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Thank you Mario! But our princess is in another castle…

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Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 5

Just updated Dragon Age: Inquisition with Patch 5. Too bad my first playthrough is past the epilogue and my second is still in Haven. No Undercroft for me yet 😦 Though I am having a lot of fun replaying the beginning and getting to see a whole other side to the Templar/Mage mission.

Actually, I’m really surprised this update came through so quickly after Patch 4. I thought we’d have a much longer wait. Check out the full Patch 5 Notes from Bioware.


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Dragon Age: Inquisition Patches

A week ago today, my PS4 downloaded the Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 4 update. Just read the release notes yesterday and saw that it would fix the damnable glitch that kept me from discovering all the regions in the Exalted Plains. So I loaded up my finished game save, went to Exalted Plains, and put that shit to bed 😉

I realize that PC players got this fix last month, but for us console players, it was a longer wait. Bioware says their “primary focus was on fixing bugs, particularly ones that blocked progression or hampered the player experience.” Too bad they had to go and fix the influence exploit, too. Boo.

Of course, then there’s PATCH 5!!!!!! Read the post that went up today: Introducing the DAI Patch 5 Beta Program, Featuring the Black Emporium. And what do you know?

In Skyhold, we’re adding party storage to the Undercroft—a new feature that many players asked for and we’re happy to finally add.

YAYAYAYAYAY! Now it’s just a matter of waiting for it to be reality… I won’t recap the whole post, but lucky PC gamers can sign up for the Beta soon. There are a lot of interesting changes and improvements.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition Storage Chest!?

w00t! Bioware looking into storage mod for Inquisition.

One of my biggest pet peeves is having to destroy loot. Bad enough having to back track out of a dungeon to store/sell off items (*cough* Elder Scrolls *cough*). Worse when there’s nowhere to store them in the first place! Let’s hope this becomes reality for DA: Inquisition sooner rather than later. I wouldn’t even care if it was part of the DLC like it was for DA: Origins.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition Tavern Songs FREE Until February 9

Sweet!!! Love the tavern songs in Dragon Age: Inquisition and am super happy to be able to download some of them for FREE! Head over to the Dragon Age website to grab them by February 9th. Thank you, Bioware! I’ve already uploaded them all in my iTunes library 🙂

01 – I Am the One
02 – Once We Were
03 – Empress of Fire
04 – Enchanters
05 – Grey Warden
06 – Nightingale’s Eyes
07 – Bard Maker
08 – Sera
09 – Rise
10 – Samson

Tavern Songs Download

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Dragon Age: Inquisition Iron Bull

I’ve managed to scoop up all of the optional party members in my first playthrough, and I’ve had a really great time getting to know them. These characters really have amazing depth of personality, and their character-specific side missions have been illuminating and at times heartbreaking. This holds true of The Iron Bull in particular. (I’ll plan to share his side story in my next post.)

Iron Bull is direct and to the point about everything, including his sex life. Apparently, a Qunari “getting his cork popped” is comparable to a Tevintar taking a trip to the Healer, and certain sex games involving a leather-wrapped rod and harness are “not his sword.” Whoa. Also, technically it’s The Iron Bull. He likes having the article at the front. What a fun and oftentimes surprising character. I keep him in my party just for his amusing banter.

I’ve compiled some of my favorite Iron Bull banter in one video:

Other great scenes with him involve sharing a drink to celebrate killing your first dragon, sharing a drink with his Chargers, and sharing a drink with the troops. Hm… Iron Bull certainly likes to drink! And he’s so rowdy about it. Not to mention, once you finish his personal quest and have put in a healthy amount of flirting, he shows up in your bedroom and says that he knows you “want to ride the bull.”

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Getting the Hang of Things in Inquisition

So let me drag myself away from my PS4 for a second… honestly, I’ve already put in 25 hours and I feel like I haven’t even scratched the surface of Dragon Age: Inquisition. Like you’ve probably already heard, Inquisition is a HUGE world, and because I’m such an obsessive person that I have to explore every inch of every possible map, I’m still in the early parts of the game. At level 9 and haven’t picked up any extra companions or found any of the specializations. And after battling a shit ton of enemies I’m seriously considering respeccing my character before I move on to the next major aspect of the story. Like, why did I think it was a smart idea to move down the storm (electricity) and inferno (fire) ability trees? I need to learn more of the spirit abilities so I can protect myself while trying to disrupt those rifts. And also maybe switch Solas out for more interesting characters if they ever come along. See me in the following video, running around trying to avoid enemies so I can hit the rift without getting interrupted:

Kinda awkward, though I am getting the hang of it. I’m also getting the hang of crafting. So far, crafting weapons is totally worth it, as they’re stronger than the weapons you find out in the field. I’ve made some awesome staffs (staves?) for myself and Solas, and half the fun is in naming them. My strongest electric damage staff is called “High Voltage Rod,” and my electric staff that also heals me on kills is called “Shock and Awe Staff.” Then Solas’ cold damage staff with Barrier Damage bonus is called “Penetrating Cold Staff.” Fun stuff 🙂