Frequently Asked Video Game Questions – How long do I have to play Dragon Age: Inquisition in order to get the On Burning Wings trophy?

Submitted by Anonymous How long do I have to play Dragon Age: Inquisition in order to get the On Burning Wings trophy?

Simple answer? A really long time. More explained out answer? You’ll only get one chance to get this story related / highly missable trophy and it happens right about at the end of the game when you’re getting ready to face the big boss of this game. You’ll need a little help in order to do so and you’ll have to make the right choices in order to get this trophy. In case you missed this trophy the first time, which totally happens because it even happened to me, you can take a look at my Weekly Trophy Tip in order to see how to not miss it the next time you play. Unfortunately, if you don’t like the game, which I don’t see why you wouldn’t like it, then you’ll have to basically play all over again to get this trophy if you missed it. Sad face. But on the bright side, if you didn’t like this game it’ll give you another opportunity to try the game and see if you were missing something in the first place and maybe this time around you’ll think the game is one of the best games you ever played.

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Frequently Asked Video Game Questions – Is the pathfinder trophy for Dragon Age: Inquisition glitched?

Submitted by Anonymous Is the pathfinder trophy for Dragon Age: Inquisition glitched?

Since I was able to get this trophy myself, I had to do a little research on this one so that I would be able to tell you whether or not this trophy is glitched. I can now say for a fact that this trophy is not a glitched trophy. In order to get this trophy you’ll have to find and setup at least one campsite in 10 different wilderness areas. That means that every map you have access to in the game, excluding the DLC, you have to setup at least one campsite. Once you travel to an area, you’ll see a little tent icon on your map. Head over to that area and setup camp. Do this in all 10 different areas and you’ll get the trophy. Below are the 10 areas you need to set up a camp in.

• The Hinterlands
• Storm Cost
• The Fallow Mire
• The Forbidden Oasis
• The Emerald Graves
• The Exalted Plains
• Emprise du Lion
• The Hissing Wastes
• Crestwood
• The Western Approach

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Frequently Asked Video Game Questions – Why are the waves of Darkspawn so hard in Dragon Age: Inquisition – Descent DLC?

Submitted by Anonymous Why are the waves of Darkspawn so hard in Dragon Age: Inquisition – Descent DLC?

There could be a couple answers to this question, so I’m going to go with the most obvious first. If you’re playing the game on anything but Casual then the waves of darkspawn are going to be hard, I mean that’s just a given. If you’re playing on Hard or Nightmare mode, this game is no cake walk. Now another reason why the waves of Darkspawn could be so hard is that your character is under leveled or your weapons are under leveled. This can be remedied by either buying better weapons or crafting better weapons, or you can go around and explore Thedas a little more…do a couple of more side quests…maybe finish the main game and reach the level cap and try again. The last possible reason as to why these waves are so hard is because this DLC has a huge problem with lag. Wave after wave of Darkspawn constantly lags making the battles harder when you’re attacks are delayed. While two of these answers can be simply remedied by turning down the level difficulty or getting better weapons and leveling up, the last problem with the lag that makes the Darkspawn hoard so difficult is something that can’t be fixed.

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This Week in Trophies 09-06-2015 – 09-12-2015

While there weren’t nearly as many trophies as I was able to get last week, I think I still did a decent job of trophy collecting this week. Taking the blame for my lack of trophies though surprisingly isn’t the whole being an adult thing this time. No, this time Dragon Age: Inquisition is to blame with the release of a new DLC that has me playing the game all over again. Anyway, here’s how I did this week.

Fallout 3 – 17%

There was only one Fallout 3 trophy this week as I made my way across the Wasteland trying to discover 100 different locations along with trying to pick up side quests that I know I missed. This upcoming week will probably be the same though as I avoid the game ending last quest since I’m pretty sure that I’m not going to be purchasing any DLC for the game.

I Am Bread – 47%

I was able to get one solitary trophy for this game this week and I’m thinking that’s probably going to be it for a while. Although I’ll play every now and again, trying to get those A++ runs have been a total pain in the ass. I’m having an especially hard time with the Bagel Races because it seems that no matter how I beat my so-called “best score” my rating never goes up.

