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E3 2014 – Dragon Age Inquisition surpasses expectations

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I know many of you were disappointed with Dragon Age II and worried about the future of the franchise. In Dragon Age: Inquisition, you take on the role of leader of leaders, and it may just be the Dragon Age game that you’ve been waiting to play.

I got to rub my eyeballs on some Dragon Age demo gameplay at E3, and I was thoroughly impressed.

The World

First things first, the world is huge and varied. The first area we saw was just one small portion of the map, and was already larger than all of the Dragon Age Origins game. Before anyone comments, the different locations featured seriously unique maps and layouts.

It’s not just the size that matters, it’s how you use it. The world features a World Master system. So, if you hunt bears and skin them for their pelts, eventually their numbers will begin to dwindle. Also, as you grow your inquisition’s power, you will find that your banners appear and your troops patrol the areas, bringing peace and order to the war-torn landscape.

This time around, the devastation is not just something you may encounter from time to time, or hear about from NPCs. Instead, as you traverse the countryside you will find side quests and dialogues about the ways (both big and small) that locals are affected by the ravages of the war between the Mages and the Templars. You can even encounter environmental obstacles that can be overcome to gain access to new areas.

Moving around the world is also a more varied experience. There is fast travel between major locations, but with a much larger map, it can take way longer to get around. Thankfully, Bioware has added mounts to the game to get you from point A to point B. There will be normal and exotic mounts to collect, speeding up your movement and adding variety to exploration.

Speaking of variety, Dragon Age: Inquisition has an all new crafting system. For the first time in Dragon Age, you’ll be able to craft your own equipment and customise the look and stats.

True to Bioware form, party members converse with each other as you wander the world. Additionally, NPCs in towns and meeting points are unique and engaged in their own conversations.

The Combat

Combat in Dragon Age: Inquisition will test the limits of players’ abilities. The game caters for two approaches, which certainly made me happy. For those who like to just run in, chopping and changing between characters and fighting on the fly, you can do that. That combat style has become way more fluid from previous Dragon Age games, and changing between characters is quick and easy. Thanks to a cleaned up HUD and UI, it’s also much clearer which character you’re controlling, their health and abilities.

There is also a tactical view, which pauses the game and allows players to take an almost turn-based approach to combat. Pause the game, plan the moves of your different party members, and then turn time back on to see how the battle progresses. This helps if you want your archers to take advantage of high ground while sending your tank to hold a choke point.

Enemies are much smarter in the new Dragon Age – they take advantage of environmental conditions as well as their unique abilities. Dragons in particular are impressive, using the high ground and displaying a wide range of animations and attacks. You won’t want to take these on unless you’re fully prepared.

Story and Characters

Part of preparing is growing the power of your Inquisition. It’s not just about gaining new party members – your party members are leaders of their various clans or groups, helping to improve your overall influence on the world. As you travel, you can also find Phylactories. These help you know the locations of mages, improving your tactical advantage. You can make use of this on the War Table, where you send out agents and determine the course of the story.

Speaking of story, depending on which character you have with you, you will see different content. Additionally, character relationships aren’t just influenced by what you say, but also by what you do and how you relate to the world.

Close more fade rifts around the world, and you may just alter the state of things for the NPCs, and your very own party members.

I only got to see a small portion of the game, but it is beautiful, vast and seriously upgraded. It feels as though Bioware has learned from their mistakes, as well as brought some of their biggest innovations from Mass Effect into the Dragon Age franchise. I am even more excited for this game than I was before, and I have a feeling that this might just be the Dragon Age game that we’ve been hoping for all along.

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Last Updated: June 11, 2014

46 Comments

  1. Jason

    June 11, 2014 at 11:05

    “There is also a tactical view, which pauses the game and allows players to take an almost turn-based approach to combat.”

    This has put the game back onto my watch list.

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    • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

      June 11, 2014 at 11:09

      Lol, yeah!

      Reply

    • ToshZA

      June 11, 2014 at 15:51

      There was a gameplay trailer showing this off a few months back already. It looked really good back then. Time to search the intarwabz for some E3 trailer goodness. 😀

      Reply

  2. Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

    June 11, 2014 at 11:06

    Sounds pretty awesome!

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      June 11, 2014 at 11:54

      Agreed, it sounds like they took the criticism of Dragon Age One Cave to heart, and actually made a much better game because of it. I still won’t get it day one, and rather wait for the community reviews, but my interest is piqued.

