Dragon Age: Inquisition
In BioWare RPGs, players get most excited for the story--and Dragon Age: Inquisition is no exception. This third game in the series weaves a tale that capitalizes on the dramatic buildup seen across the first two titles.
Inquisition starts by sticking players in the middle of not one, but two civil wars. The first is localized to Orlais, one of five regions of Thedas, where the ruling Empress is in conflict with another noble faction who aims to overthrow her. Meanwhile, the seeds of distrust and contempt planted in Origins and Dragon Age II between the Templar Order and Circle of Magi look to finally bear fruit as the Circle goes rogue and the Order breaks off from the Chantry to wage war with them. This is easily the largest Dragon Age yet, and players will travel across all five of Thedas' regions for this second war, including those seen in the first two games, in order to restore order and save the people of Thedas from themselves.
It's not just about the story, though. Gameplay elements from the first two titles have been sewn together to create the definitive Dragon Age experience. Returning from Origins is the ability to fully customize your own character, with the Qunari debuting as a selectable race to go along with Humans, Elves, and Dwarves. Of course, which race you choose will affect much of the game, since different people have different prejudices--especially toward the Qunari, who are as polarizing as the Mages and Templars. The game will also offer two forms of combat for players to choose from: one inspired by Origins, the other by Dragon Age II's system.
Then there's the new Keep system, which allows players to control the forces of the Inquisition and gain more troops by conquering more Keeps, unlocking more sidequests and giving various resources over time. The romance interface has also been overhauled so that your actions on missions and during events--not gifts and dialogue--will be the key factor in determining what your party members think of you. Whether you're conquering keeps or capturing hearts. Dragon Age: Inquisition looks to take the franchise back to its roots while propelling it onto a new generation of consoles.