I’m not sure what market gap Dragon Age: Inquisition thinks it’s plugging.
I’m sure it will sell. And I know it has it’s fan base.
But in a world where you have,
Skyrim (a Fantasy RPG unrivalled in terms of world building, lore and player choice)
Dark Souls (a Fantasy RPG unrivalled in terms of challenge, innovations and perfectly balanced gameplay) and,
The Witcher (a Fantasy RPG unrivalled in terms of storytelling, character development and consequence)
who exactly is gravitating towards Dragon Age?
There may be space in the market for a Fantasy RPG which acts as an awkward half-way house between cool-down timer strategy and weightless floaty hack/slash, but is there really room?
In our hearts, like? Or something equally lame…
Bioware’s OTHER combat RPG, Mass Effect has long and rightly been touted as the superior brand. Possibly because it boasts a clear identity – It’s a cover shooter with agreeably deep sprinkling of strategic elements. Pleasingly familiar, if delightfully subversive. Like a white chocolate éclair. What the hell, amIright?
I’m not sure why Bioware have persisted with the out-dated, clunky gameplay for the third time in a row, especially when Mass Effect is right there, ripe for the pillaging… But perhaps the Fantasy RPG genre is broad enough that a game with barely half the imagination or innovation of field leaders can still make some sales…
Dragon Age: Inquisition will release on October 7th for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.