Dragon Age: Inquisition on PS3

It’s kinda pointless writing a blog about Dragon Age: Inquisition because Kotaku has provided several stellar reviews of the game, which makes it unnecessary to read any others. That being said, it’s hard to find good information about a new blockbuster game on a last generation console….hence why I am writing about Dragon Age: Inquisition for the Playstation 3. I won’t go too in depth regarding the plot and storyline because well, read Kotaku’s blog if you want to get the full review. All else aside… this post will be helpful for people who still rock the PS3 that are on the fence about buying this game. And so we begin…

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First off, YES THE GAME IS WORTH THE MONEY!! If you’re a fan of the franchise already, a fan of the fantasy genre or just a fan of RPG games…buy this immediately. I’m about 35 hours into my first play through, I’m extremely engaged and there’s no end in sight. It’s rumored that this game can take almost 250 hours to complete if you do all the side quests along with the main storyline and that’s a pretty awesome deal for $50-$60 bucks. Of course, the graphics don’t look as good as the PS4 but they’re still good. There’s no drop off from Dragon Age: Origins (the original game in the series) and the scope of the game is huge. So what?….it’s not gonna look as pretty on the PS3 but it’s still going to be a lot of fun.

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Secondly, the writing is spectacular. Friggin’ Phenomenal. The writing and dialogue in the previous 2 games was great but this one just blows them out of the water. Nice job Bioware. In DA:I the gameplay is great, the storyline is fantastic and the plot twists will make hollywood screenwriters jealous. Seriously….this game is like playing an epic movie. It’s amazing. I actually got misty eyed at one point (during a plot twist that I did not see coming AT ALL)….I felt like I was sitting back watching a great film. Technically you don’t notice any sound issues or drop-offs on the PS3, some cut scenes (which I gather look awesome on PS4) can look kind of crappy on PS3….but there’ve only been a few that I’ve noticed. Bugs? Yeah….there are bugs. I don’t know if this is exclusive to the last generation consoles or the whole game in general….but you will need to save often and keep different save files open. Occasionally there will be some severe gameplay glitches but nothing that removes you completely from the story or action. Your screen will freeze and the system will shut down occasionally….which REALLY SUCKS! But I think that’s due to the huge amount of memory running on the old console. It’s nowhere near the amount of bugs in Fallout: New Vegas. It can be annoying, but not detrimental to the flow or your focus in the game….most of the time. Just save every 15-30 minutes and you’ll be fine.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition has made some improvements in terms of mixing an action rpg game with a bit of strategy simulation (creating your castle and making improvements to it etc. etc) but I think there’s still more to be desired out of it. Not a bad thing at all. I wrote about the Dragon Age: Origins-Awakening expansion, which I really liked, and Bioware incorporated some of that detail into Inquisition and I think it goes over well. But…there’s always going to be room for improvement, which I’ve noticed briefly and read about extensively in reviews on the game. I’m not sure if some features in this part of the game are exclusive to PS4 though….either way, it’s still fun.

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M.A.V.B.L.O.G. SCORE- 9.5 out of 10.

To keep it short….Is Dragon Age: Inquisition worth a purchase on a PS3? Absolutely. I think the game plays well on the last generation consoles….and if you don’t have the money right away to buy a PS4, definitely don’t wait on it. Have fun and play Dragon Age on PS3. You can always replay it a few years down the line once you’ve picked up a PS4. I mean, Bioware will probably have worked out all the bugs by then and probably added some more cool DLC’s. So, if you’ve got time to dick around playing video games….pick this one. It certainly is not a waste of time.

As always. Be good. Be great. Be better! And follow The Golden Rule. Have a great day! …..oh yeah, and don’t forget to exercise once and a while….video games can turn you into a zombie. Right?

Video Games: Dragon Age: Origins- Awakening (2010)

Ok. This pc/console game came out two years ago and was an expansion pack, but I feel that it’s a very noteworthy game. Now I’m not an MMORPG player. I like to marathon video games sometimes…but I don’t like to become delusional and obsessed like lots of ‘World of Warcraft’ users. And I say ‘users’ because video games ARE a drug. I have a PS3 console and I dig mostly action games and rpg games. That being said, I’m sure that some things I liked in this game aren’t entirely new because I don’t play every video game, and I’m sure these elements exist in MMORPG’s….but they were new to me in this console game.

Dragon Age: Origins was awesome, so I bought the expansion. Now, what is most impressive about this game is the expanded choices you are given and the opportunity to ‘create’ in a sense, your own castle as lord of your manor. It was just really cool to step in and be greeted by lords and ladies who were vying for your assistance and approval. Do you help the rich by protecting the city first? Do you help the common farmers outside of the city? Or do you spread your guards thin and try to protect them both? Also, the options given on whether to re-inforce the castle walls with just regular stone, or to save up and get the good stuff were cool too. As well as the judicial hearing in the castle where you decide the fate of a nobleman who committed a murder.

All good stuff. Very cool to incorporate that into an action/role-playing game. I only played through twice, so I’m not entirely sure if those choices had any real bearing on the eventual outcome of the game…but nonetheless it was fun. I’m sure the legions of game designers and big game companies have been cooking up new ways to incorporate this style into their upcoming games; more in-depth and with greater options, and that is great.

Bottom line is. Video games have advanced alot since when I was a kid playing nintendo. Game junkies play because they want to have fun. And people who like rpg’s play because they want to ‘control’ their world. Psychologically it’s a human necessity to want to have control, just look at any world leader or dictator to realize that. So, giving a casual gamer an ability to get their action fix, while at the same time letting them build/rule their own castle/manor is a pretty great and effective recipe for success in my opinion. Casual gamers don’t want to invest 2,000 hours into an MMORPG and become a fat, socially inept, dork who has no friends. BUT, a casual gamer still has the same desires and will gladly invest 20,40 or 60 hours into an amazing action/rpg. Just look at the success of games like Oblivion or Mass Effect to see that. Unfortunately really unique, well crafted and fun games are few and far between, which is why I only play 1-3 games a year. But, when it’s done well….it’s priceless. So, console game designers, if you’re reading this…..use this recipe. It works. Action. Good gameplay. Choices. Control. Ability to lead your followers & group. Ability to manage a town/city, whether you build it or not.

M.A.V.B.L.O.G. SCORE- 8 out of 10

Good game. Fun gameplay. A little repetitive. But cool new choices and options make you feel like you’re really making a difference in game and protecting your city. Of course, if you’re gonna play it…be sure to play the original first because you can carry your character into this one.

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