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  • Summary: Draft and lead a group of characters into rugged battles against a diversity of enemies – from earth-shattering High Dragons to demonic forces from the otherworld of the Fade. Go hand to hand in visceral, heroic combat as your followers fight by your side, or switch to tactical view toDraft and lead a group of characters into rugged battles against a diversity of enemies – from earth-shattering High Dragons to demonic forces from the otherworld of the Fade. Go hand to hand in visceral, heroic combat as your followers fight by your side, or switch to tactical view to coordinate murderous offensives using the combined might of your party. See the tangible, visible results of your journey through a living world – raise structures, customize outposts, and change the landscape itself as environments are re-shaped in the wake of your Inquisition. Lead a party chosen from nine unique, fully-formed characters – each of whom react to your actions and choices differently, forming complex relationships both with you and with each other. Create 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
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E3 2014: Dragon Age: Inquisition Game Trailer at EA Press Conference
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Nov 16, 2014
    100
    There’s no hyperbole when I say that Dragon Age: Inquisition is the best RPG I’ve played in a long time. Hell, it’s the best game of any genre I’ve played in a long time. It’s a shoo-in for Game of the Year in my books, a masterclass in game design that deserves a spot in everyone’s game library.
  2. Nov 11, 2014
    95
    Dragon Age Inquisition has raised the bar for storytelling. It’s the sort of game you think you have figured out after a few hours, but time and time again it’ll surprise you. With a rebuilt combat system, an open and inviting world, 150 hours of content, and a warm and familiar storytelling system, Dragon Age Inquisition is the best RPG I’ve played in a decade.
  3. Gamereactor Denmark
    Nov 11, 2014
    90
    Great story, beautiful and complex semi-open world. An insane amount of content and fun mechanics. That Dragon Age: Inquisition is great looking and with an added bonus of co-op does not hurt either.
  4. Nov 30, 2014
    90
    Vast and gorgeous environments full of highly varied missions together with an involving plot, brilliant characters and a deep and satisfying combat system make Dragon Age: Inquisition one of the best RPGs to date. Unmissable.
  5. Nov 17, 2014
    88
    Dragon Age: Inquisition is one of those rare games where its flaws sound severe on paper, but often melt away when you’re actually playing. We can’t remember the last time we’ve been so thoroughly absorbed by a virtual place or so attached to a cast of characters. In that sense, Dragon Age: Inquisition is a flawed journey, but it’s one that we eagerly want to return to.
  6. Dec 18, 2014
    80
    It might not be the greatest example of the current generation’s power, nor is it an exercise in reinvention and uniqueness – but when you’ve sunk 50 hours into Inquisition and hardly realised, and you still want to play it for another 50 hours, then you know you’re onto something good. This time the fans get what they want – and apparently what they wanted was very good indeed.
  7. Nov 11, 2014
    60
    In trying to be all things to all people, Dragon Age: Inquisition lacks the impact that it might otherwise have had if BioWare had imbued it with the same sense of purpose that its predecessors carried....Inquisition, on the other hand, offers an embarrassment of things to do but sometimes forgets to provide the motivation to do them.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 30 out of 175
  1. Feb 10, 2015
    10
    30 hours in and very pleased. Particularly like the new War Room and all the strategy that goes with it. Hope other RPGs copy that and build30 hours in and very pleased. Particularly like the new War Room and all the strategy that goes with it. Hope other RPGs copy that and build on that. That alone makes the game worthwhile to me as I see that as a groundbreaking new feature. Everything else is solid, story could be a tad more engrossing but I'm going to reserve final judgement on that till the game is over. One thing I've learned whenever I look at user reviews: there's a ton of crybabies in the world that have been coddled by their mamas. 10 out of 10 keep it up Bioware! More, please! Expand
  2. Nov 29, 2014
    10
    Wow, what a great game. The story is intense, long and makes you forget about all of Dragon Age 2's missteps. Beautiful graphics and vastWow, what a great game. The story is intense, long and makes you forget about all of Dragon Age 2's missteps. Beautiful graphics and vast worlds, made me quickly fall in love with the game. I didn't think I would say this when I bought it, but this might just be the best game in the last 5 years. Expand
  3. Nov 18, 2014
    10
    * Amazing atmosphere, I haven't felt this giddy walking around and exploring since Skyrim... it's more polished though, with only the odd* Amazing atmosphere, I haven't felt this giddy walking around and exploring since Skyrim... it's more polished though, with only the odd graphical oddity.
    * Origins level, if not better, writing.
    * Controller+PC = The most fun way to play. The UI for KB+M is lovely, but the movement is much, much better on controller..... they very much tailored EVERYTHING to work better on the gamepad (which is odd for PC).. this may irk some (but delights others like me to no end).
    * Use Mantle if you are AMD GPU - I got a based god 10fps bump and everything just seems to look and run better when using the Mantle API.
    * Install on a SSD for sure, load times are next to none.. just long enough to read 1-2 of the cards then you're into the game.
    * Cut-scenes were a bit stuttery as well, until I used Mantle.. AMD cards and DX11 in this game don't like each other as much.
    * The best music I have ever heard in a game, and I'm only 10 hours in.. it's just...... spectacular.
    * The Storytelling, so far, is amazing... only bested by the superb atmosphere and character interactions.
    * GOTY shoe in from what I've played.. it's the Dragon Age game you have been waiting for since finishing Origins, believe the hype.
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  4. Feb 14, 2015
    9
    Fantastic! The game is a fun RPG w/a ton of replay value. At times there are glitch spots but overall pretty smooth. Storyline is the most inFantastic! The game is a fun RPG w/a ton of replay value. At times there are glitch spots but overall pretty smooth. Storyline is the most in depth I've seen yet in any next gen system, some really interesting characters & per Bioware standard the dialogue wheel gives you a wide array of responses to suit your specific hero. The world is huge to the point that you may get bogged down in side quests but as a huge RPG fan myself that's exactly what I'm looking for. The first High Dragon battle was reminiscent of the weapon battles from FF VII. Could go on further but I'll sum it up w/this, any true RPG fan who hasn't got this game yet, first give yourself a slap on the wrist & then go get this game. Well worth it Expand
  5. Apr 16, 2015
    8
    This is a great game the only reason why I gave it an 8 is because they need way more depth in multiplayer. At times it can be fun but for theThis is a great game the only reason why I gave it an 8 is because they need way more depth in multiplayer. At times it can be fun but for the most part it is repetitious and boring. The graphics are decent and the single player is fun to play. I am actually shocked at how many low reviews this game had I think this is the best dragon age in the series by far and I think the series is headed in the right direction. Expand
  6. Nov 23, 2014
    6
    I am going to start off by saying that i love the Dragon Age universe. DA:O is in my top 5, and I even replayed DA2 once (just as bad theI am going to start off by saying that i love the Dragon Age universe. DA:O is in my top 5, and I even replayed DA2 once (just as bad the second time around). I was very excited when i saw the first promo for DA:I, and the anticipation built until last week when it was released.
    I've since logged over 100 hours into the game.

