DUNGEON SIEGE III (PG)
PC $79.95; PS3, Xbox 360 $109.95 Out: June 16
★★★★ Set IN the fantasy world of Ehb, Dungeon Siege III tells the story of the 10th Legion and their fight against a tyrant and is the quintessential action role-playing game (RPG).
That’s a good thing as, while the story treads well-worn territory, the combat-focused gameplay is compelling.
In Dungeon Siege III, combat is its own reward. Killing enemies gets players loot and experience, both of which help them grow stronger and kill more enemies.
The game gets this cycle just right and the sense of constantly growing power is one of the core elements that makes Dungeon Siege III fun.
The four characters available include a witch who favours a combination of firearms and sorcery, and a fire spirit who wields staff and flames. Each has a distinct personality and can switch between two stances, giving combat a more tactical edge.
Players have a huge scope for character specialisation too, choosing the strengths and abilities which suit their playing style. However, this is a very streamlined style of RPG. Players have a lot of choice in how their avatar fights, but not necessarily who they are.
Gamers who like characters with depth and worlds that feel dynamic will be disappointed, compounded by the stiff, puppet-like presentation of other characters in conversations.
Thankfully, Dungeon Siege III is about combat and that aspect is sublime. From eerie woods, where giant spiders lurk and beasts dwell, to manor castles infested by spirits and necromancers, it’s a joy to hack and slash through this world.
Best of all, co-operative play means that up to four players can head out on an epic quest together.
Rewarding combat: Gain loot killing enemies in Dungeon Siege III.