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) March 8, 2011
Dragon Age II guide at StrategyWiki
Dragon Age II at Wikipedia
Dragon Age
Dragon Age: Origins 2009
Dragon Age II 2011
Dragon Age: Inquisition 2014

General information

Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail Requires online activation
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Gamesplanet
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Origin
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Uplay (US/Canada)
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Steam CD key can be activated on Origin.[1]

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
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
Black Emporium
Windows
Blood Dragon Armor Requires Dragon Age: Origins to be registered on same account
Windows
The Exiled Prince
Windows
High Resolution Texture Pack Free.
Windows
Legacy
Windows
Mage Item Pack
Windows
Mage Item Pack II
Windows
Mark of the Assassin
Windows
Promotional Pack Free on Origin.
Windows
Rogue Item Pack
Windows
Rogue Item Pack II
Windows
Ser Isaac's Armor Free on Origin.
Windows
Warrior Item Pack
Windows
Warrior Item Pack II
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

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[edit]

Patch 1.04 is the latest.

Skip intro videos[edit]

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[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\BioWare\Dragon Age 2\Settings\DragonAge.ini
macOS (OS X) ~/Documents/BioWare/Dragon Age 2/Settings/DragonAge.ini

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\BioWare\Dragon Age 2\Characters\
macOS (OS X) ~/Documents/BioWare/Dragon Age 2/Characters

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Origin
Syncs save games. No cross-platform sync between Windows and OS X.
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Use Widescreen Fixer with this plugin to fix HUD position.
Ultra-widescreen
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)
Only with DirectX 11 renderer
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Can be enhanced to SGSSAA via NVIDIA Inspector.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[2]

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
SFX, music and dialogue.
Surround sound
supports 5.1 output
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Polish
Russian
Spanish

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Dragon Age II.
TriDef 3D
iZ3D
Devices Native Notes
3RD Space Gaming Vest

Issues fixed[edit]

Won't launch on Retina display[edit]

Retina display does not support 1024x600 default resolution and fails to display window. Game otherwise runs in the background.
Edit resolution in DragonAge.ini[3]
  1. Edit ~/Documents/BioWare/Dragon Age 2/Settings/DragonAge.ini
  2. Change lines to:
ResolutionWidth=1280
ResolutionHeight=800

Won't launch on OS X[edit]

Play button appears but does not launch the game.
Delete wineserver folder[4]
  1. Go to ~/Library/Application Support/Dragon Age II/
  2. Delete folder /wineserver-computername/

Cutscene animation behaves erratically on Windows 8/8.1[edit]

Set compatibility mode on DragonAge2.exe to Windows XP (Service Pack 3)[citation needed]
  1. Right click ~/Dragon Age 2/bin_ship/DragonAge2.exe and choose Properties. Choose the Compatibility tab.
  2. Check the box next to Run this program in compatibility mode for:
  3. Choose Windows XP (Service Pack 3) from the drop-down menu.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista 7
Processor (CPU) Dual Core CPU running at 1.8 GHz or greater (Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2) AMD Phenom II X3 Triple core 2.8 GHz
Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB (XP)
1.5 GB (Vista, 7)
2 GB (XP)
4 GB(Vista, 7)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 7 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 7900 GS
AMD Radeon HD 2600 Pro
256 MB of VRAM
Nvidia GeForce 8800GTS
AMD Radeon HD 3850
512 MB of VRAM
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.6.6
Processor (CPU) 1.86 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 9 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 9400 GS
AMD Radeon HD 2600 Pro
256 MB of VRAM

References

  1. Verified by User:Andytizer on November 23, 2013
  2. New 120Hz Games Report
  3. DA:O Ultimate for Mac installs fine, but no video - any ideas? - The BioWare Forum
  4. http://answers.ea.com/t5/Dragon-Age-2/Dragon-Age-2-does-not-play-when-clicked-play-Mac/td-p/252124