Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Dragon Age 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
In many ways inspired by middle ages Europe and its folklore, it offers a chance to inhabit a fantastical world and play through challenging combat scenarios, all while making meaningful in-game decisions that shape the course of your story, interactions and even the ending.
There have been three games in the main series, which were released on consoles and PC:
- Dragon Age: Origins (2009) PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360
- Dragon Age II (2010) PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
- Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014) PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
In each game, you choose from different classes of characters and level up your skills by interacting with characters you meet to take on combat and mission which offer upgrades to your character.
The first game was more conversation based, while its sequels introduced a greater emphasis on real-time combat. This requires a significant level of strategy when deciding how best to approach the threat, depending on your particular character's skill set.
When you are in conversation with other citizens of Thedas, you can choose from a variety of responses. Get this right and characters you meet can join your party. Get this wrong and you can find yourself with a new enemy. Each person's opinion of you is affected by your dialogue choices and actions, meaning no two play-throughs are the same. Depending on your choices, some characters may be allies or obstacles.
In the first game, you are recruited into the Grey Wardens, an order that is standing against monsters called Darkspawn. You are tasked with defeating the archdemon controlling the hordes and ending the siege. In the second game, you play Hawke, a refugee living in Kirkwall who rises to become Kirkwall's ruler, making allies and enemies along the way. The third game puts you in control of the Inquisitor, who survived a cataclysmic event that tore the sky open, unleashing demons upon Thedas. You must rise to the head of the Inquisition and defeat an ancient darkspawn intent on becoming a God Emperor.
While the plot of each of these games differs, the gameplay is consistent throughout the series. You take on the classic tale of a hero's journey; rising from nothing to defeat the darkness in the time of greatest need, as well as core themes of good vs evil, duty and responsibility.
There have also been several spin-offs and tie-in games:
- Dragon Age: Journeys (2009) Web Browser
- Dragon Age Legends (2011) Web Browser
- Heroes of Dragon Age (2013) Android, iOS
- Dragon Age: The Last Court (2014) Web Browser
You can play this game in the following styles:
- You need PlayStation Plus to play online with PlayStation 3.
- You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.
- You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.
Dragon Age II
Dragon Age Inquisition
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Dragon Age: Inquisition Deluxe Edition
Dragon Age: Inquisition: Game Of The Year Edition
Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening
Dragon Age: Origins - Ultimate Edition
Dragon Age 2
Dragon Age: Origins
- In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
- You need a subscription to play online:
Dragon Age: Inquisition contains an in-game currency called "Platinum", which can be used to purchase items that can help you, specifically in multiplayer.
The first game, Dragon Age: Origins, has an add-on that can be purchased and costs £10. It acts as a prequel to the main game and has a new storyline and plot to follow. You can also purchase the game and the extra content in one version: The Ultimate Edition, which costs £25.
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Release Date: 03/11/2009, updated in 2014
Out Now: Android, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Content Rating: PEGI 18
Players: 1 (4 online)
Accessibility: 19 features
Components: 3D Third-Person
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