Dragon Age Inquisition was released yesterday and we would like to give you a general idea of what to expect if you should decide to jump into the world of Thedas. GameRankings has a 88.15% consensus, while Metacritic has a 87 metascore, which translates to being generally favourable. If you were to use Rotten Tomatoes system, it would say that 92% of critics liked it.
Currently the Escapist has the highest Dragon Age Inquisition review score, with a five out of five stars. Greg Tito really loved the game, praising how the various subsystems of gathering flowers or other small little items you will come across actually matter in your progression to save Thedas from destruction. He compares the game to the Notre Dame, a masterwork that will be remembered for a long time to come, and a combination of many different talented teams all coming together almost perfectly.
On the other end you have Gaming Age giving the game a B-. Mike Palermo found it to be the stereotypical, “jack of all trades, master of none.” He also cites a poor opening act and lack of narrative cohesion and the lack of information on the who and what that kept him guessing as to where he was and who was important. He did also state that the game does many things “adequately well” and an RPG fan will find something in it to keep them coming back.
Polygon gave it a 9.5 out of ten, with Phil Kollar admitted that he wanted to return to the game after 80 hours of playtime. GameSpot’s Kevin VanOrd loved the characters and exploration aspects, but found the combat lacking any sense of challenge or need to strategize in order to come out victorious. Joe Juba from GameInformer believed that Dragon Age had finally found its identity, separate from Origins or DAII with its balance of excellent exploration, combat and characters. IGN’s Vince Ingenito was impressed by the massive world and really enjoyed finding out he had only started to explore it all. He did criticize the game for having a weak main plot that wasn’t very compelling. And finally PC Gamer concluded that Dragon Age Inquisition is compelling if you aren’t looking for “complex systems and hardcore challenge.”
It appears reviewers do indeed really enjoy Dragon Age Inquisition, as the general consensus is the open world is great to explore, while combat can be so-so the unique and interesting characters you encounter make up for it, and the world building can be excellent though hard to follow for some. It’s worth checking out, especially since you are going to get a lot of content out of it if you are willing to commit.