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How Skyrim influenced Dragon Age: Inquisition

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Dragon Age: Inquisition in my most anticipated RPG of the year. If you are on Xbox One and have EA Access, you get to play the game already on 13 November… at least the first six hours of it. The game is promising to be enormous, and Skyrim has a lotย to do with that.

Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, Bioware’s Mark Darrah explained that the audience for RPGs has changed. In fact, he thinks that this console generation might just bring back RPGs as the genre of choice for gamers:

Skyrim changed the landscape for role-playing games completely. I mean Oblivion probably sold six million units, basically that range, Skyrim sold 20 million. So that, to some degree, changes everything.

Now the expectations of your other fans, they’re changing too. People age, they typically have less time for games, so it changes their expectations in terms of gameplay segments. It also results in some nostalgia. so they may become even more firm in their attachment to previous features. Now suddenly you have 15 million people that have basically had the first RPG they’ve ever played as Skyrim. They have totally different expectations of what storytelling is, what exploration is, and I think exploration is really where we’ve seen the biggest change.

Games haven’t been this big in ten years: Baldur’s Gate II was this big, or close to this big. It’s not just Bioware, really nobody was this big – games were getting smaller and smaller. I mean look at Uncharted, that’s a four hour experience. There’s nothing wrong with that, it’s an amazingly polished four hour experience, but it’s not a big experience. Whereas if you look at role-playing games from the late 90s, I mean Daggerfall is 65,000 square kilometers.

The hardware has brought back the ability to do big again and I think that’s what’s bringing role-playing games back to the forefront. What we’ve traditionally seen is that as a console generation turns over the dominant genre has changed. Shooters weren’t the dominant genre a generation ago, it was racing games. If you go back before that, to the PlayStation 1 era, it was actually role-playing games. I think that’s what we may be seeing here. I don’t know that role-playing games will be necessarily dominant but I do think we may see open-world exploration games being the dominant genre of this generation.

“Skyrim changed the landscape for role-playing games completely”

This should make hardcore RPG fans happy, and also bring back a bit of nostalgia. I remember when I originally played RPGs on SNES or even PlayStation 1, I would get games that would easily last hundreds of hours. It was just normal that if you were going to make an RPG, there would be tons of content in it. Now, we’re all pretty happy with a fantastic RPG that takes a weekend to complete – even Shadow of Mordor, which is an excellent game, doesn’t really take too long to complete.

Dragon Age: Inquisition is meant to be a 200 hour game, filled with a ridiculous amount of depth and breadth. I am extremely excited for it, and hope that Darrah is correct with his prediction that the new, stronger consoles can handle bigger and better RPGs. If that is the case, there could be even more games coming that will make me stupidly happy and excited.

Did you play and love Skyrim? Is it a defining RPG for you? The scale of the game is certainly excellent, with simply tons to do. While it wasn’t perfect, I’m glad to see that it’s influencing other game makers; when it combines with other fantastic influences, we could see some really stellar gaming.

Last Updated: November 4, 2014

90 Comments

  1. Admiral Chief 0

    November 4, 2014 at 08:10

    FUS RO AWWWWWJISSSS

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  2. Admiral Chief 0

    November 4, 2014 at 08:12

    Skyrim is all kinds of awesome

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    • Dutch Matrix

      November 4, 2014 at 08:27

      One of my best moments in Skyrim was whilst sneaking past an old fort (Wish I had the screenshot to show here) and this band of Necromancers and their skeleton body guards came marching up the road and took up residence in the fort.
      Then I slaughtered them all!
      FUS RO ARROW UP THE BACKSIDE, YE SCUM SUCKING WORSHIPPERS OF DEIDRA!!!

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  3. Dutch Matrix

    November 4, 2014 at 08:16

    Skyrim is simply this: One of my Top 3 games of the older gen. The amount of hours I have sunk into that game so far is almost a hideous sin!
    What worries me though is how much Skyrim is going to “influence” other would be great RPG’s. Much like how CoD “influenced” 98% of shooters…

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  4. Cadis Etrama Di Umar

    November 4, 2014 at 08:19

    Personally, Dragon Age was far superior to Skyrim. Skyrim tapped into that addictive part of the brain though, but DA made you think about tactics and how you’re gonna tackle every battle. You had to carefully plan and micro manage your team. As long as Inquisition follows the same pattern and maintains that tactical depth, then this game will be a winner.

