Tolkien’s Legacy: Part 4

Part 1 – Prelude (feat. HeroQuest)

Part 2 – “Back In My Day…” The Earliest Years Of MMO (feat. Utopia)

Part 3 – High Fantasy Stepping Stones (feat. The Hobbit, The Lord Of The Rings, Skyrim)


So after far too much serious talk about High Fantasy literature, games and journeys of all sorts, this is it! The final stage. The postcript. The Coda.

Drum roll please…

Bioware’s Dragon Age: Inquisition is amazing, and you should play it.

And now that the formal review portion of this grand finale is out of the way, here are some snapshots (equivalent to about 19,000 well crafted words) to convince you visually.


My first run featured Inquisitor Kadesh, the geometrically-tattooed Dwarf with a strikingly noble brow. With axe and shield in hand this Inquisitor laid waste to the enemy hordes, freeing Orlais and Ferelden from the unsettling prospect of demonic tyranny.

Or something like that. It was a long story.

Despite all his good work the urge to start afresh struck just hours later, and so the Second Inquisitor [title not consistent with Dragon Age lore] came into existence that very night. He is the foppish, staff-wielding human with a penchant for glossy, primary-coloured outfits. Sadly it appears that not all great leaders are blessed with spectacular facial structure and kingly bearing.

Welcome to the Inquisition!

~ THINGS THAT GLOW IN THE DARK ~
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So you’re saying this isn’t a good thing…
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“Ascend to immortality… Become all powerful… Blah blah blah…”
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“Yeah, the doc gave me this anti-fungal cream to try…”
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This is why they invented the GoPro.
~ THINGS THAT WANT TO KILL YOU / ENSLAVE HUMANITY ~
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Despite the game’s title, this moment still managed to come as a shock.
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“I’m thinking we should bravely leave them to sort out their differences amongst themselves.”
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This isn’t the Big Bad. It’s his pet.
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If the Inquisitor were just a little taller this would have been far less intimidating.
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There is no way this can be a good situation.
~ POSTCARDS FOR YOUR LOVED ONES ~
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“I feel like I’m in that scene from Space Balls. All we need now is a giant comb…”
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“Forbidden Oasis… Why couldn’t it be the Welcoming And Easily Located Oasis for once?”
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“Holiday in the Fallow Mire, they said…”
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“I’m sure they said to turn right at the fork.”
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Crestwood by night.
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Crestwood by day. Actually not that much more enticing.
~ SPECIAL MOMENTS ~
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Ahh, the first time the Inquisitor met Leliana. She gets her own pic.
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Iron Bull: “Enough with the selfies already! There are Darkspawn to vanquish.”
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“Well that escalated quickly.”
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Proposals are nerve-wracking for anyone, even Inquisitors.

And with those heart-warming moments I leave you, and this series. Perhaps there will be further entries in the future, but to tell the truth I’m happy to give High Fantasy a break for a while. Having said that, if you happen to play multiplayer Inquisition on the PSN I’d love to hear about it. I’ll happily postpone the holiday for that!

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