Why Do I Love Dragon Age: Inquisition?

I love Dragon Age: Inquisition, absolutely LOVE it, yet I can’t seem to figure out why that is. It’s mostly odd to me because I didn’t care for Dragon Age Origins or Dragon Age 2 and if I didn’t like the first two games in a series, why the heck do I like the third so much that I have put well over 160 hours into it? In order to figure this out I think it’s important to clarify what I didn’t like about the first two games. It has absolutely nothing to do with the story, I know that much is true. I actually really like the story throughout the first two Dragon Age games. I also like the characters, from what I know of them via the little bit of each that I played as well as from what my fiance tells me (he has played both).

I suppose what I disliked most about the first game was the gameplay. I just could not get into it, no matter how hard I tried and trust me I tried multiple times with multiple different characters and classes. I’m thinking that if I went back now I wouldn’t have as much of an issue as I am so completely devoted to the Inquisition, but previously I just couldn’t do it. For Dragon Age 2 the issue was the environment. I got bored with visiting the same places over and over again with little variation aside from why I was there. I felt that for a RPG the map was way too small. So small that I just stopped playing one day and never went back. Again, I think that if I went back now I’d get over the smallness and enjoy the game but alas I have yet to do that.

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So back to the question at hand, what makes me love Dragon Age: Inquisition so much? Off the top of my head there are a few standout things that really make this game as impressive as it is. One of those things is the cast. Throughout the game you are accompanied by a select group of close friends. These companions are who you go to for advice, who you bring along with you on the battlefield and who you truly trust. Bioware did an amazing job (yet again) at developing a set a characters that actually provoke emotions from the player; you find yourself actually caring about what these animated people think and feel. I find that to be extraordinary and one of the main reasons why I am so hooked to this game. I also really enjoy the story, even without having personally experienced the two previous games’ narratives. It’s thought-provoking and intriguing, keeping you hooked in to it with both your mind and your emotions. The gameplay is also enjoyable. It is as dramatically fast-paced or tactically slow-paced as you want it to be which leaves the door open to various play styles. It’s a fun game to play, all other things aside, and that is intensely important in my opinion.

Dragon Age: Inquisition is a large game full of areas to explore and side quests to complete, and I also enjoy that. I enjoy playing good games that offer up a great deal of play time and this game is the epitome of that. With various large, expansive areas to explore and seemingly endless side missions alongside the well spaced main campaign, you can spend 80+ hours on one single playthrough and even that may not be enough to complete everything. Another thing that makes this game as awesome as it is is the amount of diversity and inclusion it offers. Not only are the NPC’s diverse and full of differing personalities, genders, sexualities, religious standpoints, races, skin colors and backgrounds but the character you create also embodies all these things. Your character can be who you want them to be and I love that. My first character was a female elf mage, because I am a female and I typically enjoy being able to play through RPG’s as a character I can relate to on that level. She was straight and ended up romancing Cullen, she had mixed feelings about the Maker and Adraste but in the end she became an Andrastian. My second character is a male elf rogue, he is gay and in a relationship with Dorian. He believes in elven gods, not the Maker or Andraste. My point is that it’s fun to create characters and play them either how you are in real life, how you want to be, or how you can’t be but it would be interesting if you were. The possibilities are infinite and enjoyable. There is such a great level of diversity in this game which is typical of Bioware games and I will forever love them as a developer for that.

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So in conclusion – I just love this game. I feel that it is so well done and properly put together that there is no way around loving it. The story is enticing, the characters are fun and charismatic, the gameplay is kick ass, the map size is huge and there is a place for everyone in the story thanks to Bioware’s devotion to inclusion and diversity. What is not to love? It is truly a brilliant game and I most definitely urge anyone who has yet to play it to go out and purchase it now. You are missing out big time unless you are playing this game right now.

6 thoughts on “Why Do I Love Dragon Age: Inquisition?

  1. I haven’t played Dragon Age 2 yet, in part because so many people have compared it negatively to Dragon Age Origins, a game I still occasionally try to fall in love with without ever quite succeeding. On the other hand, I’ve loved the Elder Scrolls games from Bethesda ever since Arena appeared in 1994, and Inquisition captures much of that same Elder Scrolls sense of open-world sandboxness.