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    • Brady miaau

      November 4, 2014 at 08:20

      True, nicely written. We can just hope DA has not lost any of the origin magic

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      • Cadis Etrama Di Umar

        November 4, 2014 at 08:24

        From the videos I’ve seen, its looking like it might bring back that spark. Thoughtful RPGs are the best. I love building the perfect team and actually seeing the fruits of all that hard hours of grinding. Man, I remember unlocking dual-wielding in Origins, it was an amazing feeling as its not your standard class, you had to actively search to unlock it….Bah!…Now I’m just hyping myself out for DA:I lol

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        • BeardieTheDuck

          December 16, 2014 at 02:31

          … I dual wielded from the start of Origins.

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          • Mandom (Umar)

            December 16, 2014 at 11:51

            Hmm…FF must’ve been mistaken. I remember some side quest relating to dual wield

    • Admiral Chief 0

      November 4, 2014 at 08:22

      Agreed, Skyrim was brilliant. But the combat was lacking yes.

      They should make another Skyrim, but add these details:
      – Better combat
      – Co-op
      – Cross platform play (yeah, I know, far fetched, but while I am dreaming…)

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      • Cadis Etrama Di Umar

        November 4, 2014 at 08:26

        Agree, Skyrim felt too much like an expanded Oblivion. If they keep the same format while adding better combat, it will be untouchable

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        • Dutch Matrix

          November 4, 2014 at 08:48

          I for one liked the idea of combat that did not involve button pushing so intricate that you need the hands of a surgeon to pull off one decent move.

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    • Victor "Vicky" Moolman

      November 4, 2014 at 08:22

      I concur, in DA you have to start thinking about your fighting styles, how your companions are fighting and what your armor does. In Skyrim you just hack and slash while hoping to miss the civilians and guards.

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      • Cadis Etrama Di Umar

        November 4, 2014 at 08:28

        Agree. DA too, for the most part, was about spamming Cone of Cold. Best spell in the entire world lol

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        • Victor "Vicky" Moolman

          November 4, 2014 at 08:33

          In truth almost any AOE attack in DA was effective enough to dominate, I liked adding fire in the mix just to spice things up a bit.

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    • Captain JJ the pout

      November 4, 2014 at 08:24

      I found DA to be boring and limited very much what I could do. But to each his own.

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      • Cadis Etrama Di Umar

        November 4, 2014 at 08:26

        True. Skyrim gave you the freedom of exploration, I felt DA allowed for more freedom in character progression and customization

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        • Captain JJ the pout

          November 4, 2014 at 08:29

          The skill tree in Skyrim was quite decent for me. Plus you could smith, do alchemy, and pretty much everything this side of preparing to be a master chef. With the mods and DLC’s even more things were added to the skill trees. I enjoyed the first DA a lot, loved it. Origins did not age well at all and I found the combat to be a bit jerky.

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          • Cadis Etrama Di Umar

            November 4, 2014 at 08:32

            True true, as you said, to each his own, I found all those things to be extremely tedious again, smithing and crafting wasn’t really deep, but that was the appeal of Skyrim,options, giving you all the options in the world and trusting the player to do whatever they want in the game world

          • Captain JJ the pout

            November 4, 2014 at 08:33

            I think Witcher 3 is going to make Bethesda and EA very nervous.

          • Cadis Etrama Di Umar

            November 4, 2014 at 08:36

            I would love to agree, but I will wait for the game to be released. It has the potential to be the RPG killer, I’m just scared of all the hype its garnering.

