Rated 9 out of 10 by Takwin 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.
Rated 2 out of 10 by Cricket69 WARNING! Game killer bugs
I had played 160+ hrs. and was loving it...until an inventory bug ruined it. It is a known issue to EA and there are many forum posts about it. At some point my inventory disappeared and I couldn't pick up any new items because it seems like the invisible/unmanageable items are still in there clogging things up, even though the item counter is well below full. At 1st I still had equipped items, but then it started taking those, too (no weapon, no armor, no way to get new). I went through the cumbersome EA support experience only to be told that they consider it a local issue and there is no assistance. After several months of people posting the issue they don't seem to even have a clue what causes the corruption. I kept trying to deal with it so I could finish the game, but the issue has left my character unplayable. I even replayed several hrs. from a previous save, but several more hrs. in the issue reappeared and continued to deteriorate.
Rated 1 out of 10 by DLxRampage Nothing what I expeceted
I was highly anticipating this game through ads and that and from the start up with customizing your character I thought the graphics were highly good with all the expressions and face lines etc etc but I'll tell you that ends right there. You get into the game the graphics look like something from 360 when it was first released between the wild life looking very blockey to the 2d dimensional walls. A majority of the time the characters lips didn't even match with the voices, gameplay was absolutely boring you use RT constantly to use your sword nothing else and X an Y for your special powers.... Whoopie sounds intense, and your character has this curse that he got struck with when the entire town came under fire from some u godley figure and you have to beat this ghost up and that one and stand by it and press A to seize the vortex and get some cheap cinematic movie. I would deff not buy this at full retail was not even worth my time.
Rated 1 out of 10 by djdbo10000 Waste of Time and Money.
Here's my experience with this game: Purchased the game new from Gamestop and was excited to get started on what was supposed to be a long journey. Well it was sort of a long journey but it wasn't a good one. i got home installed the game and started playing. Everything was fine and dandy until a few days or about 10-15 hours of gameplay. I went to start my game up one day and it froze while loading. I would never imagine that this problem would plague the game for my entire future with it. So, i started looking up the problem online. Seemed to be a persistent problem so there was a plethora of information on the matter. Many people had different so called "solutions" to the problem, so i began to try them out. I hard shutdown my One by pressing the power button for about 10 seconds. Then I unplugged the power source and let the console sit for about 30 seconds. Tried the game out but no luck. Next I tried some ideas involving clearing blu-ray persistent storage, and clearing local saved games storage. Neither of these worked for me. So now it was time to completely uninstall the game and delete my saves and try to just completely start over. I was a little disappointed that i was going to lose my time already put into the game, but i had no choice as i said i bought the game new. So i completely wiped the game from my console and turned it off. Started her back up and reinstalled the game. This time i let the game completely finish installing before i started it in hopes that this would solve the problem. Needless to say the same freeze occurred. If you value your time and hard earned money I wouldn't waste either on this piece of garbage. I have now wasted hours just trying to get this game to play.
Rated 5 out of 10 by robotchicken Disappointing for a Bioware game
First of all, I'm just going to just throw out there, that the graphics on X1 do not look 1600x900p. It looks stretched, lifeless and faded. The graphics in Skyrim are far better to me and that is a 2011 era game. If you look at the fields of grass, other than the stretched and faded colors, you can spy little horizontal bars/ line-like patterns, as if pixels are being replicated. I think it must either be scaling up to 900p or uses temporal reprojection. It looks faked and a bit aliased(lacking post -processing).
The sound is fantastic; sound effects, voice acting and music was what I would expect from the developers of all my favorite RPG games in history...including Kotor and Mass Effect.
The gameplay is the biggest bummer here...Not even rivaling that of Kotor, from back in 2003. I use Kotor as a comparison to point out that Bioware can do good combat systems, but this one plays like an MMO more than an action adventure RPG. I would expect blocking, parrying, counter attacks etc. But, instead, you have a few skill slots and you roll with that build. The combat just wasn't exciting and quickly got repetitive.
