TL;DR: DRAGON AGE IS SRS BUSINESS!!
So, I finished Dragon Age 2. I liked all of it except for the fact that they ruined my favorite character. (warning: spoilers and ridiculous length)
Okay, "ruined" is too strong a word. More like "changed beyond recognition." There were still some epic moments with new!Anders, but they were far too few and far between to make up for all the "blah blah mages blah freedom blah JUSTIIIIICEEEE oh god what am I sulk emo cry" that for SOME REASON, Bioware decided was a great idea.
It must have gone like:
"Hey, we need like this totally broody character to go with all the other broody characters. But this one needs to be a mage and he needs to be CRAAAAZY cause he's gonna blow up a church."
"We don't have time to make another character, guys!"
"Wait, wasn't there a mage guy in that expansion we made over one weekend last year?"
"Oh you mean that Anders guy? The witty, snarky one who loves cats and gets all the ladies?"
"Yeah... no one liked him, right? They won't notice if we totally change him into a teenager in his bisexual emo phase, right?"
"Probably not. Hey we can stick that Justice guy in his body! That will be CRAAAAZY! LOL!"
Full disclosure: I LOVE(d) Anders. So hard. If I could have traded three characters from Origins for Anders to be in it, I would have. (bye Sten, bye Lel, bye... dog?) He was totally my type, and I don't mean that in a creepy way (maybe I do), but it's just the type of character that is always my favorite in a game. HE WAS A BRO. So yeah, I'm extremely biased towards old Anders. I will never know if my opinion would be different if I had come into it with no previous knowledge of how awesome he was. However, my boyfriend did exactly that, and we have the same opinion:
New Anders is a whiny terrorist bitch.
I tried. I tried SO HARD. I was always nice to him, supported him, face-eating Anders was pretty hot, I even ran off with him in the end. But I didn't like it. I wanted to help him redeem himself, regain some of that Anders-ness. BUT IT NEVER HAPPENED! He just went further and further off the deep end of SOUL-SUCKING DEPRESSION. Like why even bother? Now, I understand that some serious stuff happened to him. I am not trying to say that it doesn't make sense for him to be the way he was. If I had taken a spirit into my body and then found out that apparently I actually wanted to KILL EVERYTHING and was now the magical Incredible Hulk, I'd be kinda pissed off. But he's not a character so much as a plot device, because he doesn't change. He doesn't respond to anything Hawke does except to bitch and moan about THE MAGES some more, even if this is the UMPTEENTH TIME YOU'VE HELPED THEM, and eventually goes batshit just like everyone else in the end of the game and disintegrates the Chantry. FOR NO FUCKING REASON. No matter what you do! And so your choices are a) kill him, or b) absolve him of all guilt and let him go?!
ANDERS DESERVED BETTER, SIRS.
Even now I'm still trying really hard to like him. Not liking him makes me really sad. And I guess the fact that I'm so depressed about the whole thing may very well be proof that Anders is the best-developed character in video game history.
Now I'm gonna go re-play Awakening, massive bugs and all, and cry myself to sleep. (but not slit my wrists because that's blood magic, and Anders doesn't like that!)
And sorry for the rant. I kinda don't use my livejournal anymore, soooo....
Oh also: no epilogue blurbs? ENDING SUCKS