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  • Summary: Select and lead a group of characters into harrowing battles against a myriad of enemies – from earth-shattering High Dragons to demonic forces from the otherworld of the Fade. Go toe-to-toe in visceral, heroic combat as your acolytes engage at your side, or switch to tactical view toSelect and lead a group of characters into harrowing battles against a myriad of enemies – from earth-shattering High Dragons to demonic forces from the otherworld of the Fade. Go toe-to-toe in visceral, heroic combat as your acolytes engage at your side, or switch to tactical view to coordinate lethal offensives using the combined might of your party. Observe the tangible, visible results of your journey through a living world – build structures, customize outposts, and change the landscape itself as environments are re-honed in the wake of your Inquisition. Helm a party chosen from nine unique, fully-realized characters – each of whom react to your actions and choices differently, crafting complex relationships both with you and with each other. Create your own character from multiple races, customize their appearance, and amalgamate their powers and abilities as the game progresses. Enhanced customization options allow you to pick everything from the color of your follower’s boots to the features of your Inquisition stronghold. Become a change agent in a time of uncertainty and upheaval. Shape the course of your empires, bring war or peace to factions in conflict, and drive the ultimate fate of the Inquisition. Will you bring an end to the cataclysmic anarchy gripping the Dragon Age? [Electronic Arts] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
  1. Jan 22, 2015
    100
    The masters over at Bioware have done it again. This epic journey into the world of Thedas will steal more than 100 hours of your time, hours so full of superb gaming that you'll never forget them.
  2. Nov 14, 2014
    95
    Dragon Age: Inquisition is the best installment in the series and one of the best games in BioWare's history. There's a lot to praise: an interesting story, cool characters, big world, Skyhold. Sure, there are some minor issues and the combat system isn't perfect but the scale and attention to detail make all of that seem unimportant. An excellent game indeed.
  3. Nov 18, 2014
    92
    For people looking to get lost in a detailed world brimming with political intrigue, warring factions, tough choices that affect the story and gobs of replayability that will last you well beyond Fall and into the new year, Dragon Age Inquisition is a must buy.
  4. Nov 11, 2014
    88
    Not only one of the most expansive RPGs I’ve ever played, but one of the few that successfully fills its gorgeous, massive world with meaningful things to do and see. A frustratingly vague plot and typical BioWare bugginess drag it down a bit, but both in combat and out, Inquisition marks a welcome return to the RPG depth that made Dragon Age: Origins and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic so magnetic.
  5. Nov 11, 2014
    85
    The first Dragon Age still is the best game of the franchise, but we've really enjoyed this one. Fans of the genre won't be disappointed.
  6. Jan 14, 2015
    80
    Despite numerous shortcomings, the new BioWare project is undoubtedly worth your attention. One of the best RPGs of 2014.
  7. Nov 17, 2014
    59
    More playground than living breathing world. BioWare opens a gigantic fantasy theme park. But unfortunately the only thing that is epic is the amount of content. Story, character behavior, quests and minigames are a mere shadow of the studio's former glory.

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  1. Nov 18, 2014
    10
    In my opinion, this is the best RPG in the modern gaming world. Excellent work, Bioware. Under the glorious enlightenment and guidance fromIn my opinion, this is the best RPG in the modern gaming world. Excellent work, Bioware. Under the glorious enlightenment and guidance from EA, a game publisher with precise long-term vision in future game development, Bioware finally manages to make a RPG suitable for everyone, but not just a game accessible only to a minority of hardcore RPG players.

    DA: Origins is an old-school and medicore game only appealing to a tiny market niche. DA II breaks the medicority, and introduces the popular mass effect decision tree and button-mashing mechanics, which attracts tons of Call Of Duty (COD) and action gamers around the world, contributing to its great success. However, it still suffers from a linear and small game world, and repetitive dungeons.

    DA: Inquisition evolves from its predecessors by combining the best elements of 2 popular RPGs in modern era. It adopts the sandbox open world, lightweight RPG perspective and enormous fetch quest system from the highly praised Elder Scroll Skyrim, as well as the popular decision tree mechanism and the combat elements from another Bioware's master piece, Mass Effects 3.

