Metacritic (Xbox): 85/100
Metacritic (PS): 89/100
Release: Nov 2014
Reviewed on: PS4
Dragon Age: Inquisition
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Dragon Age: Inquisition continues the legacy of the Dragon Age franchise with a breathtaking game world full of locations, romance, activities and plenty of combat. Available on the new generation of consoles (Xbox One and PS4) along with the old it’s available to all gamers. With the third game offering a vast range of improvements over the second game in the franchise, the Dragon Age series is back to the level of quality it is capable of achieving.
Plenty of customisation is thrown at you right from the start in Dragon Age: Inquisition with players able to create a human, elf, dwarf or quinary hero of either gender and then customise their look from a decent number of options. While it’s not the best character customisation screen available when compared to other games recently released it is more than enough to create a character you can connect with, an important feature as you’ll be centre stage for much of the story.
During these early stages of character creation players will also elect which class they want to be a part of (mage, warrior or rogue) which each offering three unique specialisations down the road. Thanks to Dragon Age: Inquisition raising your recruitment number to 9 you’ll have plenty of room to mix and match these class varieties into all sorts of party combinations.
The world of Dragon Age: Inquisition is its greatest asset though and exactly what you would expect from a BioWare experience. From the huge number of beautiful and varied locations that you’ll get the pleasure of exploring to the solid voice acting and near endless romantic opportunities.
Actual combat aims to be a mixture of the original two Dragon Age games by combining the action and tactical together into a single system. This has been achieved for the most part although the well-written AI means there is little need to take control in most situations. One situation that does need you to keep tight control of your team though is the epic dragon battles, these beasts are deadly both due to their size and tactics that feel very dynamic in each encounter.
Dragon Age: Inquisition is about much more than combat though with an entire kingdom for the player to control. Much of this is done through agents that you’ll send out on missions, to collect resources or clear bandits on your behalf. Aside from running your kingdom gamers will find that crafting will consume the rest of your available time, due to how useful it is at gearing up your party from your salvaged items and spoils of combat.
Dragon Age: Inquisition is the game that fans of the series deserve, it’s deep, engaging and beautiful. Short of some crazy load times and clunky UI elements it’s a near perfect experience.
- Explore a fully fleshed out game world with romance, varied environments and more.
- Craft powerful gear to support your party in battle.
- Dragons, giants and countless other enemies to conquer.
- Lead your kingdom through the use of agents.
- Mixes the action and strategy combat elements of past games together.