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Dragon Age II

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Game Reviewed: Dragon Age II
Publisher: EA
Developer: Bioware
Reviewer: Shaun Graves
Platform: PS3 (also on Xbox 360 and PC)
Category: RPG
ESRB Rating: M
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Game Description:

Dragon Age II is a bloody and violent fantasy RPG (Role Playing Game) in which the story follows the rise of a particular individual over a 10-year period. The game features an in-depth conversation system and the player can choose to play either good or evil. Typical fantasy elements are present such as warriors, mages, rogues, and magic.

What Parents Need to Know

Violence

Players use various weapons and magic spells to kill numerous enemies, including both humans and fantasy creatures such as elves, dragons, and giant spiders. Combat includes vast amounts of blood and gore that will splatter both the environment and the characters themselves. Severed body parts can be seen and players can choose to kill innocent or defenseless characters.

Language

“Ass,” “bastard,” and “s--t” are heard various times in spoken dialogue.

Sexual Content

The player can choose to flirt with some characters that can lead them to eventually having the opportunity to have sex with other characters, both male and female. No nudity is seen during these scenes, but the characters do embrace, kiss, and throw themselves onto a bed before the scene fades. Many female characters dress provocatively, showing off deep cleavage, while “desire demons” show off their breasts.

Drug/Tobacco Use

The game does features pubs or taverns in which the player can drink alcohol. The player never becomes drunk, but other characters in the game do. Also, there is a substance called lyrium, which is a drug that characters in the game world can become addicted to.

Reviewers Thoughts

Due to the violence, drug use, and sexuality of this game, it would be very hard to recommend this game to anyone younger than the label suggests. However, there are also some positive elements in the game. The game does allow the freedom of choice and the game generally guides you along a righteous path, and your companions will show disdain depending on your choices.




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