ok it’s probably NSFW (swearing). I found this in my drafts folder and it made me laugh reading it back when I found it… (it’s sort of true.. sort of)
I think the most annoying thing about DA2 is that it ends up being all about appeasing your companions… Oh noes I supported mages, bang goes friendship points with Fenris… oh noes I didn’t make a deal with a demon (cos yeah that always ends up going well…) bang goes friendship points with Merrill… It gets to the point where if you want to actually keep people in your party, you end up having to check the wiki for every single bloody quest and choosing your party makeup based on the friendship or rivalry points you want to get… I’m not going to even start on the crapness that is Sebastian.
and this is what I remember from DA2 and even as I’m replaying it, it is the focus of the playthrough. Not the excellent story, not the very fun combat (the rogue combat animations are excellent), not the decisions you make. It’s a game where I end up wanting to play solo and tell the rest of them to go fuck theirselves. It’s such a shame because the characters are actually really excellent. Aveline is just fantastic in her capable, loyal, ordinariness but still stupidly easy to piss off, Anders loves kittens and badly needs (and deserves) a friend but he’s completely insane (thanks Justice), Varric is just awesome and is the lone exception to the rule, Merrill is sweet and funny and you can understand her motives for dabbling in dark magic but for fuck’s sake, please stop being so touchy about sodding demons, Isabela is just hilarious and to be fair, she’s not too difficult to keep happy, Fenris well OK, the broodiness is probably understandable if you were an ex-Magister’s slave but after hanging round Hawke & her gang, he doesn’t seem to even start broadening his views… or cheer up, even a little bit, I mean the game takes place over 10 years… and Sebastian – ARGH!!!!!!!!!!- unless you kill Anders then that’s it, he completely betrays you and joins Meredith – seriously? What a waste of a voice 😛
I’m almost tempted to replay it as a trio – just me, Varric & Isabella – sod everyone else. Zevran will turn up for the final battle – 4 happy, chilled out rogues can sort it out I’m sure.