Hey everyone! I’ll be starting things off on this blog by talking about my most anticipated game of the year. I’ll give you a hint – it’s got dragons in it.
For people who guessed the Elder Scrolls MMO, sorry, but nope! The answer is the next in line for the Game of the Year – Dragon Age: Inquisition! BioWare does tonnes of games which are totally legit top-tier titles, like Mass Effect, Baldur’s Gate and Dragon Age. Yes, there will also be a Mass Effect 4 coming up, but that, my friends, is a tale for much later.
So, back to Dragon Age! After the mediocre Dragon Age 2, the Inquisition seems to be the one to finally get the series back on its feet! The one thing you need to know about this game is the fact that you can play as a Qunari. For those of you who don’t know, they’re a unique race that exists only in the Dragon Age universe - similar to the archetypal orc or troll - except highly intelligent, extremely rule-bound and have this super interesting history like the elves. So I’m really interested as to how a Qunari Inquisitor will clash with (or charm!) the companions.
Oh, and check out the E3 demo gameplay video for this thing! It’s still in alpha mode, which means there are still some kinks to work out – but doesn’t it look fantastic?
The third person persepctive is a staple of Dragon Age that’s also present in other RPGs like The Witcher or Saints Row, but the real highlight of the series is the pause button. It sets itself apart from other RPGs with a third person perspective. I guess you could say it feels like the Sims, because it gives you time to think what's the best way you can wreak havoc on your neighbours – I mean, enemies. The game could still be hack-and-slash, but hard enough that you might want to plan out your strategy beforehand.
Combat looks way more badass, especially with the mage – the spells that were shown look beautiful and seem way more awesome than its counterparts in the previous games. My only concern is that there seems to be a lack of cutscenes – BioWare probably realised that DA2 had too many and reduced the number in the Inquisition. Whether that will be a good thing or a bad thing, I guess we’ll find out in three months!
Also – anyone recognise some of the voice actors? I’m not sure if you can tell, but Freddie Prinze Jr, voice of Lt. Vega from Mass Effect 3 (dreamy sigh) and Fred in Scooby-Doo (2002), is the huge tank Qunari - Iron Bull! There’s also Gareth David-Lloyd who played Ianto in Torchwood (2006 to 2009) who’s going to play elven mage Solas. There’s so much talent going around!
That’s enough gushing for now. Fingers crossed that our computers will be able to handle the graphics on this game! Next time, I’ll be talking about the endless milking of long-dead video game franchises and Assassin’s Creed’s descent into that dark, dark place.