          • Captain JJ the pout

            November 4, 2014 at 08:38

            Even I’m holding onto a ticket for the hype train (though I haven’t gotten on just yet). ;P

          • Cadis Etrama Di Umar

            November 4, 2014 at 08:43

            Lol as the release date draws closer I can see you getting a witcher tattoo

          • Captain JJ the pout

            November 4, 2014 at 08:46

            Now you’re just giving me ideas.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 4, 2014 at 09:02

            You’re going to wake up in a strange room, hungover, with a wolf head tattoo on your face & no idea what happened?

          • Captain JJ the pout

            November 4, 2014 at 09:03

            I was thinking my ass, but I think face is worse.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 4, 2014 at 08:44

            I’ve got a first class hype train ticket & am really hoping it doesn’t let me down. It’s the only AAA I’ve preordered since Borderlands 2.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 4, 2014 at 08:36

            *clickclickclickclickclickclick* I’m crafting! *clickclickclickclickclick* Oops I need more ingots :(*go buy more* Yay! *clickclickclickclickclickclickclick*

            @johnambitious:disqus

          • Cadis Etrama Di Umar

            November 4, 2014 at 08:37

            LOL wouldn’t put it that bluntly, but yes, thats how I felt. Was no real intricacy. Just get the necessary materials and click

          • Captain JJ the pout

            November 4, 2014 at 08:42

          • Captain JJ the pout

            November 4, 2014 at 08:55

            You’re a bad bad man.
            But somehow that comment just gave me nostalgia.

    • Nikola

      November 4, 2014 at 13:07

      Completely agree for a true rpg fan Dragon Age is the way to go. Origins of course not Dragon Age 2 in any way:)

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  5. Alien Emperor Trevor

    November 4, 2014 at 08:22

    Skyrim is a great sandbox, it’s gorgeous & exploration is rewarding. At the same time I didn’t find many of the quests particularly interesting & after a while combat became a dull chore. I dropped around 100 hours into it & just don’t feel like going back for more. Hopefully DA seriously improves on that, like Skyrim should have instead of just serving up a prettier Oblivion.

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    • Captain JJ the pout

      November 4, 2014 at 08:24

      Pah! A prettier Oblivion. Listen to yourself man.
      Personally I think an Elder Scrolls like Skyrim with the combat system of Kingdoms of Amalur is all we need.

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      • Weerwolf

        November 4, 2014 at 08:25

        Now you’re talking. KOA lacked something, but the combat certainly kept me going

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        • ToshZA

          November 4, 2014 at 08:28

          The combat is really the only reason I finished KOA. Twice.

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        • Captain JJ the pout

          November 4, 2014 at 08:30

          It lacked the openness and epic feeling you got from playing Skyrim. It feels like you won’t be missed if you leave, different to Elder Scrolls games. But that combat. Wow.

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      • ToshZA

        November 4, 2014 at 08:30

        Question: how do you think TW3 will compare in this regard?

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        • Captain JJ the pout

          November 4, 2014 at 08:31

          Since they pretty much raped Elder Scrolls with TESO I’m looking at Witcher 3 to fill that void for me. I’m quite hopeful. And considering the size of the map in W3, I think there should be plenty to do.

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          • ToshZA

            November 4, 2014 at 08:33

            I hope so too. I also hope they haven’t taken the depth of combat out either. I had to learn to use potions and shit fast in TW2, otherwise I just kept dying. Intense, tight combat with a huge open world and an adult-themed RPG in the ilk of TW3.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        November 4, 2014 at 08:30

        That’s all it was really. ๐Ÿ˜›

        I was hoping for something like Dark Messiah combat – that was super fun & actually made you feel like you were fighting, without being very difficult for those who don’t like that kind of thing. They certainly talked a lot before release how they were making combat better compared to Oblivion – they lied.

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        • Captain JJ the pout

          November 4, 2014 at 08:32

          Pfff. Prettier Oblivion.
          *mumbles something*

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      • alister louw

        November 4, 2014 at 22:24

        How do i give u 5million up-votes for that statement?

