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Final Score: Dragon Age: Inquisition

The time has come for the inquisition. Is the newest installment of BioWare’s Dragon Age saga worthy of your time and money?

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Dragon Age: Inquisition is the newest installment into BioWare’s massive Dragon Age universe, but is the game as good as it should be? After the catastrophy that was Dragon Age 2, it’s only fair to ask questions, and we’ve taken the liberty of rounding up some of the hottest reviews to help you ask the biggest one… Should you buy this game?

Shacknews: 9/10

“With a huge, breathtaking world, an epic story, and choices that leaves a significant mark on the world around you, Dragon Age: Inquisition embodies everything that makes the series so popular. There are times when the game could feel too big, and that there might be too much to do, but that's hardly a complaint. It's a reason to be completely immersed in this world.”

IGN: 8.8/10

Even in my hundredth hour, I’m still discovering. Despite its less than compelling plot, I still want to go back to explore and fight through every nook and cranny of Dragon Age: Inquisition, until every dragon’s skull is mounted on my wall.”

Gamespot: 9/10

Inquisition's characters and world, on the other hand, recall the grand gestures of the original Dragon Age, even though the game as a whole is so structurally different to its predecessors. It offers the thrill of discovery and the passion of camaraderie. It features a glee club called The Sing-Quisition, and a dwarf with writer's block. It establishes connections with its world in big ways and small, with the sight of a titanous temple and the smirk of an Orlesian commander in love. Dragon Age: Inquisition is a wonderful game and a lengthy pilgrimage to a magical world with vital thematic ties to one we already know.”

Eurogamer: 8/10

“… Inquisition does come together into a very worthy Dragon Age sequel that never stopped being compelling once it had the chance to build up its momentum. To some extent the quieter moments throughout even help to amplify the bigger quests and more dramatic plot points, while the free choice of where to spend your attention afterwards makes for a refreshingly open RPG that's still focused on the story it's telling - one that goes from strength to strength as the stakes ramp up and the war for Thedas begins.”

PCGamer: 87/100

“… Inquisition is filled with moments that make it such a fulfilling and worthy sequel for the series. The heartwarming interactions with those companions I befriended. The brief touches of humour and levity. The way that, through the Dragon Age: Keep website, my decisions across the previous games have been woven into the fabric of this one. My first fight with a dragon—the way its animations perfectly conveyed arrogance, annoyance, and eventually exhaustion—will be one of my most enduring gaming memories of this year.”

Joystiq: 5/5

“DragonAge: Inquisitionis BioWare's reaffirmation of what it's capable of delivering. It's a gorgeous game on an epic scale. Rich in character and story, it creates a fantasy world with plausible social rules you can get lost in. It makes you feel that you aren't just exploring a new world, but helping shape it at various levels of society. Inquisition sets the bar for what a blockbuster RPG should be.”

Destructoid: 8.5/10

“Dragon Age: Inquisition not only feels like a fully fledged role-playing adventure, but it's also packed with fun things to do that will keep you busy for weeks. Having played well over 100 hours, I'm still finding things to do, working on my multiplayer characters, and plotting another playthrough to handle things a bit differently. Inquisition is a triumph and proves that despite some missteps along the way, BioWare hasn't lost its touch.”

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    November 13, 2014 2:15 PM

    Josh Hawkins posted a new article, Final Score: Dragon Age: Inquisition

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      November 13, 2014 3:58 PM

      Ok. So I have a conundrum. I haven't bought anything in a bit because games I play had big content patches (final fantasy 14 and mech warrior online) but I want something I can play on the couch w the wife.

      Should I get Shadows Of Mordors or Dragon Age: Sexquisition? This is for PS4.

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        November 13, 2014 4:02 PM

        Buy Dragon Age on day one. Get Shadow of Mordor on Black Friday from Amazon.

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          November 13, 2014 4:43 PM

          I concur, but that said, I wouldn't be surprised if DA:I has a fairly large patch or two.

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      November 13, 2014 4:08 PM

      I have to agree with Ozzie. Grab Dragon Age right now and wait for Shadow of Mordor to hit the Black Friday sale on Amazon. That's your best bet right now.

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      November 13, 2014 4:15 PM

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      November 14, 2014 9:19 AM

      After 2, This wasn't even on my radar. After the reviews.. pre-ordered.

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      November 14, 2014 11:47 AM

      I just can't trust them again after that abortion "sequel" they made. I can afford to wait and see what real players have to say about it. If its more of a return to DAO than the atrocious copypasta obscenity DA2, then I'll consider sending them my precious monies.

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        November 17, 2014 12:39 AM

        Our own Steven Wong put in 90 hours at least, playing it for the review, and both Steve Watts and I grilled him on what his thoughts were (even beyond the review). But nothing wrong with waiting either, especially after DA2. God, what a game that was for sure.

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