Gaming On A Budget: Dragon Age Inquisition

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There is a big EA sale going on in the PS4 Store right now, and among those games on sale is Dragon Age Inquisition, alongside both the Deluxe Edition AND Game Of The Year Edition. Not bad eh?

Dragon Age Inquisition takes place a short time after the events of Dragon Age II; a war between the Mages and Templars is in full swing, and the Divine Justinia has called a meeting with the leaders of both sides to discuss peace. However, as meetings are about to go underway, the sacred village of Haven (previously seen in DA:O and the home of Andraste’s ashes) explodes, and a massive Rift opens in the sky, with demons spilling out into the world. It becomes your job to close the Rift, stop the demons from spreading, raise an army and gather a party of misfits, mercenaries, magi and warriors, in order to stop the source of it all.

The world looks beautiful, with an updated graphics engine to bring us spectacular views and scenery. Be it the forests of the Hinterlands, the ocean of Storm Coast, or the barren desert of the Hissing Wastes, the game is stunning no matter where you are.

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The combat has seen an upgrade too; much more fluid and natural movement, with less of the robotic style that it’s predecessors had. Abilities work in much the same way, with each taking up a slot with an assigned button press. A new feature they added is the Tactical Mode, where the game takes a top-down view and pauses time, allowing you to give more precise orders to your party members. Enemy AI has significantly improved too, with them being more ferocious, aggressive, and in the case of the High Dragons, more deadly. The leveling system has become much more detailed, with different skill trees appearing much more like…Well, trees. It makes the interface less cluttered, clearer and easier to use for newcomers.

Inquisition also comes with a new mode: multiplayer. Similarl to Mass Effect 3, four players work together in a horde mode style game, with the occasional objective. Characters are unlocked by collecting materials to “build” them, with each benefiting the team on various ways. It’s nothing to write home about, but an interesting bonus to the game.

Now onto my favourite part in the game; the Dragon fights. These are perhaps the most epic battles in the entire game, and require a good party setup to do well. Almost every area has a High Dragon of various levels, and various abilities, all of which require different tactics. Some use fire breath, fly and bring in baby dragons. One lives in a pool of water and shoots lightning. Each brings in a new battle, and is an epic 20-30 minutes of reviving, leg chopping and simply breathtaking fights.

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Along with the DLC bundled into the deal, this is a game you won’t want to miss out on. If you don’t have it already, pick it up before it’s gone.

Price:

Dragon Age Inquisition – £13.49 ($19.57)
Dragon Age Inquisition Deluxe Edition – £15.99 ($23.20)
Dragon Age Inquisition GOTY Edition – £21.99 ($31.90)

Available until 17.02.16


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