Dragon Age: Inquisition – Great Characters, Disjointed World
Dragon Age: Inquisition is the third game in the Dragon Age series, following Dragon Age Origins and Dragon Age 2. Like them, it is an action RPG. Its battle system finds a middle ground between Origins’ more strategic pause-and-play combat and the sequel’s faster-paced battles, with enough options for players to find a style they’re comfortable with.
The main character, who becomes the Inquisitor tasked with protecting the world from the new threat that faces it, is customizable. You can pick between three different classes and four different races.
Inquisition marks the series’ first use of an open world. It is not entirely open from the start, but has several massive regions players unlock across the course of the game. Unfortunately, these regions are mainly used for side quests, while most story quests take place in regions of their own. This makes the open world and story feel oddly disconnected from one another, which hurts both—exploration and side quests feel as though they have no effect on the plot (although they will affect the Keep you use as your base of operations), and the story’s pacing becomes stilted.
The story, while interesting, doesn’t quite reach the epic proportions of its predecessors until the end. Its villain is somewhat bland and there aren’t many difficult choices.
Nevertheless, two things redeem Inquisition’s story: its final plot twist and its characters. The final twist, which I won’t spoil here, adds a new layer of depth to the plot, and is executed much better than earlier plot points.
Meanwhile, the party members are wonderful. Numerous characters join your party, and you also have three advisors. Their interactions, both with you and each other, are filled with humor. Long conversations let you learn more about them, and like in the previous games, you can pursue romance options if you choose. The romances range from sweet to hilarious, although the ways to initiate them at times feels too clearly marked.
Dragon Age: Inquisition struggles with its open world and fails to integrate exploration with its story. Nevertheless, it does other things very well. If you want an action RPG with highly entertaining character interactions, intriguing additions to the series’ worldbuilding, and a twist that changes the flavor of the plot in retrospect, or if you’re just a fan of the Dragon Age series, Dragon Age: Inquisition is worth checking out despite its flaws.