Hello to all you fellow gamers out there!
Today I wanted to talk about possibly my favourite game. Dragon Age Inquisition. I have played the other two Dragon Age prequels but this one is my all time favourite.
There's so much I have to say about this game to full appreciate the scale of amazingness on this thing!
I also want to reiterate that I don't own any of these pictures and the copyrights go to their original owners :)
I'm going to start with the very beginning, choosing your character.
Obviously you choose between male and female, that's a given if you've played the other two. And then you choose between different species, human, Elf, Dwarf and the more exotic Qunari. If you played the second you will understand my shock to see you're able to choose a Qunari and how it plays quite a big part later on in the game.
So as well as choosing your gender and race you then get to completely customise the appearance of your character. The customisation on this game is crazy, the amount of freedom you have to create your ideal character is brilliant. I found it very similar to Sims in this way in that you can get them to look quite similar to yourself, if you're willing to spend hours and hours getting them that way.
However if you choose your character and later on you feel like they could do with a bit of a change like I did with my first play through (She had bigger lips than a freaking horse) then fear not, there is a DLC pack that I believe is free called The Black Emporium. I'll go into that in more detail later but ultimately you can alter your characters appearance (not race I don't think) and then be badgered by the creepy statue.
So next is quite a big part of the game and makes it virtually impossible to complete without your loyal followers. Above is the image of the party selection screen and this to me is really interesting. So each character has their own card, as you can see. As you progress through the story it's a good idea to go and talk to your followers. After each big mission you complete I always go and talk to them as it builds relationships with the people you run around being badass with.
The more you talk to your followers the more you get to know them and eventually you will be given relationship missions to complete which will either make or break the relationship with your followers. It's not just your followers but also your advisers as well such as Cullen from Dragon age 2, Leliana and Josephine. You can have friendships and even romantic relationships with pretty much anyone who you can progress a friendship with.
The most interesting relationship story line I found was either Solas or Ironbull. You can only chase a relationship with Solas if you are a female Elf, Ironbull is a bit less picky and will literally bonk just about anything; with this being said though he really does make you work for it, when talking with him you literally need to pick every single opportunity to flirt with him otherwise it won't work.
The more followers you gain the more friendship missions you'll have and a lot of them are really awesome and the decisions you make will impact game play later on throughout the game.
One of the awesome things in this game is the tactical view, if you played Dragon Age 2 you will also know how annoying it was to only have it if you played the PC version. There were times I would scream at the TV because I couldn't boss around all characters at the same time.
The view on Inquisition is also a lot easier to use and you have a lot more freedom in what you can do. If you're one of those sitting there thinking 'yeah but I don't really use it' you're right, I won't use this view for regular fighting but it is useful for certain puzzles throughout the game. As the game progresses you'll need to discover more place and you will have the opportunity to explore difficult and strange places, all happen to be full of beasties...yay!
I want to now talk about the game play for this incredible adventure.
The only thing I'm not a fan of is a part of the combat. In Dragon Age 2 if you finished killing an enemy and continued pressing the attack button you would jump to the next person in am amazing style I might add. Whereas this one it's simply you finish and then stand there stabbing the air like a weirdo. For me it's time consuming and doesn't make the fight as enjoyable as the second game. But ultimately I think the combat in this game is pretty fun and it is definitely a challenge at times.
So next I want to talk about the DLC, I mentioned earlier about the Black Emporium and how you can alter your characters appearance, not only that but you can buy legendary weapons and schematics for weapons and armour and crafting materials to make them beasty as hell. However it is very pricey at this place, my first run through every penny I had I would literally spend it on Horses (I am a horse nut) you do get given a horse near the start of the game but they're so pretty! It's not essential to get the horses but on certain locations you are going to want something a bit faster to get around on, trust me.
Other DLC include The Trespasser DLC, Jaws of Hakkon and The Descent, these are the main game play ones but there's also some more packs in which is just stuff to play with like the spoils of the Avarr and the spoils of the Qunari, the Inquisitor pack etc etc
However I would make sure you are quite a high level before taking on any of the DLC because they are very difficult. The first time I played it was a nightmare, I decided to wait until I was a higher level so I wouldn't get my ass handed to me in less than 2 minutes. But even at higher levels it really is very hard, but very enjoyable at the same time.
If you're going to play the Tresspasser DLC make sure you have completed everything else in the game that you wanted before starting it, once you start you can't go back to complete things. This DLC does set it up nicely for the next game (I really hope there's another game!) but it does completely put an end to the inquisitors adventures.
trying to keep up with the general levels of everyone else around you. It was difficult but it did keep things interesting. At the end of my first run through I found these golden nugs and what they do is they synchronise all your games so you can share your stuff throughout the rest of your games. This means that when I started a new game I wasn't completely starting from scratch, I had all the awesome equipment (schematics) from my first save. You do get the odd pieces of equipment that aren't schematics but ultimately you do need to hunt for high level crafting materials in order to get them to the level they were in the first save, which again adds another level of excitement to the game.
Moving onto the reason behind why it's called Dragon Age, THERE'S DRAGONS!!
Now Dragon Age 2 the dragons were a little wimpy for my taste, there was one big one that was a bit of a challenge but overall I was very disappointed. But look at these things! They're huge! They're awesome in comparison to other games I've played and they really are a challenge.
There are 10 high dragons throughout the game (killing your first dragon also links in with a relationship quest for one of the followers) There's one in each region and therefore they all hold different traits. They all look different which to me makes that feel for the different regions a little more prominent. They also all have different abilities, some of them are electric or ice or fire but they all have their own challenges. Although take it as a warning, be a very high level before going to Dragon Island.
SO yeah that's my review of this awesome game and I hope you guys enjoyed it, check it out because it's definitely worth it, but be warned you might not have much of a social life while your playing it :D
Leave a comment below and let me know what you think :)
Until next time guys :D
I love role play games and amazing story lines.