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  • Summary: Choose and spearhead a team of characters into rough battles against a variety of enemies – from earth-shaking High Dragons to demonic forces from the otherworld of the Fade. Go mano y mano in visceral, heroic combat as your followers fight at your six, or switch to tactical view toChoose and spearhead a team of characters into rough battles against a variety of enemies – from earth-shaking High Dragons to demonic forces from the otherworld of the Fade. Go mano y mano in visceral, heroic combat as your followers fight at your six, or switch to tactical view to coordinate lethal offensives using the combined might of your company. View the tangible results of your path through a living world – construct structures, customize outposts, and change the landscape itself as environments are re-shaped in the wake of your Inquisition. Lead a company selected from nine unique, fully-realized characters – each of whom react to your actions and choices differently, forming complex relationships both with you and with each other. Hone your own character from multiple races, customize their appearance, and select their powers and abilities as the game progresses. Extensive customization options allow you to choose everything from the color of your follower’s boots to the features of your Inquisition stronghold. Become an agent of change in a time of uncertainty and upheaval. Shape the course of empires, bring war or peace to factions in conflict, and drive the ultimate fate of the Inquisition. Will you stop the cataclysmic anarchy gripping the Dragon Age? [Electronic Arts] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
  1. 100
    BioWare achieved everything that it needed to with Dragon Age: Inquisition. It revitalised a series that had suffered real brand damage in Dragon Age II, and easily stands as the best RPG we've seen in years. There is absolutely no reason to miss out on this one.
  2. Nov 20, 2014
    96
    Dragon Age Inquisition is a must play RPG on the PS4 that successfully takes the best out of both previous games to create sword and sorcery perfection.
  3. Nov 11, 2014
    95
    This is the return of the great Bioware, back on a path that we hope they don't leave ever again. Emotive amount and variety of content makes for an incredible adventure.
  4. Nov 11, 2014
    90
    With a huge, breathtaking world, an epic story, and choices that leaves a significant mark on the world around you, Dragon Age: Inquisition embodies everything that makes the series so popular.
  5. Nov 11, 2014
    88
    It’s a surprisingly huge, dense world, and I soon realized there were still entire sandboxes I hadn’t even set foot in. Even in my hundredth hour, I’m still discovering.
  6. Nov 12, 2014
    85
    Dragon Age: Inquisition is the biggest and best Dragon Age to date. Packed to the brim with content and carefully refined mechanics, it's sure to please any Dragon Age fan. It has a fair share of problems, but none detract too much from the strong core experience.
  7. Nov 11, 2014
    70
    Lovely design and solid atmosphere but the gameplay feels clunky.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 48 out of 320
  1. Dec 11, 2014
    10
    Bioware return to form in this huge epic game its hard to believe its the same people that made Dragon Age 2. The strength this time round isBioware return to form in this huge epic game its hard to believe its the same people that made Dragon Age 2. The strength this time round is the scale depth of combat if you want it and a far more open and diverse world than ever before. The game gets off to a slowish start but the beauty of this is it just gets better and better the further you go. Its vital that you play on the hardest setting to get the most out of the game your take time do everything i`m over 100 Hours in and still plenty to do. This has been a real pleasure to play and its a keeper for me the first great next gen RPG. Expand
  2. Nov 22, 2014
    10
    Definitely Game of the Year material. This game is engrossing and fun. Did my first dragon fight yesterday and that was quite exhilarating.Definitely Game of the Year material. This game is engrossing and fun. Did my first dragon fight yesterday and that was quite exhilarating. The characters are fun too. Varric, Iron Bull, Dorian, Sera, all fun to talk to and learn about. When I see the negative reviews this has gotten, I can't help but imagine some little EA hater piss ant is reviewing it for the sole purpose that they hate EA and wouldn't know an actual good game if it breathed fire on them. I've been a Bioware fan since the first Mass Effect. Been playing the dragon Age games since Origins. DAI is definitely the best of the first two games. Amazing! Well done Bioware. This gives me hope for the next Mass Effect game. Expand
  3. Nov 18, 2014
    10
    Contender for game of the year. It's been a long wait, but man has it been worth it. Great battle mechanics, much to do (with purpose) andContender for game of the year. It's been a long wait, but man has it been worth it. Great battle mechanics, much to do (with purpose) and guess what? It doesn't fee grindy (say what?). This is because Bioware, does what it does well and offers solid STORIES. Not just a good main story, but hundreds of good side stories (so far). Thank you, Bioware! Expand
  4. Feb 10, 2015
    9
    I've always been a fan of old school western style RPG's, which seem to mostly live on in recreations of older games. The original Dragon AgeI've always been a fan of old school western style RPG's, which seem to mostly live on in recreations of older games. The original Dragon Age Origins was one of the greatest games I've ever played and never felt like another RPG reached the same height that game did. Before that it had been Knights of the Old Republic 2 that left me yearning for years. Don't get me wrong, there are a ton of high quality RPG's out there. The Mass Effect Series and Deus Ex Human Revolution were outstanding, but neither had the same party style gameplay that the fantasy counterparts in the RPG world have and the Elder Scroll series is just a different style of RPG. Dragon Age Inquisition skipped over the hack and slash style of Dragon Age 2 to return to a level, not quite as high as Dragon Age Origins at its time, that is enthralling with good longevity.

