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Re: Dragon Age 2

Postby Gaxby » Sun Mar 13, 2011 1:12 am

Levantine wrote:Just putting it out there that tank+3mages is still violently overpowered. It's even more fun once I got better at chaining abilities. Shield Slam into Chain Lightning hurts the fuck out of everything.


Well the OP isn't as bad as it was back in Origins where you could perma-Force Field your tank who has a 400% threat Taunt with just 2 mages.

Also, what difficulty are we talking about? I assume on Nightmare, the rogue's CC, "Misdirect", "Tricks of the Trade", and all that utility will be needed to beat certain encounters (the High Dragon at the Bone Pit for example).
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Re: Dragon Age 2

Postby Levantine » Sun Mar 13, 2011 2:18 am

Just Hard. I wasn't game to go for nightmare on my first playthrough considering I have this thing where I'm a terrible aim who has a fun little addiction to wild AoE spells.
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Re: Dragon Age 2

Postby Fivelives » Sun Mar 13, 2011 6:40 am

I don't think I've ever figured out how threat works in Dragon Age. I just know it's a factor.
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Re: Dragon Age 2

Postby Levantine » Sun Mar 13, 2011 6:58 am

Apparently armor is supposed to have an impact. Something about a big scary warrior with a sword being more threatening than the guy wearing a dress, but fucked if I can see it. Poor Bethany, Merrill and Anders get a swift kick in the genital region if I'm not careful.
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Re: Dragon Age 2

Postby Gaxby » Sun Mar 13, 2011 8:01 am

Levantine wrote:Apparently armor is supposed to have an impact. Something about a big scary warrior with a sword being more threatening than the guy wearing a dress, but fucked if I can see it. Poor Bethany, Merrill and Anders get a swift kick in the genital region if I'm not careful.


I don't know which is worse: those Templar Hunters that invis/1-shot my mages or Rogues back in Vanilla. >.>

But threat was so broken in DA:O. They probably fixed it. To be honest, when I switched from sword/shield to 2-handed, I noticed threat was a lot better.

I really don't see the point of going Weapon/Shield when Stonewall basically gave you a 5 second bubble with a 10 second cooldown.
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Re: Dragon Age 2

Postby Fivelives » Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:36 am

Stonewall prevents you from attacking, so you're not generating threat while it's active, and from the loading screen tips, it seems like it's something of a threat dump.

Also, just finished my second playthrough (yes, I blew vacation time to no-life the hell out of DA2) and the bugs are really starting to get on my nerves. I haven't hit anything really game-breaking, but there are a lot of little tiny annoying glitches that are getting under my skin - like the Merrill relationship quest sequence breaker in act III, and now Isabella getting stuck in my house and being unresponsive.
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Re: Dragon Age 2

Postby Vanifae » Sun Mar 13, 2011 10:02 am

I pretty much run 2 mages, a tank and Hawk as an archer... critting for 5800 with Assasinate is delicious.
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Re: Dragon Age 2

Postby Levantine » Sun Mar 13, 2011 2:27 pm

I'm noticing on my second playthrough that the computer's a better tank than I am. Go figure, and that some of the rogue skills are fairly fuckin nifty. *hugs Back to Back*
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Re: Dragon Age 2

Postby Gaxby » Mon Mar 14, 2011 4:59 am

Vanifae wrote:I pretty much run 2 mages, a tank and Hawk as an archer... critting for 5800 with Assasinate is delicious.


Hows the Dex vs Cunning ratio in terms of DPS?

Another thing that pisses me off about cunning is that it raises your Defense but you need Strength and Constitution to wear better gear, so you can't stack Mitigation as a tank. :(
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Re: Dragon Age 2

Postby Levantine » Mon Mar 14, 2011 5:36 am

Dear mages in my party,

FUCKING HELL STOP RUNNING INTO GROUPS OF ANGRY LOOKING BAD GUYS.

Sincerely,
Frustrated Archer Hawke who knows not to go near bad guys.


Seriously, I might scream if Anders or Merrill go rushing head long into a group of Reavers or Hunters again. I can't for the life of me figure out how to get them to stop.

On the plus side, Aveline is so much better at tanking than I am it's not even funny anymore. QQ.
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Re: Dragon Age 2

Postby laterna » Mon Mar 14, 2011 6:38 am

Been playing this as well. I made my hawke a female mage. Picked up the basic frost/fire tree, then specced into improved heal and then into spirit healer, maxing that out. I'm currentlty half way through Act2 (I think). The amount of healing my hawke does is phenomenal. She is carrying a lot of +mana regen +% heal done but fuck me does my group heal top everyone from 1% to 100% :O Nothing too hard on hard upto now, I can just sit back and outheal everything and everyone...

Also, my usual setup is Merill, me, dwarfie, and Aveline. I've grown a lot to using WoW tactics I think... Pull with aveline, run behind corner, have my mages drop tempest and firestorm, dwarf drops arrows, aveline mass taunts(improved this) and just have everything go splat (I use improved bomb too, where I focus one mob down once I drop all the aoe, make it explode, then another, and by then, the show is done...)

My only gripe is bugs. During Act1 I had a quest to talk to samson for something I talked to him about before I got the quest. I was able to complete but fuck me was it irritating. Also, a lot of combat bugs just make me go "meh". A lot of spawns are simply activated by you walking about there. I've had countless times where (unintentionally) the spawned only spawns 1 "elite" and once I kill him, he spawns his gank etc etc...
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Re: Dragon Age 2

Postby Passionario » Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:26 am

Is the save file import from part 1 as bugged as the official forums claim?
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Re: Dragon Age 2

Postby SmurfZG » Mon Mar 14, 2011 3:00 pm

Levantine wrote:Dear mages in my party,

FUCKING HELL STOP RUNNING INTO GROUPS OF ANGRY LOOKING BAD GUYS.

Sincerely,
Frustrated Archer Hawke who knows not to go near bad guys.


Seriously, I might scream if Anders or Merrill go rushing head long into a group of Reavers or Hunters again. I can't for the life of me figure out how to get them to stop.

On the plus side, Aveline is so much better at tanking than I am it's not even funny anymore. QQ.


There's a hold position toggle that makes every party member stay still. Combat on nightmare was stupid before i figured that out. Key shortcut is H on PC i think, or the button is to the left of the actionbar.
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Re: Dragon Age 2

Postby Vanifae » Mon Mar 14, 2011 5:11 pm

Running a Mage currently, going Blood Mage then Force Mage with Merril as my other mage, Varric as my rogue and Fenris as my tank/dps :) pure damage not sure how it will work, but not bad on Hard so far.

Edit: On a related note, I think Mew is contemplating an Isabella cosplay.
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Re: Dragon Age 2

Postby Brutalicus » Mon Mar 14, 2011 5:54 pm

I think the most ironic thing about Dragon Age 2 is how awesome Fenris' theme song is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSCq7jTL7tQ

Even though I didn't so much as look at him until my second playthrough, and I still think he's kind of a douche.
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