I Am Bread

Dragon Age: Inquisition – 90%

That Trespasser DLC just completely blew me away. It was probably the best piece of DLC that I’ve played since the Tiny Tina DLC for Borderlands 2. I mean seriously, especially that ending! Oh that ending! Because of the DLC I started a new playthough, mostly to see the whole game through again, but also because I wanted to start tackling some of the trials.

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Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune – 82%

I accomplished what I wanted to with this game this week, I was able to go back and collect the remaining trophies for the treasures, weapons, and other special requirements. The only two trophies I have left are for playing the game on Hard and then Crushing difficulty. While I’m not looking forward to these two trophies, I’ll be starting my Hard playthrough sometime this week hoping that I’ll be able to get through it.

Grow Home – 28%

Oh how this game is extremely frustrating. I think I finished the game? I’m not sure, I teleported a Star Seed home but nothing really happened; I guess I have to do all of them. I’m not really sure and at this point and I really don’t care. This game has been more frustrating with its wonky controls then I Am Bread. It seemed somewhere in the middle of the game my right arm completely died and just hung at my side not letting me use it for climbing so I’ve been climbing solely with my left arm which causes a lot of falling and a lot of dying. At this point I’m wishing I voted for a different game.

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That’s it for this week. In this upcoming week I’m going to start my Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune hard playthrough hoping that I can actually beat it on hard, continue playing Dragon Age: Inquisition, use some spare time to try to clean up some Grow Home and I Am Bread trophies, continue on my quest in Fallout 3, and maybe start a new game. Starting a new game probably isn’t wise at the moment, but sometimes it can’t be helped as I get that itch of wanting to experience a new game. I’ll let you know how things go next week.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC Review – The Descent (PS4)

I’m one of those people that will always be craving more Dragon Age. I don’t care if it’s in the form of new games, books, DLC, graphic novels, or whatever else the Dragon Age team can offer me. I just can’t get enough. As usual, I was super excited when this newest DLC was announced because the trailer looked awesome and I just loved the main game and am always look for a reason to get back into it. After spending some time with the DLC, here’s what I thought about it.

One of the main things I liked about this DLC was the story. The Deep Roads wasn’t really an area that was explored all that much in the main game, but this DLC gives you a reason to go into the Deep Roads and explore some areas that haven’t been touched before. As Inquisitor you’ll have to investigate a series of earthquakes that will basically destroy the Deep Roads and stop all Lyrium trade if nothing is done about them. On your trip you’ll be introduced to two new dwarves, one a shaper and the other a member of the Legion of the Dead, you’ll learn some history on the Deep Roads, take on some darkspawn, and uncover a Titan.

Boo! Although I don’t like to get into spoilers in my reviews, I will say that the ending to this DLC was highly disappointing and it seemed like a copy and paste ending from the Dragon Age II DLC Legacy. Right before the final battle, almost the exact same events take place and by the end a certain character is left changed. If this is their way of setting up the next bad guy for the next Dragon Age game, I’m not impressed.

Although this DLC is challenging and requires your level to basically be maxed out at 27, it isn’t going to take all that long to complete. I did a complete run through of the DLC in about 5 hours. This was a little disappointing since I was hoping for something a little longer. The waves and waves of darkspawn that are thrown at you in the beginning of the game soon become annoying and it basically sets up what’s coming up for the game battle wise. This is really an enemy wave based DLC which is similar to the multiplayer and not something I wanted to see in the main campaign. Not only did wave after wave of enemy become tedious after a while, but it also just became plain boring. By the end of the DLC I was relieved that it was over and just wanted to move on.

The playability for the DLC was pretty much the same as the rest of the game, but I did have a hell of a lot of lag problems. The wave after wave of enemy battles lagged horribly and even walking around and exploring the Deep Roads at times had a lot of lag. I think it’s safe to say that the amount of lag caused the game to crash, but the only saving grace was that my save didn’t become corrupted. If it did, I wasn’t sure I could stomach going through the DLC again.

