Above and beyond any reasonable critiques to be made of [Dragon Age 2‘s] design, it was simply an avatar of uncomfortable changes. Hawke wasn’t on a Hero’s Journey but at the mercy of events; Isabela was a woman of color; men flirted with your male character. In so many ways, DA2 constituted the existential challenge that often arouses the terror dream, inspiring a coruscating hatred against everything it seemed to represent.
–Katherine Cross on the gamer’s terror dream.
For the record, I freakin’ loved DA2. Except for that whole unfortunate “magic as mental illness” theme. That one I’m not so big on. But other than that… screw the haters!