Held back by last gen restriction
Avaliado nos Estados Unidos em 12 de julho de 2018
Dragon Age Inquisition is a game I have mixed feelings for. It has a lot of potential, which unfortunately was held back by a simultaneous release for the PS3 and Xbox360. I think if the game was developed solely for current gen consoles, most of the issues wouldn’t exist – muddy textures, graphical bugs, lag, audio sync issues, etc. But before I get into my dislikes and nit picks, let’s talk about the things I DID enjoy.
1. Voice acting is well done. Obviously the background banter and lesser NPCs aren’t anything to be impressed about, but talking to party members or other main characters, the delivery is good.
2. I think making the attack button a trigger button instead of X or [ ], is a pretty neat idea. Obviously they needed to free up the face buttons for spells, so it makes sense
3. Being able to switch to multiple characters on the field and having additional party members to sub in and out is nice. It is fun to be able to switch to a ranged character if you are more of a melee build.
4. The story for the most part is fine. There is a time travel section that I enjoyed a lot. Base story isn’t overly convoluted, which helps when you come back after long gaps in your play time.
5. Romancing your party members is fun and totally worth it just for Cassandra alone. Her arc is delightful.
Now let me break down some of the neutral or nitpicky stuff.
1. Models seem overall stiff when compared to other RPGs of the time – Witcher 3 for example. Pretty sure this is due to last gen development - so models, textures, etc, had to be kept simpler.
2. There are instances where items will pass through characters body as they are talking. For instance, Dorian has a staff and when you are introduced to him, he has a long dialog section where he gestures with his hand so the staff he is holding clips through his body constantly. Looks messy. Also a couple of times characters would be missing shoulders or small parts of their arms during dialog sections.
3. Dialog choices often times seems to have no consequence to the story. Sure your party member may not enjoy you being rude to that elf, but nothing bad will directly happen because of it. Something The Witcher 3 does much better.
4. Many times you will walk through areas with people and you won’t hear them talk. Often enough they are just standing around like statues and not on any sort of loop. Again, witcher 3 does this better.
5. The horse is ok I guess, except for when you want to go fast. You hit L3 and you get a blurry, zoomed view that SEEMS like you are going faster, but honestly just kind of makes me nauseous.
6. Way too many side quests that require you to fetch animal hides, or flowers, or other crafting material. You will waste a lot of playtime not actually DOING anything.
7. Speaking of crafting mats, anytime you want to upgrade your potions you need about 30 of some plant, and you will be wandering around looking for it and waiting for nodes to respawn. If I wanted to play WOW I would.
Now for the truly heinous parts of the game
1. The war table is ok in theory, but realistically it is designed to waste your time. As you complete quests you are awarded points to use toward your war table actions. The table will give you options of what to pursue with different point allocation to unlock it – perhaps you are awarded some gold, some influence, or a new area is unlocked. Typically the points to accept the missions range from 10 – 30. So you need to work on the side quests to get a few points to do anything at the war table. Even then, there is a timer for each mission. Sometimes it is fast 10 minutes, other times it can be an hour. So then you have to wait. Boy that’s fun.
2. Speaking of wasting your time. The game LOVES to make your exploration very difficult. Paths to your quest destination are very obtuse and often blocked by a cliff or invisible barrier. So you have to go ALL THE WAY AROUND instead of trying to hop up some seemingly reachable stone steps. It would be a lot easier if your character had some sort of grab animation to pull him up on a ledge. Instead you are left with a pathetic jump. (witcher 3 was better)
3. Lag. Oh goodness the lag. Unavoidable. If you play on xbox X or on a PS4 Pro you will be lucky to get a solid 30 FPS (not even 60, boooo), but on a base console, you will typically lose about 3-5 frames in just about any situation or environment. I can live with that for the most part. But I have experienced lag so bad, it made me want to stop playing. In Skyhold, my game dropped to the teens, easily. It made dialog audio out of sync and ruined a lot of neat cut scenes. Thankfully, after I quick travelled to the Hinterlands, it seemed to sort itself out. HOWEVER, the WORST was yet to come. I had lag in the Exalted Plains SO TERRIBLY AWFUL STINKING BAD that my game turned into a slideshow. No kidding. Single digit frames. So so so so bad. Going into my options was brutal and made playing the game impossible as you need to be able to react to attacks. I don’t know what causes it, but I haven’t seen lag that bad since playing Fallout New Vegas on PS3. Yes, that bad.
So as you can see, the game leaves a weird taste in my mouth. There are a lot of things that are simply done better in Witcher 3, and I would just recommend playing that, it is amazing. If this game was developed for newer hardware, it could have been a 4 star game, easily. But the fact that the last gen held it back puts it at 3. The lag hurts it even further and drops it to 2 stars. But if you are a fan of the series and want more Dragon Age, then get it on the cheap. Anything under 20 bucks seems reasonable.
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