Dragon Age 2: Mark of the Assassin Reviews

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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