Dragon Age Inquisition brings many things from early games in the trilogy. The main gameplay elements that people loved in Dragon Age Origins was the top-down camera system. This amazing element has been reinvented for Dragon Age Inquisition, but the angles put a stronger emphasis on action. Dragon Age Inquisition also reinvents the action-oriented gameplay elements from Dragon Age 2. Weapons have weight prior to and after striking through the flesh of enemy demons. Oh how delightful demons are to send back to a fiery death. The picture above showcases the deadly Ice Witch in the bottom right corner. They are perhaps one of the most engaging enemies in this game, capable of rapid movement and debuffs to your parties’ movements. The true joy of the reinvented gameplay mechanics are made apparent when any number of the numerous dragon battles ensue. Party members make remarks of anticipation and fear, but they won’t flee unless you let them. You may direct them behind cover to avoid the fires of your assaulter. That being said, all cover in this game is destructible. Do not think that a rock pillar is a safe haven for your mage.
An interesting system for health restoration has been implemented for your parties’ health pools. A “healer” in this game has very few spells that actually restore health. Almost all of the abilities relating to health merely provide a shield capable of withstanding a certain amount of damage. This new take on health management is a breath of fresh air. Without the ability to get a second chance so to speak, one must rely on careful planning and potions. Health potions are limited to 8 potions spread across your entire party, so strategy is a must.
Dragon Age Inquisition is full of beautiful gameplay elements; from a striking top down camera to a more action focused gameplay, it’s composed of so much content it is hard to believe it retails for only $59.99(USD). I have delved into this masterpiece for roughly 80 hours and from what I hear a completionist run through can take 200+ hours to complete, that is over 3 hours per dollar spent!