‘Dragon Age 2: Mark of the Assassin’ DLC Review

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'Dragon Age 2: Mark of the Assassin' DLC Review
The Dragon Age II: Mark of the Assassin DLC has been released – adding another fine layer of mythos and intrigue to the story of the Champion of Kirkwall. Many game fans will no doubt count the new content as the best part of Dragon Age II – simply due to the likeness and voice work of geek-goddess, Felicia Day.

Okay, Day might not be entirely responsible for the success of the DLC but, nonetheless, “Mark of the Assassin” is a worthwhile add-on for fans of the series.

The general “Mark of the Assassin” plot, the latest Dragon Age II addition, allows players to check out the land of Orlais – where Felicia Day’s character, Tallis, is invited to an esteemed hunt and, subsequently, uses the event to steal the coveted “Heart of the Many.”

We’re going to avoid spoilers but, if you want more details, check out the “Mark of the Assassin” DLC trailer.

Rest assured, should you be intrigued by the world of Thedas, “Mark of the Assassin” will be adding some intriguing information – especially in reference to the mysterious Qunari people and the way of the Qun.

Gameplay follows the same general mechanics we’ve discussed in our Dragon Age II review – with the exception of a few new enemies (some of which pose interesting new challenges). Players with a high level character will have little difficulty running through the handful of encounters. However, the fights are actually a bit more challenging than those in the original game – and a little strategy will most likely be necessary in order to survive.

Dragon Age 2 Mark of the Assassin Party of Doom

Tallis is an interesting enough character and, as a Rogue, she utilizes a brand new “Infiltrator” specialization tree that somewhat combines the “Duelist” rogue and “Templar” specialization trees. As a nice change of pace, she also prefers throwing daggers (or other sharp objects) as opposed to getting up close and personal with an enemy’s face.

Players can expect a solid 3-4 hour playtime – with exploration, side quests (yes, there are a few side quests), combat, and of course, dialogue. There’s also a decent incentive for replayability – as there will be different side quests depending on what characters a player decides to bring along for the journey. An additional 12 hours of dialogue was recorded for “Mark of the Assassin” so players will benefit from a few playthroughs – just to discover the various story lines and conversations that are possible. While the idea of a dialogue-heavy game add-on might sound like a turn-off to some players, it’s actually a good thing. In fact, a lot of the dialogue written for “Mark of the Assassin” is pretty sharp with some great jokes dotted throughout.

The writing is backed up by great voice acting (a standard throughout the series) as well as opportunities to re-meet a few characters from DA2 – in order to, in some cases, get a clearer look into their lives.

Dragon Age 2 Mark of the Assassin Tallis

In general, “Mark of the Assassin” is a great romp back into the world of Thedas and the Tallis character is a solid foundation to build-from – providing intriguing story potential as well as a minor, but enjoyable, change-ups to the core gameplay. In the end, Dragon Age II: Mark of the Assassin is an encouraging entry in the Dragon Age world that fans of the series will no doubt enjoy.

Dragon Age II: Mark of the Assassin is available now for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

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Our Rating:

4.5 out of 5

TAGS: BioWare, Dragon Age 2, Electronic Arts, PC, PS3

  • Rad

    5 out of 5 huh?

    I wonder how much EA paid for this review…

    • http://gamerant.com/author/trung Trung Bui

      There was an error on my part when I made the initial score and implemented it for the post. We apologize for any confusion and no, we do not accept any money for any reviews.

    • http://gamerant.com/author/dyce/ Andrew Dyce

      Cynic much?

      • JJ422

        I have played some of the add on last night.Had difficulty stopping game play and lost a few hours of sleep.

        Good game play and more challenging engagements.

        I need to start over and up my supplies before starting the quest again.can easily recommend to those that liked the game.4.5 is a good call in my opinion.

  • http://brennacedria.com Brenna

    I’ve only finished it once so far, but the… “clearer look” into some DA2 character’s lives was perhaps a little TMI. Hilarious, but what the heck, lol.

    I’ve only finished the content once (will a FULL rogue set–Hawke, Tallis, Bela, and Seb–DON’T try to fight the optional boss with a group like that!) and am currently working on a much more balanced party of rogue Hawke, Tallis, Anders, and Aveline (which happens to be my canon Hawke, the 1st I beat DA2 with). I’ll probably put that save on hold and play my man whore mage Hawke all the way through first, but I haven’t finished Legacy with him yet so I’ll have to do that first.

    Overall I liked it much more than I expected to, but I haven’t written up my own review yet (just my mostly-non-spoilery “first reactions” post) so I’m trying to avoid most postings about MotA until I get that done. I did like Legacy a bit more, but that’s just because I think the Warden mythos is more interesting than Qunari politics.

  • TaboriHK

    I love the Qunari. Any excuse to explore their lore further, and I’m in.

    • JJ422

      I believe I finished it early this morning.I experienced 2 glitches.

      The first glitch was in the retreat and no key to go further.Nothing quite like a Im stuck feeling.

      Then in the final boss fight of the Duke on his weavern mount.After the final blow a never ending load is encountered.

      Another stuck feeling and a few choice words before turning off the console.

      Otherwise the add on was fairly large and fun.Watched a few youtube vids and think another walk through is in order.

      • http://brennacedria.com Brenna

        JJ422: If you beat the Duke & wyvern, then yeah, you got through all the content. I think I know what you’re talking about with the key in the Retreat, it’s after the Chasind bodyguard attacks down there, right? I thought it glitched there, too, but if so the glitch is just that it didn’t light up any “open gate” indicator once I beat him.

        I still haven’t figured out the full puzzle around the vault door yet. I’m assuming I need to NOT push over the two statues right away, but I haven’t tried it yet so we’ll see.

  • Canada Goose

    Dragon Age II: Mark of the Assassin is an encouraging entry in the Dragon Age world that fans of the series will no doubt enjoy.