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Choices Matter in Dragon Age: Inquisition

June 12, 2014, Author: VizualLeader
Source: Gamespot
Source: Gamespot

 I love RPGs. Next to sports games it’s probably my favorite genre of video game. Getting lost in a game’s story, becoming the main character and playing the game from his (or her) point of view has always been enthralling to me. Having a very active imagination as a kid probably also played a big role in my fandom of RPGs. That’s why I was instantly drawn to Dragon Age back when the first one was released in 2009.  Dragon Age was like the best fantasy book brought to life, filled with magic, dragons and romance. It had its issues, but the overall premise was there and it had its hooks in me. 2 years later, Dragon Age II came out and its claim to fame was that it was bigger than the first one and continued the story. Needless to say I bought it and played it to completion. The wait between the second Dragon Age game and this new seems to have been the longest 3 years, but finally, release day is coming soon.

Later this year, on October 7th to be exact, BioWare will release the 3rd and maybe final game of the Dragon Age series, Dragon Age: Inquisition. With it being so close to the release of the game, DA:I seems to have been getting blow out coverage at E3, and from the looks of it, it’s well deserved. It’s a gorgeous looking game and with it only coming out on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One it takes full advantage of the new software. I know that games are going to look at lot better than the previous generation games, but man DA:I really looks great, and if this is a taste of how the current gen is going to look, I’m here for it. My body and TV are ready.

Source: Gamespot
Source: Gamespot

One of the best features of the DA games is that it puts a ton of emphasis on choice. The decisions you made in Dragon Age Origins and Dragon Age II greatly affected the games, and if you had a save file from DA:O and went to play DA II your decisions had an impact on your new game. In DA:I that trend continues on a much grander scale. Everything you do affects the world either positively or negatively. Want to go hunting? Well doing so too much can cause depletion in the animal kingdom, which could then affect townspeople’s food supply. As the Inquisitor you’re charged with creating a team and saving the world, but as you go through the world, your actions affect not only the world but also how the world views you. If you’ve played the series before, you remember how your teammates didn’t always agree with your actions. It’ll be interesting to see how your actions can destroy or rebuild the world.

I can’t wait for this game. It’ll be the first big RPG of the new gen and will take 100s of hours out of my life. October of this year is a big month for games, but I’m sure that DA:I will hold its own in the plethora of games that are coming out. To see this game in action I’ve placed some of the trailers for the game in the post, along with an E3 walkthrough from the GameSpot crew. Be on the lookout for a review once I get my hands on the game in October.