Dragon Age: Inquisition – Game of the Year Edition Now Available

The 2014 smash hit is showing no signs of slowing down, with gamers around the world enjoying the latest RPG epic. Of course, not everyone has played it yet and now that the Game of the Year edition is here, there has never been a better time to pick up Dragon Age: Inquisition!

The game now comes bundled with every piece of downloadable content made available since launch, giving you everything you need to enjoy the role of the Inquisitor.

Dragon Age: Inquisition – Game of the Year Edition includes:

  • Every DLC – This edition includes all the story and gameplay DLC content ever released, including Jaws of Hakkon, The Descent, and the recently released epilogue, Trespasser
  • All Official Add-Ons – Customize your inquisition further with specialized gear, legendary weapons, diverse mounts, and unique elements from every official add-on including: Spoils of the Avvar, Spoils of the Qunari, and the Deluxe Edition upgrades

“Winner of over 160 awards, including more than 130 Global Game of the Year wins, Dragon Age: Inquisition is set in an epic, dark fantasy world where players are empowered to shape and drive their experience. The game combines the storytelling legacy BioWare is known for with deep RPG gameplay, all on a brand new RPG game engine underpinned by EA’s cutting-edge Frostbite 3 technology.” – Bioware

The game is available for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC (via Origin) for $59.99.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Comes with Over 200 Hours of Gameplay

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is already known as a massive and ambitious project, having the same characteristics lead to it being delayed several times now. But how can we imagine the immensity of the game world in real-world time? Well, the answer seems to come from the title’s developers, having them state that its size can be measured in well over 200 hours of gameplay.

“Hard to say,” said developer Damien Monnier on Twitter in response to a fan’s question about just how long the game might last. “If you do everything, I’d say 200+ hours.”

The title is undoubtedly coming with a lot of content, but as with any other title that is yet to be released, the numbers should be taken with a pinch of salt. A lot of developers made claim of their title’s world size in recent years, but some of them really didn’t turn out as described.

A good example of a massive game world that eventually amounts to nothing more than simple, boring side-quests and endless hours of roaming around is Dragon Age: Inquisition. Whether The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have a more Skyrim approach, we just have to wait and see.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC Released, Free Multiplayer Content

Some new DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition has been released, which offers up some free multiplayer content, and a $10 upgrade that increases the Standard Edition of the game to the Deluxe Edition. This upgrade applies to all platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC.

The new multiplayer expansion is called Destruction, adding new paths to existing destinations. BioWare wrote on its blog “The conflicts raging throughout the world have upset the balance of nature. Wild creatures now roam the battlefield, introducing chaos as they attack both friend and foe.” The $10 upgrade “is ideal for players who purchased the Standard Edition of Dragon Age: Inquisition.”

Source: Joystiq.

AMD Outs Catalyst 14.11.2 Beta Drivers Now Available

The latest AMD Catalyst Beta drivers are here at last! The new update brings the graphics drivers up to version 14.11.2 Beta and brings important updates for some of this months biggest game launches.

If you’re playing FarCry 4 or Dragon Age: Inquisition this month, then you’ll definitely want to get onto these Beta drivers. The Catalyst 14.11.2 drivers claim to offer up to 50 percent performance increase for single-GPU performance with anti-aliasing enabled for FarCry 4, which is a huge difference.

Dragon Age: Inquisition doesn’t get anything as dramatic, but you can still expect to see a 5% increase in performance; every little helps.

The new drivers also add CrossFire options for Dragon Age: Inquisition, unfortunately the CrossFire support for FarCry 4 is disabled while AMD and Ubisoft try to fix some bugs; what a shocker!

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Dragon Age: Inquisition Specs Revealed, Promises 4K, Mantle and More.

BioWare have been working hard on the latest entry in the massively popular Dragon Age series and with the November 18th release date rapidly approaching, PC gamers have been eager to find out the answer to the age-old question “can I run it?”

BioWare have a good history with PC gamers, so we’re expecting them to put in the extra effort with their game engine to take full advantage of high-end PC gaming hardware, and the developer have promised that they’re fine tuning the game for keyboard and mouse gameplay, as well as all the new things that excite PC gamers these days; such as 4K resolution support and AMD Mantle.

The system requirements look pretty respectable without being too crazy, the now quite old HD 4870 and GeForce 8800 GT should be enough to get you going, although I wouldn’t expect the game to look very good on this level of hardware.

Minimum:

  • OS: Windows 7 or 8.1 64-bit
  • CPU: AMD quad-core CPU @ 2.5 GHz, Intel quad-core CPU @ 2.0 GHz
  • System RAM: 4 GB
  • Graphics CARD: AMD Radeon HD 4870, NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
  • Graphics Memory: 512 MB
  • Hard Drive: 26 GB
  • DirectX 10

The recommended specifications are a little more high-end, requiring a 2GB R9 270 or GeForce GTX 660 and while I suspect this will be enough to run the game on high settings, 4K resolutions and beyond with maxed out graphics will certainly demand something with a little more grunt and more VRAM.

