Dragon Age ™: Inquisition (NA)
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The epic role-playing series from BioWare takes a thrilling leap forward with the power of Frostbite 3. Beautiful vistas and incredible new possibilities await you. Ready yourself for Dragon Age: Inquisition.
A cataclysmic event plunges the land of Thedas into turmoil. Dragons darken the sky, casting a shadow of terror over a once-peaceful kingdom. Mages break into all-out war against the oppressive Templars. Nations rise against one another. It falls to you and your party of legendary heroes to restore order as you lead the Inquisition, hunting down the agents of chaos. Bonds will form - and some will break - as the campaign for truth takes its toll.
BioWare’s latest action-adventure delivers an unparalleled story set in a vast, changeable landscape. Explore hidden caves, defeat truly monumental creatures, and shape the world around you based on your unique play style.
Explore, lead, and battle: Tough choices define your experience, and even one decision can change the course of what's to come.
Become the Inquisitor
Wield the power of the Inquisition over the course of an epic character-driven story, and lead a perilous journey of discovery through the Dragon Age.
Bond with Legends
A cast of unique, memorable characters will develop dynamic relationships both with you and with each other.
Discover the Dragon Age
Freely explore a diverse, visually stunning, and immersive living world.
Change the World
Your actions and choices will shape a multitude of story outcomes along with the tangible, physical aspects of the world itself.
Play Your Way
Completely control the appearance and abilities of your Inquisitor, party of followers, outposts, and strongholds. Decide the makeup of your Inquisition forces and your own style of combat.
Major Comeback for Dragon Age Seriesejamesharper | March 20, 2015 | See all ejamesharper's reviews »
This is the true sequel to Dragon Age: Origins. The open-world settings are absolutely gorgeous and the combat is always fun. You can roam around for hours doing side-quests without even touching the main story.
This is how you do a multi-platform game. Scale the graphics up to fully PC capacity (as opposed to awful graphics in Dark Souls 2).
This chapter of Dragon Age captures the same compelling narrative as in Dragon Age: Origins and Mass Effect, and hopefully will set the bar for future Bioware titles.
Bioware is back and they delivered a gemTakwin | Feb. 8, 2015 | See all Takwin's reviews »
Lose yourself in a gorgeous massive open world, with many different stories to follow and tales to be forged. The Skyhold fortress, mission map, party system, crafting system - all excellent. The voice acting is great. Your party members have a LOT of variety in personality and you have at least 2 of each class, plus yourself, to field a party of 4, so you can play it your way and change as the situation dictates.
The great mix of Skyrim-type action RPG and slower, turn-based RPG like Transistor and similar to Fire Emblem. It's a little more action-y than Origins, and even though I generally prefer pure turn-based games, I was entertained and engaged with the combat system throughout the game.
Rest assured, a stunning success like this shows that Bioware is back after the SWTOR mistake (we all wanted KOTOR 3) and the misfire at the end of Mass Effect 3 (which I still loved anyway). Now, we can all look forward to Mass Effect 4, and whatever else Bioware has in store for us.
A well done RPGTheFadeForever | Jan. 21, 2015 | See all TheFadeForever's reviews »
The game has a huge amount of content that can last you more than 100 hours. Graphics/art style is gorgeous especially if you have the PC that can max it. Combat lies somewhere between DA2 and the original although the system leans towards the second game but a lot better.There are more romance option in the game to choose from. Characters are well written and interesting to say the least. Plot is engaging with choices to choose from that will impact the story.
This is the Dragon Age game that we fans have been waiting for. It actually feels like a proper sequel. There so many things to do in the game its kinda overwhelming. Although many quests can be merely no more than fetch type quest. There are those that stand out and even when you think your getting close to the end your only hitting the tip of the iceberg. With more polish to the game this is the go to RPG to get if your looking for anything out in the market.
The Ultimate Dragon Age Experienceheerox328 | Jan. 11, 2015 | See all heerox328's reviews »
Dragon Age is by far BioWare's most troubled franchise. The series started off on a high note with the release of the classic RPG that was Dragon Age Origins. It then found itself in an uncertain place with the disappointing Dragon Age 2. Neither game was perfect, but Origins had far more pros than cons, whereas 2 seemed to be a step backwards in many respects.
Dragon Age Inquisition looked to be the perfect balance between Origins and 2, by having great story, great characters, engaging and tactical combat, an expansive environment, and an epic experience. Dragon Age Inquisition largely succeeded by having one of the most diverse casts of companions a BioWare game has ever had, taking advantage of the incredibly beautiful visuals thanks to the power of Frostbite 3, and massive open environments built to encourage exploration and wonder.