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    • Rock789

      November 4, 2014 at 08:42

      Heretic!!! How dare you speak ill of the Skyrim! Now where did I put my Daedra sword…? I seem to have misplaced it in one of my 1001 hidden chests… But whence I find it, woe be your pitiful head for I shall take it from it’s current perch atop your neck. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      • Captain JJ the pout

        November 4, 2014 at 08:43

        Thanks! I was hoping you’d show up. Trevor likes to stir ๐Ÿ˜‰

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        • Rock789

          November 4, 2014 at 08:47

          Don’t worry, I got your back! Let me just quickly learn that fireball spell, and then hell shall be unleashed!

          **POOF**

          Whoops… I hope that wasn’t the neighbours cat that just went up in flames… My bad.

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          • Captain JJ the pout

            November 4, 2014 at 08:50

            You will be warmly welcomed in our house. My gf is even a bigger Skyrim fan than I am.
            Just please don’t set my dog on fire.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 4, 2014 at 09:01

            It should be okay, if he hasn’t practised magic for 100 hours it’ll be difficult to even light a firelighter with fireball. ๐Ÿ˜€

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          November 4, 2014 at 08:55

          Me? I don’t know what you’re talking about.

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        November 4, 2014 at 08:55

        A Daedric sword? Oh no! How can I hope to defeat you? Oh wait, I know. I’ll just walk backwards out of reach like Skyrim taught me! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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        • Captain JJ the pout

          November 4, 2014 at 08:56

          Don’t be silly. You can run too.

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        • Rock789

          November 4, 2014 at 08:57

          Damn it! He found our 1 weakness JJ… We’ll have to resort to magic for this encounter. Real magic – not that Harry Pothead kinda magic! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Captain JJ the pout

    November 4, 2014 at 08:22

    Good luck competing with Skyrim.
    Skyrim is one of my top games ever. I still play it, with hundreds of hours of gameplay. The mods have made it near timeless and I still haven’t gotten around to doing even half of the stuff.

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    • Weerwolf

      November 4, 2014 at 08:24

      My favorite TES game is still Morrowind. Although the concept won’t really work in today’s time with all the spoon feeding. Get a quest, look for a cave somewhere to the north-east. Turn to the north-east and run. Hope you run into said cave. Now that was immersion

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      • Captain JJ the pout

        November 4, 2014 at 08:25

        Wait for Skywind. Looks like they’re getting quite far with it. I’m really excited about that one.

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        • Weerwolf

          November 4, 2014 at 08:26

          Haha, yeah. One of those things I keep an eye on but I’m not very hopeful that it’ll ever finish. Would be epic though. Loved the Morrowind world. It wasn’t the classic fantasy setting

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      • JacoZAB

        November 4, 2014 at 09:00

        Morrowind is one of the best RPG’s ever, hands down. Nothing beat the feeling of walking into a random cave and discovering a unique weapon or piece of armor from the Forgotten Legends book. Anyone remember the deadric crescent blade?

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        • Weerwolf

          November 4, 2014 at 10:36

          Yeah, was awesome. Once found a random cave with a floating boat. No reason for it. It was just there. Also no crafting. You had to work for you gear. You wanted daedric armour? Find the one set that is scattered throughout the game or kill the guy that is part of the main story that has a set and ruin the game

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  7. Hammersteyn

    November 4, 2014 at 08:27

    I’d buy a remastered edition of Skyrim on the PS4 with 1080p and all DLC included.

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    • Dutch Matrix

      November 4, 2014 at 08:36

      Been on PC for a while now ๐Ÿ˜›

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    • Captain JJ the pout

      November 4, 2014 at 08:37

      + a few mods

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    • Rock789

      November 4, 2014 at 08:37

      Me too! Grief, that would be awesome!

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    • Matthew Holliday

      November 4, 2014 at 09:32

      remastered?
      oh you mean a modded version of the master race Skyrim!

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      • Hammersteyn

        November 4, 2014 at 09:36

        Well as close as we can get.

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  8. Rock789

    November 4, 2014 at 08:37

    I am honestly SO looking forward to Inquisition! Hearing that Skyrim inspired them? Well that makes me happy and even more excited. I truly hope it’s a great game (and an awesome RPG to tide me over till Witcher 3 amazeballs arrives!).

