July 20, 2011

Solid Summer Fun

Lasting First Impressions of Dungeon Siege III from Obsidian.

DS3 Boxart Dungeon Siege III is the franchise’s first time on consoles, and they did a good job bringing the Diablo-style gameplay to a controller.  It’s an Action-RPG, although much heavier on the "action" than on the "RPG".  The gameplay follows the basic formula of: get a quest, kill some baddies, get some experience, level up, rinse, repeat. There is heavy focus on acquiring new gear, and the loot is plentiful throughout the game. So much so that gold is pretty much inconsequential, as you’ll rarely find the need to purchase new equipment. If you get hooked on collecting new gear and searching for that next best weapon, this game has got your number.

There are four different characters to choose from, each one with their own relationship to the main storyline. Each character has their own introduction, reminiscent of Dragon Age: Origins. Some of the storyline elements change throughout the game, depending on which character you choose to play as.  The game has a reasonably good story, and they use a Mass Effect style dialogue wheel with choices that effect the storyline. It’s not as deep as a true RPG, but it’s good enough despite the terrible voice acting.

ds3 screen 2 The leveling system is unique, and is deep enough to appeal to the RPG lover in me.  There are abilities and talents to level up, and these choices combined with your equipment selections give you some flexibility in gameplay despite the pre-set characters.  Each character has two stances, with three talents on each stance. Toggling between the two stances can create some interesting combat sequences, and prevents the game from turning into a total button-masher.

You can play up to four people with drop-in/drop-out co-op play. Unfortunately they used the "I’m just visiting" method of co-op, in which the game belongs to the host and the other players do not bring their own characters to the game and don’t keep any of the loot and experience.  They do, however, share in achievements.  There is definitely some fun to be had here and I enjoyed playing same-screen co-op with Sinnix.

DS3 screen There’s not much here that you haven’t seen before and it certainly doesn’t bring anything new to the genre, but Dungeon Siege 3 is still a solid bit of fun. If you like Action-RPGs or are looking for a new co-op game, Dungeon Siege 3 will get you through the summer.

Dungeon Siege 3 has come out at just the right time to get my attention, and I’m IMPRESSED.


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