}}

Gokudv (talk) 06:22, 7 March 2011 (UTC)

no Denied - That is not the sort of link we put on game pages, please read WP:EL. ▫ JohnnyMrNinja 07:22, 7 March 2011 (UTC)

Review Scores, Reception & Press Coverage[edit]

Here's some stuff that could be added to the Reception Section:

Also, one of those sites, RPG Site, has conducted an interview with the Voice Actor for the Male version of Hawke, the main character. He reveals that recording lasted all the way from June 2010 through til November 2010. That may come in handy for the "Production" section of the Wiki.

Dragon Age II page is locked.[edit]

This game has already received a library of reviews since it's release earlier today. If you lock the topic, you are responsible for its continued growth. Either begin updating it with new information about its reception, or unlock it so that other people can edit it for you. Let's try to keep it the "Free" encyclopedia!

Thank you.

Corbenine (talk) 22:34, 8 March 2011 (UTC) {{editprotected}}

Someone locked this page, but nobody is updating it. The game was released March 8th, and there is significant reaction already. I would recommend WP:PC, or to remove protection. We are discouraging new editors by sending them away, and discouraging readers by not updating. ▫ JohnnyMrNinja 03:06, 9 March 2011 (UTC)
The protection was due to persistent vandalism. It expires this evening anyway, so I'm reluctant to remove it early. I guess whether it stays unprotected depends on how much vandalism occurs after the protection expires. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 15:25, 9 March 2011 (UTC)

Why is this page STILL locked? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 108.18.116.177 (talk) 15:08, 12 March 2011 (UTC)

This is just...[edit]

Terrible. I'm sorry but I would expect Wikipedia to be the last to lock this, it's received terrible scores from most but the top journalists and is thought by most to simply be paid off. Closing the Wiki page just furthers this idea overall.

A start with the Metacritic page (3.9/10 for User Reviews, 8.9/10 otherwise) is a good start. While there have been many troll reviewers giving it 1/10 simply to offset the people giving it absurd 10/10 when the game clearly isn't THAT great, it goes to show that the game isn't as good as the scores imply and locking this page definitely says a lot about wikipedia game articles and being influenced by outside parties. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Pyro Fyr (talkcontribs) 04:55, 9 March 2011 (UTC)

Completely agreed there. Please unlock the article, so that *real* reviews get edited in. But first thing to do is to remove the bogus reviews that are currently written in that section. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 79.178.201.97 (talk) 07:18, 9 March 2011 (UTC)
the funny thing is that most sales happen in the first few days and weeks. So if the article is locked early enough the units are sold already and even if the wiki page is corrected eventually, it's too late.
The reception part is extremely biased. On metacritic it's got 84/100(pc), 83/100(360) and 83/100(ps3) which is far from how it's represented here.

78.53.125.128 (talk) 09:31, 9 March 2011 (UTC)

Okay, I've unprotected the article. Please help to revert any vandalism, so that it can stay unprotected. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 15:27, 9 March 2011 (UTC)

The last statement in the reception paragraph states that the game holds a user score of 3.0 on Metacritic. First off, there is no citation for this claim. Second off, I have read literally over a hundred articles related to video games, and not once have I ever seen the user score for Metacritic posted in the reception section. If the game did not meet your expectations that's fine, but why is the user score relevant in this article when its not in any other? (Note: The closest thing to a user score I have seen posted in an article was related to Modern Warfare 2's PC version due to its lack of Dedicated servers. - George. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 75.77.6.190 (talk) 17:39, 9 March 2011 (UTC)

It's very easy to go and check the metacritic sites for yourself. The user score is relevant because it's so far off the reviewers score that it's worth noting. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 193.157.218.207 (talk) 22:26, 9 March 2011 (UTC)

I've seen that a good portion of the reason for the 3.0 score is trolling and many more gave it a hyperbolic score of zero. Also, you better be damn prepared to back that claim up about the paying off, rumors don't qualify as reliable sources, and that's a huge accusation to make. It's locked because of vandalism to da max (The internet is freaking out over this game), not because Bioware paid anyone off. 99.110.54.111 (talk) 03:21, 12 March 2011 (UTC)

