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22 February 2011 @ 08:33 am
Dragon Age 2 Demo - Impressions  
 WOW.

~ Inon Zur did the music again, and you can tell from the very first notes in the opening.  I am so glad I pre-ordered the edition that comes with the soundtrack as a bonus!  DA2 had me at the music, really.  :)

~ The graphics are a vast, vast improvement over DA.  When the first scene started, I just sat there grinning and admiring!  The default female Hawke is actually pretty, and the clothing models are a huge upgrade, at least color palette-wise, from DA.

~ The combat is fantastic!  I played a rogue in the original DA (well, for my main play through), largely because the other rogues in the game sucked at opening locks, so I decided to do it all myself.  Seriously, not a whole lot else to differentiate a rogue from a fighter, then.  Now?  Well, my little rogue is flashing all over the field, doing backstab's, cool tumbling evasions, and awesome sweeps that knock all of her opponents down.  The evasion trick is really nice, flipping away from the combat and getting a fresh angle to attack, and the backstab is literally "appear behind them and stab" for awesome critical damage.  I may have to play through with the other two classes, just to see what the combat is like for them, but right now, I'm pretty sure I want to keep my rogue class from the first game.

~ Conversation - very much in the ME2 style, and I like it.  It's so much nicer having my character actually speak!  

~ Um, not a lot else to say yet.  I got stuck on a part, and as far as I can tell you can't save during the demo.  Sadly, I ran out of time to play and had to put it aside, so I may have to come back and start all over later.

 
 
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