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Dragon Age Inquisition: Nobody Doesn't Expect the Tired Monty Python Joke

Paul le Fou

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As I now live with a DA series superfan, I was finally convinced to pick up Inquisition. I skipped DA1 and 2 - I saw a bit of Origins being played on the PS3 and it seemed really outdated (in the ugly and janky sense) and frankly my backlog is already too big to be picking up a game this massive, much less three of them.
I made a male human warrior, picked sword and shield but switched to 2hand weapon pretty quickly, poked around in the Hinterlands for a bit and just arrived at Val Royeaux.

As Patrick and Octo mentioned in the What'cha Playin' thread, I can see how people would easily get burnt out tracking down all the Hinterlands stuff to do when they first land there. It's a huge area with a whole lot of stuff to do! Map icons everywhere! Collectibles! Different secret collectibles! Sidequests and landmarks! Gotdamn! But I'm following advice to not try and clear it (or subsequent areas) all at once like a completionist. Yet.

I'm still working out how speccing myself and my party should go - I only have the starting 3 still - and how to play as myself and possibly them. The last of these games I played was KOTOR (or maybe KOTOR 2) back in (a long time ago) so I'm not exactly With It for all the in-depth mechanics, but it does seem like battle is active enough that there's little opportunity or reason to switch to other characters for battle? So far it's just "shoot an animal before it runs away from me and my big axe." I haven't figured out the basics of how the RTS-looking mode works yet either, or if it's worth using at all or should just be ignored like the faux-musou camera option in FE3H.

I'm not sure whom to romance yet either, or how I even begin going about that. So far I've just tried to be real nice to Josephine. I have been informed that Leliana is not an available option, which I find very disappointing so far.
 
The romance options in DA:I are interesting. A lot of them are gated simply by who you've chosen to play. I recommend just not worrying about that aspect just yet, and pursue whoever feels right/is most receptive to your advances as the story continues. For what it's worth, on my play through, I romanced Solas which I kinda walked backwards into and didn't really anticipate even being possible.

Leliana was a romancing option in DA1&2, so I get not making her an option here in 3. It probably would have been too much work to do that, especially when a lot of people carrying over file saves from previous DA games wouldn't be able to romance her anyways if a past MC hooked up with her.

Also, Dragon Age is the best, every game in the franchise is great. I miss these games.
 
Leliana was not a romance option in II (the best one!) and had a much smaller role there then in either game.

Switching out party members is easy enough and XP is shared so no one falls behind so just do what feels right/follow a guide extensively so you can get maximum party member approval from fetch quests. The dragon battles are where you might be making more use of the overhead view... I only ever play on normal so I cannot offer strategic advice.

A fun thing to do if you're still in Haven or whatever is activating whatever movement skill you have just before entering the town and losing access to your skills... as a warrior, I think that's bull rush or whatever. It's just good clean fun... charging into town...
 

Sarge

hardcore retro gamin'
I really enjoyed DA:I, in fact even playing as a mage, which is not my usual choice. There was a point where I said some collectibles weren't worth it, and you'll figure out which ones pretty quickly. If you just take the stuff you want to do, and avoid the work-like ones, you'll have a good time.
 

Paul le Fou

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Started picking up more party members - Sera and Vivienne have joined. I think I like Sera a lot, though sometimes it toes the line between that and "they're trying too hard and I literally don't know what she's talking about most of the time."

Wandered around the Forbidden?Lost? Oasis for a bit, found some more shards and landmarks and a couple big spooders. I appreciate that it's a very different type of layout than the other environment I have access to so far (Hinterlands) (I've also unlocked Storm Coast but haven't been there yet) since it speaks well to varied level design. It's important to keep the experience shaken up somewhat when a lot of the tasks themselves will get repetitive (find landmarks, find shards, close rifts...) and exploring a multi-level interwoven area is a neat way to shake things up form big open rolling hills.
 

Paul le Fou

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A week later and I'm level 12. I've been getting set up in Skyhold, and I just finished the last of the Hinterlands quests (er I think there are one or two more but fuckit).

I KNOW I KNOW YOU GUYS TOLD ME NOT TO but there was so much. Luckily, I was getting area-fatigue and am ready to move on, and don't feel at all driven to complete later areas. That said, I'm glad I did because one of the last things I did there was Valamar and that was a very cool area. I popped over to Storm Coast and got a very good 2h axe from the Astrariums there. It seems to be a much smaller area with much less to do, and it may be weird to say but thank god because I have two other areas already open, one of which I haven't even visited, several more available on my war table, and others referenced in quest descriptions that are yet to be revealed.

There's just so MUCH to do. All those areas to explore, full of their own quests, plus I'm also staring down a pretty long list of main/story quests. I'm already outleveling some of the areas, though it seems like a lot of them scale to you, thankfully. Though I'm very ready to start getting tier 2 materials more regularly (if not tier 3, I dunno how common those are). Good lord, the amount of time I spend managing armor and weapons with their add-ons and taking parts off older pieces and shifting replaced gear down to the next character... (The interface being kind of clunky certainly doesn't help.) And I just unlocked master crafting which is a whole 'nother thing on top of it. Gotta do my specialization sidequest too, what else... I think I won't even look at the collectibles for a good long while.

