Dragon Age: Inquisition Reviews

  • SedgendarySedgendary272,936
    26 Nov 2014 26 Nov 2014
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    Dragon Age Inquisition
    Developer: Bioware
    Publisher: EA
    Platforms: Xbox One (version reviewed), PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows PC

    The first thing you realise when starting to play Dragon Age Inquisition is just how big this game is, although it is not an open world game like Skyrim the game world feels about the same size but feels more full. Everywhere you go there is something to do from solving someone’s problems to collecting crafting materials. Despite this very few of the missions are the fetch quests that you would expect.

    Bioware has gone back to the typical save the world plotline after their experiment with the story structure from Dragon Age 2, they haven’t taken many chances with the story as it follows the traditional Bioware Cliché structure. To be honest this doesn’t take away from the game as the story is enjoyable and does throw in some twists that I didn’t expect. Where the game really shines is in the world and characters, the longer you immerse yourself in the world the more you begin to find yourself caring about what happens to the world and the characters in it. You will get more from this if you have played the previous two games, as seeing the people you met in them and seeing how your decisions effected the world. As the game bridges two generations of consoles Bioware came up with a new way of importing your decisions even if you played the previous games on a different console.

    The controls are a mixture of the two games before it with a few differences. For the first time in the series you are now able to jump which makes navigating the huge world a little easier. Due to this change the main attack is on RT which can be a little jarring but it doesn’t take long to get used to the change. The other big change is the introduction of the Tactical view from the PC version of Dragon Age Origins, this is a completely optional view which pauses the game and allows you to give orders to your party. This isn’t necessary on the lower difficulties however to succeed at higher difficulties the AI isn’t able to survive by itself.

    The game doesn’t do everything right, it gates off certain missions behind a power mechanic which you gain by completing quests. This feels like an unnecessary way of increasing play time, likely done as they want everyone to experience more of the game. The game also has quite a few bugs like your character being launched into the air or across the map whilst trying to attack and characters appearing out of nowhere and clipping into things. The worst of these bugs though is the game stopping during conversations, if this does happen to you leave the game running as it does eventually keep going after a few minutes.

    The achievements are very doable as they are mostly just experience everything the game has to offer with the hardest being the difficulty achievements. In theory it is possible to get the full 1000G in one playthrough if you are willing to go through the game on the hardest difficulty first time round.

    Overall this game is amazing and makes up for the missteps of Bioware’s previous two games (Dragon Age 2 and Mass Effect 3) and if you have a spare 100 hours this game is a must buy and really is a game you have to experience for yourself. Be warned though if you have not played the previous games in the series, and even if you have but haven’t read the books / comics, there will be a lot you will be confused about and may want to read up on to catch up.

    9.5 / 10

    *Review originally done for www.thegamesden.com
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    s3bb86mass effect 3 was fantastic.
    Posted by s3bb86 on 30 Nov 14 at 18:22
    SedgendaryWhile Mass Effect 3 was a good game it had some major flaws like the badly handled ending which wasn't what they had been promising fans during development and less control over conversations compared to previous installments
    Posted by Sedgendary on 30 Nov 14 at 18:53
    InfiniteLogicMass Effect was great until the STUPID ending in ME3, as well as the moronic co-op, and hasn't been in my console since! I've heard that the previous DA was a similar disappointment.
    Is it worth picking this up while on Gold sale even though I haven't played any previous DAs, and does it have a sensible ending? I'm very vary of Bioware after ME3 and won't be buying any future Mass Effect (how can the arc possibly continue with the gates destroyed and Bioware adding co-op and possibly M/P to appeal to the COD brigade?).
    Posted by InfiniteLogic on 28 Jan 15 at 08:53
    MattricusIt was good reviews that inspired me to actually buy this game when it went into a sale in my local store. Glad i did! :D
    Posted by Mattricus on 19 Jul 15 at 21:52
    XellizJust bought the GOTY edition after spending the last 18 months in WoW. Though I played the other 2 fully, EA couldn't find any save games to import. I guess I didn't upload them or something.
    Posted by Xelliz on 13 Oct 15 at 13:37
    SedgendaryTechnically it doesn't import any saves it uses www.dragonagekeep.com to import your decisions
    Posted by Sedgendary on 13 Oct 15 at 14:51
    FullMoonBeaverBought this on sale yesterday, £22 for the game and all dlc is a bargain. Only briefly played DA:O, so I don't know much about the lore etc. Looking forward to losing myself in an RPG after Fallout 4 failed to impress me. Hope that it was money well spent.
    Posted by FullMoonBeaver on 23 Dec 15 at 09:42
    BugogiIf im wanting to play this in a much more micro managing way, is it suggested i play on hte hardest difficulty? Im wanting, hoping- that this game allows me to basically play through controlling the characters as if i were running a wow dungeon, directing my tank to tank specific target, crowd controling a mob, and focusing dps ect.
    Posted by Bugogi on 23 Nov 16 at 18:23
    BugogiIf im wanting to play this in a much more micro managing way, is it suggested i play on hte hardest difficulty? Im wanting, hoping- that this game allows me to basically play through controlling the characters as if i were running a wow dungeon, directing my tank to tank specific target, crowd controling a mob, and focusing dps ect.
    Posted by Bugogi on 23 Nov 16 at 18:25
    SedgendaryYou don't need to play on the hardest to do that
    Posted by Sedgendary on 23 Nov 16 at 18:32