I bought this the other night on a whim and have to say I'm actually really enjoying it. They took all the good stuff from DA:O and fixed a lot of the downsides. I haven't really gotten too deep into it yet, only about 4 hours in but these are the things I've noticed.
The scope of the world is truly impressive. It's on par with Skyrim, I'd say. It might not match Skyrim in terms of sheer size, but it is vast. I like the way they've implemented faction strength, making you feel like you're really accomplishing something unlike in Skyrim/DA:O where it felt like it was you/your party basically on their own. It feels more like you're really a part of a struggling faction vying to compete in a political landscape, as opposed to being a band of people doing all the work.
They fixed some of the point-click-wait tedium of melee combat from DA:O. At first this was hard to get accustomed to as the controls and camera are a bit of a pain, but you quickly adjust. Unlike DA:O where you could simply attack and spam the odd power, now you actually need to control your characters movement with the keyboard. This means you actually have to pay attention to your character. They've also added some interesting dynamics for ranged combat, such as high ground granting a damage bonus.
There's a crafting system I have yet to scratch the surface of. You can find resources (iron is fucking everywhere) when you're out and about, harvest them and then back in town use them to create not just weapons, but parts of weapons. Naturally, certain resources offer differing bonuses and it seems at first glance to be a fairly well implemented system.
The dialogue (which is really the driving point for me) is similar to the previous DA games. The one difference is rather than having the bland good/bad/smartass options, your main character seems to have a little more 'human' quality to him, in the sense that you can often times (thus far anyway) remain silent, or deffer to others. I like it so far.
All in all, I'm pretty happy with the game. It's more DA:O than DA:2, that's for sure. My greatest concern thus far is the choppy movement/camera. It can make simple things seem clumsy and frustrating. Other than that, I've been enjoying it though and would recommend it.
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