Bolding it up for clarity; You should all know that the random board on 4chan has launched a trolling campaign against the game. That's the reason for the plethora of negative user interviews and why there's such a big difference between professional and user critics. It should be disregarded entirely. --77.215.75.103 (talk) 22:30, 12 March 2011 (UTC)
So because Bioware, the developers of this game, have said that 4chan (The scapegoat for every bad thing happening on the internet) are behind the negative user reviews this means that the user reviews are no longer valid? And no, it was not the random board that got worked up about this, it was 4chan video game board. (And you should know that each board on 4chan has an entirely different "culture" form the other) They were tired of Dragon Age 2 only getting reviews praising the game, often as 'the best RPG ever made', and decided to voice their opinions on the metacritic user reviews page. There were some troll reviews submitted, as there often are when 4chan is involved with something, but these were removed by the metacritic moderation staff. So from what I can see, you are horribly misinformed. The metacritic user reviews actually contain valid opinions. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 93.179.10.6 (talk) 14:03, 13 March 2011 (UTC)
Has BioWare said this? I was not aware. What I'm aware of, however, is that the random board on 4chan was indeed involved, as there were numerous threads there on the 8th and 9th encouraging people to "bring BioWare down a notch" by submitting a false review. It was blatantly obvious (and still is, if you read the negative reviews on the site) that most of them haven't even been near the game and are blatantly trolling. I'm not saying that there aren't some people that are legitimately disappointed with the direction the series has taken - though I'd think most of them rate low out of principle, to lament what they perceive as the death of the RPGs of old, rather than because of the game in itself - but the metacritic scores are entirely disproportionate to what people actually think (I really doubt there's a 4-some difference between game reviewers, who are also gamers themselves, and everyone else, on a 1 to 10 scale). Basically, when we know that a website has been overrun with 4chan folks and trolls alike, it's no longer a legitimate wikipedia source and only makes people confused as to why there's such a seemingly gaping disconnect between reviewers and users when that dubiously is the case. --77.215.75.103 (talk) 14:25, 13 March 2011 (UTC)
Yes, Bioware were the first to mention a 4chan 'raid'. And talking with a few different people, I've found nothing about /b/ being involved in the metacritic thing. The only board involved was /v/. And whether the reviews are good reviews or not, I'd say the low user scores do deserve a mention. 93.179.10.6 (talk) 14:52, 13 March 2011 (UTC)
>Implying /v/ can organize a raid. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 88.251.104.1 (talk) 13:24, 15 March 2011 (UTC)
Actually, it seems to be the other way round - Bioware has launched a smear campaign against 4chan. They have proved that they are unwilling to listen to criticism on their own forums, and while they're not in a position to censor Metacritic they're doing the next best thing: trying to discredit the reviews themselves, not to mention suspicious edits to the Wikipedia article itself. 82.4.15.210 (talk) 14:26, 13 March 2011 (UTC)

Saying 4chan has any influence over a 25 million dollar game is ludicrous, apart from their trolls (which is nothing new) saying so. What evidence is there that backs up the claim that they have any effect on the score?

wait, you guys seriously think /b/ is doing this? how casual are you kids? its not the random board, the people up in arms are from /v/ the VIDEO GAME board, /b/ is too busy with its head up its arse to do anything nowadays expect look at porn. /v/ was disappointed in how bad DA2 was, both pirates and people who own the game seem to agree (for the most part) that the game sucked and was too linear due to bioware's attempt to rope in the CoD fanbase. alot of what /v/ has done is more or less gathered facts and poking fun at stanely woo for being so incompetent its not funny. and about the metacritic scores, there are only a few troll reviews, most of those poor scores come from people who have had hands on expereince with the game and were disappointed..DA2 was a step BACKWARDS...also HAI /v/ —Preceding unsigned comment added by 96.252.14.195 (talk) 13:28, 15 March 2011 (UTC) Regardless of where the reviews are coming from, it's not notable enough to put it here, especially if there's reason to suspect it's a trolling campaign. There are literally no other games where metacritic user scores are notable, and also it's suspicious that the user score on Gamespot is 8.3, compared to metacritic's 4.0. Also, please cite some damn sources if you're going to say something like the critics got paid off. Goddamn, people. Just because they disagree with you doesn't mean that they're paid off. 99.110.54.111 (talk) 23:53, 15 March 2011 (UTC)

What the...[edit]

"The game currently holds a meta score of 8.2 across critics. However, this score has been badly skewed due to a 4chan orchestrated campaign of fake bad reviews accross multiple sites to 'try and bring Bioware down'"

What is the source for this currently unsourced and seemingly bizarre claim? Presumably 4chan can create bad user reviews but it can't influence the ratings of major site...DannyLee9 (talk) 21:28, 9 March 2011 (UTC)

Apparently 4chan is trying to "take down Bioware" by giving the game terrible user reviews and telling everyone about it (maybe Bioware disrespected a cat or something). So we'll see more editors adding crap like this... Still better than having the article stagnant two days after release. ▫ JohnnyMrNinja 01:54, 10 March 2011 (UTC)

4Chan has been working yes, but many users are disappointed too, and no, it's not about a cat (thank you for being so edgy and hilarious. We all appreciated that). It's about Day One DLC's, removal of the things that made DA:O great, reusing the same areas over and over, graphics comparable to something from 2005, arrogance from the developers part, and several other such things. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 87.54.43.226 (talk) 07:41, 10 March 2011 (UTC)

May I ask why the user scores from metacritic are being displayed on the reviews table? This is not done on other videogame pages, so why do it for Dragon age 2? Also about 4chan being behind the low metacritic user reviews, we need a good source to confirm that- we cannot make baseless claims.--81.156.111.3 (talk) 16:09, 10 March 2011 (UTC)
The user scores are notable because they are so much lower than the scores given by the professional reviews. That is enough of a reason to have it in the article. Atheuz (talk) 11:16, 11 March 2011 (UTC)
Please re-read my comment. I specifically mentioned the review table, not the article itself. I don't really care whether the user reviews are mentioned somewhere in the article, but they don't belong on the review table which is supposed to display critic reviews only. It seems now that someone has removed the metacritic user scores from the table anyway, so all is well.--81.158.57.125 (talk) 23:13, 11 March 2011 (UTC)


Maybe its just a shit game? All professional reviews have been average also. Atlantica45235432 (talk) 03:41, 12 March 2011 (UTC)

