Dragon Age: Inquisition Review Round-Up

Nobody expects the Dragon Age scores...

Here at tsa towers you can certainly tell it’s nearly Christmas, what with the deluge of computer gaming goodness that continues to pour in. Up this morning is Bioware’s third instalment in the Dragon Age series, which is making its cross-gen debut on the 21st of November, reaching PS3, PS4, 360, Xbox One and PC. The EA published RPG  is hoping to bring players back into the fold after a lacklustre second entry for the franchise.

Bioware have aimed to mix successful elements from both of the earlier games, whilst also introducing larger environments which offer more opportunities for exploration. Our very own Sam is in the process of reviewing this behemoth, and you can check out his early impressions right here.

It looks like Bioware have created a worthy sequel which makes good on the promises of the original game, with critics rating it very highly across the board.

Eurogamer – 8/10

“Its not-so-fatal flaw is that in offering so much, both in terms of player choice and in going for peak-BioWare in every aspect of the game, those individual moments, characters, activities and plot beats often don’t benefit from the focus and importance needed to unlock their full potential. Still, that’s hardly a crime, and one more than made up for by the many high points that I can’t name directly for fear of spoilers, the hours and hours both adventuring in Thedas as it was always meant to be, and sitting at the highest levels of its politics.”

Destructoid – 8.5/10

“Dragon Age: Inquisition not only feels like a fully fledged role-playing adventure, but it’s also packed with fun things to do that will keep you busy for weeks. Having played well over 100 hours, I’m still finding things to do, working on my multiplayer characters, and plotting another playthrough to handle things a bit differently. Inquisition is a triumph and proves that despite some missteps along the way, BioWare hasn’t lost its touch.”

Joystiq – 5/5

“Dragon Age: Inquisition is BioWare’s reaffirmation of what it’s capable of delivering. It’s a gorgeous game on an epic scale. Rich in character and story, it creates a fantasy world with plausible social rules you can get lost in. It makes you feel that you aren’t just exploring a new world, but helping shape it at various levels of society. Inquisition sets the bar for what a blockbuster RPG should be.”

IGN – 8.8/10

“When I’d finally slain my first dragon in Dragon Age: Inquisition, I felt a little sad at the thought that I was probably beginning to exhaust its seemingly endless stream of content. But then I saw the quest ticker: “Dragons Slayed – 1 out of 10.” In all my hours, I had only ever seen three. It’s a surprisingly huge, dense world, and I soon realized there were still entire sandboxes I hadn’t even set foot in. Even in my hundredth hour, I’m still discovering. Despite its less than compelling plot, I still want to go back to explore and fight through every nook and cranny of Dragon Age: Inquisition, until every dragon’s skull is mounted on my wall.”

Polygon – 9.5/10

“Dragon Age Inquisition is one of the biggest games I’ve ever played and I still want more. This is the astounding scope I referred to above. It’s no longer as simple as how your choices affect your small band of adventurers — though that can vary quite a lot as well. Dragon Age: Inquisition puts the fate of the world in your hands in a way that few role-playing games have done before. And even after another 80 hours devoted to it, it’s a world I cannot wait to return to in whatever BioWare does next. I don’t know what higher praise I could give.”

Gamespot – 9/10

“Inquisition’s characters and world, on the other hand, recall the grand gestures of the original Dragon Age, even though the game as a whole is so structurally different to its predecessors. It offers the thrill of discovery and the passion of camaraderie. It features a glee club called The Sing-Quisition, and a dwarf with writer’s block. It establishes connections with its world in big ways and small, with the sight of a titanous temple and the smirk of an Orlesian commander in love. Dragon Age: Inquisition is a wonderful game and a lengthy pilgrimage to a magical world with vital thematic ties to one we already know.”

GamesRadar – 4/5

“Dragon Age: Inquisition creates a massive, vibrant world on a scale far greater than its predecessors, and does an excellent job of making you feel in command. The heart of this game rests with its characters, who keep you invested in the action.”

Game Informer – 9.5/10

“After two disparate entries with different philosophies, Dragon Age’s identity crisis is over. With a mixture of open-world exploration, entertaining combat, and top-tier characters, the team at BioWare has found a winning formula that isn’t shackled to either Dragon Age: Origins or Dragon Age II. Inquisition is not defined by the traditions it returns to, but by the new directions it forges for this magnificent fantasy universe.”

God Is A Geek – 7.5/10

“There’s no denying that Dragon Age: Inquisition is a good game, but people expecting true greatness will be slightly disappointed. A worthy offering and an improvement over Dragon Age II, Inquisition nevertheless plays it too safe, and relies too heavily on Origins’ better elements to succeed. Still, if you’re looking for a vast, complex, multi-branching, old school RPG epic, there’s currently nothing else on next-gen consoles to top it.”

Digital Spy – 4/5

“It might be conventional as far as visuals and monsters go, but its overall appeal rests in its provision of a living world that can be sculpted and altered in ways both subtle and explicit. So long as you’re prepared to put the required time in, Dragon Age: Inquisition has plenty to give.”
Shack News – 9/10

“With a huge, breathtaking world, an epic story, and choices that leaves a significant mark on the world around you, Dragon Age: Inquisition embodies everything that makes the series so popular. There are times when the game could feel too big, and that there might be too much to do, but that’s hardly a complaint. It’s a reason to be completely immersed in this world. Multiplayer has its moments, especially if you can get together a nice team, but it does have a perceivable grind and the loot system has a very high sense of unpredictability.”

13 Comments

  1. Wow, I don’t know why but I was half expecting these to be not very good but there’s some big scores there. Looks like I’ll b be getting this and pumping a lot of time into it, though it may have to wait until Christmas holidays. When do we get a tsa review?

  2. Already preordered as from the initial impressions it seemed they were back on track. I adored the first one – completing every strorylibe and side quest many times.

    The second one? Tried 4 times but couldnt complete it. So dull.

    Roll on release day!

  3. Definitely going to crack on with the EA Access early release and see how the first six hours go, but I’m hugely excited for it now. The first one was amongst my favourite games last-gen.

  4. One week to go!

  5. Ker-ching sold…that’s me out of pocket…again.

  6. I hadn’t paid this much attention during the run up, but those reviews are hard to ignore! Good thing christmas is coming!

  7. Hmmmm, no 10/10 scores, pre-order cancelled.
    Heh, just kidding, really looking forward to this, no doubt will still be playing when The Witcher 3 comes out.

  8. Hold on a minute…

    Reviews being published before the game is released. Surely there must be some mistake?

    Sounds very good. I’ve been wanting a decent game to get lost in and this certainly fits the bill for me.
    Now all i have to do is convince my lad that Santa has been involved in a terribly sad, fatal sleigh crash and i can buy this before xmas.

  9. Stop it. STOP IT. The hype is slowly eating me alive. ALIVE I SAID.

    Hysteria aside, I am so glad review scores turned out really good. Now I can just sink my teeth in this huge world and get lost within it for the upcoming couple of months.

    If anyone wants to try the MP on PS4, add me up: salvogdaze (though I probably won’t play the mode until about a month after launch).

  10. This sounds cracking. Is it necessary to play the previous Dragon Age games to play Inquistion?

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