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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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  1. Positive: 40 out of 45
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  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 6, 2014
    10
    I made this account just to write this review. It's been out for a while now so I've put a lot of time into it. This game is awesome. AfterI made this account just to write this review. It's been out for a while now so I've put a lot of time into it. This game is awesome. After DA2 I was very concerned. But Bioware managed to pull it off!!! I would give this game 9.5 due to bugs and the stuttering cutscenes. But since the rating system doesn't allow it, I'll go for a 10. One of the best fantasy RPGs I've played. Right up there with Skyrim for me. Expand
  3. May 26, 2015
    9
    Good: The graphics are pretty. The landscapes are amazing. Huge zones to explore. Tons of optional content. Great story and characters, eachGood: The graphics are pretty. The landscapes are amazing. Huge zones to explore. Tons of optional content. Great story and characters, each with their own set of sidequests, as per usual for Bioware.

    Bad: The controls could be better but they aren't so bad that the game is unplayable. I also had a couple of bugs in my playthrough: quest markers on the map where no quests actually existed, and a bugged puzzle (where you have to walk a path, touching each floor tile only once, but the game kept failing me for no reason) that forced me to make a story decision I didn't want to make.
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  4. Nov 18, 2014
    5
    I should start by saying that I HAVEN'T FINISHED YET. In fact i've only really played 30 minutes of actual gameplay so far, and i do quiteI should start by saying that I HAVEN'T FINISHED YET. In fact i've only really played 30 minutes of actual gameplay so far, and i do quite like the gameplay and the graphics are pretty good but i find that my framerate isn't that great its 30fps sometimes a bit lower and I have the recommended specs for the game.

    Pros:
    - Gameplay is good
    -Graphics are great
    -Very open level design

    Cons:
    -Bad framerate
    - Story (so far) isn't much, cringe worthy at moments
    - Lipsyncing is also bad

    I'd give it a 7.5/10 so far, although each pro and con have 3 things, the cons for the most part can be looked past, the framerate isn't unbearable, i dont really have a problem with there being a lack of story this far in, the only major con is sitting through cutscenes in which the character models open there mouths after there lines half way through.
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  5. Nov 18, 2014
    3
    Well to start off this game is from what little time iv been able to play is fun, interesting gorgeous and I cant wait to play more. HOWEVERWell to start off this game is from what little time iv been able to play is fun, interesting gorgeous and I cant wait to play more. HOWEVER the game is complete broke on PC, especially for NVidia users, specifically SLI users like me [will not work at all, must disable SLI in control panel.] At the moment (day 1-2) bad FPS, terrible stutter, CONSTANT freezing and worst of all Direct X "HUNG" crashes every ten minutes no matter what. Sure a "driver came out but does not fix crashes or SLI support, it slightly helped stuttering a bit but that's all. GOTY material? could have been but the launch is a train wreck at its finest. Expand
  6. Nov 22, 2014
    2
    Well, you just never know what you're going to get when it comes to a Dragon Age game. Of the three iterations, this one seems to have evenWell, you just never know what you're going to get when it comes to a Dragon Age game. Of the three iterations, this one seems to have even less in common with the one we all love DAO. then did it's predecessor DA II. In fact one might never even know that this is a Dragon Age game except for basic universes in which it is set. Speaking of said universe, if one knew nothing of the Dragon Age world, it's history, lore and recent events, one would not have a clue what was going on in this game. You literally would have to read every single codex and then you would still be lost. I've read all the books and played the games so I'm comfortable but you oh noobie would not be. A person should be able to pick up the game and be able to understand the universe and what is going on. This brings up my second point. There is no back story for your character. I've played 20 hrs. I don't know who this person is or why I should care. It's the hated, I workup and don't know what happened bull****. I freakin' hate that cop out. I know more about the side characters than I do my own character. This is a real mistake as far as drawing in player commitment. DAI is disconnected from the player in a way I've never experienced. Other cons: tactical camera is a joke, it's not even close to a tactical camera. What a mess. No auto attack or target. Useless "tactics" so bad that they called them "behaviors" which is nothing more than potion management. For all intents and purposes combat is fubared. The worst combat of the trilogy, hands down. This game just doesn't know what it wants to be, so a s result it's not much of anything. I'm about 20 hours in and I will take it to the end. It's not all bad, I'm still curious what will happen, but it's not what we all hoped it would be. There IS no Dragon Age folks. That epic dream that held so much promise is dead and gone, killed by arrogant developers that think they know better than us what we need for fun. So sad, so very sad. There are other problems with the game, graphics, crafting etc. but these have been covered. If you're a hardcore fan, get it when the price drops and decide for yourself.
    EDIT: I have had to come in and actually lower the score. I am dumbfounded at what they did with Dragon Age. Dumbfounded. The entire game is basically filler to mindlessly go from place to place and engage in combat. The entire main story is so thin that it likely be completed in around an hour. It reminds me a lot of LOA but with far inferior combat. LOA had great combat and that's all it had. There is so much lore to work with! Where is the Architect? What about the Old God that Morrigan had? Do they give us anything? No. They bring in a whole new antagonist, which we never get to know anything about, a whole new and thin, boring story line. There is no context for any of this! It's like it's not even a Dragon Age game! I don't know what this is but I'm so disappointed I literally feel sick to my stomach. If you want to spend hours doing a whole lot of meaningless quests with boring combat simply to get to the end of possibly one of the laziest story lines in gaming history, be my guest. Forget all the fascinating lore, the great writing and witty personalities that was the promise of Dragon Age. Forget epic adventures, forget caring about your hero and his/her companions, forget evolution in combat, forget depth, forget EVERY THING that is Dragon Age. This isn't it. This is a cheap imitation with the Dragon Age name slapped on it's cover. What a crock.
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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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