Bioware’s Dragon Age series continues on the current batch of consoles. This philosophical, somewhat dark RPG series has proven to be outstanding, and I must say that Dragon Age: Inquisition delivers. From the story to the battle system, it gets the job done in every way.
Plot: 9 out of 10
The story of Inquisition is pretty good. While I could live without this series’ obsession with religion, its characters are as good as ever, as are the dialogue and the relations between the (fictional) races. Plus, the fact that your character ends up becoming not an everyman/woman but a Lord adds a sense of importance to him/her.
Bioware sure does know how to showcase interactions between the protagonist and his/her party members. Interesting conversations with these members happen in this game as well.
Graphics: 9 out of 10
In my review of the original Mass Effect, I pointed out that it had so-so graphics because Bioware used to make PC games with outdated graphics but low hardware requirements. It wasn’t used to making high-tech games. That didn’t last long, as indicated by this game. Models, structures, and landscapes all look top-notch!
Sound: 8 out of 10
Music is very good and fitting of the fantasy setting. Voice acting’s also pretty good, with one exception. I was surprised to learn that Claudia Black voiced Morrigan again, because she has a distinct lack of passion this time around. She’s definitely the low point of this game, audio-wise.
Gameplay: 10 out of 10
After choosing your protagonist’s gender, race, and character class, you begin. Before long you are named Inquisitor and Lord of a land that serves as your base of operations. There you buy and sell things, converse with teammates and townspeople, make improvements to your castle, and decide the fate of criminals sent to you to face judgement.
When you leave to go on a quest somewhere else, you choose up to four teammates to accompany you. You have 3D platformer controls for most of the game, but when in battle, you can switch to the Tactical Combat Mode, which freezes time until you specifically choose for it to advance and changes the camera to a birds-eye view. To give me total control over the party, I definitely prefer this method of fighting over real time combat. And the great view it gives you makes it pretty much perfect.
Challenge: 8 out of 10
This games’ biggest problem is the climbing up mountains by making difficult jumps in a game not suited for it or finding that one smooth area in the lower part of a mountain that takes a while to walk around. This kind of stuff has been done before. The Elder Scrolls and (3D) Zelda games have long been famous for long, pointless walks in the countryside or wilderness in an attempt to make the game seem longer than it really is.
Other than that, this game is very challenging. Be aware, though that you do often have to go through easier places to level up for the tougher ones. Fortunately, you have recommended levels listed in the missions before you activate them at the base. The battle with the prime antagonist, Corypheus, is really hard, but that’s to be expected of the final boss.
Overall: 9 out of 10
One of the best recent games, Dragon Age: Inquisition is a wonderful experience from start to finish! Just remember that as an RPG, this is not a short game.