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Dragon Age II (2011) is an action role-play game with an emphasis on combat and player choices, and a sequel to Dragon Age: Origins. You play a refugee-turned-leader in the medieval fantasy world of Thedas, exploring to make allies and use powers to defeat enemies. It stands out for how it retains the original's player choice but with greater emphasis on strategy and combat, and a new narrative that expands the scope of the world.

You start the game by choosing an ending to the first game from which the new narrative can begin. You play Hawke, a refugee from Ferelden who flees to the city-state of Kirkwall. Here, you gradually rise up the social and societal ladder until you become the fabled Champion of Kirkwall, making many allies and enemies along the way.

As in the first game, you explore the land and fight monsters, meeting and recruiting characters along the way by choosing what to say and do. Dragon Age II expands on the combat system of the original by placing more emphasis on the strategic side, and you can pause time to arrange your party members and assign actions for them to perform. When talking to characters, you can choose from a variety of responses. Say one thing and characters you meet can join your party, but another response can turn them into a new enemy. Your dialogue choices and actions affect each person's opinion of you, meaning no two play-throughs are the same.

The result is a game that expands upon the original through an updated and expanded combat system that rewards strategy and ambitious tactics. It offers a chance to inhabit a fantastical world while making meaningful in-game decisions that shape the course of your story, interactions and even the ending.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Dragon Age II 3 weeks ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 2 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Role-Play game with Adventure, Fighting and Narrative elements. This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 25 hours and 50 hours to complete. The myriad side quests and extra details in the games allow you to spend many hours away from the main plot, greatly increasing the game's length and letting you play for over an hour at a time. If you've not had as much experience in the genre, you may also find some areas take longer to beat.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 for Violence.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Mature Accompanied (MA 15+) for Strong Violence.
Rated 18 by the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) for Strong Bloody Violence.

Skill Level

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. The game is quite complex and requires you to manage lots of different systems. The ability to form an overall strategy in combat is also important.

CostsCosts

Dragon Age II usually costs £14.99 to £24.99.
 

Dragon Age II

XBox Store Xbox One £14.99
Steam Store PC £24.99
Steam Store PC £24.99
App Store Mac Unavailable On Digital Store
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 
There have been three games in the main series, which were released on consoles and PC:
  • Dragon Age: Origins (2009) PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360
  • Dragon Age II (2010) PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014) PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

There have also been several spin-offs and tie-in games:
  • Dragon Age: Journeys (2009) Web Browser
  • Dragon Age Legends (2011) Web Browser
  • Heroes of Dragon Age (2013) Android, iOS
  • Dragon Age: The Last Court (2014) Web Browser 
 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 08/03/2011, updated in 2011

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS3 and Xbox 360

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Role-Play (Adventure, Fighting and Narrative)

Accessibility: 25 features

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: Bioware (@Bioware)


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