And then you actually read the professional critics cited on this very wiki page and realised most of them have been positive. --77.215.75.103 (talk) 22:31, 12 March 2011 (UTC)
You're making it sound like 85 score is positive on a major reviews site. Fact is, 80-85 is the minimum score a professional reviews site will ever give to a blockbuster game from a major studio. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 79.178.201.97 (talk) 07:46, 14 March 2011 (UTC)
80-85 on a scale of 1 to 100 is indeed a positive score by any standards. Wikipedia isn't a place for "but they only get high scores because they're big studios with lots of money"-basement conspiracies. --77.215.75.103 (talk) 13:37, 14 March 2011 (UTC)

Suggested addition: DRM and lockdowns[edit]

The game has SecuROM and EA's online DRM (http://www.reclaimyourgame.com/content.php?769-Evaluation-Report-Dragon-Age-2). Being banned from EA Community (which can happen for forum activity) will also prevent you from activating your purchased copy of Dragon Age II: this has happened at least once (http://digg.com/news/gaming/bioware_forum_bans_affect_access_to_your_game). —Preceding unsigned comment added by 130.234.187.167 (talk) 02:16, 11 March 2011 (UTC)

Its linear[edit]

"Dragon Age II has a non-linear framed narrative story, mainly based on the protagonist's choices"


Its a linear game there's really only one large path though the game.

DID BIOWARE WRITE THIS LINE because it sounds more like an ad then a professional wiki entry!

Atlantic45235432 (talk) 03:39, 12 March 2011 (UTC)

If you have a better way of phrasing this line, feel free to be bold and edit it in. --生け 13:36, 12 March 2011 (UTC)

I have to agree. This game is linear. It gives you the illusion that it's non linear, but no matter how you play the game you'll end up in the same place in the end. I imagine a better way to phrase it would be to remove the "non" part. Tommkin (talk) 13:48, 12 March 2011 (UTC)

I agree, I don't see anything NON-linear about the game. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 99.196.128.59 (talk) 22:49, 12 March 2011 (UTC)

I agree, but you could do a little better job reforming your emotions when saying it.. The game, save for a few minor choices plays essentially the same regardless of what the player chooses. You get the same ending results and with no epilogue as DA:O had. The ending , after all your 'choices' in the game add up to offer 0-3 optional minor battles depending on who you made friends with during the game

Unrelated to the discussion at hand but please do not change people's signatures while making your own edits. --生け 15:08, 13 March 2011 (UTC)

If everybody agrees, why doesn't somebody change it in the article then? I mean, this game is the best example of a linear story. As nothing you do matters at all. You can just skip some fights, and maybe a companion likes you or not, or maybe dies. The story is still completely the same, you can't avoid it, you don't have any influence on what happens.
Also, i think it should be mentioned that the game might incorporate a little bit of from a save game from DA:Origins. But then changes are really minor and have also no influence on the game at all. You just meet a few "older characters" for a few dialogs, thats it. --95.89.180.211 (talk) 14:07, 23 March 2011 (UTC)

Non-neutral Article[edit]

I've noticed in the history of this article that many edits trying to make the article more neutral, including some of the less great perception it recieved such as the metacritic user scores, have been reverted. Was there any reason for this?

I've also noticed that the entire article is written in the game's favor, and some opinions are written as if they were facts. I don't know about you people, but this article almost seems like propaganda to me. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 93.179.10.6 (talk) 13:28, 13 March 2011 (UTC)

Read the talk page before posting. To reiterate, in regards to Metacritic user reviews: "Bolding it up for clarity; You should all know that the random board on 4chan has launched a trolling campaign against the game. That's the reason for the plethora of negative user interviews and why there's such a big difference between professional and user critics. It should be disregarded entirely.". As for professional reviews, even the less-favourable reviews from the usual reviewers are already included in the reception section. I don't really see how the article isn't neutral, as it includes both positive and negative reviews, some of which indeed focus on the differences between the first and second game which seem to have pissed off some fans and/or angry basement dwellers. --77.215.75.103 (talk) 13:39, 13 March 2011 (UTC)
– This is wikipedia and if a smear campaign has been launched it should not be ignored, but written down. Tommkin (talk) 13:59, 13 March 2011 (UTC)
This is Wikipedia and if a trolling campaign has been launched it should be ignored as we want the information to be as accurate as possible. We don't negotiate with trolls and terrorists. --77.215.75.103 (talk) 14:11, 13 March 2011 (UTC)
Except:
One; it was not a 'trolling campaign'. It was not done /b/-style 'for the lulz'. It was simply a campaign to voice /v/'s opinion.
Two; even 'trolling campaigns', as you call them, are written down if they get big enough. 93.179.10.6 (talk) 14:20, 13 March 2011 (UTC)
I think we should pertain this discussion to the "This is just..." section above as it'll probably turnout similarly. --77.215.75.103 (talk) 14:31, 13 March 2011 (UTC)
There is no source regarding supposed "raid", frankly IIRC it was only a claim made by one developer of the game in response to overwhelming negative reviews of the game by users.--MyMoloboaccount (talk) 23:13, 13 March 2011 (UTC)

4chan action (if it even happened) is a "raid" only in EA/BioWare's twisted mind. Let's face the truth: people that come to 4chan are normal users just like everyone else and have the same right to have their voice represented. It's not like they are all bots of some evil hacker. Every one of them is a person, and if they feel that the game deserves to be rated 0, then I can't see how their rating is any less credible than the rating of someone who heard about Metacritic on a Xbox forum and came to rate the game 10. Furthermore, you can't claim that the result is skewed because the reviewers were somehow organized, because if you claim that, you'd need to discard every user rating given to a game after someone posts the link to metacritic on a forum and calls everyone else to vote for or against the game. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 79.178.201.97 (talk) 08:01, 14 March 2011 (UTC)