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  9. Ryan

    November 4, 2014 at 09:00

    Hopefully Inquisition will have a story, skyrim was a great open world game, but not a rpg – there was absolutely no plot story or writing. Not my idea of fun. Looking forward to Witcher 3, Pillars of Eternity and if they can get the same feeling as Origins then DAI. Just hope that it’s less like Skyrim and DA2 and more like Origins.

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  10. Ceyber, Hans

    November 4, 2014 at 09:05

    Really looking forward to this game now. Skyrim – much like everyone else here – holds a special place in my bosom. Made a screenshot album not too long ago actually. So much eye-candy.

    http://imgur.com/gallery/hJmZX/new

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    • Captain JJ the pout

      November 4, 2014 at 09:09

      Dude. Those are some nice pics. Those are but a few examples of why I love Skyrim.

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      • Ceyber, Hans

        November 4, 2014 at 10:18

        Thanks man, well worth all the effort it took. Skyrim is without a doubt the definitive RPG of my tweens. By a long-shot.

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        • Captain JJ the pout

          November 4, 2014 at 10:23

          Me too, though it served my mid twenties. Still play it now actually from time to time. My gf completely got sucked into it as well and insisted one of our “framed artworks” in the house is one of Skyrim. I don’t complain. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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          • Ceyber, Hans

            November 4, 2014 at 10:33

            I meant mid-twenties too, what does tween mean then? o_O

            Still have my last build installed as well, it’s there just in case I get that urge .
            Been trying to rope my GF in to my kinds of games too, but all she sees is Tales of Xillia(meh) and The Wolf Among Us(ess meh).

            Although if I think about it any framed gaming artwork is fine by me actually.

          • Captain JJ the pout

            November 4, 2014 at 10:38

            I thought tweens was younger, between teens and twenties. Google says it’s between ten and thirteen. O_O

            So we’re both quite far off there ;P
            My gf got Kingdoms of Amalur the weekend on sale. She’s loving it so far. Any exploration RPG with depth is a winner for her.

          • Ceyber, Hans

            November 4, 2014 at 10:47

            *sigh* So hard to keep up with the lingo these days…

            Maybe I’ll try KoA on mine. Also I like how I’m dicussing my GF like she’s wildlife and I need to figure out what bait she likes. This should happen more often.

          • Captain JJ the pout

            November 4, 2014 at 12:15

            Haha. Excellent.

    • Matthew Holliday

      November 4, 2014 at 09:30

      what ENB and weather system is that?
      doesnt look like Climates of Tamriel, its way too blue?
      Real Vision ENB?

      I hope bioware doesnt go with the #nofilter look, the filtered colours from the weather system mods in skyrim were awesome.

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      • Ceyber, Hans

        November 4, 2014 at 09:55

        Based ENB off Grim and Somber ENB (my own custom config) with mix-up of weather mods:
        PureWeather, ELE Weathers and Vividian Extended Weathers, along with smaller additions like Real Clouds and Minty’s Lightning. Yeah color pallette is really important (made my own ENB pallette) for that blend of fantastical and realistic to really add to immersion. By the looks of DA:I the color scheme is pretty solid imo.

        I tweaked Skyrim till my eyes bled. My PC suffered through cyclic Skyrim deja vu many-a-time.

        “Bro, are you sure we didn’t install this already? Pretty sure you saved that DATA folder on my desktop. Like more than once?”

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        • Captain JJ the pout

          November 4, 2014 at 10:01

          Haha. Oh, the console gamers don’t know the fun in making Skyrim look this pretty ;P

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          • Ceyber, Hans

            November 4, 2014 at 10:22

            Same goes for Dragon Age, or Far Cry, Mass Effect, Civ, Watch Doge…
            The list goes on ๐Ÿ˜‰

            lolz

        • Matthew Holliday

          November 4, 2014 at 10:05

          Thats pretty thourough.
          I thought I was clever when I had to do the manual install for Real Vision.

          colour scheme for DA:I looks nice, but the way it blends will never get that misty blend of light like your cocktail of ENB and weather setttings, or even like that of the default climates of tamriel.
          I think thats a shame, those mods turned skyrim from a good game, into something spectacular, AAA titles need to take note of that and impliment similar options.