      Reply

  3. The Fires of Suzaku Burns!!

    June 11, 2014 at 11:08

    “There is also a tactical view, which pauses the game and allows players to take an almost turn-based approach to combat. ”

    Sweet effing music to my ears

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  4. Hammersteyn

    June 11, 2014 at 11:11

    Sound good, too good, ME good.

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    • The Fires of Suzaku Burns!!

      June 11, 2014 at 11:13

      I’m hoping bro, I have high hopes for this!

      Reply

      • Rinceinantici

        June 11, 2014 at 11:49

        Like the high hops for TLG? *RUNS SCREAMING

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        • The Fires of Suzaku Burns!!

          June 11, 2014 at 11:58

          LOL Damn I need to eat my words now

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          • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

            June 11, 2014 at 12:03

            NOMNOMNOM

          • The Fires of Suzaku Burns!!

            June 11, 2014 at 12:03

            These words taste like regret and sorrow 🙁

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            June 11, 2014 at 12:06

            #StayStrongUmar

          • The Fires of Suzaku Burns!!

            June 11, 2014 at 12:07

            LOL Do not pity me!

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          June 11, 2014 at 12:05

          I thought high hops were reserved for NBA games.

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    • Matthew Holliday

      June 11, 2014 at 12:09

      nah, think of it rather as “if DA is this good, cant imagine how good ME will be.”

      Reply

  5. Alien Emperor Trevor

    June 11, 2014 at 11:25

    Phylactories you say? THAT’S WHAT I LICH TO HEAR! tee hee

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    • Jedi JJ

      June 11, 2014 at 11:33

      lol
      Shizam!

      Reply

    • Wraith

      June 11, 2014 at 17:03

      Hmm… Need me some BGII Enhanced Edition!

      Reply

  6. CypherGate

    June 11, 2014 at 11:30

    This game sounds amazing.

    Reply

  7. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    June 11, 2014 at 11:38

    But… that one cave? It still haunts me while I sleep….

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      June 11, 2014 at 11:39

      I hope the first cave you enter in DA:I looks just like the DA2 one. So much of lol.

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      • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

        June 11, 2014 at 11:40

        For teh lulz!

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      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        June 11, 2014 at 11:52

        That would be epic trolling. It would literally bring a tear to my crusty cynical eye…

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        • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

          June 11, 2014 at 11:59

          I’d pay good money to see them troll you like that, just to see your tiny banana heart skip a beat

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          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            June 11, 2014 at 11:59

            At my age, that could be the death of me… 🙁

          • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

            June 11, 2014 at 12:03

            You are not THAT old, but, in Banana years, I suppose so

  8. Rinceinantici

    June 11, 2014 at 11:49

    Okay, got my attention!

    Reply

  9. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    June 11, 2014 at 11:53

    I like the idea of customising and creating my own armour. Every RPG worth its salt should have that. If you can’t make your own broadsword and call it the “PonySlayer Deluxe”, then I don’t want to play your game.

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    • Rinceinantici

      June 11, 2014 at 11:54

      What have thee against Ponies!?

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      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        June 11, 2014 at 11:55

        Nothing! They make super strong glue!

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        • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

          June 11, 2014 at 11:59

          LOOOL

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        June 11, 2014 at 12:09

        They’re the hobbits of horses, and hobbits are stupid.

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        • Brady miaau

          June 11, 2014 at 15:56

          but make good thieves. High dex bonus

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    • ToshZA

      June 11, 2014 at 15:49

      Haha, well said. Apart from the ponies. You can keep those. You know, to kill, because why else would you name a broadsword that.

      Meanwhile, the pre-pubescent boys will come up with much more original names, right?

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      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        June 11, 2014 at 18:34

        Ponies also make good sausages. You don’t even need to grind their meat down, you just chuck them whole into some sausage casing.

        Reply

  10. Hondsepop

    June 11, 2014 at 12:00

    as you grow your inquisition’s power, you will find that your banners appear….

    Consider yourself bought, Dragon Age..

    Reply

  11. Charl van der Merwe

    June 12, 2014 at 11:43

    Wonder if EA haters boycott all EA games, or just the ones where they are feeling particularly sanctimonious about.

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    • JustAnotherGamer

      June 12, 2014 at 11:46

      dunno i like EA games.

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      • Charl van der Merwe

        June 12, 2014 at 11:50

        Agreed, Dragon Age, BAttlefield ect. Don’t let the bitchy haters find out they have good games though 😉

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        • JustAnotherGamer

          June 12, 2014 at 11:54

          the haters dont play games they just bitch and moan

          Reply

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