Dragon Age: Inquisition trailer asks what kind of leader you will be

Dragon Age: Inquisition

It goes without saying that a game entitled Dragon Age: Inquisition is going to feature an Inquisitor reasonably prominently. But while the dictionary defines "inquisitor" as "a person who makes an inquisition," in the realm of Thedas it's apparently a dude with a giant sword who hacks things into big, meaty chunks.

He moves pretty well for a guy wearing the equivalent of a Honda Civic on his back, but I suppose that's the nature of fantasy heroes, who go unencumbered by the concerns that weigh down us mere mortals. And that's fair; if I ran across any of the unpleasantness that appears in this video, I'd hightail it three time zones over and start digging my own Deep Road.

"Every great war needs heroes," the narrator intones. "I'm just curious what kind you'll be." That's obviously intended to reflect the open-ended nature of the game, which will offer multiple playable races and classes and vary narratively depending on choices made over the course of the game. Regardless of the direction you take, however, it seems clear that you will be responsible for burying many swords into many faces. Such is the burden of the Hero of Thedas.

Dragon Age: Inquisition comes out on November 18.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.