6 Dragon Age Games in Order (Updated 2021)

Few RPGs have been as successful as BioWare’s Dragon Age games over the last few years. And even less have come to resemble so close the fantasy world of Tolkien.

BioWare is known for the beloved Baldur’s Gate series, which started in the 90s and saw its way through the mid-2000s—the unfinished 2021 release of Baldur Gate 3 is from Larian Studios, a completely different company, and, as such, it doesn’t count. The first Dragon Age game, released in 2009, was thought to be the spiritual successor to the popular franchise, and thankfully, it was! It exceeded every expectation and found a place in the hearts of all RPG enthusiasts. 

The success of the first game followed two additional installments in the series as well as some spin-offs. Here, then, is the chronological list of the Dragon Age games, from the first to the latest. 

1. Dragon Age: Origins

Release Date: 3rd November 2009 

Platforms: Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PC, Mac OS X

Dragon Age: Origins continued the epicness of the Baldur’s Gate series. Dragons, elves and dwarves, and other fantasy beings are all there. And it is an epic story of conflicting ideologies, both political and religious. 

The world is in Ferelden, a kingdom among many in the continent of Thedas. A demonic invasion threatens the land, and only the game’s protagonist can stop it. To do that, players have to convince the different commanders to ally and work together against the common foe: The demons. In the Dragon Age franchise, the races are conflicted and don’t really like each other. Humans treat the elves like trash, while the dwarves are too proud tinkering with their devices to participate in non-dwarven affairs. And the imposing Qunari came only to conquer and enslave all the other races. Pretty hard convincing them to partner, huh?

Furthermore, Mages are at odds with the Templar Order, while those who defy the Circle of Magic, the organization that trains and governs Mages, are known as apostates. Some apostates even prove dangerous and become a vessel for demonic possession. Templars, therefore, have to hunt them down to ensure security. Then, there’s also the Grey Wards—a specialized warrior order devoted to the destruction of the demonic darkspawn—to whom the protagonist belongs. As a Grey Warden, players have to prevent the Archdemon and his demonic army from destroying everything.

As a wonderful BioWare RPG, Dragon Age: Origins is full of an engaging supporting cast. And it features branching dialogue options that players use to navigate their way through the story. These allow them to befriend or make enemies with the characters found in the game. Origin’s core gameplay of exploration and combat is closely associated with Baldur’s Gate’s way of journeying and fighting. It has a top-down approach, offering a bird’s eye view of the land and tactical advantage in combat. Players can pause battles to give party members unique commands, like to move to a specific spot or attack a particular enemy. 

To sum it up, Dragon Age: Origins is the game that started it all and the pinnacle in modern RPGs!

2. Dragon Age: Journeys

Release Date: 3rd November 2009

Platforms: Flash-based Web browsers

Dragon Age: Journeys was a 2-D flash-based game with turn-based combat set after the events of Origins. Also, the game was released on the same day.

Journeys utilized an in-game board with hexagonal titles over which players moved their troops as they fought. The game had three chapters.

3. Dragon Age II

Release Date: 8th March 2011

Platforms: Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PC, Mac OS X

Dragon Age II maintains much of the same gameplay elements as its predecessor. And despite not straying too far from the formula that made Origins such a success, it introduces changes that cause conflict among die-hard fans.

One of the first changes is that the game’s main character, this time, has a family name: Hawke. And can only be human. Second, Dragon Age II favors city-life. After fleeing Ferelden, the main character goes to the city of Kirkwall. There, the majority of the game takes place and spans a decade. During this timeframe, it follows the protagonist’s exploits in the city, wherefrom a mere refugee becomes the Champion of Kirkwall. The story culminates in a bloody conflict between the two opposing factions: the Templars and the Mages. And the events of this war led to the next entry, the Inquisition. 

Gameplay-wise, Dragon Age II is more action-focused than Origins. That said, the game implements an artificial intelligence system to control companions that can be modified using the Tactic menu. Players can customize a companion’s stance to aggressive and set their behaviors like consuming magic potions when they’re low in mana. Furthermore, the game features an inventory system that acts as item storage. Players can store several types of items, such as weapons, armor, crafting recipes, runes, and consumables. 

The dialogue tree offers several dialogue options for players to select and remains virtually unchanged from the previous title.

4. Dragon Age: Legends

Release Date: 18th March 2011

Platforms: PC, Mac OS X, Facebook

Legends was another 2-D flash-based game, sequel to Dragon Age: Journeys. The story took place between the events of Origins and Dragon Age II. As Journeys, the game was released alongside Dragon Age II.

Legends, originally a Facebook-only game, employed a simple squad formation comprised of the frontline. There, players placed melee warriors while on the back row they assigned long-range fighters. The latter got to enjoy the best view of the bloody battles.

5. Heroes of Dragon Age

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Release Date: 5th December 2013

Platforms: iOS, Android

This one is a mobile tactical-game based on the Dragon Age universe. It doesn’t present a new story but a series of possible versions of canonical events. The goal is to collect characters, whom players can arrange into squads and battle against the A.I. or another real-life player. Units can evolve to transform into more powerful versions. There are also micro-transactions available that speed up the evolution process. 

6. Dragon Age: Inquisition

Release Date: 18th November 2014

Platforms: Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC

Dragon Age: Inquisition is the third and latest installment in the Dragon Age series. 

In Inquisition, players are a survivor of a cataclysm that turns a mountain to dust, slaughtering Templars and Mages. This survivor, afterward, is treated with suspicion. However, when it’s discovered that he can close the portals through which demons enter Thedas, he becomes the beacon in the battle to save the in-game world. 

The overworld in Inquisition is massive and full of content as players visit apart from Ferelden, the neighboring country of Orlais. On top of that, the choice of making or destroying alliances with entire nations and institutions so powerful that their rise or fall could be the joy or doom of thousands makes the game incredibly immersive. 

What Inquisition does great, apart from having cutting-edge graphics, is the phenomenal storytelling. The moral choices of Origins return in Inquisition as players contemplate whether to send groups of soldiers to their deaths or approach supporting characters in exhilarating ways, or, in other words, bedding them. 

In terms of gameplay, Inquisition departs from turn-based combat and changes to real-time, employing an over-the-shoulder perspective. That said, pushing a button, though, is enough to return to the cherished tactical combat, and fans, new and old, are satisfied. 

Conclusion

That’s it, folks! A chronological list of all Dragon Age games ranked from the first to the latest. And as 2022 is getting closer, fans should get ready for the upcoming Dragon Age 4, where Solas, now known as the Dread Wolf, is a central character. Exciting!

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