Nobody ever expects the Spanish Inquisition… Dragon Age: Inquisition, on the other hand, is a whole other beast.
I first got into gameplay movies because there were stories I wanted to experience, but couldn’t get the hang of the game (Hi, Halo). The great thing about nerd culture is that there are a lot of wonderful people on the Internet who are willing to play through entire games, record themselves doing it, edit the scenes and put them up for us to watch at the low low price* of enduring irritating adverts in between!
It’s because of my love for gameplay movies that I came across Gamers Little Playground, who make them – and they are excellent! I’m currently watching their DA: Inquisition gameplay webshow, and I’m pretty much blown away.
I remember when I watched Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. There was something magical about watching an actual feature film which was animated but wasn’t a cartoon. I basically stared at the screen from beginning to end. I may even have drooled, but thankfully nobody else remembers that. Anyway!
Watching this rendering of DA: Inquisition has given me the same giddy kind of feeling. Credit goes, of course, to Bioware for creating a beautiful cinematic world and for the quality of their cut scenes. However, GLP came through like a team of professional movie editors and cut and chopped and faded in and out and did other neat graphic-y things. It looks like a TV show, it really does.
It’s Bioware. What else is there to say? They take game-world story telling to a whole other level.
When you take Bioware’s game world and story telling and combine them with dedicated gamers who happen to be all about sharing the story with you… You get an explosion of rainbows and happiness.
Recommendation: Put aside a few hours of your day, get your notepad out and take notes on how to get through the newest installation of the Dragon Age franchise. Please, remember not to drool at the cameos.