    I wish it allowed me to explore more of the mysteriously unavailable spaces on that full-world map, a limitation that irked me in Origins too. (Is this just a trick to make a relatively small game world look as immense as the ones Bethesda comes up with, like Skyrim or, in Arena, all of Tamriel? I think what I love most about Bethesda is that they can have huge, rich, detailed world maps without having to limit the player’s access to major portions of them.) I like that Inquisition looks gorgeous on the 55″ television that my girlfriend and I bought each other for Christmas. (Now if only Inquisition supported 4K and 3D…) I particularly like that it doesn’t force me down any one particular path but almost immediately presents me with a large menu of goals that expands radially as I accomplish them, the way the quest lists in the Elder Scrolls games do. Inquisition is not only rich with side quests, but with skilled and often witty NPCs whose bodies I can occasionally inhabit, as in every Bioware RPG since Baldur’s Gate. I love the worldbuilding, even if I can’t explore 80 percent of the world they’ve built.

    As soon as I’ve finished all of the major, and most of the minor, quests, I suspect I’ll play it again with a new character, just as I’ve done multiple times with Skyrim and even Dragon Age Origins. (Inquisition has the honor of being the first game I’ve seriously tackled on the Xbox One that my girlfriend also gave me for Christmas, so it holds a special appeal for me on that basis alone..) While I’m waiting for Bethesda to get their heads out of the MMORPG genre, which has never held any great appeal for me, and back into the single player experiences that have always been their strength, Inquisition will do a nice job of keeping me distracted from the real world while giving me a beautiful substitute for it, something I’ve always felt should be the mission statement for every computer RPG. Nothing against reality, mind you, and the more I study the multitude of manuals available for it the more I like it.

    But it really could use more unexplored dungeons.

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  2. I’m with ya! I just recently started playing this (about eight hours or so at this point), and I’m loving it. It’s the one thing that has made me play considerably less of Destiny.

    I also did not like Origins at all (because of the gameplay and combat), and I never even bothered to get Dragon Age 2.

    My first character is a female elf mage. I’ve only unlocked a few additional companions, but already know my character is going to be a lesbian (going after fellow elf Sera because she’s funny).

    It’s the first meaty real RPG I’ve played in quite some time, and it’s quickly becoming a new gaming addiction for me (I got for Christmas, just gave it chance on Saturday).

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    • Agreed! It’s also the first fun and full rpg I’ve played in awhile. I’m not really a big rpg fan, but Bioware knows how to rope me in (mainly with the ME series) and this game is just splendid!

      I planned for my first character (also a female elf mage) to be in a relationship with Sera but changed my mind due to some confrontation I had with Sera. I usually like playing LGBT characters in games in which I have the choice, so my second character fit that and I actually like him more than I liked my first character. He gets along better with Sera as well 😄

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  3. I haven’t finished the game yet, but I definitely loved the series from the get-go! It’s interesting to hear one camp who absolutely loved the earlier games and the others who just couldn’t quite get into them. The most common opinion being that the gameplay wasn’t their cup of tea in Origins or DA 2 having massive problems with environments and a weaker story.

    I think Bioware did deliver on their promise to bring a combination of what people loved about the first two games but not sacrificing the quality of their story and characters in Inquisition. It also gave the developer’s the challenge to bring something entirely new to the table. I’m never bored every time I play Inquisition. Sure, the game has a few frustrations here and there but overall it’s really their best installment to date. I really hope there will be more Dragon Age in the future!

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    • I agree that this game is definitely a great compilation of what people loved from the previous games plus and addition of unique elements. I too hope for more Dragon Age in the future, as well as Mass Effect. I just love Bioware!

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  4. I feel so sad when people bash DA2. I love it! (I love them all: DAO, DA2 & DAI) Hawke’s personality and all the companions banter makes it all for the repetitive enviroments. Although once you get into the story, it doesn’t matter anymore. Romancing was awesome too. And IMO combat was so much better on DA2 than on DAO. Most people simply didn’t give it a try, and I’m ok with that. Some tried and didn’t like, ok too. What is not ok is people who never played it saying that it was an awful game, which isn’t true at all.

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