Dragon Age II Definitely Not As Dumbed Down As Mass EffectStephen Totilo2/18/11 12:00pmFiled to: PreviewDragon age iiBiowareTopOriginalPCMacPS3Xbox 3605671EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkOlder gamers worry, with years of justification, that the games they can play today are less complex than the games they played yesterday. Another person's streamlining is their selling out. They see a game developer saying "simplification," they hear "over-simplification."AdvertisementThey don't want their games dumbed down.That river of anxiety is flowing past Dragon Age II, the massive role-playing game from BioWare that's coming out in March for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC and Mac. The Dragon Age series is a dark fantasy epic that puts players in control of a small band of warriors and mages, enabling them to fight, talk and romance across a land of war, spells and dragons. Dragon Age was also supposed to be development studio BioWare's bulwark against the the modern role-playing game, a monument to the tougher, more tactical games of old, the Dragon Age series.Back in November, though, I was writing about how fans anticipating the sequel should worry less. They'd grown concerned that the slow pace and high strategy of the original game, a throwback to classic RPGs of a decade ago had been abandoned. Yes, the camera view was lowered, the overhead PC-only tactical camera option junked in favor of lower console-style camera work. The new game had fewer races to choose, simpler tech trees, faster combat. It sounded less and less like an RPG to its fans, more like BioWare's other big series, Mass Effect, an RPG series that is easily mistaken for an action game (a sci-fi shooter, in that case). The tech tree is still deep in Dragon Age II, I reported. Combat can still be paused and played in turns.