Dragon Age 2: Mark of the Assassin

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Years later, BioWare reveals why Dragon Age 2 expansion Exalted March was canned

When BioWare moved from Dragon Age 2 to Dragon Age: Inquisition, something was lost. It was an expansion called Exalted March.

We didn't know about Exalted March until BioWare canned it, and we weren't told why it was dropped. But we assumed; we assumed BioWare wanted to get away from the negative reaction to Dragon Age 2 and onto something new ASAP.

"But not so!" Dragon Age creative director Mike Laidlaw revealed on Twitter last night. "It was the move to Frostbite.

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Dragon Age 2: Mark of the Assassin

"Life is like a box of chocolates," opined lovable simpleton Forrest Gump. "Yuh nevah know wutcher gunner get." He might have been talking about life in the 1960s and how going to Vietnam could make you a shrimp millionaire, while thinking for yourself and protesting gives you AIDS, but he could just as easily have been talking about the downloadable content for BioWare RPGs. On balance, it was probably the first one, but that doesn't offer a clumsy segue into a games review, so let's stick with the second.

Because in the chocolate box of DLC, BioWare's output is more variable than most. For every rich, creamy Lair of the Shadow Broker there's a hard, bitter Darkspawn Chronicles. Thankfully, Mark of the Assassin is definitely a delicious treat rather than tasteless stodge.

Things kick off with an ambush in which Hawke and the gang are attacked by assassins. Luckily, another assassin turns up to help you out. She's Tallis, a spunky elven killer, and she's got a favour to ask. An Orlesian duke has an ancient artefact that doesn't belong to him and she's on a mission to get it back. This being an RPG, you're going with her.

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EU PlayStation Store update 12th October

EU PlayStation Store update 12th October

Castlevania! DA2! Space Marine for 50!

This week's EU PlayStation Store update is a threadbare affair, headlined by the delayed 2D side-scroller Castlevania: Harmony of Despair.

Castlevania: HOD was first released last August as part of the Xbox 360's annual Summer of Arcade season, when it scored a frightful 4/10 from Eurogamer's John Teti.

There's still no sign of Mortal Kombat: Arcade Kollection however. Sony previously blamed the six week delay on a "technical issue" with the game.

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