If you’re an RPG fan and you’re hesitating over dropping the crazy money EA is charging for Inquisition, my advice is to GO FOR IT!
This game gets A++ for entertainment value.
1. Dragon Age: Inquisition is huge.
Just go ahead and put a “Gone to Thedas” sign on your door. So far it seems Inquisition can keep you entertained for…ever. The main quest lines are fantastic, and even offer some options that allow you to change the course of the game. Each area has tons of side quests to expand your influence.
2. What a world!
BioWare has taken the open world concept and made it even better (imo) by adding many different open world areas to discover throughout the game. Some are more linear than others, but you can explore, loot and gather to your heart’s content in each one. Oh, and the scenery is just gorgeous. The use of light in the game is incredibly realistic. If you can, turn those graphics up all the way and enjoy.
For an adventure RPG, the game offers plenty of customization and optimization. The physical character creation tool has improved a little from previous games. Wait, except for the terrible hair – can we get some decent cuts up in here?! And why does half my head have razor burn??
4. Check out the Dragon Age Keep.
The Keep offers continuity in your Dragon Age series. It allows you to customize your game to match your previous choices. It’s a pretty cool concept, but I haven’t made use of it just yet due to some Keep server issues that existed when I started my current Inquisition game.
5. Gameplay is moderately streamlined.
Learning the tools and tricks of Dragon Age takes some getting used to. Many of the game mechanics can be adapted to your personal style of play. Even with switching back and forth between characters, combat is not too cumbersome. I recommend trying each party member out periodically and becoming familiar with their abilities and tactics.
Around level 10, depending on how quickly you play through the main quests, the game takes it up a notch. The lore surrounding your character becomes epic, and you will open up a fresh batch of exciting cut scenes, party interactions and areas to explore.
7. Get to know your party.
Relationship interactions are slow to start, but once you reach the aforementioned pivotal events, there are tons of rewarding party and NPC conversation options. It can’t wait to see more of the character development. And the romance, of course! I hear Inquisition offers some pretty enhanced sexy times. Waiting impatiently, Cullen…
8 .Cassandra is my hero.
Your party members and allies all have well-developed stories and personalities. I have a soft spot for Cassandra, my no-nonsense, kick-ass warrior woman companion.
Dragon Age embraces same-sex relationships. Dorian is a companion who can only be romanced by dudes, so I’m considering playing a male next time just to get in his sassy pants. Have you SEEN the screenshot of his derriere? (No? Here, scroll down this NSFW Kotaku article.)
10. Don’t try to kill the dragons yet.
[Images from www.dragonage.com]