BioWare surprised fans at Comic-Con with a world premiere hands-on preview of Dragon Age 2, completely open to the public. A block down the street from the convention center, fans were treated to a short presentation by lead designer Mike Laidlaw, as well as a few very brief combat segments and a look at the story that kicks off the game.

I’ll get impressions out of the way first: It’s faster and more brutal, less cerebral and more exaggerated. You might think that’s because BioWare wants to make the game a little flashier and more accessible, and you’d be right in part. But Dragon Age 2‘s dark secret is that even if the action is a little more over-the-top and a lot darker, there’s a real, solid, story-based justification for it.

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