Dragon Age 2 Press Demo Gameplay Videos (Updated)

Recently, Youtube user giZm posted up ~15 minute segments of Dragon Age 2 press demo gameplay in 5 parts. It is important to note that this press demo is not the same version of the demo that everyone will get a chance to try on February 22nd, and a number of changes were made since that press demo. However, if you've got an insatiable hankering for Dragon Age 2 media, spoil yourself silly after the break.

According to the official website:

In the demo, players will venture through the game's prologue, choosing from three different character classes. They'll also learn more about Hawke and hone their skills and abilities that will make them the ultimate hero. After finishing the prologue, players will enter a key new location in the world of Dragon Age, Kirkwall, befriending Isabela, a romantic interest in the game who is also a deadly smuggler.

Bioware's Chris Priestly posted a FAQ about the demo as well:

  1. Can we import from Origins into this demo?
    The demo does not have a character or save game import feature.
  2. Is there a character creator with the demo or do we play default Hawke?
    No. While you can modify your character in the main game, this is disabled in the demo
  3. Does the demo allow you to just start the full version of DA2 from where the demo leaves off?
    No. The demo begins with the beginning of Dragon Age II and then shows you a glimpse of a mission that occurs later on in the game.
  4. Will it show off DX11 effects on the PC?
    DX11 features will only be available on the PC purchase copy of Dragon Age 2.
  5. Can we play Male and Female Hawke?
    Yes you can choose male or female Hawke.
  6. How do I get the demo for my Xbox 360 or my PS3?
    The xbox 360 demo will be available through Live. The PS3 demo will be available through Playstation Home.

Part 1

The press demo does not have character customization options. The demo build of the game shown to the public on a German games website about a week ago showed character customization, but you won't be able to experience that in the public demo either. Also, this press demo is played on Medium (DirectX 9) settings (High and Very High require DirectX 11, which were not included in the demo).

Part 2

Bioware guy Peter Thomas has responded to comments in this thread at Bioware Social explaining that the gameplay above may not be representative of combat balance in the final build. "There were many combat balance changes since the build that was taken from."

Part 3

The main character changes to a male mage Hawke, suggesting that this video is from a different playthrough.

Part 4

Part 5

  • Razorfish

    Updated with the demo features FAQ: no character customization, no save imports, no progress saves, no directx 11. The focus of the demo is to showcase gameplay mechanics and framed narrative storytelling.