Dragon Age: Inquisition is a game I started playing grudgingly. I never played previous games in the series. I never succumbed to the hype cycle of this release. I actively dislike video games that drown themselves in lore and feel the need to load you up on pointless details. In short, I thought this was a match made in hell.
And it was. For the first couple of hours at least.
For the first couple of hours I felt like I literally had no idea what the hell was going on. I didn't understand the combat, I didn't understand the plot, I didn't understand the game's systems and — worse — I had no idea what I was supposed to do, where I was supposed to go next. I was aching for guidance, and not in a good 'Dark Souls' way, in an 'I'm not enjoying this and I'm extremely confused' way.
Seven hours later, I'd be lying if that feeling has disappated, but I do feel as though I have a fundamental grasp on what the hell I'm doing and how things work. At this point, I'm starting to enjoy myself, and I'm starting to get a feeling for why people are engrossed in this universe.
For my part, I'm enjoying the 'Assassin's Creed' style mission structure, the way in which there always seems to be something to 'do' in the near vicinity. I'm enjoying the combat — sorta — but most of all I'm finding the experience compelling. Dragon's Age: Inquisition is a game that drags you in. It's a 'one more mission' sort of experience. It reminds me of Dark Souls in that regard.
Dear Lord this game does not account for Dragon Age newbies like myself. It does a terrible job of explaining its systems. It's happy to spend pages and pages of dialogue on lore but doesn't bother to tell you how its 'power' mechanic works. Happy to have you read pages and pages of letters strewn across the environment, but refuses to give new players a clear outline of the game's basic plot points. At times Dragon Age: Inquisition feels like a game in love with its lore and overloaded with mechanical bloat. It's a game that demands a lot from its players. It demands patience and a willingness to invest time. I've found that the longer I spend with it, the more I want to play. I think I'll stick with this one for a while.
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