Overall, the game was alright at best. Only the excellent dialogue and conversations, coupled with the great story, was responsible for my completion of the game, but I have no desire to raid, or collect things I have missed. I got to the point where I completed all relationship quests and got so bored by the mechanics that I went off to play other games and came back nearly two months later to finish the story because I did want to know what happens, but mostly I couldn't stand not finishing a $60.00 game.
Rated 0 out of 10 by shadyassassin93 Apparently not another Dragon Age 2
From what BioWare has said this game is moving away from what Dragon Age 2 was (mindlessly spamming buttons in a world void of a story and any real meaning to what you do) and moving back to what we know and love from Dragon Age: Origins, I'm not sure what to think about this though, my deepest fear is that this is going to turn into another Fable fiasco with every game them promising "this time it will be as good as the original" with them progressively making it worse desperately clinging on to the original game pumping out cheap games with the same franchise name trying to make a quick buck. Another issue that I know alot of people are upset about Morrigan is going to be in the game but not as a companion and from what I've read she is barely going to be in the game at all. However there is going to be a multiplayer function in the game, I'm hoping this will be a squad based co-op and not another poorly done RPG turned PvP game. I'm still going to wait for more information about the game before I decide if I'm going to pre-order it, and I suggest you do the same.
Rated 10 out of 10 by ThirdTreetotheright This is honestly a GREAT game
The game is 100% good I only had a couple bugs with1 power and that was Varrics backflip cluster shot mixed with his focus ability where he creates 2 more of himself more funny then anything though!
I played 1&2 and enjoyed them but saw their flawes and this is a fresh and good start. The companions for this game were biowares best cast to date (they just needed a Garrus:)
The combat system is not boring like the guy who gave this a 4 said. You do block with a warrior by getting the ability in the skill tree, you stealth and evade as a rogue, and as a mage you shouldnt need to unless you get the arcane warrior which turns you into a upclose mage.
And finally the graphics dont expect mind blowing graphics because it is built on frostbite 3 engine same as battlefield 3 not 4 but it looks good and doesnt take you out of the game and they did amazing work.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Rushashepard Epicosity
When BioWare first dropped hints on the game, I was... less than impressed. After all, what is Dragon Age to Mass Effect? Well I was sorely mistaken. As it got closer to November 18th, I got more excited. I had an Xbox One, I was ready for whatever this game could throw at me. Then I got it home and played it. Since then, I've played 6 playthroughs, each one drastically different from the next. This game keeps me coming back to it and I love it. It's even turning my roommates who didn't really enjoy Origins or DA2 into near fanatics. This game is one of a kind, it pulls at the heartstrings and gives me all the fun I could have exploring Thedas. It's like Dragon Age and Skyrim had a baby. A much prettier, more fun to have around and witty baby. BioWare, I take my hat off to you. Incredible game.
Rated 9 out of 10 by SlickSlap Dragon Age Inquisition is Amazing!
Dragon Age Inquisition is a massive, fun, and addictive RPG that everyone should own. Playing through the story is fun and time consuming, and you will find yourself being distracted by the smaller things in the game that add to the enormous amount of content. The story is good, the content is packed, customization is great (but lacking in some areas), the gameplay is fantastic, and the lasting appeal is very high as well.
In the opening cut scene of the game, you see the character that you made has a magical mark on his hand that can close “rifts” in the sky that demons pour out of. There is one massive rift in the sky and there are close to one hundred other small rifts scattered throughout the world. Your purpose is to stop the demons from entering the world.
The storyline in this game is pretty good, but can get confusing at times with the language used by the characters in the game, and as well as from all of the other distractions in the game that keep you busy on things other than the main story. I got lost easily at parts, but things can become a lot clearer by reading some of the hundreds of books you can find laying around in the open world. Another way I got back on track was just by talking with the characters at different points in the game. They have huge amounts of dialog, and if you can easily miss information if you complete more of the main story quests without talking to the characters in between. Your characters will have new and interesting things to say after major events in the story, so talk to them often.
