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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: 52 out of 331
  1. Dec 31, 2014
    10
    Simply put: this game is spectacular. As a fan of Dragon Age, I was very pleased with this latest installment. First of all: the game world isSimply put: this game is spectacular. As a fan of Dragon Age, I was very pleased with this latest installment. First of all: the game world is absolutely beautiful. I found myself taking a momentary break from all of the fighting and quests to just observe the landscape. From dense forests to snowy mountains and deserts, this game has it all. The graphics are actually good when you consider how big the game is. And it is big. In total, it has ten large maps to explore, with smaller ones in between. That's nine more than the previous game, and there is no longer a Fable-like linear progression system. You aren't forced to move across a single path like in the previous games. While a bit cliché at points, the story is amazing, and you will find yourself making very difficult decisions at points. You have about twelve or so companions that you can recruit, all with their own interesting personalities and backstories which you can unlock the more they like you. Not to mention that the game is very long, and worthwhile the whole way through. I spent over 60 hours on the game before I beat it, and I still had a huge amount of side quests left to do. I plan on starting another play through as an evil Qunari mage after I finish this review. Later on in the game, you get a keep which you can customize to a certain extent. You can upgrade weapons and armor by increasing their stats, making them look cooler, or just changing the color. You can get your own horses or other mounts. You can also create your own backstory as almost every choice you made in the previous games has an effect. You can do so much in this game that I can't explain half of it in one review.

    Of course, no game is perfect, so here are the flaws.

    1. The combat animations for mages are the same thing as the last game and can get boring fast, even though being a mage is really fun once you unlock enough skills.

    2. Story is cliché at points

    3. Lots of walking (or riding if you have a horse)

    4. Enemies respawn in the same spots.

    5. Very long time periods for some operations.

    Other than that, this game is flawless.
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  2. Nov 23, 2014
    10
    Game of the Year material.

    Beautiful open landscapes to explore and well crafted flavor texts, great characters with excellent voice
    Game of the Year material.

    Beautiful open landscapes to explore and well crafted flavor texts, great characters with excellent voice acting, huge number of side quests to complete. Well balanced combat mechanics and an amazing crafting system.
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  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. Jan 22, 2015
    9
    What about it? An impressive, amazing rig by the mass effect' creators.
    Feel the power becoming. True leader and get yourself lost in a
    What about it? An impressive, amazing rig by the mass effect' creators.
    Feel the power becoming. True leader and get yourself lost in a colorful, hight - inspirated world, where you can feel the how the last sorround you, driving you in a dark future where you're choose will be history.
    There's so many thing to do to lost the story focus, and lost the in war sensation between the each primary mission.
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  5. Jan 16, 2015
    8
    Great game,didn't live up to the hype but what really could?I wasn't a fan of the roster of characters to adventure with. The whole biGreat game,didn't live up to the hype but what really could?I wasn't a fan of the roster of characters to adventure with. The whole bi sexuality/homosexuality angle overblown. I did love the environments and the random loot generation(to a point)and the dragon fights are great. Still one of the best games I've played this year. Definitely worth a purchase in my opinion Expand
  6. Feb 3, 2015
    7
    The DA series has managed somewhat to redeem itself with Inquisition. Its a solid RPG and at the very least an 7/10, hampered by quite a fewThe DA series has managed somewhat to redeem itself with Inquisition. Its a solid RPG and at the very least an 7/10, hampered by quite a few annoying design flaws and bugs.

    Once again it says alot about what is wrong with the gaming industry today when a total mess like GTA 4 can get 10/10 but some 'reviews' give Inquisition 2 or worse; crazy.

    Good - fear not DA fans who have yet to play this, it is miles better than the hugely disappointing DA2. Graphics are nice, story is good with the overall quality of the voice acting far above the vast majority of games, what we have come to expect from this and the Mass Effect series. Combat and character movement in general is much improved and is more visceral than the ludicrously weightless, cartoon feel of DA2. Like all good RPGs, there is a huge amount to keep you occupied.

    Bad - The mini map, oh my god the mini map! Don't know how they have done it but it really is the worst, most useless mini map in any game I have ever played. Be prepared to constantly check the main map because the mini map is pointless. Tactical cam can feel a bit clunky and 9/10 times isn't really necessary, ditto lock on. If you're anything like me and like to complete the vast majority of side missions, clearing an area of the map can become a little tedious, but only a little. There are still a few bugs, most of which I have came across are cosmetic in nature. The story is decent but not as interesting or original as Origins, nor are the characters. Probably one of my biggest issues with the game is the ridiculous lack of amror variants. RPG's such as this should have hundreds, instead there are only around 3 or 4 different looks for each character. Note to developers : you can never have 'too many' sets of armor. Even Dark Souls 2 doesn't have enough and it has at least 20 times as many as Inquisition.

    Verdict - Not perfect but a solid RPG which fans of the DA series and the genre itself will appreciate. It kind of plays like a cross between Skyrim, Dragons Dogma and DA and has addressed most of the issues from the awful DA2. Not as engaging as DA Origins but if you're looking for a new rpg to play and like the games I mentioned above, you won't be too disappointed.
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  7. May 17, 2015
    0
    Boring. That's the word I was looking for. Boring. I have no idea what happened to the creative minds at Bioware, but based on this game IBoring. That's the word I was looking for. Boring. I have no idea what happened to the creative minds at Bioware, but based on this game I would say they all got canned.

    Dragon Age series is one of those that has it's fanboys among the gaming community as well as the professional reviewers. However, only one of the groups is getting paid for their praise. As for me, I got this game (finally) from PSN sales as I really didn't like Dragon Age 2 enough to invest in the next incarnation. First one was brilliant, though, I have to admit that much.

    So what is wrong with DA:I? A lot. Being a solo RPG, the story is remarkably uninspired, which leads the player to repeatedly ask themselves "Why am I doing this?".

    Secondly, the quests, and game world for that matter, are designed to emulate and MMORPG, namely vanilla WoW. That is, Step1: Get quest, Step2: Collect materials, Step3: ???, Step4: (Don't) Profit. This leads the player to repeatedly ask themselves "Why am I doing this?".

    Thirdly, the battle system is, for the lack of a better adjective, broken. You can basically cruise through the whole game by pressing R2. What makes it further infuriating is that the tactical view is just absolutely useless. If you loved the battle in the first Dragon Age, don't get your hopes up. The battle system in DA:I leads the player to repeatedly ask themselves "Why am I doing this?".

    Fourthly, have the times in RPG gaming really changed so much that character development is equal to ordering large fries with a happy meal? You cannot distribute any attribute points, and the only thing that "improves" the characters are better weapons and armor, as skill points are only spent on new combat abilities. As seen above, you only need one button in any battle, which leads the player to repeatedly ask themselves "Why am I doing this?".

    Final verdict: This game is a sandbox for killing time. It's an MMO that tries to be an RPG or vice versa, while failing to be either.

    Can we just pull the plug on Bioware already and let Player 2 take a shot at using the jaws of life on the dead RPG scene in next-gen gaming?
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