Between Two Worlds: The Sad Story of Cole (Dragon Age) [Spoilers!]

 

Normally, anything spoilerific, I would put in big old spoiler boxes and give everyone fair warning in each instance. But there are just too many spoilers here, so the whole piece is one big SPOILER WARNING, for both the book Dragon Age: Asunder and the game Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Consider yourself warned!

I swear, one day I’ll stop talking about Cole. That day is not today! Cole from Dragon Age: Inquisition went from being a character I knew nothing about to one that I wanted to adopt as my son. His story is tragic, and his desire to understand the world and help people within it is endearing. His lack of social aptitude is childlike and I just want to shelter him from the whole world. I quickly became endeared to him throughout my first playthrough, which led me to the tie-in novel centred around his backstory.

There are two parts to understanding Cole – the part the book shows and the part the game shows. I’ll show you why this is important by highlighting certain parts. Parts in Blue are revealed only in the book and parts in Green are revealed only in the game.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition – Hopes for the After Game [Spoilers]

While I will avoid at all possible points to avoid spoilers, ESPECIALLY of the end game, there are a few thing that I will be bringing up in light of said-end.

This means that side quests, romances, etc. may be spoiled. I will be putting each section in spoiler tags with a label, so you can decide for yourself whether you want that particular thing spoiled or not.

You have been sufficiently warned.

120 Hours – and the game is over. I have finished my first playthrough of Dragon Age: Inquisition. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. And while I told myself I would wait a little while before starting another playthrough in earnest, it was really that I just couldn’t decide who to play as next. Having finished all of the side quests before tackling the end quest (I was just so afraid of losing anything that I didn’t risk it), I found there was nothing really for me to do in the after game. So it got me to thinking – if any DLC or expansions come out, it is likely that some of them will add to this after-game section. Now that my first playthrough is behind me, there are a few things I’d like to see come out in after-game content.

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My Revelations from Dragon Age: Inquisition

 [Insert Monty Python “Inquisition” Joke here]

I have had a lot of difficulty staying invested in games lately. Mostly, I can only handle small spurts before having to stop due to an utterly-shot attention span. Dragon Age: Inquisition, however, has been the combo breaker. It took me a little while to sit my butt in the chair long enough to really get going, I admit, but once I did – whoo boy, you could make an impression of my rear-end from my computer chair. (Please don’t.)

Is it a game for everyone? Of course not – no game is! But the overall response has been positive – BioWare did good. That extra year of development disappointed us all at first, but they have definitely delivered. To think, if they had released it on the original release date before next-gen, there would have been no Iron Bull romance for all races OR no Cullen romance at all! I don’t know how I would have coped! If you compare the graphical progression from Dragon Age: Origins to Dragon Age II to Dragon Age: Inquisition, DAI took a gigantic leap for gaming kind. And the world-size is immense! It’s not open world like Skyrim, but with the sheer mass of each area, it really doesn’t need to be.

There are plenty of blogs, reviews and Let’s Plays to show you how the game looks and plays. So rather than extol all of that again, I thought I’d contribute a list of things personal to my experience.

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