Play Dragon Age: Inquisition Multiplayer, First 6 Hrs of Singleplayer, For Free

Play Dragon Age: Inquisition Multiplayer, First 6 Hrs of Singleplayer, For Free

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The Dragon Age: Inquisition trial lets you play the game's singleplayer campaign for six hours free of charge.

A common complaint of the games industry these days is that the "demo" seems to have gone the way of the dodo, and more often than not there is no way to "try before you buy". EA's Origin service is aiming to fix that by providing "trial versions" of its games, starting with Dragon Age: Inquisition. The trial version of Inquisition will allow curious shoppers to play the main singleplayer portion of the game for six hours, as well as offering unlimited access to the game's multiplayer.

"A multiplayer adventure like no other: Get unlimited free multiplayer, including both multiplayer Expansion Packs with the Dragon Age: Inquisition - Trial. Explore the world of Dragon Age with friends. Experience incredible adventures and fight sinister enemies with friends who own the game and those playing the trial," wrote EA on the game's Origin store page.

As an added bonus, those six hours you sink into the game's singleplayer campaign will carry over if you do decide to go ahead and purchase it. For now, this offer is only available for the PC version of the game, and will only be available "for a limited time".

Just for clarification, the six hours of play is six hours of actual game time - the timer only ticks while you are in-game.

This can only be commended as another fantastic move from Origin, but I'm certain long-standing Origin haters will still find a way to chastise EA for it.

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Good move Origin! Ok, you're starting to win me over. When I fix my computer, count me in!

Interesting idea. I wonder if they will try it with other games in their library. Probably not any of their generic modern warfighter games, their single player experience can be completed in 5 hours.

Nice move, but only 6 hours of Inquisition would mostly be hinterlands would it not? Hardly a shining example of the games qualities.

Now if only they would rip origin out of it and put it on steam, I would buy it.

They did the same thing on the Xbox One a few months back, so I am not surprised.

It was a good idea then, still is now.

Good idea, terrible first choice. DA:I is a pretty bad game(a true single player MMO) and the multiplayer is abysmal. All this should do is impress upon people that this is not a game worth owning.... which I guess is good... so... meh?

This can only be commended as another fantastic move from Origin, but I'm certain long-standing Origin haters will still find a way to chastise EA for it.

As a long-standing Origin/EA hater I will admit this is a good move, but a single limited time offer does not suddenly make the entire service good. Once the service is permanently supported with multiple non-EA published titles I will consider it a massive win for Origin. Also worth noting is that DA:I is an EA published game, so this little stunt is a win for EA, not Origin.

I like the idea, but I still rather not use Origin (it's still too bad on a technical level itself - it's getting there, I think, but that probably still takes a bit).
Might cause me to use Origin one day, however.

Wuvlycuddles:
Nice move, but only 6 hours of Inquisition would mostly be hinterlands would it not? Hardly a shining example of the games qualities.

I don't know. If the target here is people like me, who wouldn't buy the game otherwise, then there is nothing to lose.

snekadid:
Good idea, terrible first choice. DA:I is a pretty bad game(a true single player MMO) and the multiplayer is abysmal. All this should do is impress upon people that this is not a game worth owning.... which I guess is good... so... meh?

well you know that's your opinion and may be different for like a lot of people:)

OT: great idea and the best way to get people to at least try a game they may not have even taken a second look at GJ EA!

now if they could stop butchering battlefront 3.........

Nice move by EA, and free stuff is always nice, but the first six hours of the game will basically just plop you into the Hinterlands, which isn't exactly a shining example of a good zone, and the multiplayer isn't exactly anything to write home about, either. Pretty nice for people who were planning on picking it up, but I cannot imagine that it is going to help sales all that much.

Good move. Terrible game.

Witcher 3 is out. I wouldnt play DA:I at this moment unless I got paid for it. Paid well.

snekadid:
Good idea, terrible first choice. DA:I is a pretty bad game(a true single player MMO) and the multiplayer is abysmal. All this should do is impress upon people that this is not a game worth owning.... which I guess is good... so... meh?

I wouldn't say that it was bad per se, just not that great: seemed tonally schizophrenic and the ultimate villain was completely naff, but I enjoyed it at the time, particularly the chunks in Orlais. I can't say anything about the multiplayer though, since I'm too put off by the lack of Geth Juggernauts the fact I have to be one of the preset characters and they all sound like wieners of the highest order to me.

OT

Six hours of the Hinterlands would be tedious as feth, but free unlimited multiplayer is a very snazzy deal, so good for Origin says I.

tzimize:
Good move. Terrible Not amazing, but not particularly awful game either.

Witcher 3 is out. I wouldnt play DA:I at this moment unless I got paid for it. Paid well.

With that minor correction out of the way, I have to agree with this. I got Witcher 3 last week and it completely blows Inquisition out of the water in every single way.

Now if only they could fix the connection issues that stopped me from enjoying the multiplayer to begin with. It's not like my 50 MB connection is inadequate to the task or anything.

Think I might give it a shot, been rather interested in DA:I, but been waiting for a heavy discount as it also looks rather boring. 6hrs could be 10-20% of the game if the misc BS quests are skipped I would think, so might be the taste I've been looking for.

This is a good idea. If only it was more widespread. For example, there's no reason why developers that release their games on digital platforms couldn't release for example 1h of their game for free as a demo. Making actual demos cost money, and now with Steam refunds it would be a logical step forward to make something like that.

