Originally Posted by Scars Unseen
A lot of people liked DA2's combat. The big complaints(that weren't hyperbole) were the loss of the tactical camera(which is coming back) and the waves of enemies teleporting in(time will tell if they fixed that one). But the combat itself was faster paced, and in some people's opinion(mine included), that is a good thing. DA:O was positively sluggish in comparison. Otherwise there isn't that much different, as they are both fairly basic systems aside from a few synergistic power combos. In fact, I'd say that DA2 has the deeper system, especially for people who aren't mages.
tactical camera doesn't work if you need to be paying attention to a single character to "react" to the battle, dodges etc... The only thing "sluggish" in DAO was two handed heroes imo. The teleporting of new enemies made DA2 almost unplayable to me. You can't tactically set up a battle when you don't know how many waves of enemies are coming. Its nonsense, and endless waves of mobs to hack and slash is not what DA is supposed to be about.
"A lot of people liked it"... maybe thats true, but less than half the people bought it that bought DA:O. You would have to TRY and fail that hard coming off a universally acclaimed title like DA:O. Want a fantasy themed hack and slash, mouse destroying clickfest? There are dozens and dozens of games to suit your fancy. DA:O was "revolutionary" in how old-school it was. The ability to control every action of your party in "real time" by using the tactical pause... its sheer brilliance. Its like controlling an entire WoW party at the same time with 4 brains and 4 PC's.
I honestly can't see their rationale for doing what they did. If the posted numbers are correct: 5 million people bought DA:O, and 2 million bought DA2. Logic and a concern for your bottom line dictate you go back to DA:O in almost ever way. Especially after the outcry against DA2, the likes of which I have not seen about a game sequel in my whole life.
Meh, grand scheme of the world this is peanuts and not worth the dramatic language and critique. But I'm just bummed to see one of my top 3 favorite games of all time (DA:O) be mostly abandoned in favor of a mainstream 3 button combo adventure.