I agree a thousand times.
I loved the Awakening Anders.
I enjoyed very much to flirt with him and made me very sad not to have a real romance in Awakening.
That’s why I was very happy that in DA2 was possible to have a romance with him.
But I did not expect a so changed Anders. He was tender, sweet and this is a beautiful thing, but ..this wasn’t Anders.
On awakening he was a rebel, strong, sarcastic and happy. Seemed that Nothing and no one could stop him.
In DA2 is sad, full of problems, and more depressed.
Perhaps more mature, but not so young.
Bioware. What have you done?
i love both, to be honest. and i feel like my love for both isn’t a mutually exclusive but rather mutually beneficial kind of thing. the change anders undergoes is rather the entire point—you know a character in his callow, selfish, hilarious but avoidant youth, before you know him underneath a completely different set of constraints, burdens, and circumstances with a new-found (albeit complicated) maturity.
the reason anders works so well, why i love him so much on both ends of the spectrum, is because you’ve seen both ends; you know who he was and who he’s become. over the course of time, people change. time changes them. no one stays the same forever and anders, albeit in an accelerated fashion with dire external pressures, undergoes tremendous change. we get to watch that. we get to see its consequences, its tolls, its realities. what anders goes through changes him.
the intensity of that change in anders comes in a very exaggerated form, yes, and with its prices, but that’s rather the point of the change, and to highlight that extremity is what gets me so good about his place in the story.
do i love carefree, self-involved, flirty, aimless anders? yep. do i love dragon age 2 anders, with a cause and a purpose that’s bigger than he is, tragedy and hope and tenderness and anger and pain combined? sure do. but what i love most of all is that they’re the same person, part of the same character arc.
This. At this point it doesn’t even get me annoyed when I see people talk about how disappointed they are in new!Anders compared to Awakening!Anders, it just makes me feel… sad, I guess. Sad, that so many people seem to be completely missing the point of a fabulous, bittersweet story arch that took a shallow man and made him grow as a person, however unhappily.