At first glance, Dragon Age Inquisition looks like an ugly thing. It’s rough around the edges, it lacks polish, they obviously tried to follow in on Skyrim’s success and there’s a bunch of ‘pointless’ MMORPG-y side content. And mounts – for absolutely no reason, there are dozens of different mounts in this game – I mean, seriously, why?
However, at the same time, Dragon Age Inquisition is one of the best RPGs I have played yet, and I have played a lot – almost every other Bioware RPG to some degree, Shadowrun Returns, Planescape Torment, every Fallout game, every Elder Scrolls game beginning with Morrowind, Risen, some JRPGs and probably some other stuff, as well. None of these had the same emotional impact on me or had as lively characters, while also making me feel like it was my own personal story.
I will attempt to answer some big questions with this review, including what even makes a game ‘good’ in the first place, but let’s start off with some smaller ones: Why are Bioware games good (except for the ones that aren’t)? What about them is so compelling? Why do people go crazy for characters like Garrus, Liara and Morrigan?