    The game follows a mighty hero that falls haphazardly into the middle of an apocalyptic event. It's the fairly standard fare of "I'm a nobody, who happens to be amazing, and falls backward into being a hero." While I've read several reviews that found the story to be lacking, I actually found it pretty interesting. There are quite a few religious overtones to the game that can go either way depending on how you want to interact with the world. Being someone who is, myself, religious I found quite a few thoughtful encounters, but they could easily be played the exact opposite for someone who is not, or fairly agnosticly.

    The world is beautiful and varied. The ten main areas are fairly diverse, though there are three areas that are essentially slight variations on desert. The game is a bit deceiving as the first area, the Hinterlands, is by far the largest and most densely packed area and the other areas are either much smaller or slightly smaller and much less densely populated. Groups in the different areas are mostly interesting and the cultures are widely varied.

    Combat is fun, though there are no healing spells in the game, which is my main complaint. With limited potions available for healing it felt like they were trying to mimic the healing effects in Dark Souls (Dark Souls does having healing spells, but their effectiveness while in combat isn't very good). The problem with this in Dragon Age is that Dark Souls is rarely about fighting hordes of enemies and only have to worry about keeping yourself alive instead of managing multiple characters. Dragon fights are epic and provide a good challenge and a great sense of reward once they are defeated. I will sayI played through the game on nightmare (for the trophy) which was tough and intense, before switching to normal after I beat the game. Playing on nightmare was enjoyable, but once I was on normal the combat became dull as it required little effort. Even for enemies about the same level as my character I rarely had to do much more than just hold down the attack button.

    The party members feel alive with their own motivations and takes on the world. There was only one party member I flatly disliked having in my party because of their personality. It wasn't the best cast of characters I've ever had in an RPG, but the main party members along with the other recurring characters made the game more enjoyable and made me feel invested in what happens.

    A lot of what Dragon Age Inquisition does best is having a lot of content on the side. There is a war room where you can send agents out into the world to complete quests on their own and gain rewards and power for you. You can sit in judgment of those who have opposed you. There is a keep to upgrade called Skyhold which you eventually make your way to after the first part of the game being spent at Haven. There is a detailed crafting system, and a gathering system, that allows you to create armor, weapons, upgrade spells and craft extra components to go on weapons as well as runes to enchant them. The armor and weapons I was able to craft were never as good as what I was able to find in the world, and by the end of the game I was bogged down with good epic gear (and an inordinate amount of epic two handed melee weapons). The runes are powerful and useful, though be careful as they are consumed on use and can't be reused, and useful runes are rare and the materials to craft them aren't very common either.

    Dragon Age Inquisition is a great game that does a lot of extra things not seen normally in RPG's. Despite my few gripes (lack of healing spells, crafting recipes that aren't actually helpful) there is a ton of content to the game that stays interesting. I've logged eighty hours in the game and still enjoy it. There is a multiplayer component similar to Mass Effect 3's, but I doubt anybody would be buying the game for that. It's fine, but the main draw is the extensive and enjoyable single player. I would highly recommend this as a buy.
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  5. Jan 2, 2015
    8
    Dragon Age Inquisition is a definite pickup for anyone who has a PS4. This is even more true if you have little to no games for it currentlyDragon Age Inquisition is a definite pickup for anyone who has a PS4. This is even more true if you have little to no games for it currently

    Story - The story is basic. you had the luck of surviving an onslaught that no one at that time even knows the cause of. You are captured and questioned, as you are the only survivor of a fade rift opening. about 15 minutes into the game, you find out that you have the ability to close fade rifts, tears in the air that allow demons to invade our world. Using this new found power, you gather a force in a effort to close the fade rift, dealing with political, religious, and military problems along the way.