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          • Ceyber, Hans

            November 4, 2014 at 10:37

            Took plenty of practice-runs but it’s worth the knowledge. Tweaking FOV and figuring out how to max out things like ini values becomes a breeze.

            The thing with Skyrim is that it allowed you to be the director of your own movie, per say. That’s a rare occurrence in any entertainment medium.

  11. konfab aka derp

    November 4, 2014 at 09:11

    For me vanilla Skyrim simply doesn’t have the immersion that other RPGs such as New Vegas had.
    Skyrim with survival, weather effects and graphics mods on the other hand is a magnificent experience. Since I have turned off fast travelling, I have to go grocery and wood shopping before going out to adventure.

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  12. Ghost In The Rift

    November 4, 2014 at 09:47

    So it seems Dragon Age Inquisition and the witcher 3 has to duke it out for best RPG??this is gona be fun.

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  13. RinceThis

    November 4, 2014 at 10:22

    Finally FINALLY playing Skyrim and I am actually intimidated at how big it is!

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    • Captain JJ the pout

      November 4, 2014 at 10:24

      You’ve waited too long, but it’s never too late ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Imagine Witcher 3 then. That thing is going to be even bigger!

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  14. Jedi Consular Kromas

    November 4, 2014 at 12:08

    Why did they have to do it on 13 November?! I have to get out of the gate fast in WoD on that day so I can play DA on release without too much switching for raids prep dammit!

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  15. Jedi Consular Kromas

    November 4, 2014 at 12:08

    Why did they have to do it on 13 November?! I have to get out of the gate fast in WoD on that day so I can play DA on release without too much switching for raids prep dammit!

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  16. Jedi Consular Kromas

    November 4, 2014 at 12:08

    Why did they have to do it on 13 November?! I have to get out of the gate fast in WoD on that day so I can play DA on release without too much switching for raids prep dammit!

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  17. vivi

    November 4, 2014 at 16:44

    This is a long one so bear with me! Put it like this, I loved skyrim for 160 hours & then immediately fell flat out of love with it. Maybe it was the character I chose to create.

    He was the elf silent assassin, alchemist( poison blades, invisibility potion), & average illusion magic type.

    Now that was the problem. The combat became extremely repetitive with no tactics whatsoever. It became to easy to quickly shove a dagger in someone’s neck. Heck, I quickly realised early on(20 hour mark) that I didn’t need no stinkin partner. They just get in the way when your being stealthy. And they have no personality whatsoever. Only ones I loved where Lucien lechance’s ghost( god bless you lovable psychopath) & wee crazy Cisero. Loved that guy.

    The story factions: Honestly, LAZY LAZY LAZY. I mean they were better than oblivion’s but, the only good ones that had any real character were, you guessed it, thieves
    guild& dark brotherhood.The main quest was okay. There were some good ones thought, like getting to the top of the throat of the world. That was epic. The Deidra quests kicked ass too, they were that entertaining. I remember getting the lost pieces of mehrunes dagon’s dagger & humoring the elf who helped me get it all the way to the top of the mountain shrine. All the while knowing I was gonna kill him cause he wanted it in his Mythic dawn collection. So all comes to pass, I use an invisibility potion to sneak up behind him and slit the poor guys throat. Then Mehrunes tried to beat me up with his bodyguards( the highest level) and I was like oh no dawd ,am outta here. So I jumped off the mountain and slid down to the lower path. The great escape.

    It’s testament to the world that I never stopped loving exploring the damn huge place. I f@#king loved that the whole 160 hours. But I hate to say this. Sidequests( not deidra) were PATHETIC. Example, bring some mead( those guards sure love mead) to whiterun from the nord capital city( I forgot the name) to jiminibob for an extraordinary gift of 200 gold, ( what the f#ยฃk ).I just fast traveled. Then I stole 1000 gold from the city including jiminibob just for my troubles.