Speaking of non-neutral: "though it is unclear if Hoban acted on his own behest or on that of the company." So, on no evidence, we're going to plant the idea that a major corporation commanded a single engineer (not a PR guy) to post a positive anonymous user review on a website? Leave stuff like this out altogether. If a reader wants to draw that conclusion from the facts, that's his prerogative, but it isn't the prerogative of an encyclopedia to try to plant ideas with weaselly language like this.66.43.217.34 (talk) 16:37, 30 March 2011 (UTC)

False information about DRM[edit]

Parts of the "DRM controversy" section is based on false information. There is no SecuROM in the game, and there is no controversy. Rather, the game uses/used a program called Release Control to make a simple release date check. The program deletes itself once the check is done. It's clarified by the developers here; http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/141/index/6509752. Please rectify this and rename the section. --77.215.75.103 (talk) 15:16, 13 March 2011 (UTC)

The user did in fact call EA "the devil" and asked if "BioWare had sold their soul to the EA-devil?" —Preceding unsigned comment added by 77.18.66.21 (talk) 01:04, 14 March 2011 (UTC)
Yes, but the section makes it sound as though BioWare/EA has lied about DRM inclusion and that the banning of this player is somehow related to a DRM "controversy" when neither is the case. There's not even SecuROM software in the game, as the above link proves. That makes this ban completely unrelated to DRM. Thus the section should be renamed and rewritten. --77.215.75.103 (talk) 13:39, 14 March 2011 (UTC)
The ban is clearly an issue of DRM. A player was denied access to software that they purchased due to behavior that EA did not approve of, and an EA representative stated that this was intentional and punitive. While this is not the same DRM, and EA later said "OOPS!", it does not change what happened. ▫ JohnnyMrNinja 22:51, 19 March 2011 (UTC)

Should this be in the sentance after the "sold your soul to the EA devil" line "BioWare's slanteye Stanley Woo replied"? I am referring to the slanteye part of that. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 156.98.4.11 (talk) 06:49, 29 March 2011 (UTC)

If somebody is interested-the fan reception has been noted by the gaming media[edit]

[1] So I think with this it can be added to the article.--MyMoloboaccount (talk) 22:46, 14 March 2011 (UTC)

Time also has a spot on this. I don't feel it is appropriate for the user scores to be in the table but I would not object to this controversy being mentioned in prose. --生け 23:09, 14 March 2011 (UTC)
If it must be included I agree with the above user. I would vouch, however, that it is underlined to be a smear campaign by the /v/ board of the 4chan website, and not as "users believe, that...", as I somehow don't think that a /v/-lead campaign on Metacritic with 400-some entries can be deemed to represent the general userbase of game whose demo received more than a million downloads. But at least there's decent sources now, so that's good.--77.215.75.103 (talk) 01:53, 15 March 2011 (UTC)
any source that there any campaign at all?--MyMoloboaccount (talk) 09:07, 15 March 2011 (UTC)
Well, we have users from said website/board admitting that there was a campaign on this very talk page. For comparison, the user reviews on other websites are also much higher; For instance the user reviews on amazon.com are closer to a 70/100. (http://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Age-2-Xbox-360/product-reviews/B0047TG2R0/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_pop_hist_all?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1) --77.215.75.103 (talk) 13:11, 15 March 2011 (UTC)
Claims and statements made by random people have no place on Wikipedia. All we can do is present verifiable information to the reader. The prose should just say that it contrasts with the user review scores of Metacritic (just as the Time article did) and leave it at that. We should not be using it as a chance to say "the user reviews on site X is Y%, on site A, it's B%, and on V site it's W%".
Also, until a reliable source makes any statements about there being a "raid" of any sort we should not be making that claim on the Dragon Age II article.--生け 13:20, 15 March 2011 (UTC)
Well, then I think that it at least should be pointed out that user reviews of Metacritic stand in contrast with those of other websites (such as Amazon) whose user reviews are much higher. We needn't mention 4chan to underline that the Metacritic score perhaps is the result of a skewed representation. --77.215.75.103 (talk) 13:27, 15 March 2011 (UTC)
Not really much higher, for PC the review is only 2.5 stars thus very low[2]--MyMoloboaccount (talk) 13:56, 15 March 2011 (UTC)
The link I provided takes the average across all platforms and thus is a more accurate representation considering that this article isn't about the PC version, but the game in general. The average customer rating is 3.5 stars out of 5 which would be about 70 on a 1 to 100 scale (100 / 5 * 3.5). Thus there's almost the same difference between user reviews on Metacritic and Amazon as between Metacritic user reviews and professionals. Considering how substantial everyone is making that out to be, it's certainly worth noting. --77.215.75.103 (talk) 14:02, 15 March 2011 (UTC)

Also here are news that Bioware employee supposedly posted good reviews of DA2 as a user,: [3],[4]--MyMoloboaccount (talk) 09:07, 15 March 2011 (UTC)

Brent Knowles' review of the DA2 demo[edit]

