Dragon Age: Inquisition Day 1 Review

Well, I’ve been holed up playing Dragon Age: Inquisition since it came out a day ago and I’m only like 6 hours into a supposedly 100 hour playthrough. ¬†I bought it for both PC and Xbox 360 and I just wanted to say upfront that if you’re like me and haven’t upgraded to a next-gen console yet, you’ll find that it is horrifyingly bad quality on Xbox 360. ¬†The main problem is the scalar for all the textures – everything just looks way too shiny. ¬†Anyway, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND getting the game for PC or Xbox One/PS4 but if you haven’t upgraded yet to a next-gen console, don’t even bother. ¬†FYI, all my screenshots in this post are¬†from PC.

If you’re still on the fence about buying, here are my other initial impressions of the game (campaign mode – I’ll dive into multiplayer another day). ¬†No spoilers, don’t worry!

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Character Customization – A+

This is probably one of the best character customization games I’ve ever played in terms of realism and facial customization options. ¬†I love the selection of facial scars and you can even fade or increase the intensity. ¬†I’m also really impressed with the sheer number of “weathered” (read: old looking) facial textures … you don’t often see that in games. ¬†I’m boring and usually play as a human, but there are a whole bunch of race options that are awesome, particularly Qunari. ¬†The only complaint I have is the hairstyles (seriously, why is it so hard to include high poly hairs in games?! ¬†Why must I mod the shit out of every hair?) … there are not a lot of options if you enjoy longer, girlier hairs. ¬†But, I still have to give the character creator an¬†A+ for the ability to make a SUPER HOT Inquisitor. ¬†I mean, seriously – look at that face:

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Combat/Gameplay – C-

I’ll be honest, the combat is a little bit cumbersome and repetitive, on both console and PC. ¬†The skill tree is very similar to that of Dragon Age 2 and there really isn’t anything that is super creative or original about combat. ¬†If you’re playing on normal, you almost never have to go into Tactical View because the combat is frankly pretty easy. ¬†I personally prefer the console’s combat mechanics to the PC’s – namely because having to hold down the right-mouse button while panning the view on a keyboard makes me irritable :)

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Storyline – TBD

I was going to grade the storyline so far, but I’ve decided to reserve judgment just in case there is an epic Mass Effect ending type plot fail at the end! ¬†But so far, the storyline has been pretty engaging. ¬†The party member banter has also been highly amusing. ¬†You can really dig deep into conversation arcs with not just the key NPCs but also really inconsequential NPCs as well – this is probably the main reason they say it’s a 100 hour game. ¬†Eventually, I just stopped asking people questions just to advance the plot!

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Romances –¬†TBD

I haven’t gotten very far on the romance tracks yet but¬†I’m sad that I can’t romance Dorian Pavus as a female inquisitor! ¬†I’ll update this as soon as I get some sexy times :)

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Cameos – B+

Remember all those characters you know and love from Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age 2? ¬†Well, you’ll hear about almost all of them within two seconds of talking to Varric the first time. ¬†Gave me warm fuzzies to think of all my old friends. ¬†So far, I’ve come across one in-person cameo and I didn’t even recognize him until the game announced who he was, so … I’d give cameos an A if only this character had been closer to his DA:O image. ¬†But don’t worry, it’s not nearly as bad as when DA:2 butchered Zevran’s face :)

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Scenery – A+

Ugggghhhhh so pretty. ¬†It’s like fully modded Skyrim, that’s how pretty it is. ¬†Now, if only I could figure out the console commands on PC so that I could do flycam and take some nice screenshots!

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Anyway, those are my initial thoughts – I’d definitely recommend buying this game if you have a PC or next-gen console. ¬†Dooooo itttttt!

Did you get Dragon Age: Inquisition?  Do you want to play multiplayer with me?  Let me know in comments!

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