If you thought for one second that Dragon Age was all fun comedy, you thought wrong. After the long wait, it came, it saw, and it conquered. As always, Dragon Age has had its funny moments thanks to our bickering crew and their love and hatred for each other. Now, we revisit them to save the day once again.
BioWare is one of the most common companies to create a game you freakin love under the radar. The first Mass Effect? Awesome, but not too many open fans with all those other great games dropping. Now look at it. BioWare has yet to fail a sequel – ever. Even with the whining and complaining of ME3s ending, people were (and are still) die hard for that game. Owning the entire trilogy myself, I can honestly say BioWare it one of the companies that will make me think on a purchase before I even know what the game is. A little naive, but totally worth it.
Dragon Age Inquisition is the third game in the series and does a great job combining all of the best features from the first two games. As always, an insanely in depth character creation system starts you off and you start your journey as a lot of RPGs start…in a cell not knowing anything whatsoever about what just happened and being grilled about it mercilessly. When you complete the intro dialogue you get to move your character around our new and improved environments. It starts off icy and cold but of course there are others to explore, and as the chief agent of Andraste with the ability to lose rifts, you already know you’ll be doing a lot of scenery chasing.
Our fighting system hasn’t changed too much, which is great because there was never anything wrong with it. The camera following as usual is a bit of a pain to control but thats the case with many games across different genres that you just learn to handle with time. Progression through the story has added some extra dialogue for more control of your end-game and when it comes to romancing. It even includes some “tasteful” sex scenes now. What a game. Your keep is more customizable now and you can choose its primary purpose for more fight related things or simply as a shop. Everything else is pretty much following the “If it aint broke, don’t fix it.” rule.
We still get an immense amount of detail that maybe comes from being programmed for the next-gen consoles, but still show well on current-gens. Facial structures are relatively smooth for our main character but it depends on how you customize them, and the other characters of the game seem to have plenty of detail to prove that it isn’t a common issue throughout the game. Additive to the “if it aint broke” list, equipment still loads as you arm yourself so you never have to look at the same old armor you started the game with. Constant changing environments and equipment will help prevent your eyes from getting too tired. Graphics here are fluid and workable, not stiff and obviously only meant for cutscenes.
Dragon Age has never failed with epic, and I mean epic, music. It’s something like Skyrim, in that if you were to listen to it solely with no gameplay, it could terrify you. Those are some strong instrumentals. Combined so perfectly with the story, the soundtrack will drag you in and it might even bring you to tears. Not saying anyone here is overly sensitive or anything… The final decision on the musical talent? A total A. Does exactly what it means to, when it means to, and how it means to.
BioWare’s Dragon Age: Inquisition is one of the few RPGs you can still be proud to play even if not everyone knows about it. Actually, I like it a lot better that way, personally. It gives off a but of a “Hipster” flare on RPGs. Not too many fans, but not too little. I, for one, am all in it for BioWare and that’s never steered me wrong. If you’re looking for an RPG that is strong in gameplay and customization of the story, this is definitely a good buy, the entire series is. Dragon Age’s comedic inserts will have you forgetting and remembering the tragedy that happens along the way so often, you’ll think you’re watching the LOTR series. In this case, that’s awesome.
Great addition to the series8
Gameplay score 9
Graphics score 7
Music & SFX score 9