I have to wonder what EA's obsession is with implementing co-op gameplay into the third installment of single player games. Mass Effect 3, Dead Space 3, and Star Wars: The Old Republic (I mean, if we're calling it part of the KoTOR franchise), all tacked on multiplayer at game three, so now it's Dragon Age's turn. Sure enough, Dragon Age: Inquisition is not only the the third game in the franchise, it's also the series' first flirtation with multiplayer.
Dragon Age: Inquisition is a direct sequel to Dragon Age 2, putting the player in the shoes of the sole survivor of a mysterious explosion that has opened up rifts into some demonic dimension. These rifts are scattered throughout the land and its your job with a party of three AI characters to close the rifts with a power you've been infused with. But your job is actually greater than this simple task as you build up the Inquisition, turning areas of the world to your cause and supplying the armies that support that.
This game is likely the deepest and most comprehensive Dragon Age game we've seen, and while the first game in the series focused on the characters themselves and their origins, this game is focused on the greater world. There are nine possible characters available for your party with difference consequences, stories and standings available depending on your combination. The sheer size of this game can not be understated, the first area in the game is a massive sprawling section with dozens of territories to claim, rifts to close, and quests to fulfill. And it's only one of many.
On the PC you'll be treated with both mouse and keyboard controls or gamepad, and the interfaces for both of these are quite different. While the former works quite well, issues with the tactical camera can become frustrating. The gamepad does make the game feel more action oriented, but you're still able to access the tactical options that made the first Dragon Age so popular.
Make no mistake, this is the largest and most in depth RPG that Bioware has put out in some time, with literally dozens upon dozens of hours of gameplay, customization, and dialog to experience. Any RPG fan or Dragon Age fan is going to find something to enjoy here, but that's not even touching on the game's cooperative mode.