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  • Blog Post: What's The Future For The Last Generation's Big Franchises?

    As this past generation of home consoles prepares to ride off into the sunset, we thought it was an appropriate time to look back at new franchises that defined the past nine years in console gaming – and predict how likely it is they will continue in the future. [Note: this list is in alphabetical... More
  • Blog Post: Where RPGs Can Improve

    We just entered a new console generation and are anxiously awaiting new games from our favorite genres. All genres have places they can improve and RPGs are no different. These are some areas where RPGs could use some refining and take bigger leaps in innovation. Eliminate Random Encounters Random encounters... More
  • Blog Post: The Great Lengths We Go To Finish Our Games

    We want to play every video game that looks cool, but some things get in the way of us having a good time. Over the years, the Game Informer crew has collected a few anecdotes in our ongoing quest to finish our games in the face of adversity. Whether it’s battling minimum PC requirements or navigating... More
  • Blog Post: Putting The Dragons In Dragon Age

    Few fantasy creatures are as recognizable as dragons, a fact that can be a blessing and a curse for a video game. They have the potential in inject jaw-dropping moments, but creating a vision for the creatures that is not clichéd can be challenging. This is especially important for a series that... More
  • Blog Post: Managing The Future Of Dragon Age

    This is a bonus video. Dragon Age's creative director Mike Laidlaw has appeared in other videos throughout our month of coverage on Dragon Age: Inquisition , but some topics covered in the interview didn't fit into any of the other video features. We thought that fans would appreciate hearing... More
  • Blog Post: Romance In Dragon Age

    Romance is only a shred of BioWare's sprawling storylines, but to some fans, it's the focus of their journey (whether BioWare intends for it to be or not). Picking your one-and-only isn't easy with all the eclectic personalities in the Dragon Age universe, especially if your beau has opposing... More
  • Blog Post: Bioware's Vision For The Future Of RPGs

    Our coverage this month has taken a deep dive into the development and features of Dragon Age: Inquisition , but we wanted to take time while visiting Bioware to talk about the larger-picture prospects for the studio. Dragon Age: Inquisition marks the legendary studio's first foray into the next... More
  • Blog Post: Creating Dragon Age Party Members

    You wouldn’t make it through your journey and the world would likely end up in shambles without the brave souls that join your cause. Your followers are the heart and soul of the Dragon Age experience. Love them or loathe them, you’re unlikely to forget about them. BioWare has created stand... More
  • Blog Post: Exploring The World Of Dragon Age: Inquisition

    With Dragon Age: Inquisition, Bioware has looked back to its roots and is emphasizing player agency and exploration in the world of Thedas. The lead developers were proud to show off the new, larger regions that they've built for players to explore on foot and while mounted. Lead world designer Keith... More
  • Blog Post: Building A Dragon Age Rivalry: Mages Versus Templars

    Many narratives thrive off their rivalries, and Dragon Age is no different. Tensions between the Templars and mages reached a new level with an all-out battle in Dragon Age II, with Hawke having to pick a side. Dragon Age: Inquisition throws you right into the aftermath, and the two groups are still... More
  • Blog Post: Refining Tactics – The Combat Of Dragon Age: Inquisition

    BioWare listens to their fans. When we visited the studio for the latest cover story , the development team made it clear that a lot of their audience enjoyed the more tactical approach to combat from Dragon Age: Origins. While BioWare wouldn't confirm the return of the tactical view from that game... More
  • Blog Post: The Best BioWare Characters

    With our Dragon Age: Inquisition coverage in full swing, the time is ripe to celebrate the best BioWare characters. BioWare has provided us with many extraordinary party members over the years that making a list was no easy task. After debating internally and with my fellow staff members, it was decided... More
  • Blog Post: The Return Of Races In Dragon Age: Inquisition

    One of the most beloved aspects of Dragon Age: Origins was the option to select your race. Choosing between a human, dwarf, or elf (and playing through their various origin stories) personalized each player's experience in the world of Thedas. The absence of racial choices in Dragon Age 2 was a sore... More
  • Blog Post: Dragon Age: Inquisition’s Morrigan – Past and Present

    Morrigan is one of the most mysterious characters to grace the Dragon Age universe. The seductive mage keeps everyone guessing about her true intentions, and knows more than she lets on. If the cheers following her appearance in Dragon Age: Inquisition’s E3 trailer are any indication, fans are... More
  • Blog Post: Exclusive Dragon Age: Inquisition Screens

    You've already seen the E3 trailer and our cover for Dragon Age: Inquisition. Now, we have exclusive images to give you a sense of the people and places you'll see when you take control of the Inquisition. Click the screens to enlarge. This shot shows three confirmed party members. Varric (left... More
  • Blog Post: A Look Inside Dragon Age: Inquisition's Development

    With a mountain of lore to build on and millions of fans expecting the best, the developers of Dragon Age: Inquisition have a challenge in front of them. Creative director Mike Laidlaw and executive producer Mark Darrah are passionate about the direction for the third entry and were eager to talk about... More
  • Blog Post: Attention to Detail: 10 Things That Make Any Game Better

    Great ideas are the foundations of great games, and no one can deny that developers today create many entertaining concepts. Even so, sometimes the simple things get overlooked. Every gamer has stopped in the middle of playing and wondered why a developer failed to include an obviously useful feature... More
  • Blog Post: Dragon Age III Wishlist

    According to the announcement last month, Dragon Age III: Inquisition is coming in late 2013. For fans, this represents equal parts apprehension and hope; the game could correct some of the serious mistakes found in Dragon Age II, or it could stray even further from its roots . Before it was even announced... More
  • Blog Post: Live-Action Web Series Roundup

    Since Lou Albano first donned Mario’s blue overalls in the Super Mario Bros. Super Show, gamers have had a fascination seeing their favorite digital worlds realized in live action. With the launch of the webisode series Halo: Forward Unto Dawn, we’ve collected several first episodes from... More
  • Blog Post: Celebrating Great Game Music: Creating The Top Score Podcast

    Deep inside the hallowed halls of Minnesota Public Radio, Emily Reese is studying game soundtracks. Outside of her full-time position at the radio station, she fights to find the time to host the Top Score podcast . Since April of 2011, Emily Reese has interviewed the composers behind Red Dead Redemption... More
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