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How 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' has a plot varied from 'Mass Effect 3's'

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Dragon Age: Inquisition is one of those titles that has such an ambitious scope and story it wants to tell, and with the game coming from the studio that brought Mass Effect 3, you'd think there would be some strong similarities in their stories.

Recently, Dragon Age: Inquisition producer Cameron Lee talked about how Dragon Age: Inquisition's story is vastly different from the one players lived through in Mass Effect 3.

"Well, it's interesting that that's the impression that you got - it's not really the case. We have this event that occurs and the world is in chaos, sure, but in Mass Effect, you always knew what the threat was, you always knew that the reapers were there.

"In Dragon Age: Inquisition, whilst there is a humongous tear in the sky, and all these powerful factions and nations are in chaos - all this is happening at once, and that's a little too strange to just suddenly occur and be coincidence.

"So the player has more of an investment in uncovering what's going on here. And it's not necessarily about uncover some truths and get this person on side in order to deal with the thing at the end, it's a lot more complex than that. And you know, you are a force. Yes you're a character, but you lead this organization, this inquisition, which has a really significant presence in the world, a presence and an influence on these different nations and factions.

"So in Mass Effect you formed factions but it was mostly on a personal scale, whereas in Inquisition you're talking about having a personal impact, but mostly through these big crunchy, meaty decisions and impacts that the Inquisition can have on the world. It's kind of like the difference between being a Jedi, and founding the Jedi Order," Lee said.

It sounds like players will be working toward a major event that changes the world of Inquisition and then from there they will carry-out the rest of the story. This is undoubtedly different from what Mass Effect 3's story arc was. That game's plot built, and built, and built until it reached its climax at the end with the massive, game changing event happening.

Dragon Age: Inquisition sounds like it'll stage the arc of the major event during the beginning part of the game and then players will go from there. Regardless of how this story shakes out though, BioWare has a lot to live up to.

EA said Dragon Age: Inquisition will be hitting retailers during the fall of 2014. For all of our latest exclusives, previews, reviews and features, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. Game On.

Thanks, OXM.

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