**As I have not had enough time to play this game long enough to give it a full review, this is a 1st impression of the game with the time that I put in so far.**
To start, many reviews are already out and so far they are really glowing with this game and I can see why. This game is a back to basics approach similar to what we got when Dragon Age: Origins first appeared back in 2009. Looking at this game, it’s hard to not compare it with Skyrim but suffice to say, it feels like it’s enough to keep me busy until at minimum, The Witcher 3 comes along or whatever the next gen Elder Scroll game drops since there is still confusion if the online game is coming to consoles.
DA:I starts off a bit bumpy as your character wakes up after a large explosion of some kind kills most of the leadership of Ferelden. It’s confusing because not a lot of that is given via cut scenes as things ‘just happens’. It takes a while for the whole story to come together as your hero and your party explore the land trying to find out how you play a part in the opening of rifts across the land. One thing I do like even though it’s a bit of a mixed bag is, similar to Mass Effect, you have the ability to carry your past games into the present one. Don’t worry if youo played on last gen consoles, because if you have an account online with the Dragon’s Keep you can apply it to the game or even if you haven’t you can jump in and get filled in with the past games as you go. Another part is the character creation screen. With the jump to next gen systems, you have so much more you can do with making your characters but I felt like you were really limited in the types of hair styles you can give your character. Sorry guys, but I have to admit, I was a bit peeved that there was no way I could give my character dreadlocks. One good thing that Bioware has kept up with of course, is that also like the Mass Effect games, your character has spoken dialogue and each choice is vocalized driving the story. If you have played other Bioware titles, then you know how much of the story is driven with your choices via cutscences and it affects how people view you due to your choices.
Gameplay and control
Not a lot I can add here except that it feels like a Bioware game. Early on you are restricted to where you can go and what you can do but as it opens up, there is a bit more freedom to roam unlike the earlier games. Combat is fluid as well and also as noted in a few reviews, you can use a tactical camera to control your party in battle and I also agree with the complaint that in some cases, the camera doesn’t pan out far enough to pick up on enemies just beyond the screen.
Maybe I am that one in the minority, but so far the graphics in this game are a bit of a mixed bag. While it’s easy to tell this is a next gen game (running on the Xbox One), a lot of the game looks ‘artificial’ and this is where my comparison of Skyrim comes in. Skyrim’s environment even for it to be a 3 year old game and running on a good PC rig was beautiful to look at and not saying that DA:I isn’t but for some reason, it doesn’t have that same immersive impact that Skyrim has. It’s not a bad looking game, don’t get me wrong, but you just have to see it to believe it. Depending on how it looks to you, in my opinion, it’s not bad enough to not play the game. I think it’s suffice to say that Bioware has a graphical standard when doing games and Bethesda has another, this the games have a certain look.
Should you get it?
Yes! This is one of the first epic RPGs coming for the new consoles and ever since this game was announced, I was onboard. So far, this game makes up for DA II and gives us RPGS fanatics something to look forward to until other titles make their way to these consoles. You have a large amount of side quests to keep you busy in the early hours, a lot of lore to consume and so much more. It’s going to be difficult to divide time between this, GTA V, Far Cry IV and so many other game releases but trust me, this is the game that you want to play in the cold months coming.
Dragon Age: Inquisition is set to drop on all systems on Tuesday, November 18, 2014…along with GTA V, and Far Cry IV. Prepare to be broke.