It’s November 18 and it’s a special day for all Dragon Age fans. And if you’re not a Dragon Age fan and have no idea what I’m talking about, then I’m surprised you’ve been able to steer clear of all the video game news bits leading up to this day. Dragon Age: Inquisition has finally been released in stores in North America and it’s literally like Christmas for the whole lot of us.
In the days before Inquisition’s release, Bioware presented what’s known as Dragon Age Keep. When it was announced that there will be no importing of previous saves from Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age 2 onto Inquisition, The Keep was created for players to create a tapestry of their playthroughs or World State from the previous two games to be imported onto Inquisition. It may solve the disappointment of no imports of previous games’ decisions, but it’s not exactly without its own set of flaws.
I’ve played around with The Keep to make sure the decisions I’ve made in the previous games are exactly how I want them to be. Arranging the decisions made in Dragon Age: Origins required constructing that half of the tapestry by scratch. Dragon Age 2’s decisions were already sort of recorded and stored through a user’s EA Origin account (which is required to use The Keep) and auto-created that game’s tapestry for you. Once everything is to your liking, there’s a neat feature where you can hit play and watch your tapestry come to life and the story of your Warden’s journey from Origins and your Hawke’s journey from DA 2 is narrated by none other than DA 2’s Varric (voiced by Brian Bloom).
While carefully rebuilding the stories of your Warden and Hawke will undoubtedly bring about a wave of nostalgia and a renewed fondness for the previous games, it will also inevitably remind you of how long it may have been since you’ve last played both games. When details about certain key decisions, big and small, become too fuzzy to remember, you’re in a lot of trouble.
Trying to remember if I had done the smaller side quests in both games has been damn near impossible to pull out of the dusty corners of my mind. I haven’t touched these games in like, what, three years? That’s a long time to remember smaller details from those games. Most bigger decisions such as, did my Warden live or die, who ultimately stayed with Hawke into the final battle, and a few other plotlines were much easier to recall. Things like, did I encounter this minor character or did my Warden or Alistair kill Loghain have been tough calls to make.
If you had time to replay both games before Inquisition came out, then reconstructing your tapestry for Origins and DA 2 is literally a piece of cake. If you’re like me and wish you had the time to replay both games before the third game came out, then you’re out of luck. You choose what you think was the best decision your Warden or Hawke could have made and then roll with it.
Even with the DA 2 import into the tapestry isn’t completely perfect. I remember looking over the details of the decisions I made for my Hawke, and for some reason there were some minor errors made in them that shouldn’t be there. For instance, my tapestry insisted I never recruited Isabella into my party when I actually did. Her staying with my Hawke until the end of the game is a whole other matter. It’s tiny discrepancies like this one that annoyed the hell out of me. It makes me wish there was a way to just import save files into Inquisition.
I’m a little reluctant to import this tapestry into my Inquisition game, being as imperfect as it is, but it’ll have to do. Hell, as long as they’ve got it straight that my rogue class noblewoman Warden lived happily ever after with Alistair and are ruling his kingdom side by side, then I’m a happy girl.
A fan of Dragon Age? What are your thoughts about The Keep? Love it, hate it, or don’t care?