I’ve been playing Dragon Age: Inquisition for a few days now and I have a confession to make. I’m stuck.
I can’t get past Haven.
Because I keep restarting the game to design a new character.
First I wanted to make my traditional favourite Dragon Age character: an Elf rogue. As much as I tried and tried and tried to make her look like a little Celtic warrior maiden, she’d just come out looking… wrong. Oversized lips, weird cheekbones and jawlines, and tattoo colours that felt like a good idea in theory and never seemed to turn out to be a good idea in practice. So I decided to try out the new playable race, the Qunari.
I managed to design a character who reminded me strongly of Maleficent, so, finally happy with my looks, I was good to go. Of course, a few minutes into the game I realized how much a Qunari rogue felt like a silly choice, especially when my character looks like she really should be carrying a staff, so I had to go back and create a mage. With this character, I got quite far – all the way to Haven.
That’s when her lips started to really bother me.
See, Maleficent has dark red lips. It’s one of her more striking features. The addition of lipstick to my character would make me 100% happy with her, while the lack of it promised to bug me for the rest of the game. And I had only just started the game so I decided I could still make changes without losing too much time…
The problem with the next character is I accidentally typed in the wrong name.
The one after that, I made her eyes too big.
After that, the lips weren’t dark enough. And then the green eye shadow I gave her was too bright.
By my 10th redesign, I realized I had a problem.
So I tried. I really tried hard to stick to the character I had created.
This morning, I opened the game, stared at my character, and realized I don’t like her.