The best PC games ever The best PC games of 2018 so far Best graphics card 2018 Best free games Rainbow Six Siege operators guide Monster Hunter: World guide

106

Have You Played… Dragon Age: Inquisition?

Before Andromeda

Featured post

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Back in the spotlight recently, due to Bioware’s latest game, Mass Effect Andromeda, to some extent aping its MMO/Ubimap-like structure. I have mixed feelings about Dragon Age: Inquisition. On the one hand, I thought it had a great cast of companion characters, boasting both charisma and weirdness (say hello to Solas, above). On the other, I never finished the thing, having burned out on frantic random encounter combat, endless pursuit of icons and the ever-spinning loot’n’craft wheel before the storyline could resolve.I don’t think it’s even remotely a disaster, or even the red-headed stepchild of the Dragon Age family. I think, in fact, it’s Bioware’s best game since Mass Effect 2, particularly in terms of characterisation.

I enjoyed my time with it quite a bit, but inherently struggle with almost any repeated activity, and increasingly it felt as though DAI was defined by repeated activities.

I do fear every big budget game slowly morphing into an icon-based open world game, I must admit. But I think it’s time to accept that this is what’s going to happen to what we once might have called RPGs, because that’s what sells. I hope that the next Dragon Age can find ways to advance, rather than simply siphon, the formula.

Tagged with , , , .

If you click our links to online stores and make a purchase we may receive a few pennies. Find more information here.

Who am I?

Alec Meer

Senior Editor

Co-founder of RPS. Dungeon Keeper & X-COM 4 Life.

More by me

Support RPS and get an ad-free site, extra articles, and free stuff! Tell me more
Please enable Javascript to view comments.

Comments are now closed. Go have a lie down, Internet.

Advertisement

Latest videos