Screenshot of Dragon Age Inquisition Cover

Bioware developed all the video games in the series, including the latest installment called Dragon Age Inquisition. The game was published by Electronic Arts in November 2014 for PCs and consoles. It can be played on both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 as well as Xbox 360 and Xbox One. This is the third installment in the series and it belongs to the role-playing genre, playable from third person perspective.

Key facts about Dragon Age Inquisition

  • Dragon Age Inquisition has an entirely new plot and its gameplay was changed to make combat more dynamic.
  • The game has bigger maps than both the prequel and the original, with players exploring a massive, beautiful world.
  • Dragon Age Inquisition shines through with a lot of content side quests.
  • Combat has been improved to make the game more difficult, after the original was criticized as too simple.
  • Dragon Age Inquisition has a comprehensive single player campaign and can also be enjoyed in multiplayer.

The Dragon Age Inquisition games

Dragon Age Inquisition is the first game in the series to introduce a multiplayer by popular request. BioWare allows players to enjoy this content in cooperative mode and explore new maps. The levels differ entirely from those that players complete in single player mode, for more original content. There are a total of three multiplayer campaigns and players get to choose between nine distinct characters.

There are significant differences between the Dragon Age Inquisition games played alone and in the company of others. Whatever progress players make in multiplayer will not carry in the single player or the other way around. The game is free, but players who don’t have a lot of time or want to speed up the gaming can purchase in game currency. Micro-transactions are featured for the first time in the series.

Compared to the previous game, the latest installment pays a lot of attention to romance. Players can interact with NPCs and romance arcs occur far more often and are more meaningful. Sometimes, party members choose to follow the main character after they fall in love with him. It is also possible to customize the main character even more and players can even modify the way the gear and weapons look.

What is Dragon Age Inquisition

Dragon Age Inquisition is a role-playing video game and the third installment in the series developed by BioWare. The game was published by Electronic Arts and can be played on all last generation consoles. This time action takes place on the continent of Thedas, on the verge of being overrun by demons. The gameplay bears many similarities to the predecessors, but the narrative is completely original. Players can still shift to the top-down camera angle but this time they can do so on consoles too.

Gameplay of Dragon Age Inquisition

The gameplay of Dragon Age Inquisition will look strangely familiar to those who have played Dragon Age Origin or a sequel. Players still get to choose one of the available races and then select a class. Each has its own specialization and key attributes that determine their resilience, attack power and ability to wield magic. Since players assume the role of the Inquisitor, they can also judge other characters and decide what happens to them.

Screenshot of Dragon Age Inquisition Dragon
Screenshot of Dragon Age Inquisition Dragon

Contrary to what the huge maps might suggest, the game doesn’t take place in an open world. Having said this, players can enjoy a lot of freedom when exploring the big levels and there are several ways to complete most missions. The Dragon Age Inquisition gameplay is the first one to allow players to import saved files from the prequels. When exploring the maps, players can capture forts and keeps, but the real challenge is to defend them.

Combat has been overhauled with the emphasis on preparation and positioning prior to battles. Players can also control party members and the AI does a fine job at controlling the NPCs. Players can pause the game during the fight and give precise instructions to their party members. They can also watch the battlefield from a different angle by using the alternative camera view. It is also recommended for players to shift to Tactical View to place traps and manipulate the rifts from which demons spawn.

Plot of Dragon Age Inquisition

The story of Dragon Age Inquisition begins in a time of peace, where the mage-templar war is suspended. Things take a turn for the worse when a rift opens in the wake of major explosion and demons pour in. The player is the only survivor and aided by a couple of assistance to the Divine tries to contain the threat. He enlists the help of templar Cullen, Ambassador Josephine and other members of the Inquisition.

They set up a base and recruit more companions, before trying to take the fight to the enemy. For a brief period of time, they manage to close the Breach but their victory is short-lived. As the town in which they took shelter is attacked by templars or mages, they need to seek refuge on higher ground. As the story progresses, the player becomes the leader of the Inquisition and resumes his crusade. Several characters from the previous games pop up, such as Morrigan, Alistair, Loghain, or Stroud.

Screenshot of Dragon Age Inquisition War Table
Screenshot of Dragon Age Inquisition War Table

It all depends on the decisions made by the players in the early stages of the game and more important choices lie ahead. Flemeth, the Witch of the Wilds also returns but in a different form and players need to decide what to do about her. Corypheus emerges as the main evil in the third installment of the series and it becomes obvious that players need to destroy his dragon to win. Even though the battle seems to be won after they complete the quest, the epilogue leaves room for another sequel. Once again, players learn about the fate of the key characters in the years that follow the story of Dragon Age Inquisition.

Development of Dragon Age Inquisition

Developers paid attention to the requests made by the fans and decided to change the gameplay of Dragon Age Inquisition. This time, they were more effective and there were fewer delays, with the game hitting the stores on time. In the wake of the successful release, the developers confessed that twice the game was on the verge of being canceled, due to technical issues.

The game was announced in the second half of 2012 and BioWare released a teaser trailer at E3 2013. More trailers were released over the next couple of months, with the most important one surfacing in March 2014. The game was available for a preorder for brief period of time and players enjoyed discounts for purchasing the bundle.

Where can I download Dragon Age Inquisition?

Dragon Age Inquisition was available for preorder across all consoles and the PC in 2015. The Game of the Year Edition includes special downloadable content and items from the Spoils of the Avvar, Spoils of the Qunari add-ons. The game can now be downloaded from the BioWare official website or from EA.

The special deals are no longer available, but players can also acquire several DLC packs that go by the name of Jaws of Hakkon, Dragonslayer, Spoils of the Avvar, The Descent and Trespasser. The same publisher has a couple of other exciting games up for sale, including the prequel Dragon Age Origins. Star Wars Battlefront, Battlefield 4, Battlefield Hardline, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst and Crysis 3 are some fine choices for those who seek different thrills.

Screenshot of Dragon Age Inquisition Behemot
Screenshot of Dragon Age Inquisition Behemot

What are others saying about Dragon Age Inquisition?

Dragon Age Inquisition initially received slightly better reviews scores than any of its prequels. The ratings were revised downward but the game only lost a couple of points and has a score of 90 out of 100. There were some critics that gave it a perfect score and virtually all the fans regard it as the best in the series. While no longer an original game, it has changed the gameplay enough to keep players interested.

Professional reviews also talk about the detailed environments, complex storyline and convincing characters. The visuals are equally admired by critics and fans, and the same goes for the open world exploration. The few comlains were in regard to the absence of a storage chest and convoluted story.

Dragon Age Inquisition tournaments

The game does feature a multiplayer mode, but this is only a pale consolation for those who are dreaming of Dragon Age Inquisition tournaments. It is a step into the right direction but if you don’t want to wait, you could play StarCraft Legacy of the Void, Dota 2, Heroes of the Storm or Counter Strike Global Offensive instead.

My rating of Dragon Age Inquisition

Dragon Age Inquisition was exactly the sequel I was hoping for after the original and the prequel set the bar high. I’m happy that this third installment is not necessarily the end of a trilogy. While I’m still hoping for another expansion, I celebrate the depth of the single player and the exciting nature of the multiplayer. This is a game for those who are willing to put a lot of hours into their gaming. If you fit the profile, then by all means play this role-playing game that fully deserves a review score of 9 out of 10.

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