    After being jammed into one city for all of 2, the vast open areas of inquisition was a much needed change of pace. I spent hours wandering around doing side quest, looking for resources, or getting into little skirmishes just for the fun of it. You really feel like you are in a different world than in the other 2 games, and the graphics, though not as good as some next gen games i've played, are still gorgeous and really add to the expanse of the game.

    The combat improved off of DA2. It flowed well freely, allowing the hack and slashers to just run through the hordes, while the paused overhead viewed gave the more tactical minds the ability to pick apart their enemies. Personally, I did a bit of both. The games difficulty curve had more ups and downs than the stock market, but that made it a bit more engaging for me. It forced you to stop and observe the forces before making your move, and it wasn't until the end of the game (i'll be getting to that later as well) that i ever felt overpowered.

    The newish crafting system was more of an after thought for me. I never used the potion making, and only crafted weapons and amor after i realized the odds of finding a good weapon in loot was extraordinarily rare unlikely. It probably made for a good distraction for some.

    The party characters were also pretty vanilla, with only a couple actually standing out [Iron Bull, Varric, Cassandra (really, only because i romanced her)]. I honestly found many of the side characters to be more entertaining. The voice acting was top notch, as always, however, it was constantly undermined by stiff animations and graphic glitches (one of which happened during the middle of the lover scene of the Cassandra romance. My character started to spaz out on her like a demon possessed).

    The only downfall of the graphics were the constant glitches, many of which happened when characters affected by choices in the previous games (Hawke and Loghain especially) were in conversations. There were normally long pauses that took a couple of minutes to load through.

    The soundtrack was astounding, but it has become expected from a Bioware game. A real stand out point was the bard in Skyhold's tavern. I don't know who they got to do the singing, but i would constantly stop and listen every time i went into talk to Iron Bull.

    Now to the AI. It was inconsistent at best. One moment my team would be clicking on all cylinders, the warriors drawing them in, the mage dropping barriers and hitting the enemy with various spells, and me running around the back and picking people off, the next moment, the mage would run into the middle of all the warriors, my warriors would go chasing after an archer not even engaged in the battle, and i was left on the outside doing what i could to try and keep the mage alive (tactical camera was very useful for that). There were a few times my people, or even the enemy, would just stop fighting, and let the other side do massive damage, often times killing them. It did provide a couple of humorous moments of giants just standing and accepting their fate.
    The targeting system was just annoying. It would constantly change between opponents with no rhyme or reason, even when "locked on." Put me in some bad situations on more than one occasion.

    I was ok with all of this. A lot of the glitches made me laugh, and the dialogue between characters really came to life at times. The poor AI added some extra difficulty that made it more rewarding to win, and just exploring was enough to keep me enthralled.

    That is until i got to Bioware's Achilles' heel, the ending. I'm not going to go in much detail here for spoiler reasons, but the ending was just flat. The boss battle was boring. So much so that i thought it was just another false ending, but no, you got your goodbye to you gang celebration, and then the end.

    But it wasn't the end, and this was the stab to the heart. One final scene that had a head spinning twist only served as a promotion for DLC to come. The actually main storyline was about the length of a halo game, extended by forcing a player to do side quests, most of which had more depth, for "power" to open up the next part of the story.

    All of the sudden, everything came into perspective. The dialogue was boring, the story line short and unfulfilling, glitches a plenty, and a grind it out pace akin to Destiny was all acceptable to me. Having a final scene saying wait till the DLC for the real ending is unacceptable, especially with the 2 prequels having longer main storylines with standalone DLC storylines.

    I spent over a 100hrs on the game, and it took the last 20 to ruin it.
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  7. Sep 28, 2016
    0
    Being a rogue assassin is one of the main abilities that a rouge could be. However, the way of assassin quest that is required to be done toBeing a rogue assassin is one of the main abilities that a rouge could be. However, the way of assassin quest that is required to be done to get that specialization is bugged. After investing 75 hours into the game and trying every trick that people wrote about I was still unsuccessful, DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THE GAME. Unless of course you do not want your special ability tree that gives you all of the good skills in the game. This issue has been addressed a long time ago, but yet EA fails to fix it. I WILL NOT EVER BUY ANY EA game again. I even canceled my Battlefield preorder. Expand

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