I'm mostly set on romancing Cassandra. I had Varric write the next installment of her series for her, but either there was no romance thing in there or I messed it up. But I've been flirting at every chance (...with almost everyone, tbh) so I foresee happiness in our future.
 
I played a Male Qunari Rogue and I romanced Iron Bull

Related to the spoiler above, please play the Trespasser DLC

Anyway, this game is VERY underrated.
 

Paul le Fou

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Huh. I guess it's a good thing I haven't gotten around to Witcher 3 yet. shrug!
 
Dragon Age II is underrated. This game is... rated! Now I have it on the PS4... kind of want to play it on the medium screen.

I have never played a Witcher and it is bc of this franchise. (I'm sure they're fine)
 

Paul le Fou

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I will say that I'm chafing against the "only 8 skills" limit, especially with my focus skill taking up one of those slots. That's not enough! I have more skills than that, and noticeably long stretches of downtime holding auto-attack that I could be using them in!
 

fanboymaster

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I mean I think the game's a bloated mess which colors this but underrated's a pretty big stretch DICE awards Game Awards GDC and BAFTA video game noms, you'll still find plenty of people champing at the bit for more and singing its praises.
 
I mean I think the game's a bloated mess which colors this but underrated's a pretty big stretch
I agree and yet I am downloading it rn. (only problem is with the bloat... mess is fine; good, even)

Just remembered that to help create the Dark, Realistic Fantasy vibe, everyone has yellow teeth. (at least in Origins and Inquisition - the people of Kirkwall appear to have toothpaste)
 

fanboymaster

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Far be it from me to criticize, I like a lot of bloated messy games just didn't speak to me. I just take issue with the idea the game's particularly underrated.
 

upupdowndown

REVOLUTION GRRR STYLE NOW
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I really adored DA:I, even though it is a bit bloated and the game is saddled with the burden of trying to continue to pretend like the Mage/Templar conflict is a conflict between two sides of equal moral valence*.

It comes down to the characters for me: they're so engaging and distinct, and the character design is very good.

Gita Jackson's (spoiler-filled) Kotaku paean to loving to hate Solas really sums up why the writing is effective.

* the mages are literally slaves for the Chantry and the Templars are literally drug-addicted cops/slavecatchers. Thedas has a legitimate and compelling interest in making sure mage activities are regulated to be safer, but the Chantry's solution of Circles and Templars is a wildly repressive way to do it. Rivaini society has virtually no Chantry influence outside of the capital, and according to in-game lore, "the Rivaini refuse to be parted from their seers, wise women who are in fact hedge mages, communicating with spirits and actually allowing themselves to be possessed. The Chantry prohibition against such magical practices violates millennia of local tradition." Yet Rivain hasn't collapsed into a demon-ridden hellhole!
 
Ah, as is tradition: Dragon Age Keep is down or something and I can't export my worldstate.

(I think it took days to come back up last year when I started a new playthrough... can't wait until this website disappears forever)
 
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Paul le Fou

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Cassandra and I are now officially an item <3 <3 <3 awwwww I saw cassandra kissing the inquisitor omg omg dish!!!
 

Paul le Fou

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Also I really need to internalize the advice about not needing to complete areas. The ones I've done since the Hinterlands have been much shorter typically so it hasn't felt like a slog or anything, I was able to clear a few out in a single session. But they're still all lower-level than me, leading to things like a climactic battle with the lord seeker that ends in about 4 seconds (not to mention, I keep getting loot that is worse than what I have from said battles).

But if I've outleveled so many areas, would skipping to content my level look like just skipping some areas entirely going forward? I guess I can try and get all that stuff next time around and it'd make for a more varied re-play, which is a big plus, but (I think) I have a loooot of game left to go despite being almost 60 hours in at this point and feeling like I'm barely past the starting areas.
 

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REVOLUTION GRRR STYLE NOW
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I mean, that's just how it is with open world RPGs with lots of optional side content and no challenge scaling - if you complete all of the side content, you're just gonna be ridiculously OP

at least the Dragon hunts exist to give you something to do with your ridiculously OP party!!
 
What I personally do is: try the Hinterlands one ASAP ("that's annoying... I'll come back later") and then I accidentally come back later when I'm "Too" Powerful.

Anyway, I guess you could just only collect enough power to do main quests and stop screwing around but I think it'll be pretty weirdly paced regardless... I don't have that kind of self-control anyway.

Playing a shooty Dalish rogue this time. I traditionally don't like archery in RPGs but I'll give it a go. I don't think my character has a charge skill (like bull rush or whatever for warriors or blink for mages) so the most I can do is rocket myself back into Haven before the game stops letting me use abilities. I'll take it!

So much dialogue just doesn't make sense unless you're an Andriastian human.
 

Paul le Fou

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I progressed the story a bit at the Shrine of Dumat, then followed a plot thread to a new area and landed in the Forbidden Wastes. That's another real big area! That's OK I don't need to exhaustively explore thi—what do you mean it has shards, OK, fine

BUT I did fix one of my earlier problems. I finally listened to my girlfriend telling me about, what were they called, Trials? There's one where enemies are always at least your same level, so it bumps up all the weak ones I've been steamrolling. Frankly I still steamroll most encounters but it feels like I actually get to/have to use all my skills, and my party and I have to heal a little more often. So that's good. The others seem like standard challenge-run stuff that doesn't do anything for me...except for the one that promises "more bears." I might turn that one on...just to see...
 
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