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About Dragon Age: Inquisition

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Genre: Action | Publisher: EA | Platform: PC
Charging forth from previous installments of the successful fantasy RPG series, EA and Bioware team up to bring everyone Dragon Age: Inquisition. Not only will players explore the war-ridden lands of Thedas once more, but they will use both physical and political tactics to spread peace and prosperity in a time ridden with chaos and subterfuge.

Whether you are a returning adventurer or a novice mage, Dragon Age: Inquisition is available to the faithful and action seeking! A crash course of a series this size will certainly explain important strategies and useful tips before embarking towards the battlefield.

Dragon Age: Inquisition Storyline

Tensions between the mage and warrior guilds have become intense after a series of revolts and chaotic events has estranged the relationship between magic and sword. Anticipating a dangerous war, Divine Justinia, leader of the main religious order known as the Chantry, summoned the main leaders on both sides to agree on a ceasefire. However, fate has chosen differently.

The player’s character wakes up below a break between reality and the home of demons and monsters beyond, known as the Veil. Now, uncertain of your past, you must join with charismatic and adventurous members from around Thedas to restore order through one of the most ancient groups for justice: The Inquisition.

Dragon Age: Inquisition - What We Like the Most

While many may be familiar with broad RPGs, whether it’s Mass Effect, Fallout, or Elder Scroll, Dragon Age: Inquisition still manages to stand out on its own. Here are are our top three reasons that makes the game unique:

Political Decisions
Once Dragon Age: Inquisition officially begins, you will join generals, diplomats, spies, and other warriors around a large map of Thedas called the ‘War Table.’ Since the rebirth of the organization is new, you will need to spread the Inquisition’s influence and power by completing various tasks by sending in agents of your own choice. Even though combat is a major component of the gameplay, the political quests makes the Inquisition’s impact in the world stands stronger than strict skirmishes. In this case, your revolution is not born from bloodshed, but rather the preservation of peace.

Duality of Combat and Roleplay
Don’t worry about trying to find the right balance between exciting combat and memorable characters, as Dragon Age: Inquisition has an incredible balance for both of these elements. Although largely inseparable from the main gameplay, every action through dialogue choice and strategy utilization helps the gamer to quickly become immersed with the universe at large. To assist this transformation, players who wish for a story-driven game can chose ‘casual’ mode, which will lower the difficultly in fighting and combat. If you prefer full on blood and glory, ‘nightmare’ mode may be able to scratch that itch!

Charismatic Decision
Similar to previous Dragon Age installments, dialogue choices you have with strangers and friends alike will likely change their perception of you and additional decisions. Likewise, stopping your party member from assassinating a person may grant them subtext that the supporting character ‘slightly disapproves.’ On the other end of the spectrum, freely going towards a rift to seal the demons from entering the world will grant you an ‘approved’ message. Especially considering that you will be heading a revolutionary organization, character choices will alter the storyline either directly or indirectly in your favor.

Dragon Age: Inquisition Strategies

In order for the Inquisition to gain territory and strength throughout the land, players will choose party members to join them in fulfilling favors, often involving combat, to rectify current problems. For gamers that seem daunted by the battle system, keep these strategies and tips in mind:

Since plenty of weapon upgrades and additional quests will require various resources in the wild, players should be collecting herbs and ores through their journeys. This will save time to return to additional areas that have already been cleared of main and side objectives.

On the other hand, gamers should also be aware that the resources have a fairly quick respawn rate, often growing back once you are three or four areas away from the original territory. Be careful not to gather every plants you find, as you will have an overflowing inventory while quickly circling around the map.

Balance Team Classes
Similar to most MMOs, including World of Warcraft, players should optimize their Dragon Age: Inquisition team with a couple classes in mind; Tank, ranged, and support. These specifications can be expanded upon further by choosing warriors, magicians, and rogues to gain a tactical advantage on unsuspecting enemies.

Once you have discovered enemies, it is wise to send in the toughest warriors first to distract enemy fire while weaker and ranged teammates will attack from a distance. Use rogue abilities to attack from within the shadows while support mages for shielding and barrier effects. Balancing these classes with enemy’s weakness is a main priority as a leader, especially when confronting new foes.

Organize Battlefield Positions
A new feature to the Dragon Age series is a combat mode known as ‘Tactical Camera,’ in which the player’s vision is changed to an eagle eye view while halting gameplay. Here, the player can set a series of commands for each party member to attack a specific enemy or move to a different part of the skirmish. Using this mode is incredibly helpful to pause intense moments, catch your breath, and observe the battlefield before making the next move.

Frequently Asked Questions for Dragon Age: Inquisition

Which class should I choose?
Frankly, the class system is not detrimental for making the game easier or difficult unless it ties within the player’s enjoyment. If ranged attacks away from melee brawls fits your ideal fighting situation, Mage and Rogue classes will best suit your needs. Likewise, getting dirty and driving the battle to victory is your style, melee classes, including two handed and sword-and-shield strategies will suit your battles better. Overall, choose the fighting style that makes you feel both comfortable and powerful.

Can I go on quests/campaigns by myself?
Yes, although this is strongly frowned upon. Even in playing on the easiest setting, playing without party members can be incredibly difficult, especially if enemy can pounce and distract your attention with different strengths and movement. The Dragon Age series prides itself on working as a team for the strength of humanity, not just the determination of the individual. Needless to say, keep your ego in check and go with a team.

Do I have to play the previous Dragon Age games?
A tricky question, as every game begins with a different character to play as while returning characters introduce themselves in every addition. Dragon Age: Inquisition follows the same formula, but it certainly isn’t ‘new-player’ friendly, even with the explanations you learn through character dialogue. The fastest and effective understanding of the universe will require players to read through additional journal notes that will periodically appear once a new subject is discussed or picked up. As long as you are attentive in reading, the lore and story for this game will surely unfold. 

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