User review scores have always been a great way for dissatisfied gamers to speak out against a product, and it seems Dragon Age II is the latest victim. Aggregate site Metacritic has seen the overall user review score for Dragon Age II plummet as angry fans have posted 0-1 out of 10 scores. The issue, many believe, is the new direction Bioware has taken the series, making it more approachable and action-oriented.
Of course, this could be a case of a very vocal minority, as with many of these types of reactions. Critics haven’t had nearly the same response, giving the game generally favorable scores. Our own review falls on the positive side of the spectrum, calling Dragon Age II ”a vast improvement over the original.”
Has Bioware steered too far in the direction of simplicity for Dragon Age II? Fans and critics can’t seem to decide whether the game is elegantly simple or simply dumbed down. Personally, I haven’t even finished the first one, so I’ll get back to you in a few months.