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there is friendly fire in nightmare mode. many times i had my mage fireball the whole team because i didn't control her properly or ice me because i was too close to the target.
That's what I was getting at. That unlike Origins where it existed in all but easy mode, in DA2 it only exist in nightmare mode. I guess I should have worded that a bit different
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I quite like the game.

I'm still in Act 1, but so far I have to say I like the story better! It isn't the LoTR clone story like in DA:O. Don't get me wrong, I loved the story in the first, but I did find myself going "wow this is just like LoTR" a lot. Not that that's a bad thing, but I'm not enjoying the originality of the story here now.

I loved the first, quickly became one of my favorite games... and at the moment I just see DA2 building on it! I love it. Sure it's different, but that doesn't mean it has to be worse because of it.

I have the hi-res pack, and I'm having zero issues. In fact, DA:O always crashed on me at random, and ran my CPU up to temps of 58c. Now, I barely get over 53/54, and I've only had the game crash once! Much improved stability.

The only con I see is the restriction of not being able to change party appearance. That's about it though. Even being in the same city (I'm hearing this happens, not that far yet) doesn't bother me yet. There's enough to do and little surprises as you go around... so hopefully I don't tire of it, but I don't think I will.

I just don't see what all the fuss is about. Loved the first, and loving the second!
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My opinion on the matter:

Bioware went one direction with DAO and completely reversed that in DAII. If you look at DAII as the sequel to DAO, it fails. Hard. If you look at it as a separate game, it's pretty good. Not great. I'd give it a 7/10 so far (that might be a tad generous). Still kinda enjoyable. But the game is rushed. It was, what, 17 months from the release of Origins to DAII? Simply not enough time to redefine the game like they did and do it well.

I very much believe it is consolized. They can make excuses for this but I don't buy it.
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I guess it's fear that if the PC has certain capabilities and they're not being used 100 per cent of the way then the game must have inherently had things removed because of that. I can understand that. I paid a fair amount of money for my gaming rig and I love to be able to crank it up and push it up. But the simple truth is that PC gaming has never been a platform of a single hardware spec. You've always had to support both lower-end and higher-end PCs. You don't want to design a game that cuts out everyone except the guy who bought his computer this month.
Sounds like his view on consolization is that it's solely a graphical issue. My thoughts about it are not (some of them are art style things, but not about graphic quality). The game lost a lot of depth from DAO. I have a fairly long list of complaints about the game. Some of them could be remedied by more development time on the game but some of them are a result of trying to make the game accessible to consoles and PC.

Still a decent game in the end. I'm enjoying my playthrough but IMO probably the worst overall Bioware game in the last decade.
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Just completed DA2, it was ok I guess but far far from great. On its own merits it is a 5 out of 10 imo, but as a Dragon Age game it is 2 out of 10.

First 4 or 5 hours were quite fun but just went downhill from there.. unsympathetic characters, lame combat with the constant waves of adds and dont get me started on the few dungeons/building interiors they constantly rehashed.

I feel burnt after buying it
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Haven't had a chance to play it yet, but I know my census is "Meh" for it as of now.

My wife loved DA:O and couldn't wait for DA2, oddly enough she is "trying to like dragon age 2 but it just doesn't feel right" for her opinion right now.

Made me question, maybe sometimes we do ask for too much in a sequel/installment in a franchise. But yet they pulled ME:2 off so well.
I pretty much feel the same as your wife. DA:O was my favorite RPG of all time though. So I guess no matter what they did, I'd be disappointed.
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I am loving DA2 right now, loved DA1 as well. I dont like the re-using of areas, but other than that I am extremely satisfied with the game.
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Well, looks like another console port I guess. Love how he says they tried to make the game the same across all platforms...why do that at all with PC's even.

I hope BF3 is as good as they are claiming it to be so developers can see how powerful a PC port is and hopefully start trying some of those out for a change.
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The game really does run like crap. Getting below 30 FPS with everything maxed out and no AA is inexcusable especially with the bad art style. It looks the same if not worse than DA:O. They only spent around a year to make the game and they're paying the price, maybe they should try a bit harder before rushing something out with a billion pieces of DLC needlessly thrown in on launch day. The game has so many stupid fetch quests and a couple cool ones that you feel like the paper boy of kirkwall more than anything else. I'm glad I got it as a steam gift.
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The game is alright I guess. The second time I went into a cave I was pretty confused as it was EXACTLY the same (I mean IDENTICAL) to the first one I was in. Only thing that changed was mob placement.

I'm a little surprised at the game's performance however. Running in DX11 mode with the detail settings maxed (0x aa, 16x af), I only pull ~30fps with my 6870 OC'd to 1GHz. It's smooth enough to play but it really bogs down at certain points, and adding any AA makes the frame rate low enough to be unplayable. Not sure if I should download the better textures because I don't really want to lower the detail level.

What kinda FPS loss is there with the higher res textures?
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The game is alright I guess. The second time I went into a cave I was pretty confused as it was EXACTLY the same (I mean IDENTICAL) to the first one I was in. Only thing that changed was mob placement.

I'm a little surprised at the game's performance however. Running in DX11 mode with the detail settings maxed (0x aa, 16x af), I only pull ~30fps with my 6870 OC'd to 1GHz. It's smooth enough to play but it really bogs down at certain points, and adding any AA makes the frame rate low enough to be unplayable. Not sure if I should download the better textures because I don't really want to lower the detail level.

What kinda FPS loss is there with the higher res textures?
Install it, it doesn't cause any FPS loss for newer cards.

The FPS loss is a problem with their DX11 code that they are rapidly trying to address... despite no response in 5 days. Their solution was to not play with DX11 if you have the issue.
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