Just when geek chic seemed too lofty a concept to take hold, along comes Dungeon Siege to ... more
prove that even role-playing games can be cool, as long as there's plenty of fighting in them. Not surprisingly for an RPG, the story is set in a medieval world of sword and sorcery. Your society finds its 300-year stint of peace being wrecked by newly arisen hordes of the obligatory ancient evil. So it's time to down tools, pick them up again and beat the uglies to well past an inch of their lives. It really is that simple. Just as easily mastered are Dungeon Siege's controls, with each character developing more skill, dexterity, strength and magic as they battle. Rather than picking a character class at the beginning of the game, your adventurers advance in the disciplines that you use the most, so wade in with your axe strength and your melee skills will improve, favour magic and your intelligence and magic skills increase. Controlling up to eight characters is also remarkably straightforward, they all have large and easily manageable inventories (you can get the handy addition of a pack mule instead of an eighth party member), and usually need no prompting from you to get stuck in.Dungeon Siege isn't just easy on the brain, it's also a treat on the senses. Your journey takes you across dense forests, over dizzying precipices and through the odd dungeon; all are incredibly detailed and beautifully rendered. A reasonably well-thought-out camera mechanism compliments the spectacle, allowing you to take in everything from numerous different angles and distances. The game's faults are few, and stem from the it's finer points. Character control can be fiddly, characters can get separated stepping on and off platforms and there is a fine-line balance between setting their combat option to defend (then seeing them get slaughtered by some archers) or to attack (and then seeing them throw caution to the wind, wade in and get slaughtered). Secondly, the game is quite linear, but this is arguably down to Gas Powered Games striving to make a simplified and more accessible adventure.Dungeon Siege offers scant innovation, but does dish out cartloads of extremely polished and friendly adventuring, set in a beautifully realised world. Hard-core RPG fans may see it as a bit of a package holiday, but anyone who fancies walking a while in their sandals could do far worse.-Tae Mawson
And for a millennium, magic has continued to spread to the farthest corners of the world, ... more
freely flowing to any who would command it. But the tide of magic has begun to wane, heeding instead the call of an ancient legacy. From the Plain of Tears a new heir beckons, and with each day his strength grows - consuming all those who submit, eradicating those foolish enough to resist. With none to oppose his ascendance, the circle will be complete, and an ancient age will begin anew. What fate will befall the Seco...
For centuries legionnaires have protected the nation of Ehb until they were betrayed and ... more
all but driven to the brink of extinction. Now that evil has returned to Ehb the people turn to the few remaining Legionnaires for the protection of the past. As an heir to the legion will you accept this plea for help? How it will all be resolved is up to you!Dungeon Siege III is an Action RPG that seamlessly blends intuitive fast-paced gameplay, a robust RPG system featuring a large selection of abilities, loot galore and the depth of story Square-Enix and Obsidian Entertainment are known for creating. Players will be able to adventure by themselves, on the couch with friends, or online in a fully multiplayer experience.