Aside from poor mount mechanics and a main story that had its ups and downs, the game was overall beautifully executed and a pleasure to experience. A completionist run will easily see you investing well over 100 hours into the game. That does not even include the multiplayer, which adds more replayability and the option of experiencing DAI with friends to a limited degree. It's also worth noting that the inclusion of events, characters, and choices from Origins and 2 are well-executed as you see your choices over the course of ten years have impact.
Dragon Age Inquisition isn't perfect and certainly suffers as dragon fights are generally tedious and redundant and gear progression is awkward and limited, but the game largely outshines its shortcomings. If you are a fan of BioWare, Dragon Age, or just epic RPGs that focus on combat, story, exploration, and progression, this is the game for you. It more than deserved GotY and is likely the biggest, most ambitious title BioWare has ever made (outside of SWTOR).
Do not pass on this game. It more than makes up for the disappointment DA2 was.
Bioware's brilliant return to gloryRC1991 | Jan. 9, 2015 | See all RC1991's reviews »
So, after 165 hours of Dragon Age Inquisition, spread out over two playthroughs, I should probably give my thoughts on it. Spoiler alert: I vastly enjoy the game, though it does have some issues. Some have to deal with PC optimization, and others involve Bioware's design philosophy for the whole series.
First of all, the good. Dragon Age Inquisition is, quite simply, incredibly fun to play. The combat is surprisingly engaging, considering that it is more streamlined than Dragon Age 2. Having to constantly press buttons to attack makes the player feel more involved in the combat than Dragon Age 2's "spam blood magic to win" system. Streamlining combat isn't always a bad thing- see the difference between Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2.
The companions in Dragon Age Inquisition are some of the best that I have ever encountered in a computer RPG, ranking right up there with the Suicide Squad from ME2. They have a diverse range of backgrounds and character traits, with plenty of interesting romantic options and character development. Hell, Bioware managed to create a companion whom I can both loathe and respect at once. I still can't bury my face in Varric's chest hair, but no game is perfect I suppose. Inter-companion banter is Bioware's best thus far, and I dearly hope that Mass Effect 4 takes note of this.
DAI's graphics and art design are both a credit to the game, and a source of one of my few gripes. First of all, the game is absolutely gorgeous. The environments are vivid, and the armor is aesthetically pleasing (I still have nightmares about King Cailan's Armor from Return to Ostagar). At the same time, the game could use a bit more PC optimization. The framerate occasionally stutters, and you have to make sure mesh quality is set to High if you want to avoid having greasy-looking hair.
Now to story, worldbuilding, and writing. DAI excels at worldbuilding. It pulls in disparate elements of the Dragon Age universe and weaves them all together to help give the player a sense of the scope of their actions. However, this could have been handled better in one key area- imported decisions. For all the hubbub about the Dragon Age Keep feature, the player's decisions in DAO and DA2 have a marginal impact on Inquisition. Compare this to the Mass Effect trilogy, where one's actions in the previous games can doom or rescue entire species. This seems to be intentional on the part of Bioware- they do seem to want each game to be more self-contained than the ME trilogy- but I would like these choices to have mattered more. This is further exacerbated by the endings- or lack thereof. Dragon Age Inquisition has one actual ending, with variations in the ending slides based on one's decisions (the appointment of the new Divine seems to be the new Suicide Mission). Well, there's two endings I guess- there's an ending that basically amounts to "rocks fall, everyone dies". But it requires you to actively try and piss off everyone in Thedas and burn every possible bridge. I'm left weirdly nostalgic for Destroy/Control/Synthesis (Destroy all day erry day!).
Additionally, the story is ambitious yet average. It plays its best card at the end of the first act, and to be fair, it's one hell of a card. There's a good twist later in the game, but otherwise the side stories and implied historical revision are much more interesting than the main plot. It's not bad, I just think that Bioware is running a bit scared after the issues with Mass Effect 3 and Dragon Age 2 (both of which I did enjoy, to a point. ME more than DA2).
The war table missions are surprisingly well-done. They start out relatively simple. Within a few hours, your choice of adviser for each mission becomes much more important, as the wrong choice can have devastating consequences. One wrong step can wipe out your clan, should you play as an Elf.
Overall, Dragon Age Inquisition certainly isn't perfect, yet it's still a fantastic game. The ending is weak, but somewhat satisfying (and has one hell of a post-credits stinger). I would wholeheartedly recommend the game.