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Dungeon Siege III Previews

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Dungeon Siege III Previews

Preview - posted by Jaesun on Thu 17 March 2011, 19:35:57

Tags: Dungeon Siege III; Obsidian Entertainment

Square Enix and our good friends at Obsidian have been working on the Action RPG, Dungeon Siege 3, and as expected a few Gaming Magazines got their hot little hands on this game and have some preview thoughts to share with us:  
Yahoo Games wrote:
For the benefit of those that don’t know, the ‘Dungeon Siege’ series falls under the Action category of role-playing games. This is the same bracket as Blizzard’s popular ‘Diablo’ or broadly similar to Nintendo’s popular ‘Legend of Zelda’ games. More in keeping with ‘Diablo’ though ‘Dungeon Siege’ is a very deep and challenging experience rewarding lots of battles with countless treasures.

Our first (hour) glance at ‘Dungeon Siege III’ showed that narrative and cinematic presentation tops the list of priorities to attract the console crowd. We spent time with the PlayStation 3 version, and can readily say that ‘Dungeon Siege III’ holds its own visually, even with such titles as ‘Killzone 3’ and ‘Uncharted 2’ out there to distract potential buyers.

But this is an action (RPG) game we’re talking about, so the main consideration has to be with the controls.
Total Playstation wrote:
Dungeon Siege is traditionally a straightforward action roleplaying series; the core of it is composed of tactical real-time combat, character progression and loot. It is not driven by wanderlust and social maneuvering, though the Obsidian stamp is visible here in the form of a greater emphasis on story and dialogue. Dungeon Siege III is peppered with well-written and well-acted conversations in which the (fully voiced) protagonist will have many opportunities to be a jerk or not, making decisions that will tangibly impact the unfolding action.

The player's choice of character impacts the narrative, as the story is (at least to some degree) unique for each, with multiple endings to boot. 

Dungeon Siege III should arrive on May 31 in the US, and promises to provide fifteen to twenty hours of monster-thrashing gameplay, with substantially more for those completionists who feel compelled to do every little side quest. If your compulsions are more on the kleptomaniacal side of things, then look forward to over 15,000 loot items for the pilfering. Based on what I played, it seems that Obisidian is delivering a solid, polished dungeon crawler with engaging narrative elements to keep players hooked in case a giant hoard of spoils isn't enough. 
IGN Wrote:
If you're a fan of killing monsters, grabbing some serious loot, and pimping out a warrior of your choosing, then Dungeon Siege III was designed with you in mind. This multiplayer role-playing game from the developers at Obsidian Entertainment is all about collecting loot. With a decidedly old-school feel, Dungeon Siege is scheduled to launch on the PC, 360 and PS3.

What is Dungeon Siege III? 
It's a role-playing game with an action-oriented combat system. Dungeon Siege III was designed for multiplayer support, though the developers at Obsidian want it to be a satisfying single-player game, too. 

How's it play? 
Like many old RPGs, Dungeon Siege III is played from a top-down perspective. There are ample customization options for those of you that want to tweak your character to your liking. During your quest, you'll progress the main story, make choices that affect the plot, and collect new items and weapons to equip. 

What's the craziest thing in Dungeon Siege III? 
Probably the character Anjali. According to a report by IGN's own Cam Shea, Anjali is a "mythological creature that's able to call upon fire at will, encapsulated -- in this case -- in the body of an attractive girl." 
Top down perspective, multiple endings, dialogue choices, attractive girls and tactical real-time combat in my Action RPG? All this and more heading our way on May 31st.
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