We can talk about the awesome perks of having a wonderful girlfriend who owns a Xbox One later, but one of the bigger ones that is pertinent today is if you run a review site like me that reviews video games, then you get to see some of these games without going through the hassle of buying a next gen console. But either way, on to the subject of today. One of said girlfriend’s favorite game series is Dragon Age, a game that I never really got into. The reason for this is the same reason I didn’t get really into Mass Effect when it first came out… I just didn’t feel like picking it up. One of those things that is always in the back of your mind, that game that you REALLY want to play but just find other things to occupy your time on your way to the grave and by the time you do play it, it is way past the point of relevancy.
But since she was a big fan of it, I decided to get the crash course from her personally which all lead to Dragon Age Inquisition. After hearing about it I had to say, where has this game been all my life?! I love me some good action fantasy stories and Dragon Age for me as me hooked just the same way Elder Scrolls has hooked me in the past. Out of all the next gen games I have had the chance to either see or play first hand, I have to say that FINALLY we have a game that looks and feels like it needs to be played with the next generation of consoles. Unlike Watch Dogs, Dead Rising 3, Far Cry 4, Killzone Shadowfall, Sunset Overdrive, and countless others that fall into the category of massive pants shitting disappointment, Dragon Age Inquisition is the first game I have seen that has delivered genuine enjoyment.
We start off the game with a bang as a green light destroys the Temple of Sacred Ash. Out of the explosion our protagonists, the Herald of Andraste falls out and Cassandra from Dragon Age II blames us for causing the destruction of the building. However it is later revealed that the green entity of the sky now dubbed the Breach is allowing rifts to open in Thedas, causing demons to escape. Thanks to some unknown power in the Herald’s hand, they are able to close these rifts. The story then follows the Herald of Andraste who with the help of his friends and associates restarts the Inquisition to root out the cause of the Breach.
Game Has that BioWare Feel
If you like Mass Effect and the previous Dragon Age games then this is definitely the game for you. It has that good ole fashion BioWare feel to it. BioWare continues to show why they are one of the best gaming companies in the market today by consistently putting out excellent product like this.
You can customize your character to the Nth degree and even have a choice of 1-4 speech actors which is REALLY cool that you are not playing as the silent protagonist again. You of course have your wide arrange of romantic partners, variety being the spice of life, and the gameplay and mechanics are marvelous which we will get to in the next section. Overall, masterful work.
Not the Best Graphics in the World… But Excellent Mechanics
Compared to some of the other polished turds that we see on the shelves at our local Game Stop, Dragon Age Inquisition just doesn’t have the best graphics out of the lot. Now a lot of people will see this as a bad thing with the whole next generation wave apparently focusing on this aspect like it is the most important part of a video game, instead of you know, gameplay. Now don’t get me wrong, the graphics are not bad… They just are not at what a lot of critics would call ‘next gen level’. But I for one do not fault Dragon Age or BioWare for this.
Sure in just about every game you can see every single fucking pimple on some Gruff Manbody character’s face and see the collective moistness of every person in existence. But most of those games, as I said are nothing more than polished turds. They look nice, but when it comes to gameplay they seriously lack. Dragon Age Inquisition in my opinion took the opposite route where the look was important; just not as important, and the focused on exciting gameplay and excellent mechanics which I applaud.
I guess glitches and bugs just come with a territory when you are looking at a big open world with a lot of fun things to do. It is something that we just seem to sort of accepts at the status quo and deal with it and as long as the game is exceptionally well done, I can forgive a glitch here and there. But when it comes to several game crashing glitches that force you to restart your console… That is a bit of a problem. Especially whenever you are playing on the XBox One and the interface forces you to log out of the game, turn off the console, do a back hand stand, and sacrifice a goat in order to get back to the damn loading screen.
There are several glitches with the conversation wheel that will force the game to stall in its tracks and are impossible to fix unless you reboot the game, other glitches stall the game for several minutes before they are able to move forward, and of course there is the occasional fall through the world and continue falling into unseen oblivion. I can forgive a few minor glitches here and there, but when there are so many that cause you to go through the chore of restarting the game… Well you have one big fat con in my book and if you say they will add patches later, to that I say they should have had them fixed before they put them on the market, suck it!
Dragon Age: Inquisition is the reason that you pick up a next generation console. It is a fantastic game and one hell of an experience. It has that BioWare feel to it and has an amazing and intricate story to back up its play. There are a few glitches in the game and the graphics are not the best, but I would rather take these negatives any day over some of the bland crap that I have seen this past year. I recommend if you have the means you go and pick up Dragon Age: Inquisition as soon as possible.
Final Score 4.5/5
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