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Dragon Age: Inquisition combat is tactical action

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Strategy combat DAI

Dragon Age: Inquisition has shown off some cool combat thus far, but you guys haven’t really seen a full explanation of the strategic, tactical mode that you can also use. I thought it was a nice change of pace for the franchise from what I saw at E3, but the new details in this video make it look even better.

Here is the first in a new series of videos from Bioware showing off gameplay features. This first video focuses on combat and reveals more about the strategic tactical camera.

For those who enjoy action-based combat, you can still go in swinging, setting action preferences for the rest of your party so that they heal when you want them to or use particular attacks. For those who want more strategic control over the combat, there is the strategic tactical camera which pauses time so you can reveal more information about your enemy and determine exactly how you want to engage them in battle. This means that you can decide which choke point you want your tank to hold, or how your mage should use particular spells to divide mobs.

I like that multiple play styles are catered for with this. I hope that both approaches work equally well – it would be really disappointing to fans if you had to use tactical approaches instead of action ones, but a nice balance would mean that players could enjoy combat however they prefer.

Speaking of player preferences, the Dragon Age Keep is still coming. It’s currently in closed Beta that you can sign up for over here. For those who don’t remember or never knew, the Dragon Age Keep is an app that takes your play through experience from previous Dragon Age games and lets you “keep” it as you move to new platforms. Upgrading from PS3 to PS4 or PC? Not a problem, you can still have the specific Thedas that you built in previous games. Due to the delay in the game’s launch, the Keep will also be delayed. However, seeing as we never had a specific launch date for the Keep, we don’t really know when to expect it, or by how much it will be delayed.

I’m liking what I’m seeing of Dragon Age: Inquisition thus far, although the colors and effects for magic do seem a bit over the top. It looks like they’re playing with fireworks or a bad rendition of Avatar the last Airbender. Let’s just hope that these are placeholder images/animations and that we get something a bit slicker in the final product.

Last Updated: July 30, 2014

57 Comments

  1. Matthew Holliday

    July 30, 2014 at 09:37

    so the same as the previous Dragon Age games then?
    cool.

    Reply

  2. Matthew Holliday

    July 30, 2014 at 09:37

    so the same as the previous Dragon Age games then?
    cool.

    Reply

  3. Umar GAAAAHH!

    July 30, 2014 at 09:38

    As long as I can spam Cone of Cold….I AM GOLDEN

    Reply

    • Rince&pop

      July 30, 2014 at 10:09

      ME too!

      Reply

  4. Umar GAAAAHH!!!

    July 30, 2014 at 09:38

    As long as I can spam Cone of Cold….I AM GOLDEN

    Reply

    • Rince&pop

      July 30, 2014 at 10:09

      ME too!

      Reply

  5. Alien Emperor Trevor

    July 30, 2014 at 09:46

    SUCH RAD INNOVATION! I AM SUPER IMPRESSED. IT’S LIKE THE 90’S NEVER HAPPENED.

    Reply

    • ToshZA

      July 30, 2014 at 09:53

      I think your caps lock key got stuck. Might want to stop fapping over it.

      Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        July 30, 2014 at 10:00

        BUT THIS NEWS HAS ME SO EXCITED I ALMOST CREAMED MY JEAN PANT! RTwP & A MOVING CAMERA WOW! IF THEY ALLOW YOU TO CUSTOMISE YOUR CHARACTERS & UPGRADE THEIR STATS MY LIFE LONG GAMING DREAM WILL BE ACHIEVED!

        Reply

        • Rince&pop

          July 30, 2014 at 10:09

          Sir, put that coffee down!

          Reply

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            July 30, 2014 at 10:10

            YOU CAN HAVE MY COFFEE WHEN YOU PRY IT FROM MY COFFEE-WARMED DEAD HANDS!

          • Rince&pop

            July 30, 2014 at 10:13

            Lulz! I fear this flexi time ‘may’ be having an adverse affect on you πŸ™‚

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            July 30, 2014 at 10:32

            Maybe. But I’ll be home playing games while you suckers are still working. mwuhahahahaha!

  6. Alien Emperor Trevor

    July 30, 2014 at 09:46

    SUCH RAD INNOVATION! I AM SUPER IMPRESSED. IT’S LIKE THE 90’S NEVER HAPPENED.

    Reply

    • ToshZA

      July 30, 2014 at 09:53

      I think your caps lock key got stuck. Might want to stop fapping over it.

      Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        July 30, 2014 at 10:00

        BUT THIS NEWS HAS ME SO EXCITED I ALMOST CREAMED MY JEAN PANT! RTwP & A MOVING CAMERA WOW! IF THEY ALLOW YOU TO CUSTOMISE YOUR CHARACTERS & UPGRADE THEIR STATS MY LIFE LONG GAMING DREAM WILL BE ACHIEVED!

