Dragon Age 2: Legacy Review
Release Date: 26/07/2011
Platforms: Pc, Xbox 360, PS3
Price: $9.99 for PS3, 800 BW pts/ MS pts for PC and 360
Total run time: 2h, 30m (Blood/Force Mage Hawke, Aveline, Anders, Varric)
Difficulty: Moderate (there are a few hard encounters, but nothing a DA veteran can't handle; even on hard/nightmare)
Accessibility: Act 2, statue in your estate's library
Summary: Legacy takes a turn for the better, in terms of story, gameplay, visuals, and BANTER (Aveline actually has a sense of humor now)!
You'll all be glad to hear that they didn't reuse any areas at all, giving us several environment changes as we progress through the game. They've also improved on various environmental effects, allowing the area you're in to really set the mood of the game.
Nothing new in terms of audio, it’s the same old DA2 audio files at work here. 9/10
Not much can be said about the story, without giving away spoilers. Though I can say that the story of Legacy gives you an in-depth view on the history of the Hawke family, making the ever-so-bland character of Hawke a whole lot more bearable (It's just sad that Carver is still dull as fuck); more so if you rolled a mage. You'll also get to read several codex entries that bring more flavor to the world of Dragon Age. 8/10
The fights are a lot more fun this time around. You get more chances to interact with traps, and there are a few changes with the fight mechanics used on the darkspawn, but what really takes the cake is the final boss. The final boss encounter in Legacy is a whole lot of fun! It's highly interactive, it involves a decent amount of planning, has a lot of movement, and it's not too hard (unlike The Harvester)! If you've seen the cartoon "Avatar: The Last Airbender", you'll see that the final encounter is reminiscent of an Avatar going ape...which is a good thing.
The DLC offers a several items that are pretty neat.
1. Class-specific weapon for Hawke: You get to "customize" this as you go further into the game.
2. Armor set for Hawke: I'm not 100% on what the set bonus is (because I failed to get all the pieces in my run), but there is a set bonus! You get the four different pieces in four different locations as you progress in the game.
3. Jewelry and upgrades for your party members.
Total Score: 8.33/10
This DLC is definitely worth every single penny I spent on it. Sure, there may be a few things that could have been done better, but at this price, it'd be tough to complain.