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Dungeon Siege III Review

/ Jun 28th, 2011 No Comments

Dungeon Siege 3 is a hack-n-slash RPG adventure game that has been released for the PC, Xbox 360 and for PlayStation 3.  The game tells the tale of revenge against an evil powerful woman named Jayne Kassynder who is hell bent on destruction. It’s up to you as you take on one of four pre-set identities to battle through dungeons to unravel the mysteries of the stories and rise up to restore freedom to Ehb once again.

Dungeon Siege III Graphics

The best feature of the game are the stunning visuals you’ll be able to enjoy as we did on the PC. Running at the 1920×1200 resolution level with all the options maxed out gave us a really spectacular view of the game. The environments were nicely varied and the overall art direction of the game was nothing short of inspiring.  We really enjoyed the “special effects” for when a boss monster attacked us using a special ability or when we used one of the many special abilities of our characters.  From running around in dungeons to interacting with NPCs in the game the graphics were masterfully done.

Gameplay

Dungeon Siege 3 Review

Dungeon Siege 3 Review

In the single player campaign you take on one of four identities that are pre-set from the start. There’s the obvious tank character along with a ranged character, a hybrid tank/range as well as a caster type. Each one has their own strengths and weaknesses as well as their own special loot.  The controls in the game work decently enough on a PC, however, the game is probably best enjoyed with an Xbox 360 controller, which takes away a bit from the traditional PC experience. Nevertheless, the controls aren’t all that big a deal and if you insist on playing with the keyboard and mouse, you’ll be fine.  Characters level up and you are allowed to do a bit of customization and unlock abilities as you move forward. Some of the abilities aren’t interesting at all and there’s not too much customization that can be done in an obvious way.  However, there is a nice difference between all four characters and as you get through the single player version of the game, you’ll unlock the different characters to be your companion.  You only get one companion at a time with the A.I. doing a great job taking care of the companion character.

The highlight for Dungeon Siege III will definitely be the combat and running through the dungeons. They are really fun to get through and there’s really nice payoffs for when you make critical attacks.  The graphics for the monsters are well done and overall, you’ll have a great time running through and killing everything in sight.   There are quests that offer up more storyline if you are interested and depending on the choices you make interacting with these characters, you’ll be rewarded in the form of ability buffs.

Speaking to the abilities and loot, it isn’t always obvious what these attributes do or mean. We’re not big on reading through any game manual, so finding out what some of the loot does exactly or what the attributes mean seemed too much of a hassle to deal with.   Typically, whatever piece of loot (which fell at a good rate by the way) ended up on top of the character panel is what I would equip.

Dungeon Siege 3 Review Manor

Dungeon Siege 3 Review Manor

In the end, the actual gameplay of Dungeon Siege III is pretty darn fun if you like to run around and kill everything in sight. The story is a bit weird and not always totally clear, but the RPG-dialog element is a nice piece to the game. While the characters can’t be customized all that much, outside of picking one of the four that you like and then investing in one of the nine extra abilities available to each, all the characters are varied nicely and are all pretty fun to play with.

Multiplayer

If there’s something that disappointed us about the game, it was the multiplayer portion. If you were to join someone else’s game it wasn’t totally clear what was happening and that your character “doesn’t count” in the sense that you are just playing for fun and your character doesn’t really exist. While it’s a heck of a lot of fun to run around with three other people and run through the missions, the camera angles and forced movement (at times) became really frustrating.

Overall Impressions

Dungeon Siege III is a really solid game and while not a total linear step forward for the Dungeon Siege III franchise, it’s a fun game that offers tons of great action and combat. The graphics are outstanding and the audio in the game has been done really well, too. The storyline won’t grip you and become the central focus of the game, but it’s just good enough to keep the game together. The gameplay is solid, offering good controls on all platforms if you use a controller and if you are on PC, it’s also recommended but utilizing a keyboard and mouse turned out to be fine after some getting used to. The multiplayer turned out to be the most disappointing aspect of the game, but overall, we really liked Dungeon Siege III and thought it was a really fun game to play.

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entertainment factor 8 out of 10 for entertainment
longevity rating 8 out of 10 rating
audio and video rating 9 out of 10 rating
overall score final score 83%

 

Sean W. Gibson

Sean W. Gibson

Founder, Featured Contributor at Gaming Illustrated
Sean Gibson has been the owner and Executive Editor of Gaming Illustrated for over eleven years. His roles include acting as CEO and President of Gaming Illustrated, LLC and also includes being a reviewer, previewer and interviewer. Sean's opinions on this site do not reflect those of his full-time employer.
Sean W. Gibson
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