    My point is why make the best open world to date & put filler in it. As I said earlier. The guilds provided “the meat on the bones”, but even the majority of them lacked character. So whats left after you,ve explored the world and done the great bits. A beautiful game on the surface but once you see the deep it ain’t so pretty no more.

    Look at Fallout as an example. The good things I mentioned earlier are absolutely rippling all the way through this game. Having a buddy really matters, nay it’s essential. Charon the ghoul was the MAN. He was the kinda guy who would put 2 shotgun shells into somebody AFTER THEY WERE DEAD. He would take orders and follow them to the letter. He would work with you when you were being stealthy. And when he died I was gutted & absolutely thrilled at the same time. One of the side missions involved us escorting a bunch of freed slaves to the Abraham Linken memorial to start a new life . We crossed who knows what to get there. We even stumbled upon a caravan which gave us some unexpected extra firepower for a while. It was an epic journey across the wasteland, but we were losing numbers and ammo! Damn you Super mutant master. Heck even the bounty hunters tried to ambush my ass along the way. So we,re nearly there, we faced everything along that path but ( and this really happened in my playthrough) we came at this really well defended raider ambush chock point. Only way was through it. Now me an Charon had developed quite the reputation for taking down and hunting those little bast@rds. Maybe my hatred of them came when “I” the little upstart came out of the vault proceeded to wonder about when unbeknownst to me I enter what appeared to be an abandoned town, only for me to wonder to close to baby pram which then exploded alerting every gadamn raider in the place.I ran right into an ambush ripe for the picking, barely getting outta there. Now that was terrifying being surprised like that. Only to hear a single sociopathic raider catch up to me with a FLAMETHROWER TRYIN A TOAST MY ASS. Laughing as well by the way. Now I got away safely to Megaton. Slipping him eventually. Now I played a good guy with bad guy ethics. Cmon its the wasteland. You gotta do what you gotta do to survive. I thought “am gonna get you motherfu-&ERS some day for that and make you run” which I did. Which brings me back to the chock point. I order the slaves near a car pileup far away from the ambush. Charon & I get a bit of our own medicine & get ambushed by two bazooka raiders from both sides from a blind sided entrance, then about six come down guns & melee weapons. Before we can retreat Charon takes two consecutive rockets & beating to death by melee raiders coming down to finish up. I barely make it back to the slaves to my horrow the ensuing fire from the bridge ahead that we had to get through blew up the car pile up killing everybody except me.FU%%ING PERFECT AMBUSH. Now I’m being chaced by the raider party so they can have there vengeance. Never got it though I got away by swimming in the irradiated ocean.Upside I didn’t get jealous of Charon using my ultimate battle armour which l couldn’t use at the time because now they killed ma buddy who was with me for like 60 to 80 hours.

    Now that was just one of like hundreds of side quests you could do. Not one of them was crap or repetitive. Amazing characters. Great dialogue. Engaging main story. Not Skyrims ” I took an arrow in the knee” for the umpteenth time dialogue.

    Now I’ve given up on the Elder scrolls, but still can’t wait for the next Fallout. If DAI can create an open believable world like skyrims but have Biowares trademark storytelling & characters then we will be in for a treat.

    Rant over!

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  18. lightspeed

    March 5, 2015 at 19:08

    Just wish DA would allow me to see the world through my own eyes as in the first person POV. I really dont like controlling my character from a second persons view. When i look at my screen i want to see the world as my character sees it, i dont like to have to look through my guy.
    This is one thing that made Skyrim so easy and enjoyable to navigate around.

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  19. Apollo

    April 22, 2015 at 00:19

    “I mean look at Uncharted, thatโ€™s a four hour experience. Thereโ€™s nothing wrong with that,” – THATS EXACTLY WHAT IS WRONG ABOUT MODERN GAMES!
    “Now, weโ€™re all pretty happy with a fantastic RPG that takes a weekend to complete” – NO WE ARE NOT HAPPY WITH THAT!
    Get Your head out of Your anus, remove the excrement of ignorance from Your eyes and see the truth clearly – no one wants to pay more money for less content!

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