The lights are on
Admittedly, menus aren't the prettiest or most interesting part of the recently announced multiplayer mode in Dragon Age: Inquisition. However, for fans who are interested in diving into all of the details and items available, these screens provide fuel for excitement and speculation.
We saw quick glimpses of the interface in the multiplayer trailer, but these shots provide a closer look at the potions, skills, and other elements of your between-match activities.
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Character skills in multiplayer are pared down a bit compared to their single-player counterparts, but that doesn't mean they feel limited. You have two skill trees to explore, which means that two characters of the same class could have significantly different ability sets. You have four active skills (as opposed to eight in single-player), with the shift button giving you access to your potions mapped to the face buttons.
You find loot in levels and in chests that you purchase after a match, which results in a sizable inventory. This inventory is shared among characters, so if you get a weapon that doesn't suit your current class, you can hang on to it for when you experiment with other roles. Alternately, you can salvage unwanted stuff and get crafting components, which can then be assembled into a variety of different items.
Class unlocks are handled much like they were in Mass Effect 3. You have a starting suite of available roles, and then you get more as random cards in the chests that you buy between matches. These chests can be purchased with in-game gold, or you can pay real money for them. However, spending money doesn't give you access to anything different or special; all players have the same chance to get the same items.
Potions aren't just for restoring health. They have a variety of defensive, offensive, and tactical applications. Depending on your party and the enemies you face, your loadout of potions can be just as important as the skill you choose. They are a finite resource, but they are also included in the random drops you get from chest purchases.
For more Dragon Age: Inquisition info, check out our travel guide to the Fallow Mire, and our response to doubts about the multiplayer mode.
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looking forward to it. DAI is probably my most anticipated game of the year.
This seems pretty sweet. Although I'm still quite skeptical
Bring on the jars of bees!
I actually like the UI. Functional but still easy on the eyes.
The menu definitely reminds me of ME3.