Seeing as how Brent Knowles (the lead designer of DA1) is mentioned in this article, I feel it might be appropriate to add a note about his own impression of the game which can be found here; http://blog.brentknowles.com/2011/03/14/dragon-age-2-demo/comment-page-1/#comment-2491. Consider adding the following: "After playing the game's demo, he praised how polished and immersive it was, but mentioned that its combat had identity issues and did not seem to fit properly into neither the action nor RPG genre. In an overall assessment he felt that it was a strong title, especially considering the short development cycle, and called the demo "promising", though the amount of changes from the first title in the series seemed excessive to him, citing gameplay issues and the lack of ability to play as another race than human." --77.215.75.103 (talk) 20:47, 15 March 2011 (UTC)

False Brent Knowles quote[edit]

Someone edited in that Brent Knowles said that BioWare is "not what it used to be". This quote is nowhere to be found in the source, so it's either blatantly false or, hopefully, simply taken from another article than the one linked. To whoever did it, please be advised that when one uses quotation marks, one can only post direct quotes, and blatantly misquoting is actually somewhat of a serious matter. Someone, please delete the quote in question until a proper source is attributed to it.
Generally, the section's wording makes his leaving sound somewhat more dire than it was. In a later blog entry, he actually goes on to downplay the DA2 aspect of it all a bit; "I never thought Dragon Age 2 would be a terrible game. It was just that a highly cinematic, action-leaning RPG wasn’t what I wanted to work on. That is all."(source) --Rogington (talk) 13:29, 19 March 2011 (UTC)

Looks like someone was paraphrasing. Fixed. ▫ JohnnyMrNinja 01:38, 20 March 2011 (UTC)

Additional material[edit]

Vandalism[edit]

Page is under heavy siege from IP vandalism, once more. Temporary semi-protection has been requested. --Rogington (talk) 16:56, 2 April 2011 (UTC)

Review from the videogamessuck.com needs to be included.[edit]

I can't see the review from this site. Review is found at the following address: http://www.videogamessuck.com/review437.html Please rectify this oversight asap. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Karnagewaim (talkcontribs) 13:42, 12 April 2011 (UTC)

I doubt it's an oversight as that website isn't a profesionnal review site, nor does it meet the requirements of being a noteworthy source. It's cool that you don't like the game, but lobbying to get a review like that into an article that's supposed to represent a fair, neutral and professional tone isn't. --77.215.75.103 (talk) 12:33, 16 April 2011 (UTC)

Current state of article[edit]

Right, so ever since the semi-protection was lifted once again, the article has been sabotaged by anonymous IPs on a near-daily basis. Unfortunately this wasn't deemed enough to warrant indefinite semi-protection, so I'll be withdrawing my support and contributions to the article as long as we have to put up with continuously reverting their trolling, not to mention the constant risk of yet another deliberate 4chan mass raid.

If any serious editors still feel like contributing, the reception section in particular has become a travesty filled with excessively negative bias. Having it broken up into positive/negative sections, for instance, is not proper wikipedia etiquette. Many of the sources in the section also fail to meet the wikipedia requirements for notability and are generally unreliable and quite obviously added only to further push this negative agenda - including some that were, in fact, outright turned down previously on this talk page. Frankly, the whole reception would be better off being reverted back to the state it was in before someone broke it up into positive/negative sections, keeping only a few of the recently added phrases and statements (those with reliable sources from notable and professional websites). Good luck, and have fun :) --Rogington2 (talk) 01:29, 27 April 2011 (UTC)

Please set to Pending Changes. I've several times asked for this page to be set to Pending Changes and not semi-protection, to no avail. This cycle will just continue otherwise. Look at the freaking protection history! People aren't going to give up any time soon. ▫ JohnnyMrNinja 12:17, 27 April 2011 (UTC)
Sorry but pending changes is not an option currently. The trial has ended and there is no agreement to continue with it yet. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 12:51, 27 April 2011 (UTC)
Good job on cleaning up the reception, whoever did it. --Rogington2 (talk) 15:36, 28 April 2011 (UTC)

Edit request from 204.69.40.101, 27 April 2011[edit]

Plot summary includes disclaimer that because the main character can be either gender, for the purpose of writing the summary male gender will be used, however, gender exclusivity is not necessary for proper writing and is not preferable. Recommend removal of all gender exclusive pronouns in reference to Hawke for this reason.

Such pronouns could be removed by using different nouns (i.e. Hawke, the future Champion, the Champion of Kirkwall, the Hero (or breaking the fourth wall, the Player Character)), simple rewrite to sentence structure (such as "Hawke and HIS family" to "Hawke and family" or "With family in tow, Hawke" or "Accompinied by the Hawke family, the future champion of Kirkwall), or even at times the simple removal of the pronoun itself.

Changing this would enable the removal of the before mentioned disclaimer, which breaks the flow and detracts from the purpose of the article itself.

