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Dragon Age II Legacy
Reviewed by
James Wright
on
Dragon Age II Legacy PS3 REVIEW. 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.
Rating:
3.5

Gameplay 8.0
Graphics 8.5
Sound 8.8
Value 6.0
Distributor: EA
Classification:
MA15+
Review Date:
Aug 2011
Reviewer:
James Wright

7.0


Dragon Age II
LEGACY DLC

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.

Final Thoughts?

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.





 

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