The graphics for this DLC pretty much matched up with the rest of the game and were pretty impressive most of the time. It was nice to see what Dragon Age could do with the Deep Roads especially coming from what the Deep Roads looked like in Dragon Age: Origins. I will say that at times though, things were way too dark and the beauty of the area didn’t stand out and it really seemed like a waste. I did enjoy the final area of the Deep Roads graphically and thought that it was one of the best looking areas in the DLC.

There are 4 new trophies for this DLC and in order to get them all you have to do is complete the DLC. There’s nothing special for you to do and you don’t even have to do the side missions if you don’t want to. Just play the DLC and you’ll finish off your trophy list again.

There’s no new multiplayer content that comes along with this DLC although the latest update does have some new multiplayer stuff that adds in a new character.

Overall I give this DLC a 2.5 out of 5

What’s Great:
+ The Deep Roads is one of my favorite areas in Dragon Age and it was nice to be able to explore a new area of the Deep Roads with my Inquisitor.
+ The story is interesting and gives you insight Titan’s, which are completely new in the Dragon Age universe.

What’s Not So Great:
Very short at a very high $14.99 price tag.
While some areas of the DLC shine graphic wise, others are dark and take away from the overall beauty of the game and the gameplay.
Unoriginal and uneventful ending that is similar to Dragon Age II’s Legacy.
Multiplayer type battles that include wave after wave of enemies that soon becomes tedious and boring.
Serious lag problems and you should save often in case of game crashes.

This DLC is very much what the Omega DLC was to Mass Effect 3. It’s basically filler that doesn’t even deserve a $14.99 price tag. While I do appreciate the new story that goes along with the DLC as well as the new lore that every Dragon Age fan should just eat up, I felt that it’s just not up to par with the whole Dragon Age universe. For the amount of time it took for this DLC to come out, it felt like it should have been something bigger and it should have had a more original ending. If you’re a huge Dragon Age fan like I am, then you know you’re going to buy it no matter what so expect to be disappointed. If you’re just looking to add onto your Dragon Age: Inquisition experience, I would say hold off for a sale in order to pick this one up.

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This Week in Trophies 08-09-2015 – 08-15-2015

Not a lot of time to spend with my Playstation systems made this week pretty uneventful trophy wise. While I still was able to get a decent amount of trophies and complete a full DLC, I still feel like I could have done better. Anyway, here’s how my week went.

Fallout 3 – 6%

Look at that, a whole three percent increase in this game. Amazing right? I’m still playing at a really low level, under 10, so traveling around the Wasteland is a pretty difficult task at the moment. I’m currently at this constant pace of walk around a little, save a lot, discover something new. I’m staying away from the main mission at this time because when I attempted it last time I got demolished. The good news is that I’m still really enjoying the game.

The Sims 3 – 75%

I continued on with this game this week because I think I overcame a lot of hurdles that hold back people from getting the platinum and I’m well on my way with only 8 more trophies to go. I’m also really enjoying playing this version of The Sims which is the most important part because if I wasn’t enjoying it then why the hell would I still be playing it.

The Escapists – 19%

I got one whole trophy this week from this game. One! This game is crazy hard and I’m having the hardest time breaking out of the second prison. I’m also pretty sure I messed up my current save somehow and I might have to start over again. I’ll have to see the next time I play. Although things are becoming a little tedious while playing this game, I’m still enjoying it when I find the time to play.

The Escapists

Dragon Age: Inquisition – 100%

I got back into playing Dragon Age: Inquisition this week with the release of some new DLC. I’ll have my full review of the DLC up on Wednesday. Playing made me realize how much I miss playing this game so I’m thinking that I might start my “reign of terror” playthrough where I’ll do everything wrong, make just about everyone hate me, and still get the same ending. Interesting.

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That’s it for this week. Now for this upcoming week I’m going to try to pick up Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel again since I completely dropped it this week. I know I’m really close to the platinum in that game but I just got a little bored with it and decided to let it sit on the shelf for a little. I’ll also continue playing Fallout 3, The Sims 3, and The Escapists. Tuesday I’ll be playing the latest Tales from the Borderlands episode, which I’m super excited about, and I might or might not start a new game this week.

