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Dragon Age: Inquisition is only about a month away from its Nov. 18 launch date and, in order to get all of your fans of swords and sorcery ready for the impending action, the team at BioWare have prepared a new cinematic trailer, called “The Hero of Thedas,” that manages to cram in all of the fantasy tropes you could ever hope for.
It’s been a while since a new Dragon Age game has stormed onto the scene and, this time, you’ll have an entire army at your back, ready to fight for your cause. As you might have guessed from this latest trailer’s title, Inquisition returns to the land of Thedas. The ruling powers, as well as the mages and templars, are at ends, threatening to tear the world apart amidst a civil war. You take on the role of an inquisitor, tasked with keeping the peace and preventing the troublemakers to bring matters to a full boil. To do that, you’ll have power and an ever-growing supply of followers (but no healers) ready to take orders and fight where you tell them.
Inquisition is shaping up to be a big game, with a massive world that features somewhat open gameplay as you decide how to best spend your time and resources while fighting loads of baddies. You can head on over to the game’s official website to read all about the characters and plot points that have been revealed at this point, or you can just check out the above trailer for a dose of visuals that are so “fantasy,” they make the Hobbit films seem like Monday night football, or whatever else you would consider the opposite of nerdy stuff like this.
We open with a large group of people trudging across a snow-covered mountain, transitioning into another large group of people watching a mounted soldier strut past. Then there’s a sweeping view of not one, but two castles. A dude slowly rises with a mysterious veil of glowing green smoke streaming through the background, a sure sign that all hell is about to break loose.
And that’s exactly what happens, as swords and spells alike are swung about in every direction, featuring battle, more battles, more glowing green smoke, and still more battles.
Next comes the portion of the trailer I like to call: The part with dragons. There are dragons breathing fire. There’s dragons flying. There’s a dragon eating a dude. There are scenes of dragons fighting people, immediately followed by a scene of dragons fighting other dragons.
The whole things comes to a dramatic close with a mother-effing flaming sword, followed by a bunch of trade show accolades to let you know that every game site on the internet agrees that, yeah, the game looks pretty sweet so far.
Now THAT is how you do a trailer for a fantasy game.