    By having a cohesive reasonance of 2 best elements from 2 outstanding RPGs, and adding tons of creative elements, this game simply becomes one larger than the sum of all parts. You have a large world to explore, tons of item collection and FedEx quests to play with, and the best button mashing mechanics to finish off your opponents. Skyrim and this game is great because they both remove the annoying character stat building mechanism. Stat is now only granted from equipment, how amazing and creative, isn't it? In addition, this game adopts the perfect RPG gaming style of Skyrim, i.e. explore first, just forget the plot, which removes player's frustration to recall memory about the main quest and story line. This is just like a great and sincere invitation to all COD fans and action gamers, as well as any potential causal gamers. It caters for the taste of all gamers around the world via greatly enhancing its accessibility. It is a master of everything rather than a jerk of all trade. This is a game for everyone!

    You may worry about that the return of the old-school tactical view from the mediocre DA:Origins may ruin your fantastic game play experience. Don't worry about that, it is just implemented for those hardcore players for their happiness in pausing the game all the time, breaking the pace of combat. This game can be handled easily by controlling your own character only under an action game style. The tactics setting of companion is simplified to an user friendly level for further accessibility. In contrast to DA: Origins, you can’t set up some complicated tactics for your companions, but this is unnecessary anyway. Friendly fire is disabled by default, so just forget your companions, and let them either fight or fall. You can handle fights easily by charging upfront and having high reflex in right timing of attack, dodge and button mashing. You can enjoy a fluid flow of combat all the time!

    Overall, by removing the complexity and annoyance from old-school RPG, adding the best elements from 2 most famous modern RPGs, and introducing an exciting button mashing combat mechanics to the game, this game has reached the highest height of RPGs that none in the world could ever reach. This is a milestone of RPG development, and should be referred to in future development of RPGs. Today is an important day that marks the beginning of revolution in RPG history! A new era of RPG has come! From now on, we can step forwards and forget about all classic RPGs in the old-school days. Everyone, express your praise and gratitude towards our beloved developers, and join us to have fun in this master piece of art now!

    In case if there are expansions or sequels for this gift from god, which are highly probable considering how successful this game is, we really hope that first-person shooting mode, QTEs and the mechanism of climbing tower to reveal map can be implemented. This will further induces passion from every gamers, because these elements are universally regarded by every gamer as the best features that have ever existed in shooter and action games!

    By the way, I am looking forwards to see at least 1000 DLCs for this game, because its scope is so huge, and with so much potential to further expand on. Don't keep us waiting, our wallets are ready! We hope that our beloved developers will listen to our suggestion and request, and release the DLCs and expansions ASAP for us. ;)
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  2. Dec 8, 2014
    10
    all i have to say is best game ever i have had more sex with the npc then i have in masseffect / porn games / gta 5 there for this is the bestall i have to say is best game ever i have had more sex with the npc then i have in masseffect / porn games / gta 5 there for this is the best game i have ever played Expand
  3. Nov 22, 2014
    9
    Don't listen to the 0's. This game is simply amazing! Yes there are pro's and con's. A perfect game with no flaws doesn't exist. This gameDon't listen to the 0's. This game is simply amazing! Yes there are pro's and con's. A perfect game with no flaws doesn't exist. This game is huge (100+hours), has amazing characters, and an amazing story. The graphics are amazing. The game play is awesome and gets better the more you play. Yes the controls for PC could use some work. But, I say plug in a controller and enjoy this masterpiece. Why are you still on Metacritic?? Go buy this game!!! Expand
  4. Nov 25, 2014
    5
    lets get one thing out of the way first.
    what did i think of the game? well. its OK, mediocre would describe it best. the world is rather
    lets get one thing out of the way first.
    what did i think of the game? well. its OK, mediocre would describe it best. the world is rather expansive and there are tons of stuff to do. but most of it has been done better elsewhere.

    the writing is **** period. want an example just go on youtube and type in dragon age Inquisition and click on anything involving sera. I'm British, and i have to say that this is the first time i have actually been offended by a video game.
    soundtrack is your typical fantasy lord of the rings kind of thing.
    combat was spam the button to win. so nothing special there.

    all and all, a fairly mediocre RPG.

    but that's not why i think many people are giving this 0/10
    lets start off by looking at bioware's recent games.
    dragon age 2: more linear than FF13
    the old republic: a barely passable vanilla MMO
    mass effect 3: a complete **** of poorly programmed enemy AI, laughable writing, rancid and almost non existent RPG elements, tact on multiplayer and an outright disgusting day one DLC which not only expands a malnourished team roster, but adds in a character that should have been in the **** game!
    not to mention the incomplete ending that needed fan partition's to **** complete.

