Dragon Age Inquisition
I used to be a Shooter Genre gamer...
This game is amazing. The amount of exploring, fighting, looting, and conquering you can do in this game is insane. Aside from the pretty amazing graphics, the game features a campaign that takes days to complete. (much longer than a shooter game). Never for a really long time will you have nothing to do in the game. The game features a super in-depth character creation feature and a storyline that no other game comes close to.
Bioware is back and they delivered a gem
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.
Good but slightly flawed
First, i love the game, it was great and i have over 200 hours invested in it. The story is actually good regardless of what people say. It does feel like it was hastily thrown together concerning the mage and templar war, which really should have been focused on more, although it is cool to meet character who agreed and didnt agree with logain in the first game. Having NPCs on either side of the plots of the last game really made this on enjoyable, as did meeting old PCs who are NPCs now and seeing how they have changed. The graphics are stunning although you will notice some glitches. The main complete is that the characters never really shine, they could have been so much better. The ending also feels a little odd, maybe a little to open to interpretation. Gameplay is not to hard except for a few bosses which only make their battles more dramatic and impactful and if you found them to easy their are dragons who i still have not managed to beat even after clearing the story.
Good, in-depth game. Not my style though...
Now, for a while I had held back on Dragon Age: Inquisition, since I had never really been a fan of the previous games, but I decided to give this Dragon Age game a chance to live up to its hype. Now, let me tell you, this game is a good game. Don't get me wrong, the graphics and the game play are both phenomenal, but I just couldn't get used to the game play. I played for a solid 6 hours, hoping that I would get used to it, but I just never did. It seemed kind of lacking in something, like a flow that I had noticed in games like Dark Souls or The Witcher. Now, like I said above, it's a great game, especially if it's your style, it just didn't fit my play-style, but hopefully it will fit yours! With superb graphics and sound, along with plenty of replayability and lasting appeal, I'm going to give the game a 8/10 simply because it is definitely a good game, but it just didn't fit my area of gaming. Happy gaming and good luck getting your Inquisition together!
I have played all of the DA games and have enjoyed them all but DAI surpasses all other video games I have played. I started playing back in the early 80s so I know what I am talking about. If you want just a hack and slash, this isn't it, although there is plenty of that too. There are stories to envelop the player, carrying you into the lives of the characters. A lot to explore, a lot to do. I have played it through 4 times and am starting the 5th, waiting for The Witcher. DAI will always be one of my favorite games. I hope they have more in the works for the future. They left enough openings (spoiler alert).
I can't say enough to praise this game. The only problem that I had is having to use the L3 to find items but you get use to it quick.
I play Nightmare Level on this one. It's not easy but once you figure out the strategies of defeating certain enemies and areas, it's a breeze. I like this game, it has a lot of replayability, dependent upon the character you develop. Dialogue options change and present themselves for certain character races and classes. It took me over 140 hours to finish the main story line of this game on Nightmare Level. I did not finish everything, however I did discover that once you defeat Coripheus and the storyline summary takes place, you are left with the few comrades that decided to stay with you (dependent upon how you developed your friendships) and everything you worked on to upgrade Skyhold is gone and all that remains is to finish up a few dragons or other missions that may or may not be there on you world map. As far as sound, the settings for everything will be at 100% when you begin. Go into the Options and adjust background noise significantly to about 30% and dialogue between your characters will not be drowned out by the conversations of others around you. My recommendation for playing this game through single player is to accomplish every task and mission you can pick up before destroying Haven and then again before finishing the main story line. There is no stash but there is a trophy to be earned for being a tradesman of the loot you discover and sell. As you play and find weapons and armor, you will realize the best arsenal you can give yourself and your party are the products of your own making. Collect materials throughout your adventures, collect everything and utilize the Undercroft to your best advantage. The loot you find is just loot, sell it and make your own. Once in a good while, you'll find a good piece but the majority of things are basic utilitarian you can sell to put money in your pocket. This can in turn be used to buy treaties for influence, unique and rare armors/weapons sold by certain merchants, and every mount that becomes available at the stables as you progress in you gameplay. This game is truly about the story, as all Dragon Age games are. If you focus on that and building the army and yourself, once you finally get to the end, Coripheus is just another bully trying to take the world over. The ending of the story is a surprise and excellent, leaving one to believe that future dlc is certain to come.
A New Favorite
I am not normally into games like this. I own both the first and second Dragon Age and never finished them. I bought this one on a whim when I bought my PS4, and it is absolutely amazing. I have spent the past three months playing it nonstop, have beaten it three times, and am almost done with the 4th. The only, and I mean only, issue I found that bothered me a bit was the sound. The characters' voices are not loud enough compared to background noise/music. But that was an easy fix in sound settings and did not alter my play experience. I would recommend this game to any and every gamer!
Good but fell short...
I have played a bit of this game, only 4 hours or so. I'll be basing my review of this game in comparison to Skyrim and Mass Effect 3, as biased as that may be, but those are games I know that compare well.
There is a lot to this game. The (somewhat) open world gives the player the opportunity to explore and get lost in side quest, so if you enjoy the game you can lose many, many hours to it. Customization is expansive, though there are only two voices (per gender) to choose from.
A Medieval Mass Effect - Dragon Age plays much like Mass Effect. In comparison, I thought Mass Effect's graphics, character/AI autonomy, and overall gameplay and story were much more well done and enjoyable. I am a lover of fantasy games, but Dragon Age: Inquisition just didn't do it for me.
NOT Skyrim: This is obvious. This may be my own bias, but since I switched to Next-Gen gaming, I have been looking to fill the Skyrim void in my life. Be warned: this game is NOT Skyrim. The fact that you control a party, that the combat is (pretty much) turn-based like in Final Fantasy, and the fact that you can choose your path are all very independent from that of Skyrim.
The sound was a bit off; I would have to go into the settings and lower all other volumes other than the voice volume because I couldn't hear what people were saying! Weird...
The graphics seemed to be lacking. I expected a more flushed out gaming experience.
The multiplayer is stale. It got old for me after about an hour. You choose your character among arbitrary classes (mage, archer, warrior, etc.) and rank up the skills for the classes. You fight through dungeons and areas until you're done.... That's it! Gets old fast.
Overall, I have to give this game a 7. I know how much people love the Dragon Age games and I could tell there is so much to this game and story. However, for me, it just didn't stack up to my expectations. I was wowed by the customization of my character, and not much else unfortunately. I hope this review was helpful and honest, however biased it may be.
Its fun for a little bit.
Its a decent game. The few problems I have with this game is the controls. I had to play a mage because a duel wielding rogue just felt wrong and the flow in combat was very clunky. I played Skryim first so this is probably why I have such an issue with it. If your looking for a new RPG to give a shot DA:I is a good choice. Buy it used to give it a shot just incase you dont like it you can just take it back. I wish i could atleast do that
Is it too early to tell this game is average?
Folks, I have played a lot of RPG games, this is rehashed stuff here. So far the only thing this game does is play story lines to you, lots of story lines. I want to play the game not listen to a story line I can't even skip. Skyrim, Fable, Morrowind, Dark Souls, Unreal, Ultima, Baulder's Gate, etc, etc THOSE were masterpieces. This Dragon Age so far is Boring! I see the price dropped from $65 to $39 already, what does that tell you. I would have listed Shawdow of Modor a masterpiece too, if it wasn't so dam short of a campaign. Anyone who gave this game a 9 is smoking something. You made me buy it, so if I could find a two-handed sledgehammer, I take your head off with these reviews.