Dragon Age 2 – Legacy DLC Review

I finally got around to playing this and I’m here to tell you all about it!  Mostly…

You probably know by now that I love everything that Bioware does.  After playing Dragon Age Origins and its associated download content (DLC), I was more than a little psyched to play Dragon Age 2.  Fast forward to this week.  I’d finished playing the game with every class and with multiple variations of builds for my characters.

I’ll admit it, when I first started questing in Dragon Age 2, I wanted to blow up Kirkwall.  I just felt trapped in that city and my experience with Dragon Age Origins was markedly different, having a huge map to travel through, with several unique environments.  While Dragon Age 2 didn’t offer this in as much breadth and depth as the original, it still offered a good story line.

Fast forward again to this DLC.  Let me start with the part that gave me the most relief.  None of this content takes place in Kirkwall!  And there was much singing and rejoicing in the Digital Distraction household!!  This content has you dealing with the Dwarves of the Carta and a hidden plot against the children of Malcolm Hawke (your father).

Guess what?  They want your blood!  I don’t want to give away too much for those of you who haven’t played this yet.  So let’s get into what I can talk about!

Enemies

You won’t be just fighting the Carta in this content, you’ll also fight the Darkspawn.  Only, there are a few enhancements and changes that have been made.  Genlocks are now more massive and they’ve introduced Genlock Alphas who carry massive shield walls (as shown above) as well as other Alpha Darkspawn that will place debuffs on you.

If you’re like me and you’re dragging a character that has completed the game into this new zone, you will find that the mobs you face are scaled to your level.  You won’t just breeze right through, and that suited me just fine.  There were at least two battles where I had to really make use of the team management feature and I appreciated the fact that I had to think about placement, mob types, etc.

Story

This storyline does a good job of creating a sense of urgency about why the Carta is after you.  Along with the main story, there are side quests with their own goals and objectives.  Of course, it wouldn’t be Dragon Age without at least one puzzle to solve.  Don’t worry, this one is pretty easy!

The climax of this particular plot reveals several things, and you guessed it, you’ll have to make a choice on which path to take.  Each comes with its own set of consequences that you’ll have to deal with presumably in Dragon Age 3.

I have to admit, I felt a certain deja vu with the revelation of the threat.  It felt very similar to Dragon Age Awakening in that there was a particular Darkspawn with powers that set him apart from all others.  If you’ve played Awakening, you’ll see what I mean.  If you haven’t played it, well I just feel sorry for you.

Boss Fight

I want to start off by saying that I really did like the fight mechanics of this and enjoyed the fact that it wasn’t just a standard tank and spank.  That being said, my entire team died while the boss was at 70%!  I was in shock before I realized that like most noobs in traditional MMORPG raids, the computer let them stand in things that would kill them.

I turned around to find them not even attacking the mobs, they just stood there and before I could move them, they were gone.  I think my comment was something along the lines of, “What the frick?  They’re all dead?  They just died and left me to fight this boss?  GDI!!”

I was using my 2H warrior at the time and just decided, “Well, let’s see how this plays out!”  I’m happy to say that I managed to kill that boss without using more than two health pots.  It was a very long fight, but I actually enjoyed it because I was forced to think, learn and anticipate more than I normally would since I was on my own.  The talents that I placed points in were critical to my success here.  Te ability to steal health from my opponent as well as Second Wind to gain more stamina worked out well.  Silence and Cleanse also helped when used at the right moments.

There are a few phases to this fight and I’m actually looking forward to playing this part again on the highest difficulty.

The Good

Overall all, the length of the content and the difficulty scales well.  I appreciated the opportunity to go back to Kirkwall and empty my bags at vendors as well as the chance to switch out party members.  Here’s a pro tip, bring Varric along if you can, as there is a side story line that he responds to, pro tip number two, bring Carver or Bethany along to get an achievement!

As I mentioned earlier, I was most grateful for the fact that this content takes place outside of Kirkwall.  That in and of itself was a win for me.  There are actually newer looking environments and you get to fight newer looking Darkspawn.

There is a point in the story where you receive a new weapon based on your class.  I wasn’t a fan of this until I learned that you can choose upgrades for this weapon at various points.  I found these to be extremely helpful in the final boss fight.  Funny how you notice these things when you’re fighting all alone without a team!

The Bad

I spent so much time cultivating my romance with Fenris only to find that it doesn’t carry over into this content!  I was not a happy gamer when he wasn’t wearing my family crest and red ribbon.  BOOOOOOOOO!

While there were changes made to the Darkspawn, you were still fighting a familiar enemy.  I didn’t expect a brand new breed of foes, but, it would be nice to kill something that I haven’t been slaughtering for the last few years.

While there are a few differences, the main threat here is very similar to previous DLC and so it comes off as a tad unoriginal and repetitive.  This threat is not entirely the same, but it’s also very close.  I would have liked to have had something a bit more original and markedly different.

Conclusion

I enjoyed this DLC overall, but I’m a bit partial to the Dragon Age universe.  I think that there are several very good features in this content and in my opinion, these outshine the majority of my negative observations.

Overall, I would give Legacy a 7/10.

  • Buy it? – Affirmative Blue Leader, we are go
  • Rent it? – Negative, what are you a rookie?  You can’t rent DLC! (But you can play it on a friend’s system)
  • Burn it? – Negative Red Leader, prepare to disengage

Have you played Legacy?  What are your thoughts?

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. tanoshineko
    Aug 01, 2011 @ 17:56:37

    i’m halfway through awakenings right now…will rent DA2

    Reply

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