Recommended:

  • OS: Windows 7 or 8.1 64-bit
  • CPU: AMD six core CPU @ 3.2 GHz, Intel quad-core CPU @ 3.0 GHz
  • System RAM: 8 GB
  • Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 7870 or R9 270, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660
  • Graphics Memory: 2 GB
  • Hard Drive: 26 GB
  • DirectX 11

Thank you Origin for providing us with this information.

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EA Launches a $30 per Year Unlimited Gaming on Xbox One

Console games are expensive, to expensive for many people to try and play as many games as they would like to. EA seem to have understood this and launches a new service for Xbox One for just those people.

A Netflix like service called ‘EA Access’ where you pay $4,99 for one month or €29,99 if you want a whole year, and in return can play as many games as you like.

So far there is a limited selection of titles, only counting Madden 25, Fifa 14, Battlefield 4 and Peggle 2. It isn’t much, but it is a start, and we can expect to see a lot more added in the future. The service is also said to allow you to play new games before they launch to the general public, including Madden, NFL, FIFA and Dragon Age: Inquisition.

When a game normally cost $70 and they release one a year like with the sport titles, you can see why this quickly could become popular among console gamers.

EA Access will be sold in retail stores as well as on Xbox Live. The service has launched as a beta today for a small part of Xbox One owners. No timeline has been given for the public roll out of the service. On the bright side, it will give them time to add more games to the service.

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EA Adds AMD Mantle Support To Three New Game Titles

AMD recently announced that it will be partnering with EA to bring Mantle to new game titles. AMD already works with EA to bring Mantle to titles such as Battlefield 4 but in the near future AMD and EA will also be cooperating to bring Mantle to Battlefield Hardline, Dragon Age: Inquisition and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. All three titles are powered by EA’s Frostbite 3 engine which incidentally also powers Battlefield 4. Those three games now mean that the Mantle API is supported by more than 40 games.

AMD’s Mantle API continues to pick up speed with its adoption. AMD’s Mantle has had some notable successes of late such as being supported by the CryEngine in March (the same engine used by most Crytek games and featured in some Far Cry titles) and being supported by the upcoming Civilization: Beyond Earth title. Despite Microsoft’s announcement of an equivalent low-level API back in late March, DirectX 12, AMD’s Mantle has continued to receive extended attention from game developers.

Source: AMD PR

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Microsoft E3 2014 Media Briefing

 

E3 has always been the staple for developers to showoff all their exciting games they have in the pipeline for consumers who are constantly hungry for the next big game they need to get their hands on. Whether it be graphical fidelity, intuitive game-play, or even dynamic social capabilities. This year’s expo is giving everyone a taste of what’s to come in big ways.

Before I move forward I have to mention that Microsoft did nothing but impress me this year compared to most of Sony’s offering later in the day. The biggest reason why was the show of force in their game lineup. In fact, the briefing was entirely about the games which for a hardware manufacturer is pretty hard to do as we’ve seen in past conventions. I’m not saying that all of the game were as high caliber as Assassin’s Creed Unity. But you can see that Microsoft still knows what it takes to please their continuously growing fan base.

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare

It was no surprise that the game of choice to start the show with was Call of Duty Advanced Warfare. While the game did have some impressive graphics, it’s the same old game-play and pacing that we’ve seen in every release for the franchise. Most of what was shown at the briefing was pretty much covered in the most recent leaks along with a full length article by Game Informer a couple months ago.

Call of Duty has been known to take pages out of Michael Bay’s playbook to create an intensified experience that was once again apparent in Advanced Warfare. Flying drones, exoskeletons, smart grenades are a few new items at the players disposal, but again, a one trick pony. We’ve all seen this before. No multiplayer footage was shown and it won’t be till around August time frame till we see more, so let’s just hope that Sledgehammer will take this franchise to new heights in the game mode that matters most and is the driving force behind their bread and butter.

Continuing the tradition with all previous Call of Duty releases, Xbox head Phil Spencer announced that the Xbox One will have exclusive access to all add-on content first.

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Dragon Age: Inquisiton Recruting Fans and Players For A Playtest

BioWare and EA’s Dragon Age: Inquisition is another title which fans are awaiting anxiously for its release. It was firs revealed back at E3 last year, releasing screenshots frequently to tease fans (and build up a pre pre-order list in the meantime).

It is said that the title will feature key elements from previous Dragon Age titles, such as Dragon Age II and Dragon Age: Origins, however all will be made available using improved next-gen graphics and textures having larger and dynamic environments.

Aaryn Flynn, BioWare General Manager in Canada, recently tweeted a new screenshot from the pre-alpha version of Dragon Age: Inquisition, thanking fans and the support as well as devotion given to the franchise. While the title is still in development, BioWare wants to test the game with the public and shape its course from their feedback as soon as the development hits the Alpha stage. What we understand from this is that BioWare is thinking of starting an Alpha test and is looking to hook in some players willing to perform playtest and help in resolving bugs and glitches in an open environment.

The playtest is said to be opened to everyone who wants to help out, from devoted Dragon Age fans to people who haven’t got a chance to get to know any Dragon Age title up until now. However, as it is a playtest, you will have to be living in the Vancouver area (or be willing to go there if selected) to be able to join in the playtest, as you are required to play the game at their studio. Those interested can fill in the questionnaire here and hope to be selected.

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