Dragon Age: Inquisition Review: Epic in scope, carefully crafted down to the smallest moment

By Jos ยท 13 replies
Nov 24, 2014
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    Dragon Age: Inquisition is a fantasy game. That word—fantasy—is a sort of shorthand, with a bunch of connotations. The word suggests to us that this game has dragons, and elves, and magic. There will be knights, monsters, and probably an evil witch or two. But "fantasy," the word, means so much more.

    Dragon Age: Inquisition does indeed have dragons, and elves, and magic. But it is also a fantasy in that other, more special way. Inquisition ushers us into a vast world and sets that world revolving around us, patiently waiting on our every action. It has time for us. Finally, the world will be what we want it to be. Finally, we'll have the time to get everything right.

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is a role-playing game from BioWare, the storied studio behind the Baldur's Gate series and, more recently, the Mass Effect trilogy. Inquisition is the third in the Dragon Age series, following 2009's Dragon Age: Origins and 2011's less-well-received Dragon Age 2.

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  2. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,285   +901

    Awesome review, the only thing that is keeping me from playing it is installing Origin =/
  3. Ever heard of cracks? ;)
  4. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,867   +1,287

    So, in a nutshell, its DA:Origins with a bigger and more open world. The terrible party control system is still in place which kills any chance I'll touch this with a 10-foot polearm. The unhealthy fixation on sexual deviancy is still entrenched. Yep, another in the long line of Bioware games I won't be playing.
  5. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,713   +855

  6. tuplalfred

    tuplalfred TS Rookie

    Such a great, great game!!!
  7. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,867   +1,287

    When I
    When I was about halfway through this gushing review I started to wonder if there might be some payola involved. After looking at a few other sites and MC, there's no doubt whatsoever. All EA has learned from their five year-long string of failures is to grease more reviewer palms.
  8. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,868   +2,035

    There is no way EA is paying for good reviews and there is no way kotaku would take their money, that's just silly and completely baseless.

    That metacritic shows 621 positive reviews and 543 reviews trying to boycott the game.

    Apart from the DRM issues I feel the game is pretty solid.
  9. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,285   +901

    It's clearly a boycott, there are really bad games out there that don't get 0 and 1 scores, anti-EA fanboys doing. I don't like EA either but that doesn't mean I'll go put an 0 score to a game.
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  10. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,736   +3,757

    I have the game. I've put somewhere in the ballpark of 60 hours into it.

    The Kotaku review is a sales pitch, as are many of the other professional reviews. Yes, the game is impressively large and content packed. Like Origins, the dollar/content ratio for Inquisition is very good. The voice acting is also very good and the graphics are excellent on each of the platforms. Unfortunately, that's where the success ends and failure begins creeping in.

    The story is unoriginal. I won't give spoilers, but outside of a few "that's it?" moments, nothing in the main story or any of the side quests (including most of the lore you find throughout the game) is remotely new or interesting. It is generic save the world stuff. There are also some inconsistencies with lore and how members of the game world interact with one another.

    It is abundantly clear that Bioware or EA made the decision to make the game diversity compliant. What I mean by this is that there is no semblance of humanity in the human race. It has a distinct utopian feel wherein nobody shows any type of group preference outside of some rather bromidic aristocratic political infighting. Meanwhile, all of the bad guys are exactly the opposite. Consequently, the game wreaks of political tokenism and demands a fair amount of suspension of disbelief.

    The combat system is terrible. Quite literally, combat consists of holding down the primary attack button and DPS spamming special abilities as their cool down timers expire. There is no strategy, there are no tactics (the "tactical" camera is merely a fancy way of pausing the game), there is no thought in combat at all. It literally boils down to watching animations and special effects until someone's HP bar is depleted. Contrast this with Origins, where you could design entire battle strategies from the tactics menu.

    Most of the non-story quests and challenges are unoriginal, both technically and conceptually. There is a lot to do in Inquisition, but it's all things that have been done a million times before. Go here and find this book; find all of these special artifacts; close all of the oblivion gates rifts; kill the rogue templar; reassemble this sword by clearing the dungeon; collect this many resources to complete this task; so on and so forth, ad infinitum. Quite simply, it doesn't do anything new or interesting.

    The facial animations are also poor. I generally expect this from Dragon Age, but the polish elsewhere in the game really makes it stand out in Inquisition. Origins looked like garbage, so the low quality animations were fitting. Here, they are conspicuous.

    Even with these issues, the game is still fun most of the time. On a scale of utter failure to masterpiece, it weighs in at decent. Reviews that skew far to the left or right on this scale are bias, authored by people with a bone to pick or sales to push.
  11. :oops: Why is that ??!! you can't sacrifice installing origin to play a great game like dragon age ?? :oops:
  12. Tanstar

    Tanstar TS Evangelist Posts: 613   +175

    I've never understood the issue with Origins? It's just an EA owned version of Steam.
  13. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,285   +901

    THAT is exactly the issue, EA Owned, cause yeah they are in for the fun.
  14. Tanstar

    Tanstar TS Evangelist Posts: 613   +175

    Just means competition for Steam in the digital game arena, which is good for the consumers.

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