        Reply

        • Rince&pop

          July 30, 2014 at 10:09

          Sir, put that coffee down!

          Reply

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            July 30, 2014 at 10:10

            YOU CAN HAVE MY COFFEE WHEN YOU PRY IT FROM MY COFFEE-WARMED DEAD HANDS!

          • Rince&pop

            July 30, 2014 at 10:13

            Lulz! I fear this flexi time ‘may’ be having an adverse affect on you πŸ™‚

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            July 30, 2014 at 10:32

            Maybe. But I’ll be home playing games while you suckers are still working. mwuhahahahaha!

  7. Hammersteyn

    July 30, 2014 at 09:52

    • ToshZA

      July 30, 2014 at 09:53

      Harry Potter and the Goat People of the Shire?

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        July 30, 2014 at 10:17

        Hehe, new movie called Horns

        Reply

    • Umar GAAAAHH!

      July 30, 2014 at 09:56

      Actually looking forward to this movie

      Reply

      • Her Highness the Hipster

        July 30, 2014 at 09:56

        the book was AMAZING – can’t wait for it!

        Reply

        • Umar GAAAAHH!

          July 30, 2014 at 09:57

          Is it? Nice, added hype πŸ™‚

          Reply

          • Her Highness the Hipster

            July 30, 2014 at 09:59

            i’m a huge fan of joe hill – horns was a seriously ace novel. also NOS4A2 is pure genius.

          • Umar GAAAAHH!

            July 30, 2014 at 10:01

            Read a synopsis now. Wow sounds tense!! Would actually wana read that

      • Mossel

        July 30, 2014 at 10:05

        What movie is this? Also saw this pic floating around the internet.

        Reply

        • Rince&pop

          July 30, 2014 at 10:10

          It’s called Horns. Looks awesome.

          Reply

      • Rince&pop

        July 30, 2014 at 10:09

        Me too. Hope to write the review.

        Reply

        • Umar GAAAAHH!

          July 30, 2014 at 10:10

          I look forward to it

          Reply

    • Mossel

      July 30, 2014 at 10:21

      He’s still wearing Gryffindor colours. Just can’t let go.

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        July 30, 2014 at 10:26

        LOL!

        Reply

      • Umar

        July 30, 2014 at 10:37

        Roflol!

        Reply

  8. Hammersteyn

    July 30, 2014 at 09:52

    • ToshZA

      July 30, 2014 at 09:53

      Harry Potter and the Goat People of the Shire?

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        July 30, 2014 at 10:17

        Hehe, new movie called Horns

        Reply

    • Umar GAAAAHH!!!

      July 30, 2014 at 09:56

      Actually looking forward to this movie

      Reply

      • Her Highness the Hipster

        July 30, 2014 at 09:56

        the book was AMAZING – can’t wait for it!

        Reply

        • Umar GAAAAHH!!!

          July 30, 2014 at 09:57

          Is it? Nice, added hype πŸ™‚

          Reply

          • Her Highness the Hipster

            July 30, 2014 at 09:59

            i’m a huge fan of joe hill – horns was a seriously ace novel. also NOS4A2 is pure genius.

          • Umar GAAAAHH!!!

            July 30, 2014 at 10:01

            Read a synopsis now. Wow sounds tense!! Would actually wana read that

      • Mossel

        July 30, 2014 at 10:05

        What movie is this? Also saw this pic floating around the internet.

        Reply

        • Rince&pop

          July 30, 2014 at 10:10

          It’s called Horns. Looks awesome.

          Reply

      • Rince&pop

        July 30, 2014 at 10:09

        Me too. Hope to write the review.

        Reply

        • Umar GAAAAHH!!!

          July 30, 2014 at 10:10

          I look forward to it

          Reply

    • Mossel

      July 30, 2014 at 10:21

      He’s still wearing Gryffindor colours. Just can’t let go.

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        July 30, 2014 at 10:26

        LOL!

        Reply

      • Umar GAAAAHH!!!

        July 30, 2014 at 10:37

        Roflol!

        Reply

  9. Admiral Chief Dovahkiin

    July 30, 2014 at 09:57

    Awesome!

    Reply

  10. Admiral Chief Dovahkiin

    July 30, 2014 at 09:57

    Awesome!

    Reply

  11. Sir Rants A Lot Llew

    July 30, 2014 at 10:11

    This is actually starting to really make me want it….

    Reply

  12. Sir Rants A Lot Llew

    July 30, 2014 at 10:11

    This is actually starting to really make me want it….

    Reply

  13. Graeme Selvan

    July 30, 2014 at 12:29

    still want!!!

    Reply

  14. Kromas

    July 30, 2014 at 12:48

    Need time machine or really good drugs to make the next few month fly buy.

    Reply

  15. Johan du Preez

    July 31, 2014 at 16:18

    WHy does the textures looks so bad ?

    Reply

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