204.69.40.101 (talk) 16:52, 27 April 2011 (UTC)

DoneBility (talk) 17:41, 27 April 2011 (UTC)

Further controversies:[edit]

These are both surrounding the DLC & patching of the game.

http://www.gamebanshee.com/news/102355-drm-run-amok-how-bioware-and-ea-are-screwing-users.html http://www.gamebanshee.com/news/102659-has-ea-ruined-bioware.html

I should think that having to connect to their severs to play in single player mode would be controversial enough. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 24.17.134.7 (talk) 22:38, 5 May 2011 (UTC)

Controversies section[edit]

Stanley's 'End of Rine' Woo? Seriously guys? And no one's ever removed that? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 89.120.65.238 (talk) 09:25, 10 June 2011 (UTC)

Well, this article has been a prime target for coordinated trolls every single time it's been open for IPs to edit, ever since release. Unfortunately they refuse to put indefinite semi-protection, so we'll just have to deal with going through the same old procedure every time it happens. On that note, though, I've cleaned up the article somewhat; I removed the "important terms" and "factions" sections, as they seemed quite out of place for an encyclopedic wikipedia article (such subjects are better suited for fansites). Also, the synopsis and plots sections should be merged, if someone has the time. --Rogington2 (talk) 02:38, 26 June 2011 (UTC)

I suspect that sooner or later will be noticed the similiarities between the end-game plot and recent events in RL and the controversies section became rather big... Best regards from Italy, dott.Piergiorgio (talk) 13:14, 23 July 2011 (UTC)

DLC section[edit]

The DLC section is to use Wikipedia terminology, a stub.

This dragon age wiki contains a more or less comprehensive list of DLC's and bonus items. http://dragonage.wikia.com/wiki/Downloadable_content_%28Dragon_Age_II%29

I know that the dragon age wikia is not accepted as a reference because its also a wiki but it does cite its sources so you could use it as a stepping stone


anyway, from the official dragon age site, here is the bonus item list http://dragonage.bioware.com/da2/info/bonus_items/


So I suggest that someone add at least the bonus item list to the DLC section of this wiki page — Preceding unsigned comment added by Vmaldia (talkcontribs) 02:46, 29 July 2011 (UTC)

System Requirements[edit]

Um, the System Requirements bit in the "Development" section only covers Windows computers. Macs have system requirements too, and not the same as Windows, so a Mac sys requirements bit would be extrememly helpful. Spirit Stiff (talk) 12:15, 9 October 2011 (UTC)

Fan reception[edit]

Hmm, given the sudden revision I'd have to assume there is still an issue regarding fan reception via Metacritic. Now the problem I see is that there is nothing notable about as just a statement that implies a legitimate counter to critical views. For example in the article for Portal 2, the Metacritic reception was noted for reasons that were expanded upon towards the end of the article. Otherwise, the mention of the score seems pointless given in the past a fan reception wasn't notable just by itself. Stabby Joe (talk) 16:04, 25 October 2011 (UTC)

Rivalry and the final battle[edit]

FleetCommand, your assertion that "companions with full rivalry will desert Hawke in the final battle" is not true. They will desert him if their rivalry or friendship is not 100% and they don't support your choice of sides. Once they reach 100% on either friendship or rivalry, they are fully loyal to you, for opposite reasons, of course, (that's the point of the rivalry system – you can consciously work either towards full friendship OR full rivalry and make them loyal to you) and will follow you into the final battle:
"Any dissenters that are not fully loyal to you (either maximum friendship or rivalry) will then leave your party if you press ahead with a choice that they do not support."[5]
I know I'm quoting from a wiki, but I doubt you'll find a quoteable source for your assertion. Either we correct the sentence or it has to go. -- megA (talk) 10:49, 10 February 2012 (UTC)

Last time I checked, I wrote "The character with full friendship accompanies Hawke into the final battle unconditionally". I do not know why do you see it "rivalry". These two words do not remotely look alike. Fleet Command (talk) 12:20, 10 February 2012 (UTC)
Fleet Command, I think he is talking about your edit summary. But if you ask me, I think it is he who needs a good source. Putting a CN for something that isn't in the article is pure wrong. 176.9.195.22 (talk) 12:42, 10 February 2012 (UTC)
Well, that's pretty much what I think. The article currently says something that we both agree with: Friendship brings loyalty in final battle. What we do not agree with, the article does not say; i.e. whether or not full rivalry brings loyalty in final battle. Therefore, no need for source—yet. As for that Wiki however, I am sure it cannot be trusted. Two or more of its statements are very suspicious. Fleet Command (talk) 12:53, 10 February 2012 (UTC)
(176.9.195.22, I'm right here and I can read you perfectly well.) My point was that not only 100% friendship, but also 100% rivalry trigger that behavior, each for different reasons. By your own argumentation ("no need for source"), I can change "friendship" into "friendship or rivalry", without needing a source. Either this, or I have every right to put a "citation needed" note next to your sentence as it is, because how do you want to back up even your claim that "The character with full friendship accompanies Hawke into the final battle unconditionally"? Fact is, your statement as well as mine is by now only based on opinions, not facts, no matter if the two of us "agree" on it. What counts on Wikipedia is verifiability, not opinions. So I restate that either we change the sentence to "The characters with full friendship or rivalry accompany Hawke into the final battle unconditionally", or remove the sentence altogether because it is only half accurate, and unverified as it is. Frankly, as there IS disagreement over that sentence, I don't think it would hurt the article if it wasn't there at all... -- megA (talk) 14:38, 11 February 2012 (UTC)
You are quite correct about verifiability, although irrelevant. What is the point of putting {{cn}} in front of a statement with which you have no quarrel, and then discussing about a statement which is not even there? If you wish to dispute the fact that friendship also brings loyalty in the final battle, by all means put the {{cn}} tag back. But otherwise, you are not allowed to take one footnote-less statement hostage to introduce another footnote-free statement of your own. Other than that, feel free to nuke anything to oblivion. I really cannot care any lesser. Fleet Command (talk) 15:38, 11 February 2012 (UTC)
EDIT: David Gaider himself talks a lot about the friendship/rivalry system (without addressing "our" question, alas!) here; an interesting read. -- megA (talk) 14:52, 11 February 2012 (UTC)
If he does not address our concern then what's the point of linking that source? I do not see what's the point of cooperating with your rival when you can simply kill him. Fleet Command (talk) 15:38, 11 February 2012 (UTC)

