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Dragon Age II and High-Rez Patch Released

Today is the North American release day for Dragon Age II, BioWare's role-playing sequel, which will be available in Europe on Friday. In addition to the retail edition, the game is also available online from the EA Store, Direct2Drive, GamersGate, Impulse, and Steam. Also, the BioWare Social Network offers a high-resolution texture pack for the game. Here's word on the 1.08 GB patch: "Using high-resolution textures requires a graphics card with at least 1024MB video memory. Most of the benefits from the Hi-resolution textures will only be seen if you are able to run the game in DirectX 11." For those interested in sampling the game, a playable demo was released last month.

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111. Re: Dragon Age 2 and High-Rez Patch Released Mar 12, 2011, 19:53 ShakaUVM
Verno wrote on Mar 10, 2011, 14:14:
Oh and seeing the same cave featured 10+ times is beyond hilarious. This is like some Mass Effect 1 level repetitive stuff here, totally indefensible.
That's honestly the only downside to the game, if you're playing on a PC. On an Xbox... I can't help you there.

Playing on a hard difficulty, with the ability to pause, it's still a tactical experience. I miss the floaty cam, and not being able to center an AOE on your friends is annoying, but combat is still very enjoyable. There's a lot of options now to slide monsters around the battlefield, and all classes can AOE now, not just mages (which were completely dominant in DAO).

I sit there chewing over where every skill point will go, which is a real mark of success for an RPG. I think most of the hate in this thread is completely misplaced. (Unless you're an idiot and bought it for the Xbox. You knew in advance you couldn't pause.)

The graphics are beautiful, though I don't see much improvement from the extra gig in the texture pack.
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