Dragon Age: Inquisition puts you in charge of a bigger world

Two years in the making, BioWare has finally unleashed Dragon Age: Inquisition, the third major installment of the developer's original RPG franchise. Promising to deliver a more open plot and a bigger, more open world, one that spans two countries this time, Inquisition returns to some of the features hailed in Dragon Age: Origins and learns from the hard lessons of Dragon Age II. In addition to combat and world-changing decisions, Inquisition adds a bit of tactical flavor to the game, giving you control over what happens to the land and the people that call it home.

In Dragon Age: Inquisition, you take the role of the Inquisitor, head of, what else, the Inquisition, in charge of keeping the world safe, while having to mind your own band of followers. Aside from making micro decisions that can affect how people and even your own teammates see you, you also get to choose the places to help or ignore. Choosing one over the other will open up new locations and quests or, conversely, close an entire section off from the that playthrough. Nobody said being the grand Inquisitor would be an easy job.

That said, BioWare has tried to make at least the job of the player easier by taking into account the rather heavy criticisms that Dragon Age II received. Battles now take more brain than brawn and offers two combat systems for players to choose from. The popular dialog wheel has returned. And romance is no longer a simple matter of giving gifts and uttering sweet nothings. Customization has also been taken up a notch, not just in letting players pick their gender and appearance but also their race, including for the first time the demon-like Qunari.

Dragon Age: Inquisition is available for the PC starting at $69.90 and for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3, with prices starting at $59.99. And to remind players that they have in their hands the fate of the world, BioWare has released this launch trailer to the tune of an eerie rendition of "It's a Wonderful World".