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Dragon Age: Inquisition Review

by staticneuron

posted January 5, 2015 @ 11:42AM
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Despite being a relatively new franchise in the grand scheme of gaming, Dragon Age has had a rough time. The first game, Dragon Age: Origins, was met with praise all around; it was a return to form for Bioware, incorporating all the lessons they've learned throughout the years into one magnum opus. After being assimilated into Electronic Arts, work began on a sequel, Dragon Age 2, which fell far short of its predecessor. While the combat was praised, the game was frequently panned for reusing environments and losing the sense of mystery and exploration that the first game reveled in. With Dragon Age: Inquisition, Bioware promised a return to form, a game that provided the combat from Dragon Age 2 with the large scale world of Dragon Age: Origins. Did they succeed?


Absolutely. For starters, Dragon Age: Inquisition is a game that exceeds 100 hours if you are the type of gamer who strives for 100% completion. Every one of the game's areas is enormous, with plenty of variety to go around: a mountainous region, a forest, and a desert, just for starters. Each of these areas has plenty of side-quests to complete and items to uncover. You'll likely be overwhelmed at the amount of content when you first start playing the game as your quest book quickly fills up.

Eventually you'll end up in a brawl, and Dragon Age: Inquisition's combat is largely the same as Dragon Age 2, which is a good thing as that was a highlight of the previous game. Each of the different character classes approaches combat in a different way, so no two encounters are ever the same. It also encourages replayability: Playing as a mage is much different from playing as a warrior, and it also gives you a chance to experience the story again and make different choices.

Without spoiling too much, the story in Dragon Age: Inquisition is set on a grand scale, with the high-quality writing you've come to expect from Bioware. The companions you'll encounter in this game are some of their finest work, and while the story dips in a few areas, on the whole it's an amazing tale. You owe it to yourself to go into it with fresh eyes.

Much like Mass Effect 3 before it, Dragon Age: Inquisition features multiplayer. Similar to Mass Effect 3, multiplayer is a cooperative experience where you and up to three friends slaughter everything in your path. Howeer, unlike Mass Effect 3, the multiplayer in Dragon Age: Inquisition isn't connected to the single player at all, so feel free to skip it: It's a completely optional part of the package.

In terms of graphics, Dragon Age: Inquisition looks amazing, as you'd expect of any game in the current generation. While the PC version reigns supreme in terms of visuals, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions are just about equal: You can't go wrong with either choice.

Dragon Age: Inquisition is not only the first great role-playing game of the current generation, but it's a great role-playing game period. If you were put off by Dragon Age 2, you can safely purchase Dragon Age: Inquisition knowing that all faults of the previous game have been rectified in a big way.

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