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Weekly Trophy Tip – Dragon Age: Inquisition – Stargazer

Another Dragon Age: Inquisition trophy tip for you this week, and this one is for Stargazer. Not the hardest trophy to get in the game, but it can be a little frustrating at times especially if you don’t know where the astrariums are or how the hell to solve them. So, let’s get you that trophy.

Dragon Age: Inquisition – Stargazer
Unlock 15 astrariums in a single playthrough – Bronze
TIP: For this trophy, I really don’t have a tip to actually tell you how to unlock the 15 of them since there really isn’t a right or wrong way to do it. You simply have to search each area for them and then solve them. I do have some helpful video’s though that will show you the location of all the astrariums across Thedas (excluding the ones in Jaws of Hakkon) along with how to solve each one of them.

The Hinterlands

The Storm Coast

The Western Approach

Crestwood

The Emerald Graves

Have anything additional to add to my tip? Let me know in the comments section below and I’ll add it in and give you credit. Need help with a specific trophy? I’m always looking for my next weeks tip so throw out some suggestions in the comments section. If I have the trophy I’ll post a tip on how to get it.

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In Game Tutorials. Too Many Vs. Too Little

Since game manuals are kind of obsolete at this point, a game still has to tell you how to play. Or do they? I’ve played a hell of a lot of games, I mean seriously a hell of a lot, and I’ve come to notice that while mostly every game tells you something while playing about the basic controls there are some games that tell you nothing at all. While I can’t stand over instructions that sometimes pause the game during important moments, I also can’t stand a game that doesn’t tell me what to do or give me any direction on how to play.

Every game needs a basic type of instruction. Sure everyone knows that pressing up on the left analog stick usually makes your character walk while using the right analog stick makes your character look around, but what about all of the other buttons? You know since there are like a bunch of them on a standard controller. What do you do with them? When do you have to use them? This kind of basic instruction is really only needed once and is of course helpful, but what about instructions that really aren’t so helpful or just too frequent. Take Borderlands 2 for example. I recently completed this game again on the PS4 and I found it highly annoying the way the game paused every so often if I picked up something new or the game wanted me to learn how to use the menus. At first it seemed helpful but soon became extremely annoying since the game was interrupted over and over again by this annoying presence of an in game instruction guide. This isn’t the only recent game that has done this though, I’ve also had the same problems while playing Dragon Age: Inquisition and even more recently while playing The Witcher 3. Sometimes enough is enough. If I need to learn more I can also go to the manual that is usually located in the options menu. I know all of this can be turned off in the options menu, but it just feels like it’s something that I shouldn’t have to do.

While there are those games that over instruct, there are those games that don’t even instruct you on what to do at all. My most recent game of no instruction was The Unfinished Swan. I spent three or more minutes staring at the white screen in front of me when the game first loaded waiting. I wasn’t sure if there was a glitch or my game didn’t load right. Just when I was about to reboot the game, I accidentally hit the R2 button which fired off my first paint ball. Seriously? Some type of simple instruction would have been nice and it wouldn’t have ruined the whole “art” feel of the game. Not only do some games have no instruction at all, but some instructions are so obscure that they have you scratching your head wondering what the hell you actually have to do.

At the moment there really doesn’t seem to be a balance between over instructing and under instructing. Some games do it too much, some games too little, and some none at all. While I would like to see some sort of balance in upcoming titles, it just doesn’t seem like there ever will be. Unfortunately that means that games that over instruct and games that under instruct will continue to annoy me while games that perfect this equation of balancing instructions perfectly will continue to earn my respect and praise.

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This Week in Trophies 05-24-2015 – 05-30-2015

This turned out to be a pretty decent week trophy wise with the release of the latest Game of Thrones episode. Not to mention that the Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC Jaws of Hakkon was finally released on the PS4. I also started my Sparkle 2 playthrough on the PS3 and continued to play Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. I even started a new PS4 game after I kinda gave up on The Witcher 3 by the end of the week. Here’s how my week played out for me.

Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare – 57%

While I’m not even close to getting this platinum trophy, I haven’t really been playing this game to get the platinum trophy anyway. I just really enjoy playing and it’s a nice break from playing The Witcher 3 which unfortunately I’ve given up on at the moment. It’s nice to pick up random trophies for this game here and there.

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Game of Thrones – 62%

The release of a new episode was surprising, but not unwelcome. Although I would have rather had a new Tales from the Borderlands episode, this episode was decent enough and I’ll have my review posted here sometime in the next couple of weeks.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition – 100%

The wait for the DLC for this game was long and I was eager to play this DLC as soon as I got it. It took me roughly 7 hours to play and even though I enjoyed it, I kind of regretted paying the $15 for it especially when I could have picked up some pretty sweet sales in the PS store this week for the same price.

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Sparkle 2 – 33%

I’m really enjoying playing this game again on the PS3 this time. Even though I’m enjoying it, I can see some noticeable differences between the three versions. I’m pretty dedicated to continuing to play through this game when I get some spare time here and there.

Far Cry 4 – 6%

So I started playing this game because not only have I had it from release day, but I’m also kinda done with The Witcher 3 for the moment. I plan to just put it on the shelf and continue it at another time to see if I can get into it better then I am at the moment. So far I’m really enjoying Far Cry 4. I can see where the game is very similar to Far Cry 3 and I’m not sure if Far Cry 2 or Far Cry classic is the same, but that doesn’t make it a bad game.

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That was it for this week. I would say that this week was pretty decent especially since the month is over. With The Witcher 3 being out of the picture at the moment I’ll probably spend my gaming time playing Far Cry 4 as well as Plants Vs. Zombies every now and again and finishing up Sparkle 2 sometime soon.

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Are Trophy Snapshots a Good Thing or a Bad Thing?

With the latest big update to the PS4 system, came the ability for the PS4 to take a snapshot of your screen every time you earn a trophy. While I’ve posted just about all my trophy snapshots here as well as on Twitter, I’m not really sure yet if this is a good thing or a bad thing.

The Good

Trophy snapshots are pretty damn awesome. They immediately capture that moment when you get a trophy and the outcome is sometimes pretty damn amazing depending on what game you’re playing and what you’re doing. My absolute favorite trophy snapshot is of my Dragon Age: Inquisition platinum trophy. I mean, it’s just awesome. Not only does it highlight that I got the platinum trophy, but the screen capture that goes with it is just perfect. The Borderlands 2 platinum trophy snapshot that I got is also becoming another one of my favorites as I get the thumbs up from my gunzerker just for getting the trophy. I know it’s just him reloading, but still it does look like he’s giving me the thumbs up right? Right?!?! Another bonus to these snapshots is that you don’t have to go to your trophy profile anymore and just take a picture of the trophy description screen. You have proof right there in the snapshot that you actually received the trophy.

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The Bad

I’ve learned that when there are things that are good, there are also things that are bad to go along with it. Let’s face it, trophies don’t always pop at the right moment and now when that happens it’s captured by this convenient little snapshot. Maybe that something awesome that you did passed and while you wait for the trophy you’re just standing around. Who wants a snapshot of that? Or maybe the trophy pops when there is a loading screen or just a plain old black screen, like in Dragon Age: Inquisition and Never Alone. These can lead to some frustrating moments since you did something awesome, but the snapshot doesn’t capture it because the trophy didn’t pop when it should have or it popped during an immediate loading screen after doing that something awesome.

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At the moment I have a love/hate relationship with these trophy snapshots. I love the ones that are awesome and I hate the snapshots of the trophies that are…well not so awesome. It does make me wonder though if, knowing that the PS4 now has this capability, developers will tweak when trophies pop during their games. I know I’m not the only one posting these snapshots on social media, and when I do this it really promotes that game that I’m playing. Awesome snapshots could possibly lead to more game sales, so it’ll be interesting to see in newer games, I’m thinking possibly the beginning of next year depending on development time, if trophy pops are adjusted so that they capture something awesome all the time or if they’ll just remain the same. Until then, the love/hate relationship continues!

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