Here are a few review scores from that article:
The Escapist: 100
The advancements in RPG mechanics would be enough to set it apart, but the real achievement of Dragon Age II is in the story-telling. I could point out the improved combat and graphics till there’s blood covering my face, but BioWare is one of the few companies that uses the advanced computing power available to modern game designers to let you actually play a role.
It may be difficult for hardcore gamers to ignore the revamped combat system, but once you calm down and excuse some minor flaws, you’ll find an amazing game in Dragon Age II.
Official Xbox Magazine: 90
Next to its predecessor, Dragon Age II may be a slightly altered beast, but the minute Isabela slyly chirps “I like big boats, I cannot lie” to a Desire Demon in the murky Fade, you’ll realize this game offers some of the deepest, nerdiest, most worthwhile 40 to 60 hours you’ll ever love losing sleep over. [April 2011, p.70]
Despite the way narrative has been re-structured and the combat made meatier, this sequel follows the old conventions of the genre too literally to develop an individuality beyond them. Two entries down the pipe, and Dragon Age is still experiencing the growing pains of a series that’s more dedicated to studying fantasy games than developing its own personality in the genre.
Dragon Age II is blessed with a deep universe and a ton of content, but it’s sadly undermined by its technical side. Even though, visually, the game goes beyond the original, it still forgoes some elements of its predecessor in order to become more action-oriented, which is a choice that will most probably keep dividing opinions. We’d have hoped to see this sequel install the franchise as a must-have by correcting the shortcomings of the original. Instead, we’ll have to make-do with finding it most entertaining indeed, but without any added praise. Too bad.
Still not swayed? Perhaps you need some additional prodding to help you in your purchase decision. Well, if that’s the case, then please revisit the awesome trailers.
Dragon Age II Trailers
Dragon Age 2 Destiny Trailer:
Dragon Age 2 Rise to Power: