Craft your ultimate weapon in Dragon Age: Inquisition

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Crafting and customization are becoming the norm in RPGs and open-world sandbox experiences. I’m not totally convinced that every game that gets this functionality needs it, but Dragon Age: Inquisition is desperate to show how in-depth and comprehensive the game is. This new trailer shows off crafting and customization, and will probably make you guys very happy.

Here is the two minute explanation:

So, you can personalize your followers’ gear and tactics, as well as your own. As you wander the countryside, you can also find recipes and special crafting materials – these can range from herbs for your alchemy to one-of-a-kind components for your weapons. They certainly want to make sure that your experience is unique – it seems that no two people will upgrade and customize their gameplay in exactly the same way… at least until YouTube walkthroughs come out.

I like that resource gathering has returned in a more meaningful sense in Dragon Age: Inquisition – it’s not just about finding the herbs once, it seems to be a continuing experience. Considering that your base of operations will grow, it makes sense that your very own blacksmiths can help you make the best possible weapons and armor. The UI doesn’t look particularly impressive, but hopefully it will be intuitive enough to encourage all players to try out crafting.

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Are you a fan of these crafting systems included in RPGs? While I like having them, I find that I don’t always make full use of the weapon and armor crafting compared to potions. Usually it’s because the systems are painful to navigate, but also because I generally like to use the awesome weapons that I grab from missions rather than spend ages making my own. I guess I’m just strange that way, or perhaps I’m not a tinkerer. Do you like to fiddle with all the crafting pieces, or will you just make one awesome weapon that you’ll use until it’s no longer getting the job done and then buy the next amazing one?

Last Updated: October 2, 2014

Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let’s get on with it!

  • oVg Definitive and Remastered

    Via EA Micro Transactions.

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      Listen to this man! He SPEAKS THE TRUTH!!!

    • Hammersteyn

      Dead Space 3 was the trial run, not needed but people did it anyways.

      • JJ of Meridian

        I didn’t get far enough into DS3 before getting bored to even realise they had this.

        • Hammersteyn

          Every time you craft a gone the online store button is right there, taunting you, ruining the feeling of immersion that you get from the game.

      • Kensei Seraph – Staff

        I never had any problems with resources in DS3, although… me cheating to get billions of each resource may have had something to do with that.

    • Orangecoke

      No microtransactions involved. It’s all traditional gathered/looted components and recipes.

      • oVg Definitive and Remastered

        Ill believe it when I see it.
        Hopefully no day 1 DLC either, like the poor sods who do not have internet and still do not know what a Prothean looks like.

        • Jaicen

          No micro Transactions confirmed πŸ™‚ via I’m playing it now.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    I normally avoid crafting like the plague because I find it tedious & often what you can craft is usually not as interesting as what you can acquire from NPCs. That said I did spend some time with it in Skyrim because it was the easiest way to get my full set of Daedric armour.

    • JJ of Meridian

      Skyrim is the exception.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Still not very interesting though. It was just clicking. I may as well have been playing Diablo when crafting in Skyrim πŸ˜‰

        • JJ of Meridian

          Shuttup!

    • Mossel

      Craft 100000 iron daggers!

    • Weerwolf

      I actually hate that crafting is in every game these days. Sometimes they get it right, but most of the time it just takes away the fun factor of picking up new weapons and armour from fallen enemies and a lot of the times it is totally overpowered. Take for example Kingdoms of Amalur, it is actually a pretty awesome game, but the items you can craft (normal magic or rare items) just exceed the unique items by a ridiculous amount. Luckily the game is pretty easy so I just ignored the crafting system and only used items I picked up.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        I noticed the same thing when playing that,sort of ruins the point of unique items I think.

  • I am going to play the hell out of this game as long as it is missing one thing… Microtransactions. If I have to buy an ‘erb’ I’ll freak the fuck out.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      No I’m sure it’ll be optional, like Dead Space πŸ™‚

      • But @ovgrounded:disqus LOVED DS3!

        • oVg Definitive and Remastered

          There was something very off with the camera movement while aiming. I found out that it was a bug. One minute it would pan fast left and right and then crawl while holding the thumb stick fully to the right.

          I played DS 1 and 2 using the same controller with no issues.

          The game was broken.

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        Heheheeh!

    • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

      You’ll probably need to download the Potions Crafting Table DLC first, before you get access to those herbs πŸ˜‰

      • Thanks, nightmares for the rest of the week!

        • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

          Wait… do Gingers dream?

          • Hammersteyn

            Cats and dogs dream so maybe they do as well πŸ˜›

          • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

            I’ve seen my dog dream. I honestly think it’s just muscle memory. The farting is doing all the work keeping those muscles going. Is it the same thing?

          • Hammersteyn

            That’s weird, every time my cat kicks in her sleep I don’t smell anything smelly.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            After a fashion. Remember that pleasant dream you had the other night that left you feeling all fuzzy & relaxed after waking up? No? He does.

    • Hammersteyn

      Be patient kemosabe, the reviews will guide you. Personally I can’t wait for Angry Joe to give his opinion.

      • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

        I go to Angry Joe not just for comedy, but all gaming related inspiration. He is actually on the money a lot. Even if he goes a little over the top. Zero Punctuation is usually on the money too, for me. πŸ™‚

        *Edit: This Destiny review had me laughing for days.
        http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/9749-Destiny-Review-Bungies-Halo-Followup

        • Hammersteyn

          Both of them are brutally honest, but more importantly they care as much as we do about gaming. Whenever we bitch and moan about DLC or EA or something I can bet they do as well.

      • Norman Pleasant

        Hear, hear. Very few reviewers’ priorities and values coincide with my own but Joe is one of them.

  • Norman Pleasant

    I completely agree with you, Zoe. Part of the appeal of the first two games (though less so in the second) was finding this awesome gear, then giving your companions the cast-offs until they resembled a sort of troupe of mis-matched Lego figures. Crafting is all well and good but it’ll never match up to the mystery and awe of finding the Legendary Something of Somewhere.

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      What most RPGs seem to ignore is the concept of heirloom weapons and gear. For instance, you’d inherit a weapon, which might already have a name, and it tells a story of your family or your clan.

      Sigh! I wish i could give Thunderlord Kittenslayer to my future son. Sigh! If only I didn’t sell it for 3 coppers and some Hp potion.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        That reminds me of another problem with crafting. You craft a magnificent adamantium bastard sword of +9000 awesomeness & you get to sell it for 50 coppers. Meanwhile the rusty butter knife of tetanus you looted from the Evil Lord Phil nets you 100 gold.

        • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

          To be fair, DA: O was pretty good with giving you value for money for crafting. I remember making a fortune off crafting potions. It helped that I was a Dwarf who could sell leaves to a Bosmer though… πŸ˜›

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I’m impatient. It’s quicker to kill them & take the money.

          • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

            Will this sort of explains your problem with getting very little for what you craft. It’s simple supply and demand. You supply great craftable gear, but you’ve killed all the merchants. So you leave only farmers to buy your gear. And since they don’t know nothing, they pay inflated prices for shit (as a farmer would want to do) and very little for useless adamantium bastard swords. πŸ˜›

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            …. leave farmers? Since when am I supposed to differentiate between NPCs? O_o

          • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

            Lol. I take it you just treat NPC’s like a different class of enemies? πŸ˜›

      • Kensei Seraph – Staff

        Despite the waste of inventory space I’m still carrying around the family sword you get from the Human Noble background in DA:O.

    • Weerwolf

      I quite enjoyed the system of the 2nd one where your followers have their own gear that just levels up and you just give them leftover rings and stuff. I don’t want to spend 50% of the game gearing my followers. That was pretty annoying in DA:O

  • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

    I can’t wait to “buy” this game.

    • Norman Pleasant

      I know what you “mean”.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Makes sense she’s a druid, after all she believes in homeopathy & other fairy tales.

      • She’s also borderline Frankenstein, she did create Dr. Phil didn’t she?

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          And a wicked witch because she created Dr Oz?

  • Something to look forward to…

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      It works the other way around, the skimpier the outfit the more it costs. I mean… um… HEY LOOK, SQUIRREL!

      • ReaperOfSquirrels

        Yes, I am here!

    • oVg Definitive and Remastered

      Ill go for the -$5 option please.

    • JJ of Meridian

      I’m sure if there was pink hair the price wouldn’t matter to you.

  • Kensei Seraph – Staff

    While I do try out the crafting I tend to use the best weapon I can get my hands on regardless of weather it’s crafted or found.
    The thing that I almost never use are the consumable items, hence the 100+ deathroot poisons I’m carrying in DA:O.

  • alcatraz5953

    So amped for DA:I its not even funny. Been quite a while since i was this excited for a game

  • Matthew Holliday

    I think if Id read half the stuff that zoe &/or bioware have posted about DA:I, i would finally get into the game and find that I knew EVERYTHING befor it started.
    luckilly, my eyes tend to lose focus everytime i see the words “dragon age” in a title, so the game will still be fresh.
    albeit hyped up more than CoD Ghosts.

    crafting sounds cool though, even if i dont read the articles.

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