Before I get to the
nitty gritty of the highly anticipated DLC for Dragon Age II
Legacy, let me get to the problems surrounding this paid
downloadable add-on. When it comes down to value for money, this DLC
can easily be finished by most Dragon Age II veterans in just over
2-hours but to make matters worse, it costs around $15AUD.
This is not to say
that Legacy is a horrible add-on but unfortunately just when you
start getting back into the game, it suddenly ends and you're
desperately after another piece of the delicious chocolate cake that
is no longer there. And then I shout... I WANT MORE DRAGON AGE!!!
Aside from this, I actually quite enjoyed this small visit to the
illustrious universe of Dragon Age again. It's just a little pricey
for what it offers...
The story of Legacy
once again reunites the player with Hawke as he falls victim to a
criminal cartel who just from his father but his "blood" will do. As
you search for answers, you soon find yourself leaving Kirkwall and
arriving at an ancient Grey Warden prison that is overrun by
dwarves. It may not be the epic tale of Dragon Age II but there's
plenty of new darkspawn to kick butt as Varric once again gets you
involved in trouble.
Like the previous
game, your supporting characters do natter between themselves and
help flesh out these already familiar characters which is kind of
cool. I also like the aspect of the story which delves more into the
past of Hawke and more particularly, his father and why his sons
blood must be "spilt", hence the reason the Carta gang are gunning
for him. Apart from your support characters, Legacy contains a few
new characters who add to the story you are playing which does help
make this world a little bigger. Choices do impact the story
slightly but unfortunately not as devastating as some of the
decisions you need to make in Dragon Age II.
In terms of
exploration, this new add-on contains some entertaining new areas
such as deserts and prisons plus even some new enemies to duke it
out in this next-gen RPG. The most frustrating aspect of one of the
new areas are the Dwarven snipers which do cause a slight challenge
to your party especially as they pick you off from the distance.
They are also quite tough as well.
There is also a cool
area that allows you to manipulate levers which sends spikes through
the floor which is ideal to take out enemies, especially when you
are getting your collective butts handed to you. Add in a few new
weapons, including some armour that is hiding throughout this add-on
and you could probably draw out the title a little more if you go on
a search frenzy and read all the journals. The add-on even allows
Hawke's weapon to be upgraded three times that does give you an
incentive to find.
Without spoiling the
game, Legacy contains a rather surprising boss battle that depending
on your level, it may give your party a run for its money but just
like Dragon Age II, there are plenty of tactics involved to keep you
alive and kicking. Unfortunately once this battle is finished, there
is a slight reprise for Hawke and his party and then the game ends.
Enjoyable YES, frustrating, DEFINITELY! Bring on another add-on or
Dragon Age II I say.
Even though this
game was quite short to play, I still enjoyed getting another chance
to revisit the wonderful world of Dragon Age II, even
though it doesn't offer much in terms of value for money or
replayability. However, the price of this game is probably better
than most movies released at the moment (Transformers Dark Side of
the Moon anyone?) and it does give gamers another taste of this
extraordinary RPG universe.