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Dragon Age II

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Dragon Age II
Dragon Age II cover
Developers
BioWare
macOS (OS X) TransGaming Inc.
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Engines
Lycium
Release dates
Windows March 8, 2011
macOS (OS X) (Cider) March 8, 2011
Reception
Metacritic 82
IGDB 76
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase, DLC, Subscription gaming service
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Continuous turn-based
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RPG
Art styles Realistic
Themes Fantasy, LGBTQ
Series Dragon Age
Dragon Age II on HowLongToBeat
Dragon Age II on IGDB
Dragon Age II guide on StrategyWiki
Dragon Age II on MobyGames
Dragon Age II on Wikipedia
Dragon Age
Dragon Age: Origins 2009
Dragon Age II 2011
Dragon Age: Inquisition 2014
Dragon Age: The Veilguard 2024

Dragon Age II is a singleplayer third-person RPG game in the Dragon Age series.

Key points

Saves can be imported from Dragon Age: Origins.

General information

Steam Community Discussions
Steam Community Discussions (retired)

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Requires online activation
CD key
Executable on disk contains SecuROM DRM Release Control[1]
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Epic Games Store
DRM details are not known
Ultimate Edition.
Windows
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Origin
Ultimate Edition
Included exclusively with Xbox Game Pass for PC as part of its version of EA Play.
Windows
Origin
Origin
Ultimate Edition
Included with EA Play.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Steam
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Origin
Ultimate Edition
Included with EA Play (Steam).
Windows
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Origin
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Games for Windows Marketplace (unavailable)
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[2]
Windows
Green Man Gaming (unavailable)
Origin
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Humble Store (unavailable)
Origin
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Steam (unavailable)
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Windows

Version differences

The Ultimate Edition is a complete edition containing the base game and all DLC.

Demo

A free demo is available on Steam.

Monetization

Type Notes
DLC The DLC include story missions and items.
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.
Subscription gaming service Available via EA Play.

DLC and expansion packs

All of the DLC is now available in a bundle on Origin and Steam.
Separate installers are available. Direct links are provided in the table below for convenience. For macOS-compatible versions, check this page. The original soundtrack can be downloaded for free from this EA page.
All DLC is free as of July 13, 2022.[3] DLC-Bundle is free as of August 15, 2022.
Name Notes
The Exiled Prince
Windows
macOS (OS X)
The Black Emporium
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Legacy
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Mark of the Assassin
Windows
macOS (OS X)
All-Class Item Pack Contains Mage Item Pack, Rogue Item Pack and Warrior Item Pack
Windows
All-Class Item Pack II Contains Mage Item Pack II, Rogue Item Pack II and Warrior Item Pack II
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Blood Dragon Armor Requires Dragon Age: Origins to be registered on same account
Windows
Mage Item Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Mage Item Pack II
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Promotional Pack Free on Origin
Windows
Rogue Item Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Rogue Item Pack II
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Ser Isaac's Armor Requires Dead Space 2 to be registered on same account
Windows
Warrior Item Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Warrior Item Pack II
Windows
macOS (OS X)
High Resolution Texture Pack Free
Windows

Essential improvements

Hi-Res Texture Pack - greatly improves the texture quality. If the game is on Origin, then the texture pack can be downloaded as free DLC.

Patches

Patch 1.04 is the latest.

Skip intro videos

Edit config file[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open DragonAge.ini.
  3. Change the line DisableIntroMovies=0 to DisableIntroMovies=1 and save the file.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\BioWare\Dragon Age 2\Settings\DragonAge.ini
Microsoft Store
macOS (OS X) $HOME/Documents/BioWare/Dragon Age 2/Settings/DragonAge.ini
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1238040/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\BioWare\Dragon Age 2\Characters\
Microsoft Store
macOS (OS X) $HOME/Documents/BioWare/Dragon Age 2/Characters/
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1238040/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher
Origin
Syncs save games. No cross-platform sync between Windows and OS X.
OneDrive
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud
Xbox Cloud

Video

Video settings
Video settings

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Use Widescreen Fixer with this plugin to fix HUD position.
Ultra-widescreen
[4]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Works with Windowed Borderless Gaming. In WBG settings make sure to set the resolution to your native res, to avoid inaccurate mouse placement.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
DirectX 10/11 only. Use Graphics Control Panel to force it in DirectX 9 Mode.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
MSAA. Nvidia users can force SGSSAA in Nvidia Profile Inspector by enhancing the in-game MSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[5] Some things like other characters movement in dialogues/cutscenes are still capped at 30 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Input

Key bindings settings
Key bindings settings
Mouse settings
Mouse settings

Audio

Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
SFX, music and dialogue.
Surround sound
Outputs 5.1 if detected. Stereo can be forced.
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, download.
Russian
Spanish

VR support

Issues fixed

Won't launch on Retina display

Retina display does not support 1024x600 default resolution and fails to display window. Game otherwise runs in the background.
Edit resolution in DragonAge.ini[6]
  1. Edit $HOME/Documents/BioWare/Dragon Age 2/Settings/DragonAge.ini
  2. Change lines to:
ResolutionWidth=1280
ResolutionHeight=800

Won't launch on OS X

Play button appears but does not launch the game.
Delete wineserver folder[7]
  1. Go to $HOME/Library/Application Support/Dragon Age II
  2. Delete folder wineserver-computername.

Volume is too low

The volume of the game is too low independently of your volume settings.
Enable Stereo Sound[8]
  1. Go to Audio options in-game.
  2. Enable Stereo Sound.

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c, 10, 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.9n

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 X2 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB (XP)
1.5 GB (Vista, 7)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 7 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 7900 GS
ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro
256 MB of VRAM
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.6.6
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 1.86 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 9 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 9400 GS
ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro
256 MB of VRAM


Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:

References