    bioware has a reputation for being a hollow shell of what it was, especially now that everyone from the golden days has now abandoned ship.
    and before the obligatory bioware defence force shows up, armed with wafer thin arguments like "EA FORCED 'EM". bioware is the developer, as in they make the game and are in charge of what goes in to the game, or as in biowares case, what doesn't. don't get me wrong EA are **** but it was bioware who added needless multiplayer to mass effect.
    it was bioware that made dragon age 2: dungeon deja vu
    and it was bioware that thought we were stupid enough not to notice A **** IGN EMPLOYEE IN THE **** GAME!

    tenouda****ten ign

    doe's that sound like a company you want to succeed?

    after all there money grabbing DLC
    after all the lazy-ass writing
    and after all the bull****.

    bioware does it all again.
    the critics are singing its praises (if can you trust them)
    the user score is almost green across the board.

    but this is still the same bioware that made dragon age 2 electric boogaloo, and mass effect 3; buy now and receive free prothean.

    do they deserve our money?
    these guys don't seem to think so
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  5. Nov 20, 2014
    3
    Like many here, I've never felt the need to leave a review before, but this game is heinously bad. I loved DA:O and avoided DAII when it wasLike many here, I've never felt the need to leave a review before, but this game is heinously bad. I loved DA:O and avoided DAII when it was broadly panned. I was really excited when DA:I got a largely positive critical reception, but honestly can't guess what game those critics were playing. Clearly not the same as me.

    I'm playing on PC, which should be the native platform for any true RPG. The most significant issue is the control scheme, which is completely broken. Awful. I honestly can't believe they released the game in this state - it's unplayable and unenjoyable.

    I'm about 10 hours in, and honestly can't play anymore - it's that bad. Other issues - the skill trees are weak and derivative, The menu system involves a million clicks and nothing works like you'd expect. The inventory system - don't even get me started. And my favorite - having to repeatedly hit 'V' (or whatever you bind to) in order to send out sonar pings for loot. Seriously? Who in the world thought that this mechanic would add pleasure to the game?

    I'm not an "EA ruined Bioware" hater, but I have to think after seeing this game that they either lost some serious talent in the acquisition, or EA is forcing the studio to sacrifice quality for profits. In either case, the current product is unacceptable and should not have been released. A post-release patch - if one ever comes - isn't enough to forgive the really poor product that they've aired.

    If you're thinking about buying this game, forget the critics' reviews - look at the user scores. And ask yourself if you're willing to take the approximately 50/50 risk of loving or absolutely hating this game (at the time of writing, 389 positive reviews, and 339 negative - not the mark of a stellar game, for sure).
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  6. Nov 27, 2014
    2
    Game had some huge flaws and was nothing like the dragon age I have come to love. THE BIGGEST FLAW. Camera is impossibly zoomed in so youGame had some huge flaws and was nothing like the dragon age I have come to love. THE BIGGEST FLAW. Camera is impossibly zoomed in so you can't do top down tactical combat without huge frustration. Needs to be able to zoom out 3 times more. The action based fighting means hold left click to kill enemies while essentially ignoring positioning and skills. Characters don't auto attack when you take control of them so multi managing your party is hair puzzlingly impossible. All the classes are simplified and skill trees leave you with very little meaningful choice, might as well set to auto level.

    All in all this game had great graphics and a pretty fun storyline. However as it is currently released the combat is the worst experience you will ever have. The side quests and enemies are boring and repetitive. If you're looking for a horrible skyrim this is it. Otherwise don't waste your money.
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  7. Jan 6, 2020
    0
    Total garbage. Not worth it at $10. A buggy mess full of single player MMO filler with exploration that manages to feel like a chore despiteTotal garbage. Not worth it at $10. A buggy mess full of single player MMO filler with exploration that manages to feel like a chore despite pretty environments, and combat that is an unbelievable slog and a tedious mess of terrible camera angles, incomprehensibly bad controls, and non-interactive waiting for cooldowns to end (controlling companions and planning for fights tactically is simply not worth it.) All the flaws of the first two games, combined, with none of the strengths -- and utter travesty of a game with largely zero redeeming flaws, considering that even the story will retcon previous decisions, and using the DA Keep to laboriously reconstruct your previous world state one decision at a time will leave you wishing you could have imported it directly. Expand

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