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Dragon Age (Series) Review
Posted: 6 months ago.
In many ways inspired by middle ages Europe and its folklore, it offers a chance to inhabit a fantastical world and play through challenging combat scenarios, all while making meaningful in-game decisions that shape the course of your story, interactions and even the ending.
There have been three games in the main series, which released on consoles and PC:
- Dragon Age: Origins (2009) PC, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360
- Dragon Age II (2010) PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360
- Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014) PC, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
In each game, you choose from different classes of characters and level up your skills by interacting with characters you meet to take on combat and mission which offer upgrades to your character.
The first game was more conversation based, while its sequels introduced a greater emphasis on real time combat. This requires a significant level of strategy when deciding how best to approach the threat, depending on your particular character's skill set.
When you are in conversation with other citizens of Thedas, you can choose from a variety of responses. Get this right and characters you meet can join your party. Get this wrong and you can find yourself with a new enemy. Each person's opinion of you is affected by your dialogue choices and actions, meaning no two play-throughs are the same. Depending on your choices, some characters may be allies or obstacles.
In the first game, you are recruited into the Grey Wardens, an order that is standing against monsters called Darkspawn. You are tasked with defeating the archdemon controlling the hordes and ending the siege. In the second game you play Hawke, a refugee living in Kirkwall who rises to become Kirkwall's ruler, making allies and enemies along the way. The third game puts you in control of the Inquisitor, who survived a cataclysmic event that tore the sky open, unleashing demons upon Thedas. You must rise to the head of the Inquisition and defeat an ancient darkspawn intent on becoming a God Emperor.
While the plot of each of these games differ, gameplay is consistent throughout the series. You take on the classic tale of a heroes journey; rising from nothing to defeat the darkness in the time of greatest need, as well as core themes of good vs evil, duty and responsibility.
There have also been several spin-offs and tie-in games:
- Dragon Age: Journeys (2009) Web Browser
- Dragon Age Legends (2011) Web Browser
- Heroes of Dragon Age (2013) Android, iOS
- Dragon Age: The Last Court (2014) Web Browser
Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 4 players online. Dragon Age: Inquisition is the first and currently only game in the series to support four player online co-op. However, this only offers a side-game where each team member is given a specific objective to complete.
Dragon Age 2
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Dragon Age: Inquisition Deluxe Edition
Dragon Age: Inquisition: Game Of The Year Edition
Dragon Age: Origins
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
You will need PlayStation Plus to play online with PlayStation 3.
You will need Xbox Live Gold to play online with Xbox 360.
You will need PlayStation Plus (must be 18 to subscribe, then create sub-accounts for younger players who need be set as 13 or older) to play online with PlayStation 4.
You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to subscribe, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One. Dragon Age: Inquisition contains an in-game currency called "Platinum", which can be used to purchase items that can help you, specifically in multiplayer.
The first game, Dragon Age: Origins, has an add-on that can be purchased and costs £10. It acts as a prequel to the main game and has a new storyline and plot to follow. You can also purchase the game and the extra content in one version: The Ultimate Edition, which costs £25.
Although all the dialogue is voiced, the menus and other information is not. Although some of the text is backdropped by a contrasting colour, much of it is overlayed directly over the gameplay, meaning at times it can be quite hard to read, as well as being quite small at times. All dialogue is voiced, and you can select how much is subtitled, from just the main dialogue to background chatter, and it clearly indicates who is speaking.
You can remap any of the game's functions to any key or button on PC, and to any button on a controller.
You can turn off blood and dismemberment by deselecting the 'Enable Persistent Gore' option in the settings.
Our Dragon Age Accessibility Report documents 19 accessibility features:
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