At times DLCs can be met with disappointment after our strong desires to continue the main story fall flat. Whether through the characters we know, the world, the setting or the story, we as players want more.
Similar to Bioware’s Mass Effect 3 Citadel DLC, Dragon Age Inquisition Trespasser DLC opts to bring back companion characters in an exciting, engaging and bittersweet ending to a beloved game series.
Unlike previous DLC releases that seem to focus more on combat, action and/or the addition of new armour packs, Trespasser focuses on character and narrative by taking us back to the roots of the main game.
Two years after defeating Corypheus and closing the Breach, the Inquisitor has lead somewhat of a calmer life, cleaning up the mess left behind and often attending political banquets. A new threat arises which prompts the band to get together again for one final adventure. At the same time, the Inquisitor is caught up in a political debate between Fereldan and Orlais on the future of the Inquisition and whether or not it should continue on a smaller level or disband entirely.
It’s no secret that the heart of Bioware’s games is its characters. Trespasser doesn’t fall short in allowing moments with each character and to catch up with old friends. These casual conversations range from birthday celebrations, marriage, catching up with other family members, taking on new projects, the list goes on. What makes a character more attractive (no I’m not talking about Cullen), is the addition of realistic traits or emotions. If you didn’t share these conversations with your companions than I doubt you’d be interested in them at all. It’s also rather entertaining to see Bioware somewhat mock themselves throughout the DLC. A perfect example of this is the ever popular character Krem who seemed to enjoy standing on a chair in the corner of Skyhold’s tavern even in the midst of a conversation with the Inquisitor. In good old Bioware fashion, they responded to this ‘glitch’ by saying that Krem was ‘standing’ high enough so he could see Maryden the bard and admire her from afar, a brilliant response on Bioware’s behalf. (Please note this little occurrence only happens if you made a particular decision in the main game. I for one did not have the luxury of seeing this in my own play through but instead in an online video. It definitely is a must watch if you missed out).
The graphics and design in the game continue to be awe-inspiring. I found myself taking a screenshot every minute just to capture the essence of the Winter Palace in Orlais or the curious world where the Eluvians laid. I knew the game was coming to an end and I wanted to soak in every nook and cranny by even stopping to stand next to Maryden and hear her new songs.
If you’re not sure whether you want to purchase all of the Dragon Age Inquisition DLCs, Trespasser on its own certainly provides enough context and game play to skip over the others if you wish. Bioware deserves acclaim for an incredible series and finale. It’s been one heck of a ride and I very much look forward to the next adventure.
- Delightful characters
- Fun interactions
- Beautiful graphics
- Enthralling conclusion