It has been eight years since BioWare and EA launched Dragon Age: Inquisition and followers of the sequence have been longing for the subsequent chapter. Dragon Age: Dreadwolf is on the horizon, however followers can return to Thedas, in a style, with the brand new animated sequence Dragon Age: Absolution because it hits Netflix. The six-episode sequence proves to be a serviceable stopgap for these followers merely longing for extra tales set inside Dragon Age’s world and will even catch the curiosity of uninitiated viewers who’re followers of comparable properties.

Dragon Age: Absolution takes place between Dragon Age: Inquisition and Dragon Age: Dreadwolf. The story focuses on Miriam, an elf who escaped slavery within the Tevinter Imperium and have become a mercenary. Miriam should face her previous when an previous good friend catches up along with her on a last mission from the Inquisition main into the Imperium.

Dragon Age: Absolution stands aside from the video games when it comes to scale. It is not telling the sort of epic, world-shaking saga for which the video games are recognized. Its construction is, as an alternative, comparatively easy and concise, centered on a heist as Miriam and her get together try to interrupt right into a Tevinter palace and steal a relic. Its vibe has extra in widespread with a Dungeons & Dragons journey or fellow animated sequence Legend of Vox Machina, which is a refreshing change of tempo for the franchise.

With out these massive stakes, the sequence depends on character drama to gas the story. Miriam needs to assist her love, Inquisition agent Hira (Sumalee Montano), however by no means needs to step foot in Tevinter once more. Her feelings and the way these round her assuage or make the most of them drive the battle.

However with the story that tightly targeted on Miriam, it leaves the supporting cast with out a lot for themselves. Miriam, Hira, and Fairbanks (Matthew Mercer), the ringleader, are caught in a game of intrigue involving the formidable Tevinter magister Rezaren (Josh Keaton). Orlesian mercenary Roland (Phil LaMarr), bubbly Qunari mage Qwydion (Ahsly Burch), and skeptical dwarf Lacklon (Keston John) are principally there to fill struggle scenes whereas offering occasional comedic aid and make eyes at one another. The performances are sturdy, and every character makes a case for additional exploration, however this sequence leaves a lot of the group’s potential on the desk.

Visually, the sequence is stellar, if acquainted. Motion scenes contain quite a lot of quick cuts and actions, sometimes accented by moments of gradual movement to emphasise a dramatic flip. There are a couple of scenes where issues decelerate sufficient to understand the nuanced work put into the characters’ battle stances and maneuvers. There’s additionally a singular delight for Dragon Age in seeing particular expertise, spells, and gadgets depicted sans all of the artifice of gameplay. As soon as once more, The Legend of Vox Machina is a straightforward level of comparability, with Absolution being much less slapstick and that includes arguably extra polished animation.

The largest frustration with Absolution is that it tries to have issues each methods with the way it ends. BioWare has positioned Absolution as a prologue to Dreadwolf. It actually is that, however for that to work, the sequence concludes on an unresolved notice. Miriam’s private story will get some closure, nevertheless it is not fully satisfying as a result of there’s little stress in her arc. Whereas there’s development, there’s by no means any doubt about what route she’s headed. That makes some sense contemplating her previous and present choices, nevertheless it would not provide a lot of a hook. With out giving an excessive amount of away, the writers try and put Miriam between two different characters, however her attitudes towards these two characters by no means change, and thus there is no rise or fall to the drama. One relationship concludes as anticipated, and the opposite would not get a lot of an finish in any respect.


Dragon Age: Absolution is an pleasant story set in Thedas that’s unlikely to shock anybody however that followers will get pleasure from. Should you’re already fascinated by Absolution as a result of it is Dragon Age, it is most likely price spending the three hours to observe so long as you perceive its smaller scale and its function in teeing up what’s to return. Style followers who give it a shot could discover themselves with a brand new curiosity within the BioWare franchise.