With the new age of console hardware here we all expected a massive leap forward in terms of how many pixels developers could push into our eyes. This new generation isn’t disappointing, bringing a lot of absolutely gorgeous games worlds, new and old, to life. But in an age where broken visual experiences are a scary reality, our winner stood tall, delivering a beautiful, stable and artistic world.
I think I love RPGs most of all. They have always been my favorite genre of gaming, and it's hard to pick a favorite. However, one game blew my mind this year, giving me the best RPG experience of 2014, hands down.
Influence is something carefully cultivated - do great deeds and they might be noticed, a bit. Influence unlocks Inquisition Perks in Dragon Age: Inquisition, and it can be rather difficult to max out. However, this system gives you unlimited influence at no cost. Warning: contains light spoilers.
Dragon: Age Inquisition is a pretty good game, if you’re not the sort who prefers RPG’s featuring spiky pink-haired androgynous lead characters. Unfortunately, there are still a couple of issues that are preventing it from being a wholly incredible experience. It’s getting a patch today – but it unfortunately doesn’t fix the issue that’s making the game a little soulless for me right now.
Writing compelling narratives are difficult. Writing ones that twist and turn like the tale in Dragon Age: Inquisition are far more complex than I can even imagine, and I envy the skill of writers that are able to craft such stories. But it's a daunting task - even for the best writers - and Inquisition's prologue suffered the most during development.
No, these aren't bloody agents like we've heard about on the news - agents are NPCs that you can recruit into the Inquisition, increasing its power and helping a specific leader from your War Table. They can help reduce the time for advisors to complete their missions, and are generally just awesome. As with all guides, contains spoilers.
EA has a rather nasty habit of buying studios and running them into the ground. A fairly recent example of this would be Burnout developers Criterion, who quickly fizzled out after being put on Need for Speed duty. EA regularly buys talent instead of nurturing it from within - but that's going to change.
There has been a ton of talk about inclusion in games. We need to have people of more walks of life represented in games to draw in a more inclusive audience - it doesn't alienate those who are part of the majority, but it makes people in the minorities feel included. Bioware has always been ahead of the curve on this, and Dragon Age: Inquisition takes it to a new level. Warning: contains possible spoilers.
I'm really loving Dragon Age, but it's massive! So, here's another guide to help you make sense of everything. A big part of the Dragon Age: Inquisition experience is the war table. It opens up new areas, unlocks all kinds of extras and gives you access to your Inquisition Perks. But it can get a bit daunting. Here are all the perks in one place to help you make decisions.
I am thoroughly enjoying Dragon Age: Inquisition - I intend to vacation for all of December in Thedas. However, the inventory can get a bit daunting. With only 60 slots and better loot drops than Destiny, you might find yourself trying to maximize space without losing out on rewards. Here are some tips and insights.
Dragon Age: Inquisition is an exquisite game, but it isn't without its problems. I ran into a handful during my review, but lately they've been cropping up more and more. The most annoying one by far is a little audio glitch that strips the game of all its sound effects, and sometimes crashes dialogue entirely. BioWare has yet to fix it, but there are some ways around it.
Dragon Age: Inquisition is blowing my mind with how awesome it is. It's taken a bit of Skyrim in all the best ways and blended it beautifully with all the things I love about Bioware. However, the valuables and loot system is a bit messed up, and you might end up weaker than you should be if you're not careful.
Not all countries are as free as others. With restrictions and laws regarding sexuality being so varied around the world, it seems that games that are lauded for being inclusive might actually get excluded from the market. India is the latest example.
With the exception of Mass Effect's ending, most people have been happy with Bioware's story telling skills. We weren't worried about how they'd craft the story of Dragon Age, but many were afraid of the repeated dungeon. This launch trailer is designed to quell your fears.
Dragon Age: Inquisition has a whole bunch of new elements for combat this time around. There's the tactical camera, as well as some fun abilities for the various classes. Bioware knew these might take a bit of getting used to, so they made these videos to help you out.