I’m not sure whether or not I should be surprised that Dragon Age: Inquisition has a multiplayer side-game. It seems a lot of these big-ticket games do nowadays. Fortunately this one a) is strictly cooperative multiplayer, and b) has no impact on the much larger single-player component.
I actually played this game once shortly after I bought it just to see how it played. It appears to be a simplified version of Dragon Age’s action-oriented combat, where you and up to three other players (who can drop in and out at any time) fight through a stage and try to reach the boss at the end. Each stage is broken up into five sections, with a chance to recover your health at the end of each section.
There are 12 different specializations for each of the three major classes (Warrior, Rogue, and Mage), but you can only choose from one of each when you start playing: Legionnaire, Archer, and Keeper. I picked the Archer because I figured it would be the easiest to play for newcomers.
The first time I played through, I didn’t make it to the level boss. I made it this time around, but even on Routine difficulty (which is the easiest setting), the boss and its minions were still a pain to fight off. Nevertheless, I still managed to beat it and get some experience point to survive some of the higher difficulties later on.