Dragon Age: Inquisition – A Force to be Reckoned With

We are now a full month into 2015, and I have put over 75 hours into Inquisition since December 19th, 2014, when I made my purchase. I have still not completed the game. I probably could’ve beaten the game weeks ago, but I have not had the time, unfortunately. Instead, I’ve had to split my gaming time to fulfill  other needs. But one thing is clear, 75 hours of gameplay is a testament to itself and should tell you something; Inquisition is one big, bad-ass game.

The Hinterlands

Inquisition has been like a breathe of fresh air, and with that said, I don’t understand where the negative reviews are coming from.  Inquisition has huge beautiful environments, entertaining story, enjoyable gameplay, and surprisingly fun, new and stand-alone multiplayer. I cannot stop talking about how big the zones are in Inquisition.  So far I have only fully completed two zones, The Hinterlands, and The Emerald Grave.  I spent well over 20 hours completing The Hinterlands alone.  The Hinterlands is the first main zone you enter after completing the Prologue and the size of it shocked me at first sight.  I could not help but think The Hinterlands had to be the biggest zone in the game, and it is.  However, other zones in Inquisition are just as big. The story picks up where it left off, following the events of DA 2 where the Templars and Mages went to war. Inquisition begins with peace talk negotiations being interrupted by an explosion, with the lone survivor being your created character. From there, you are tasked with proving yourself as a worthy leader and Inquisitor, cleaning Fereldan of all things evil, and helping your Inner Circle with their personal side quest along the way.

There are over 50+ side missions in the game, not including side missions for your companions. There are factions, influence, and agents to gain.  I am also a Trophy/Achievement hunter, so I immediately go after all the goodies the game has to offer,  so any game with a good amount of side quests and end game content is right up my alley.  I like to grind and complete all side missions before completing the main campaign. My saying is that you can never be too powerful to take on the final boss. I am currently level 14, and just recently completed the first half of the game, opening up access to my new home, Skyhold. I’ve spent numberous hours here planting seeds, executing criminals, modifying and crafting weapons and armor, summoning war counsels, and trying to get some romantic sparks going with Cassandra, Vivenne, Josephine, and a dwarf whose name name I can’t remember.  My point is that there’s tons to do, even when it seems like there is nothing to do.  My Journey will easily reach over 100 gaming hours before defeating the final boss and that’s alright with me.  It feels like there is still so much to explore without getting too overwhelmed by the sheer amount of content.

Cooperative Multiplayer

The multiplayer is not to be overlooked by any means. It’s your straight up dungeon crawling, beat ’em up, hack ‘n slash, without the single-player story. If you get bored with single player, I recommend taking the multiplayer mode for a spin; you wont be disappointed. At this time, there are only 3 maps to choose from and the map’s enemies and loot are different from game to game to keep things fresh. Each map presents 5 zones that you progress through. In Zones 1 – 4, your goal is to kill all enemies while protecting a NPC or taking out a specific enemy target.  Zone 5 is always the boss zone and the fights don’t start until you plant the flag, giving your team time to strategize.  The boss waves are not easy to beat and will take some strategy to come out on top.

Tactical Combat

Fans of the series may not like that the combat is not as tactical as previous games in the series. For casual gamers and gamers new to the series, scaling back on the combat difficulty is a good thing.  I remember the combat playing Dragon Age Origins and it was hard.  It was not a big deal at first, as I was excited to be playing a new game I had been looking forward to for awhile.  However, after getting owned enough times, I became less interested and stopped playing.  I did eventually come back and
complete the game, but I changed the difficulty to easy. The tactical combat was brutal, and required too much strategy. If you’re looking for challenge that requires strategy, crank the difficulty up to nightmare.  On the nightmare level, it is required that you use the tactical combat function and I can guarantee you that the AI will give you a challenge and then some.

Dragon Age Inquisition has received mostly high reviews, and won Game Of The Year honors from a number of gaming publications,  as it rightfully should. With Inquisition, BioWare took the Dragon Age series back to its RPG roots, with great story telling, character development, and exploration. But it was not without adding new additions to already great game series. If you are a RPG fan looking for a new game that you can put hundreds of hours into, or someone new to RPG’s, then the Dragon Age series this is definitely worth the look and purchase.  I was hesitant about purchasing Dragon Age: Inquisition because of my past experience with Dragon Age 2, but BioWare’s Inquisition is a complete game and must have for RPG fans.

Richard Killens
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