Wait, this is multiplayer? What's it like exactly? Can you enjoy the story just as well as in Singleplayer, or is it changed in some way?

Soooooo you get to play the multiplayer and the prologue. Got it.

:P

Adam Jensen:
This is a good idea. If only it was more widespread. For example, there's no reason why developers that release their games on digital platforms couldn't release for example 1h of their game for free as a demo. Making actual demos cost money, and now with Steam refunds it would be a logical step forward to make something like that.

So you have to download the whole game (24 gigs) just to try out 6 hours? I used to have a download cap, and that's a huge dent in the monthly quota if you have one.

As much as I want to snark about the multi, 6 hours of demo time is nothing to sniff at.

Though come to think about it, having an arbitrary time limit rather then demo ending at x point seems...weird. So if you pause the game because of an emergency and come back a few hours later, the demo is over?

Sorry, off-topic, but this made me want to complete the game (haven't played since January). Managed to accidently wipe my save. THANKS, STEVEN! :P
Doesn't matter. Better to start over and get the story back in my head than resume and be lost.

CpT_x_Killsteal:
Wait, this is multiplayer? What's it like exactly? Can you enjoy the story just as well as in Singleplayer, or is it changed in some way?

The multiplayer is similar to ME3's multiplayer, go through a simple level with other players, fight your way through waves of bad-guys with a boss at the end, get exp, loot and gold, which is spent to level up characters, buy new ones, and get better items for harder difficulties. Not the deepest multiplayer, but surprisingly entertaining. It is also worth noting that the multiplayer is separate from the single player entirely.

How about dropping that HD-crunching additional 3rd party DRM, first?
No?

Imre Csete:

Adam Jensen:
This is a good idea. If only it was more widespread. For example, there's no reason why developers that release their games on digital platforms couldn't release for example 1h of their game for free as a demo. Making actual demos cost money, and now with Steam refunds it would be a logical step forward to make something like that.

So you have to download the whole game (24 gigs) just to try out 6 hours? I used to have a download cap, and that's a huge dent in the monthly quota if you have one.

Maybe they could do what some MMO's do. In fact that would be a good thing for digital downloads in general. MMO's have this thing when they let you play in some areas before you've downloaded the entire game. It's something that digital distribution needs to take advantage off especially now when the games are getting so large.

What is with all the hatred for Dragon Age: Inquisition? I get people have different tastes, but no one has really said 'why' they hate it. Can someone please clarify?

I think the game is fantastic. It's got an amazing story with intriguing companions, much more open world than the previous games, plenty of choices for character builds, the ability to shape the people and environment around you through the choices you make... I get if it's not your style of game, but if you're in to RPGs, what exactly do you hate about Dragon Age: Inquisition?

As for Origin offering a trial like this, I think it's fantastic. I have plenty of friends that bought the game on the PS4 instead of the PC, so we've been unable to try the multiplayer together. Even if it ends up being sup-bar, it's still great that not only can we try it, but we aren't on a time constraint.

I tried the multiplayer when Inquisition first came out, and it felt like it was supposed to be a "Free 2 Play" game right from the beginning, so this makes a lot of sense. I don't see why they couldn't just release the "Free 2 Play" game they wanted so badly to make separately, rather than awkwardly taping it onto a huge single-player RPG, but whatever.

The long demo for the single-player game is nice though, I hope it works out well enough to convince more studios to try it (or for EA to try it with more games, I guess).

Tilted_Logic:
What is with all the hatred for Dragon Age: Inquisition? I get people have different tastes, but no one has really said 'why' they hate it. Can someone please clarify?

I think the game is fantastic. It's got an amazing story with intriguing companions, much more open world than the previous games, plenty of choices for character builds, the ability to shape the people and environment around you through the choices you make... I get if it's not your style of game, but if you're in to RPGs, what exactly do you hate about Dragon Age: Inquisition?

Because most of the game is just filler crap. The large open areas feel completely artificial and they exist only because Skyrim sold a gazillion copies so now every RPG has to be set in an open world, not because it makes the game better. It really doesn't. There's more useless filler than anything else. The only companions that are good (IMO) are from previous two games. The story is meh, the gameplay is somehow worse than both previous titles because they tried to appease fans of both at the same time but they ended up butchering the game. They should have stuck with DA2 style combat. Tactical camera is completely useless. And the fact that you have to use Dragon Age Keep to import your saves means that once EA shuts that thing down (it's inevitable) you won't be able to, so you pretty much have to keep your saves forever. It feels like a game designed using a checklist, not like a game designed with love and actual thought behind it. It's a perfect example of everything that's wrong with the AAA industry.

regalphantom:

CpT_x_Killsteal:
Wait, this is multiplayer? What's it like exactly? Can you enjoy the story just as well as in Singleplayer, or is it changed in some way?

The multiplayer is similar to ME3's multiplayer, go through a simple level with other players, fight your way through waves of bad-guys with a boss at the end, get exp, loot and gold, which is spent to level up characters, buy new ones, and get better items for harder difficulties. Not the deepest multiplayer, but surprisingly entertaining. It is also worth noting that the multiplayer is separate from the single player entirely.

Ah bugger, I thought it was a co-op campaign thing. Thanks for the info though. Might give it a shot anyway.

 

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