BioWare co-founder Dr. Ray Muzyka's has said how "proud" the studio is of its latest title, Dragon Age 2, which releases in Europe this Friday.
Judging from the numerous glowing reviews that have just hit the internet, his pride hasn't been misplaced.
We've rounded up all the first verdicts for BioWare's second Dragon Age title, and if these don't convince you of the game's quality nothing will.
First up is PC Gamer, which awarded the RPG an editor's choice award and called it "darker, sexier and better" than the first title, with "the best RPG combat ever". The mag gave the game a 94% review score.
In its review multi-platform mag GamesMaster said "BioWare has comprehensively hit back at detractors of the original game and Dragon Age II delivers a distinctive fantasy RPG with far broader appeal and personality than before," sticking an impressive 90% review score on the sequel.
PSM3 agreed the EA effort 90%, praising its "fluid and satisfying" combat and "freedom" to accommodate numerous play styles.
The Escapist's bottom line is that Dragon Age 2 is the "pinnacle of role-playing games with well-designed mechanics and excellent story-telling". The site gives it 5 stars and recommended fans "buy it, steal it, beat up your little brother so you can play it".
Joystiq's 4/5 review concludes by saying Dragon Age 2 is a game with "great conversations", "thrilling battles" and "an interesting story", however the reviewer has trouble shaking the "distinct feeling of being led through a haunted house where the next encounter was being set up just moments before my arrival".
GameSpot awards DA2 an 8.0, praising its "spectacular writing and voice acting", "fascinating world characterized by moral ambiguity" and "fun, fast-paced, and colorful" combat. But marking it down for a story that "lacks focus and drive", "long loading times" and "technical stutters".
We'll be updating this review round-up as and when more scores arrive, so check back for updates.