10 things in Dragon Age: Inquisition that I’m excited for

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10: Multiple Races

Inquisition brings back the multiple player races from Dragon Age Origin (DA:O).

When Dragon Age:2 came out it felt like I was one of the few who liked Hawke as the protagonist.  It added the HUGE benefit of characters being able to call Hawke by name, instead of just being referred to by title.

That being said, I’m excited that multiple player races are being brought back and I’m hoping that the races are more integrated into the story this time.

In DA:O, the 6 introductory storylines were nice but very little about your race or origin mattered after the first hour. This is especially true for the Dalish Elf origin.

Bioware have said that this time the race and class you choose dictates your background.

Fingers crossed! the Inquisitor’s background and race have an impact throughout the game.

9: Qunari are a player race

I can’t wait to be a qunari!

Having multiple races in DA:O was nice but while I played all the origins, the only two origins I played over and over were the Human Noble and Dalish Elf.

My Commoner and Noble Dwarf never made it out of  Ostagar, my Mage is stilling hanging out in Orzammar and my City Elf decided to stay with the Dalish.

I’ve completed DA:O about 10 times on 3 different platforms and while I keep trying other races, I’ve only managed to complete the game with the Human Noble, Dalish Elf and once with a male Mage that I forced myself to complete for Morrigan’s sake.

I don’t know what it is, I keep saying to myself ‘I must see what Orzammar is like with a Dwarf Noble‘ but something about the character makes me stop playing and start again with a Dalish Warden.

Maybe it’s because I know how little the origins matter beyond the first part of the game or maybe it’s because; while Dwarves are kinda cool, I don’t like being one. I don’t know, maybe I’ll try again, closer to Inquisition’s release date.

But what does this have to do with being able to play as a qunari?

The qunari are the only other race besides Dalish that my reaction to seeing was ‘HELL YEAH, I wanna be one of those!’

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8: Dragon Combat

As the Warden I fought a High Dragon, Flemeth Dragon and an Arch Demon Dragon, Hawke  fought 2 High Dragons and all of them stayed on the ground and let me stab them.

It was the same in Skyrim, Dragons may have flown around for a bit but eventually they landed and lined up for stabfest.

In an interview with IGN,  Bioware producer Cameron Lee has indicated that the mechanics of Dragon fighting have totally changed.

“When I’m attacking a dragon, I’m not just hitting all of it,” producer Cameron Lee told IGN. “I’m hitting its leg, I’m hitting its wing, and that should matter. It should matter where I attack a dragon…that’s something we’re really trying to lean on, and when we come to E3, we’ll really be able to show it in all its glory.”

If Bioware mange to pull this off; it will be awesome.

“They definitely spend a lot more time flying in combat, leaping around the battlefield, so they’re not that typical, static kind of creature anymore. They’ll charge at you, pounce around the battlefield, take off, do strafing runs, they’ll come back. There’s a whole different suite of locomotion mechanics and movement mechanics, which are a challenge.”

Dragons should swoop down on you, leap at you, and fly around. Damaging their legs or wings should change this behaviour: a dragon with a crippled wing can’t fly properly.

I’m looking forward to seeing how this new direction in Dragon Combat pans out and I can’t wait to see what they show off at E3.

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7: It looks GORGEOUS!

Just watch this video and tell me you don’t think it looks beautiful.

See, nuff said…….

6:  Leliana

The Left Hand of the Divine is back!

I loved Leliana in DA:O. She was smart, capable and loved to tell stories. I liked her even more in Asunder, where she shows herself as great support of the Divine and against Lord Seeker Lambert’s rebellion.

Most of my female Wardens have romanced her so I’m looking forward to seeing what’s happened to her since the events of DA:O, DA2 and Asunder (I’m stilling waiting for my copy of ‘The Masked Empire’ to arrive)

While she probably won’t be an LI, I’m looking to be able to have Leliana as my Inquisitor’s BFF.

Plus she looks gorgeous with this new engine.

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5: Getting to know Cassandra

Cassandra is a very intriguing character.

In DA:2 she was a driven supporter of the Divine trying to find the person she thought was needed to help heal the divide between the Mages and the Chantry.

In Dawn of the Seeker, we saw her develop from a person who is suspicious of Mages to someone who understands why Mages feel trapped within the circle and how the abuses of both Templars and Mages have led to a cycle of destruction between both groups.

She was one of the first companions that Bioware revealed, so it looks like she’ll be important to the plot.

Also she loves to threaten people, what’s not to like?

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4: Varric = Awesome

Varric was one of my favourite characters in DA:2 (Isabela and Aveline round out my top 3). He is funny, a friend who’s hilarious rather than functioning as comic relief.

He is one of the most likable characters that Bioware has created and I can’t wait for my Inquisitor to get to know him

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3:  The Origin of the Inquisitor

In the latest trailer we discover that the Inquisitor has survived a blast that has killed 1000’s of people.

According to GameInformer, this explosion occurs at a meeting of the Mages and the Chantry,  so the leaders of both these factions have been killed.

What does this mean?

Is the Divine dead? Is Grand Enchanter Fiona dead? What does this mean for the Mage rebellion? What does this mean for the Templars and Seekers that broke away from the Chantry?

Ahhhhhhh I NEED to knowwwwwww!

2: Getting to know the Inquisition

Dragon Age: Inquisition has a whole host of new characters and companions for us to get to know . The main characters seem to be pictured below.

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Since Cullen, Leliana and ‘Scribe Girl’ don’t have any weapons I (and most of the Bioware Social Network, BSN) am assuming that they are NPC advisors.

Dragon Age has never really had prominent non-companion characters, however considering how well the Mass Effect Team did with characters like Joker, Dr Chakwas, Steve Cortez etc. I’m curious to see how the Dragon Age Team will handle them.

The Inquisition seems to be a mix of characters from different backgrounds so I’m curious to see how they’ll all get along.

For example , how will Solas, an apostate, get on with Vivienne and Cassandra? What will the apparent Grey Warden companion think of the attack on a Grey Warden outpost?

I’m also curious to see how the decisions of the Inquisitor will affect the members of the Inquisition.

As you can see I’m super curious about the members of the Inquisition.

1:  Just everything

Dragon Age: Inquisition is my most anticipated game of 2014.  I’ve been diving on any information Bioware releases and discussing it at length on the Bioware forums.

While the release date of October 7th or more likely October 10th in the EU seems like 100 years away, at least we have a release date now and I can start my count down in earnest.

Bioware have always told great stories and have a fantastic cast of characters to interact with and it looks like DA:I will be no different.

Other games this year will merely fill the void between now and October.

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