Dragon Age: Inquisition

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Epic fantasy RPG has sex, language, and bloody battles.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

It's better to overcome differences and work together than go it alone. Some subplots promote tolerance. A mix of violence and diplomatic negotiation is used to solve problems. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters are courageous, loving, loyal, and willing to sacrifice themselves for their ideals. Several female characters are smart and strong and in positions of power.

Ease of Play

Multiple difficulty levels. Some combat sequences are challenging on any skill setting. 

Violence

Swords, axes, magic, and more are used to kill humans and demons. Blood spatters surround objects, and screams are heard. Players hunt wildlife.

Sex

Upper-body nudity, implied sex.

Language

"F--k," "s--t," "ass," and "tits" occasionally. 

Consumerism

Part of EA's well-established Dragon Age series. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Hero drinks alcoholic beverages in a tavern and suffers no ill effects beyond coughing/choking.  

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dragon Age: Inquisition is a fantasy role-playing game with intense, bloody combat involving swords, axes, arrows, and magic. It includes sexual scenarios with upper-body nudity, but acts are implied rather than shown. Strong language ("f--k," "s--t," and more) occasionally pops up in spoken dialogue. The mature but traditional fantasy narrative includes long discussions about the nature of religious faith and touches on issues of racial and sexual tolerance. Main characters are courageous, friendly, and supportive but can grow agitated when the hero disagrees with them. Women and men are seen as equals throughout the story. The primary hero can be male or female, according to player preference. Voice chat is unmoderated for multiplayer sessions.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bygigapins December 4, 2014

Great.

There's not much I can say about this technically that other game review sites haven't. It's overall a very well done video game, and I thoroughl... Continue reading
Adult Written bynurse_agc15 December 30, 2014

Great game!

I LOVE this game. There is a lot of problem-solving and strategy, along with great engaging cut scenes (that can be skipped if you'd rather not watch them)... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byTheHappyReviewer December 13, 2014

It's Skyrim, but more intimate

This game is a lot like other fantasy/fighting games. This one happens to be more focused around the character interactions than the fighting. The result is a... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bysimbaj February 28, 2016

parents guide to Dragon Age Inquisition

Dragon Age Inquisition is an addicting fantasy RPG set in the fantasy land of Thedas. Like most fantasy RPG's Dragon Age contains questions of religion and... Continue reading

What's it about?

DRAGON AGE: INQUISITION is an open-world fantasy role-playing game that builds on events from previous entries in the Dragon Age series. Religious and military factions established in the first two games are in disarray, leaving them ill prepared to combat demons pouring through interdimensional rifts opening across the continent of Thedas. Your customizable hero is the only one who can defeat them, thanks to a strange glowing mark on his/her hand that has the power to close and seal the rifts. The hero rallies opposing factions under the banner of the Inquisition, uniting the world's forces so they can combat the villain responsible for creating the rifts. Players spend most of the game engaged in branching conversations, exploring a massive world filled with quests, and carrying out missions that drive the story forward. The tale continues beyond the single-player campaign in a cooperative multiplayer mode, where players work as a team undertaking missions for the Inquisition.

Is it any good?

Dragon Age: Inquisition is a stunning achievement in narrative-driven open-world gaming that succeeds marvelously on three fronts. The first is its world. It's divided into 10 massive, free-to-roam environments defined by climate, inhabitants, and circumstance, and exploration is never dull. Each area is filled with quests, puzzles, and people, with engaging problems to be solved. You could spend 100 hours traveling through Thedas and still not see everything the game has to offer. Second is thye game's storytelling. You'll encounter a wealth of interesting, multidimensional personalities with whom to forge friendships and seek advice. Thanks to terrific writing and performances, an hour spent in conversation is just as engaging as an hour spent adventuring in a haunted marsh. The third is combat. Players can seamlessly jump from one party member to any of the other three at the tap of a button, exploiting the abilities of warriors, archers, and mages as needed. The result is that battles are rich in tactics and deeply satisfying.

Unfortunately, there are plenty of bugs that range from characters frozen in mid-air to long pauses in dialogue. Issues like these have become the norm for giant, open-world games, and such glitches are disconcerting, but they can't put a damper on the larger experience. Dragon Age: Inquisition is among the finest RPGs around and will keep most adult fants of fantasy games glued to their controllers for months.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in games. Dragon Age: Inquisition lets players resolve some problems through tactful discussions. Presented with the opportunity to talk things out rather than clashing swords, which do you usually choose in the game? Why?

  • Inquisition includes plenty of strong female characters in positions of power who are defined by their brains instead of their bodies. Can you think of other games that present men and women as equals?

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