January and February are what I like to call my ‘new year, old game’ months. There aren’t usually too many new releases, so I go back and pick a classic game to play that I’ve missed. I did it first in 2022, using Game Pass on my Xbox Series X to play Dragon Age: Origins. It’s a game that I’d been recommended countless times, it being a classic fantasy RPG, combining two of my favourite genres.
I ate it up, playing through the game in a matter of weeks and blogging my experiences the whole time. Then I immediately downloaded Dragon Age 2 and played that to summation. I preferred the action-style combat to the deep tactics of Origins – for what it’s worth I think I’d feel differently had I played Origins on PC rather than Xbox – but you can tell it was rushed out. BioWare did wonders with the time it had, but it falls short of Origins for me.
Then I moved onto Dragon Age: Inquisition. I spent too long in the Hinterlands, but moved on with the advice of others. While there, though, I finally got utterly obliterated by a dragon and it felt truly powerful, which was excellent. My entire party, wiped in a second, and I had the biggest grin on my face the entire time. The Storm Coast was technically impressive. It looked stunning, the ocean lapping against my elven feet, a giant pummeling a dragon with heavy, ineffective fists, a hot new qunari companion waiting for me on the sand.
And then I started playing Dragon Age: Origins again. I find it hard to diagnose the exact problem I had with Inquisition, but I think it comes down to executive dysfunction. There were too many options, and I didn’t know what to do. It didn’t help that I played it straight off the back of the other two Dragon Age games, meaning I was well out of my ‘new year, old game’ period and into the busier schedule of the rest of the year.
But this year, I didn’t return to Inquisition, instead turning to the game that overshadowed it back in 2015. The Witcher 3 had a shiny new current-gen update, and it was another game I’d fallen off countless times, so it was the perfect candidate. I ended up loving it, spending countless hours with Geralt and Ciri in the cold, early months of the year.
Dragon Age Inquisition Dragon breathing fire
In 2024, I’ll be righting that wrong, for two reasons. Firstly, the new trailer for Dragon Age: Dreadwolf has reignited my passion for the series, despite showing little more than a map of Ferelden. The map focused on Antiva, a place I know little about save for the Crows – but if it’s good enough for Zevran, it’s good enough for me. Rivain is similarly mysterious to me, but home to Isabella, and the Anderfels are home to the headquarters of the Grey Wardens. All of these places border the Tevinter Imperium, a city in which mages are treated with reverence rather than persecution and slavery is commonplace. If we end up there, I can’t wait for the cultural shift from the cities we’ve known before.
Aside from wanting to finish Inquisition before Dreadwolf’s full reveal (and release, if my colleagues’ dreams come true), 2024 is also the game’s tenth anniversary. What more appropriate year to finally play the RPG to completion?
2024 is the year I finally finish Dragon Age: Inquisition. After that, I can watch the Netflix show in peace, I can join in my colleagues’ conversations about characters I haven’t met yet, and I can prepare for Dreadwolf. I’ve just got to keep my fingers crossed that BioWare doesn’t release a remaster for the anniversary in November, that would be just my luck.
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