The "Themes and Motifs" section needs some citations or to be deleted[edit]

While interesting, it looks like it's pretty much all subjective interpretation and analysis by a Wiki-user. If they can find some evidence to back their analysis with commentary from creators or reputable critics it probably could stay. As it is, the section seems to fall into the realm of subjective and original content and should probably be deleted. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Totallyprocrastinating (talkcontribs) 22:16, 2 October 2012‎ (UTC)

Hi.
Actually, I wrote the section. If you feel it is a subjective synthesis, yes, we can delete it. (After all, it was my first time and there is no surprise I may have gone wrong.) But the article still needs such a section filled with facts that can be acquired straight from the game itself and are not synthesis of anything.
What can you tell me?
Best regards,
Codename Lisa (talk) 00:26, 3 October 2012 (UTC)

Theme subsections are certainly allowed, but they still have to be based on non-independent research and established sources. For an extremely robust example, check out the Themes_in_Blade_Runner article.
The themes of Dragon Age 2 obviously won't have (or necessitate) as many sources of critiques and commentaries to draw upon as Blade Runner, but the basic principle and methodology for making an entry should be the same.
If you still want to add a subsection dedicated to the themes of the game, by all means go for it; but first, search for some reviews, creator interviews, and other information from reputable sources, then start building the section from there.
Also, for the sake of verifiability and impartiality, be sure to weigh everything you find on the merits of the sources, and it's relevance to the original topic, regardless if it falls in line with your own interpretation or not.
Happy hunting.
--Totallyprocrastinating (talk) 21:22, 5 October 2012 (UTC)
Hi.
I am afraid I don't think I can afford going hunting for video game sources. Writing the section was not time-taking so I did it, believing that no one will contest its accuracy. It seems I was wrong. So, I guess the outcome is for the best. But I still think there themes and motifs so strong that video game itself is sufficient source.
Best regards,
Codename Lisa (talk) 22:04, 5 October 2012 (UTC)
Hello, Codname Lisa
I am afraid the section your wrote has gone on too long without any sources or citations, and while a THEMES section can certainly offer valuable information, at this point it just feels forced. I hope you cna understand, Thank you for your time and I hope you continue to try and improve in the future.
Best Regards,
Butthead (talk) 17:11, 17 November 2012 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.198.89.88 (talk)

Hello

I thought you guys wanted to delete the section. (And I accepted that it was a stupid contribution of mine and consented.) Is there anything wrong? Policy or otherwise?

Best regards,
Codename Lisa (talk) 19:54, 4 January 2013 (UTC)

Potential academic source[edit]

A potential source you may want to incorporate: Maker’s Breath. Religion, Magic, and the ‘Godless’ World of BioWare’s Dragon Age II (2011) Kristin M.S. Bezio czar  05:53, 14 May 2014 (UTC)

Game category[edit]

Does anyone else think this game is an open world game? I don't even think Dragon Age Origins is open world really (since you are blocked from going to locations until they are marked on your map) but I won't revert editor ECW28's additions there since the point is arguable in that game. Dragon Age II, which takes place in a single city and small handful of other zones, is certainly NOT open world. Unless there is a reliable source which refers to the game as open world, I completely disagree.Caidh (talk) 00:39, 5 October 2014 (UTC)

"A tremendous chunk of Dragon Age II involves wandering through the same linear locations over and over again." Dohvahkiin (talk) 10:14, 2 June 2015 (UTC)

Links to disambiguation pages need to be fixed[edit]

There are a half-dozen or so links to disambiguation (dab) pages in this article. I have fixed one of them, but fixing others will require knowledge of the sources. To see which links go to dab pages, go to Preferences -> Gadgets and enable the gadget called "Display links to disambiguation pages in orange". – Jonesey95 (talk) 15:09, 18 August 2018 (UTC)

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GA Review[edit]

This review is transcluded from Talk:Dragon Age II/GA1. The edit link for this section can be used to add comments to the review.

Reviewer: Vami IV (talk · contribs) 16:49, 5 October 2018 (UTC)


Opening statement[edit]

I am a fan of the Dragon Age universe. Dragon Age II is my favorite game in the series. Truly, it is my pleasure to review this article.

