So I Tried… Dragon Age: Inquisition
Each edition of So I Tried… I will try a game that I have never tried before. Will I find something new to love? Will I find something new to despise? I'll take a full half hour, no matter how bad it gets or how badly I do, to see if this is the game for me. This time I went for the PS4 version of Dragon Age Inquisition.
What I thought it was
Although I’m a fan of Bioware (I love storylines, and so do they), the Mass Effect series is honestly the only one of theirs that I have bought close to release. This of course means that I came to the Dragon Age games late -- so late that I got them along with three other games off of eBay all for £20. I enjoyed them, but fantasy has never been a big pull for me, so I was happy to wait for Dragon Age: Inquisition to drop in price. If memory serves, it’s more well-written ye olde hacking and slashing in a fantasy world with a third person perspective.
What it actually is
Literally as soon as you start the game, there’s an explosion which takes out the local chantry (basically church). After spending an uncomfortably long time choosing and customising my character (everything has to be purple -- Third Street Saints represent!), I was off -- into more cutscenes. I stopped my timer (which would have gone off if it was running through the character creation), and reset it while I waited to be given control. My elf was blamed for the destruction of the chantry, and a trial date was set before I was escorted out of the keep which I had been held prisoner in. My guard took me to a nearby tear in the fabric of space -- which had been caused by a humungous green gash in the sky -- which my hand was jammed into, closing it.
I then had to take control of four characters to head for the giant rift. Yes, unlike most third-person games, this allows you to control whomever you want. During battles you can theoretically control all four, as pressing a button pauses things and lets you choose who will attack what.
Will I keep playing
I reached the temple where the rift was, and my time ran out, which is my way of saying yes. I will definitely keep on playing, as I want to see what happens next, and find out who the glowing being was, that survived the blast with me… I thought I would hate the active pause battle feature, but so far it’s been unobtrusive. I can use it, or I can ignore it -- I think I’ll try it a few more times before I condemn it.