BioWare’s Dragon Age series is very addicting believe me I’ve spent a week passing Dragon Age 2 and two weeks passing Dragon Age: Origins. Though what had me so excited to replay both titles including DLCs was the E3 announcement of Dragon Age: Inquisition. The shear excitement I had when seeing Morrigan in that teaser emulating villainy and her being ever so the seductress we know she is, all the while we see eye-popping visuals of the third entry of the Dragon Age series. Now ever since that trailer fanboys and girls have been speculating as to what we would be actually be seeing or playing in the game, so I thought for today’s Top 5 we’ll give five “recommendations” to BioWare for the still in production game of Dragon Age: Inquisition.
5: Traveling Through Out Thedas
So far in Dragon Age: Origins/Awakening we traveled through Ferelden and Amaranthine, in Dragon Age 2 we where in the Free Marches/Kirkwall. For Inquisition its rumored that we’ll get to travel to Orlais, but why not go further? Like Antiva and according to Duncan the most terrible place of all Thedas, or the famous Tevinter Imperium where there isn’t any real structure or order against the Mages that run around that capital. Also I would like to see BioWare travel back to Ferelden and see the fallout or “outcome” of happens to that part of Thedas Mages since Dragon Age: 2 directly dealt with the fallout between the Mages and Templars. On the map above we see the Anderfels, the home of the Grey Wardens and the site of their headquarters, the Weisshaupt Fortress. Wouldn’t it be cool if we can travel to Weisshaupt Fortress or better yet play a new Grey Warden coming from Weisshaupt? With that, it’ll lead me into number four.
4. The Warden, The Hawke, The Player.
Now Dragon Age writer David Gaider has said that DA: Origins main character “Warden” is over as well as Dragon Age 2 story of Hawke. What sucks about the Dragon Age series is that, yes it’s not like BioWare’s other hit the Mass Effect series where we are only controlling and deciding the fate of Commander Shepard, but when you get from Origins into Dragon Age 2, it’s understandable to take the point of view away from the Warden and focus on another character, but here’s the problem with that. With Origins we had a wealth of DLC and Awakening to see our character the Grey Warden grow, but with Hawke we didn’t get any form of closure only for the fact that he’s missing.
Now that Dragon Age: Inquisition is coming soon we’ll once again take control of another character whose thrust upon a great evil that this new character has to deal with, well how about letting us fans control the Warden and Hawke again. Why? Here’s why: We can get a sense of closure with Hawke and see what really happen to him going into Inquisition. 2. Since the next game will have a fully formed main character, something that is similar to how the Mass Effect character system worked for example, It’ll be awesome if we can import our Warden from the previous Dragon Age games, fully voice, with charisma and emotions so we can have that extra vitality to the reason why we love our created characters so much. Speaking of created characters……
3. More Character Creations and Classes.
What set Dragon Age apart from Mass Effect was the fact you can play not only play as a human but different characters too, like Elves and Dwarfs. Though it would be awesome to play as a Qunari male or female (pictured above & below) Cause that sort of unique character creation was sorely missing in Dragon Age 2 plus with sketches of a Qunari female out there, it would be nice to see that character placed into the next Dragon Age game be it we controlling the character as a party member, which also can be a love interest or a character we can use at the start of the game.
Also wouldn’t be awesome if we have more choices than the main three? Playing as a Rouge, Warrior and Mage is awesome but, instead of having Berserker, Assassin, Blood Mage, and Legionnaire as specializations how about they become character class choices too. Think about it a we don’t have to wait till we hit level 7 or 14 to pick a specialization we can already be that class right out the gate. So more diversity please!
2. Keep Armor Customization Simple.
Going into the Inquisition we should have armor that we can only customize the color and add stats to, cause looking for armor pieces is tedious and the armor takes up too much room in the inventory. Plus what’s annoying is, if you find a new armor piece you either have to be a specific level or your character(s) strength, dexterity, magic, cunning or willpower have to be high enough to actually use them that goes for weapons too. So here’s a thought; The class we use should reflect what type of armor we get. So if you’re a Mage or Rouge you get light armor and the armor pieces you find throughout the game will be made specifically for your armor type, same can go for someone who becomes a Warrior with heavy/medium type armor.
Now weapons I understand the need to be at a specific skill set to actually use a certain type of blade, mage staff, greatsword, and ax, but when it comes to armors, give the player some lead way, just a little. In Mass Effect we add stats to Shepard and is team armor skill set and plus the armor pieces we discover throughout Mass Effect is automatically unlocked, so having the option of customizing the armor that we’re already using is a lot more better than getting different pieces of armor we can’t use until we level up two to three more times to use.
1. WANTED: New Party Members (sorta)
Going into Dragon Age: Inquisition it’s already customary that we get new party member to travel with us to save Thedas and the world. While Dragon Age 2 didn’t actually let us have any of the Origins party members in our party besides Anders but he was a party member from Awakening. In the Inquisition teaser we are shown Varric from Dragon Age 2 and Cassandra Pentaghast also from Dragon Age 2 and a NPC and from the Dragon Age anime Legend of the Seeker, now Cassandra is also hinted as a party member too. It’ll just be awesome to have this awesome Dragon Slayer/Seeker for the Divine in our party. To make a return to the series I would like to see the Qunari Sten come back and maybe if BioWare is cool they can use the Those Who Speak story line where Sten(which isn’t his real name) is one of the three Arishoks for his people. Also last but not lease my buddy King Alistair!
If King Calian can go out into the battlefield and fight the good fight why not let former Grey Warden Alistair come back into the fight for Thedas?
So that is my Top 5, are you looking forward to Dragon Age: Inquisition? Like or dislike this week’s Top 5? Let us know in the comments below, we would love to know your thoughts and opinions.
Dragon Age: Inquisition will be out Fall 2014 for the PS4, PS3, XboxOne, Xbox 360 and PC