Dragon Age: Inquisition
I play games pretty slow. Seeing as how I have been spending most of my time since this game came out trying to make games, it has taken me almost a year to finish this one. I did finally finish it, and I have some thoughts about it and the whole series.
I really like the Dragon Age games. They sort of remind me of the Song of Fire and Ice series (Game of Thrones). You have your big army of bad guys who are going to kill everyone, but nobody believes that its real and so no one will prepare to face what may just destroy the whole world. It is a pretty dark game, when compared to other fantasy games. It also has some serious moral questions that come up.
However, every time that I play one of these games, I find that I am left disappointed. The endings are always too happy, the bosses die too easily, and I feel the the series as a whole is trying really hard not to take too many risks. Ya, the game play is fun, and it is a very long game, so I feel like I got my moneys worth, but I don’t feel like it is doing anything that will shape how games are made in the future.
Near the end of the game, I was left feeling like there was too much focus on the side quests, and the great unknown threat was so completely explained that I had no doubt who the bad guy was, and why he was bad. I know what I would like to see in the next game that they make. I’d like to see it turn out that the bad guy was trying to do something that needed to be done, and that they good guy (you) turned out to be a tyrant who gained too much power and had to be stopped.
Also, after playing this game, there are some things that I want to change about the way that I make games. For example, I think equipment is a joke. I’d love to see a game where I never change what I am using after a certain point, of a game where a sword is a sword, and once you have one, you then use that sword until you don’t want to use it any more. A foot of steel will kill anyone if they are stabbed with it.
Maybe I played the game all wrong, maybe I didn’t do enough side stuff. I know I didn’t find all the companions. I am not even sure if I opened up all the areas that could be explored for certain. I know that I had fun, but I hope to someday see more fantasy games that are willing to take more risks.
Next up, The Witcher 3. Let’s see if they did a better job or not.