In every review I conduct, I will be making small copyedits. These will only be limited to spelling and punctuation (removal of double spaces and such). I will only make substantive edits that change the flow and structure of the prose if I previously suggested and it is necessary. For replying to Reviewer comment, please use  Done, Fixed, plus Added, Not done, Doing..., or minus Removed, followed by any comment you'd like to make. I will be crossing out my comments as they are redressed, and only mine. A detailed, section-by-section review will follow. –♠Vami_IV†♠ 16:49, 5 October 2018 (UTC)

Gameplay[edit]

  • The image of gameplay should have alt-text saying as much via the |alt= parameter.
  • (who wields a shield and a melee weapon including maces and swords) Warrior main here. I would change this to: (who wields a melee weapon in both hands, or with a shield)
 Done
  • For instance, players can customize a companion's stance to aggressive, [...] To be aggressive? Companions can also be defensive, if I recall correctly.
 Done
 Done, but health is linked to the page health (gaming) instead.
That works! –♠Vami_IV†♠ 21:47, 6 October 2018 (UTC)
  • after all the enemies Remove "the".
minus Removed
  • There are five types of items: weapons and armors, crafting recipes, runes, plot items and consumables. I clearly remember picking up and selling an ocean of garbage from every box and sack in Kirkwall...
Not done, well, you can still sell them, so they are useful in some aspect. The junks you pick up should belong to any one of these types.
"Junk" is its own item category.♠Vami_IV†♠ 21:47, 6 October 2018 (UTC)
 Done
  • Companions' armors cannot be changed, [...] A companion's appearance can change dramatically if fully romanced. Fenris gets that red ribbon, Isabela gets some new duds, Merill's outfit turns white, etc.
Not done, but you can't actively change their outfits I think.
No can't, but these are dramatic changes in a character's appearance. Except Fenris, who just ties a red ribbon to his wrist, but that's still a change in his appearance. –♠Vami_IV†♠ 21:47, 6 October 2018 (UTC)
But this is not related to gameplay. And I cannot find a reliable source that supports this. AdrianGamer (talk) 12:41, 7 October 2018 (UTC)
Fair enough. –♠Vami_IV†♠ 18:44, 7 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Skills such as lock picking for rogues are unlocked automatically when a certain level is reached. Lockpicking, as the source confirms, is dependent on your Cunning score. Locks scale by difficulty in intervals of 10.
 Done

Synopsis[edit]

  • [...] to the city of Kirkwall. Expand to "city-state," as per the lore.
 Done
  • and the center of events that change the course of Thedas. Continents generally move very, very slowly and very free of human action. History, maybe?
 Done
  • Also, Delete.
 Done
  • with Sebastian for a female Hawke. Only for a female hawk, as opposed to the other four.
 Done
  • after which the family takes up residence in the city's Lowtown. With good old Uncle Gamlen!
 Done
  • enabling them to relocate to a mansion in Hightown. It is worth mentioning that Hawke, by right of blood, owns that mansion. Gamlen and his deeds are pivotal to the (early) story anyway and should be recounted.
Doing... - I may need your help on this because I have never played the game. I am not sure how this part impacts the story.
Gamlen is pretty important to the to the early game. The mercenaries and smugglers are his contacts, and his actions matter into Act II. He lost the Amell family mansion through gambling to slavers, which conveniently allows the will to disappear in the mansion's vault. When Leandra (mother) demands to know where it is, Gamlen spills the beans but seriously doubts that they'll ever see it again. Unfortunately for him, you storm the mansion, kill the slavers, and recover the will. From it, you learn that Grandfather Amell not only forgave your mother for leaving Kirkwall with your father, Malcolm, but that he left his entire estate to her. Unfortunately, this news never got back to her because Gamlen took that estate. Acting on this, Leandra petitions the Viscount for the mansion and by Act II, it's yours. Later in late Act II, when your mother is killed by that blood mage serial killer trying to rebuild his wife, Gamlen buries his hatchets to check on you. –♠Vami_IV†♠ 21:28, 6 October 2018 (UTC)
 Done

Development[edit]

  • BioWare's Edmonton office developed Dragon Age II beginning during the production of Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening. Consider: BioWare's Edmonton office began development of Dragon Age II during the production of Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening.
 Done
  • Laidlaw added the gameplay is more tactical in nature as the team overhauled the combo system which prompts players to make use of all the classes' talents. This reads like a quote, but isn't - I checked the source.
Not sure what is the problem here...
  • It was criticized for being a too predictable and formulaic hero journey. Delete "too".
 Done
  • The team aimed to create art that are "memorable" and stylistic as they addressed a shortcoming of Origins where locales looked largely unremarkable. Art that was memorable?
 Done
  • As the game focuses on Hawke's family and their adventures in the world, to reflect this, Remove "to reflect this,".
minus Removed
  • Hawke must help Tallis infiltrate an Orlesian estate outside Kirkwall Orlais is a little more than "outside Kirkwall."
So it should be an estate in Orlasis? I am not sure.
EDIT: I decided to look this up and as it turns out I was wrong; the estate is in the Vinnmark Mountains, in the Free Marches. Whoops! –♠Vami_IV†♠ 17:26, 6 October 2018 (UTC)

Release[edit]

  • Available at no cost to those who purchased a new copy of Dragon Age II, I know you're referring to the Dark Emporium, but it's not mentioned.
 Done

Critical reception[edit]

  • Critics had varied opinions on the game's dialogue system. Split this off part of paragraph three into another paragraph; it discusses a gameplay element, whereas previous prose discussed DA2's story.
 Done

GA progress[edit]

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@Vami IV: - Thanks for the review! I am also a huge fan of the series, though Origins is the only one I have played. I think I have fixed most of the issues you have raised, though I may need your help with the plot section. I have never played the game before. AdrianGamer (talk) 12:27, 6 October 2018 (UTC)
@Vami IV: - I think I have fixed your remaining concerns. AdrianGamer (talk) 12:41, 7 October 2018 (UTC)

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