    Character - the character is a Created person. You have the choice of human, elf, dwarf, and qunari (dragon/demon looking guys) each have their own special abilities and limitations. Almost everything is free reign in terms of creation, though funny colors for skin and the customization array of weaponry and armor are not in the game, but we will touch on that in gameplay.

    Universe - The world this game creates is the best part This world feels complete, with caves, dungeons, ruins, towns, and landscape to explore. All while telling their own piece of the lore. There is a deeper are wide array of side stories through letters, books, and discoveries throughout the world that would appeal to the explorer gamer, the one who likes to pick apart the world their are playing in and see how everything runs, and every story that the game can tell. The best part is these specific side lore are completely optional, so those who wish to stay focused on the task at hand will not feel they are missing out on anything detrimental to the plot.

    Cast - The characters that join your Inquisition are the heart and sole of the game. The chemistry between the different squad you run with makes every trip a fun time, as conversations between the characters occurs. This also makes you run with different people, mixing and matching to find both the squad that is best suited to take down a dragon, and the squad whose conversations are so entertaining you would run them during fetch missions.

    Romance - this is a fairly weak part of the game. To put bluntly, for the guys out there, the most attractive female in the game (Liliana) cannot be romanced. The romance feels like a tack on simply for being a bioware game. While it feels more realistic in terms of defining who is homosexual, heterosexual, and bisexual, the lack of choices leaves most gamers picking the same one, which of course takes away from the game in a way. Mass Effect have a subclass of people based on their romance options, you had the guys who took tali, you had the guys who took miranda, you had the guys who took ashley, and so on. This is not the case in Inquisition, as in the case with male characters, most people pick Josephine, with the only other choice being Cassandra or taking the homosexual path.

    Gameplay: This is both the strength and weakness of the game. The dual usage of the third person rush in guns blazing is available, as is a more strategic overview with order giving for the strategic people. Using both comes in handy, and adds that little extra froth to the combat, though that's really it. Most of combat revolves around (depending on your class) charging, aiming, or flanking, then holding the right trigger while occasionally pressing Square or Circle for power hits. Running around can get tiring, especially when you have to backtrack to an area you already cleared in order to get a couple elmroots for another fetch mission. If it wasn't for the occasional character interaction, this would be a lot worse than it is. Along with this comes the Bioware conversation piece, which features optional dialogue that is diverse in delivery. Unlike Mass Effect, which only featured Paragon or Renegade, Inquisition takes this a little deeper by not assigning good or bad to any of them. You can play the game truer to who you are, whether it be a mindless idiot who needs everything spelled out for them, or a violent fanatic who draws his blade at the slightest flinch. you can even be a flirt by running a romantic dialogue with any and everyone. This in term affects the people around you's opinion of you. While this holds no real significance in gameplay, the story will be slightly different in terms of interaction. Also if you piss someone off too much they will leave your party and you will never get them back for the rest of the game.

    Overall the game is good and definitely a pickup if you do not have anything to play right now.
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  6. Jan 8, 2015
    7
    OK this is my first dragon age game that I played.

    Pros Story Companions Satisfying Endings (Complete story!!! yes there is some sequel
    OK this is my first dragon age game that I played.

    Pros
    Story
    Companions
    Satisfying Endings (Complete story!!! yes there is some sequel baiting but it doesn't take away from the main game)

    Cons
    Combat is slow
    Weapons are weak
    More customization then mass effect 2-3 but still not enough (Armor and Weapons)
    Horses are horribly slow
    Not a lot of variety of love interests 2 straight 2 Homosexual I think! I might be wrong but I’m pretty sure
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  7. Nov 22, 2014
    0
    ps4 ........loved it untill 10 hours in when it crashed and corrupted my game this game is broken beware the game is bug filled and at timesps4 ........loved it untill 10 hours in when it crashed and corrupted my game this game is broken beware the game is bug filled and at times unplayable my first and last dragon age game Expand

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