Dragon Age Inquisition has HUGE amounts of content and it never really feels boring. Besides the main quests that follow the main plot, there are plenty of other things to do. There are nine huge open world sandboxes, where you and your companions can explore, quest, and do a number of other things. The places are very diverse from each other and it keeps things exciting. It is so hard to only do the main quest line because you get distracted so easily with other things to do. There are quests you can pick up with the NPC’s distributed throughout the areas, landmarks to discover, areas to set up camp, rifts to close, astrariums to complete, shards to collect, and much more, like trying to kill one of the 10 insanely difficult dragons that drop amazing loot. The astrariums are like challenging connect the dot games where you try to connect the stars to make a constellation without retracing a line. Completing all three of these in each area, opens up a secret cave with useful loot to collect. You can also use the shards you collect (scattered throughout the lands) to open up rooms in a dungeon where you will fight difficult enemies and earn resistance for your character when facing enemies that use fire, ice, or spirit damage.
The customization in the game is great, but it could be better. When first making your character, you can choose one of four races (human, elf, dwarf, or Quinari), one of three classes (warrior, rouge, or mage) and finally a specialization (fighting style). After that, you get to design your character’s face. There are many options on what you can design for facial features, including makeup, scars, nose dimensions, eye color, and much more. You can even choose your characters voice or accent. However, one negative aspect is that you can’t control your character’s size, as in height or weight.
There are so many different armor pieces and weapons you can pick up in game that look different from each other. An alternative is to make your own armor and weapons. You can find plants and minerals, by pressing the right analog stick in, which will show all useful items on the mini map that are in near proximity to you. You can visit a blacksmith and use the plants and minerals harvested to create armor and weapons that each look different and have different benefits for your character. The downside is that you cannot design exactly how the armor looks.
You can get up to 9 different companions that will help you fight, but you can choose 3 of them to follow you at a time. For each character including your own, you can choose what skills to improve when they level up, as well as what armor and weapons they use.
The gameplay is fantastic, and works well. Even though you make your own character, you don’t have to play as him or her all of the time. With the click of a button you can switch to another one of your companions and control them. Each has a different fighting style, so you can switch to try out a different style. The combat works great. You can place up to 8 abilities that your character can use for special attacks or to defend the members of your party.
There are two views you can use to fight: the regular 3rd person overhead view of your character, or the tactical view. I normally use the regular view, but when things get tough, or while playing on nightmare difficulty (the hardest), I will often use the tactical view. In the tactical camera, time is frozen and you can control every one of your characters moves, like what ability they use next and which enemy to target. Time will continue in this view when you hold the Right trigger down, so you can go as slow as you want and being extra cautious. However, in this view, it can be difficult to see your surrounding sometimes. They should make it so that you can zoom in and out, and change the angle to see the area better.
The lasting appeal and replay value in Dragon Age Inquisition is very high. I have put over 100 hours into this game so far and 80 of those hours were just in my first play through. I didn’t even complete everything I could have in my first time beating the game. Even after the end credits you can continue to play if you wish. Reasons to keep playing would be to complete all of your other side quests, to get the collectables, or to continue leveling up and unlocking more abilities to become more powerful.
When I play a game, I want to make sure I grab all of the achievements, so I restarted the game to play it on nightmare difficulty. It is just as fun the second time around, because you can make a completely different character. I went from a stealthy rouge, to a warrior tank. Another good reason to replay the game would be to change up your dialogue choices. In some cases this could change the missions you could complete, companions to obtain, and different cut scenes to watch.
As a whole, Dragon Age Inquisition is an outstanding game that will keep you playing for hours on end. I would recommend this game to any fan of video games or at least to fans of the RPG genre. Have fun guys…and stop the demons!
Rated 10 out of 10 by Synysterkitty Great Game
My friend had bought the game and kept saying I needed to try it. I was a bit hesitant because I had seen parts of previous DA games and was not impressed. But I borrowed it nevertheless since I had finished Far Cry 4. After the first initial intro to the game, I found that I was enjoying the game more than I had originally thought I would. Needless to say, I have already beaten the game and waiting for hopefully for a DLC soon. The missions are fun, the character banter and interactions had me laughing at times, and I loved the lands you get to explore!! Bioware has accomplished much with this game!!