Minor plot spoilers may be included.
This review is based on the single player aspect of the game only.
latest game has been met by, to be fair, quite negative feedback from many fronts. However, is Dungeon Siege 3
as bad as they make it out? After all, games such as Singularity
were met with negative reviews and turned out to be underrated gems.I entered the demo expecting it to be horrible, and ended up buying the game and enjoying it. So who are you, and what do you do? Well you are provided with a choice of four characters, each differing in their styles. These four legionnaires are Lucas, Anjali, Reinhart
, and it's up to them to save the kingdom of Ehb
I must start off in this segment by getting the camera issue out of the way. The game provides two camera angles, a birds eye view and a zoomed in version which is just enough to see the details of your character. At first I felt this was going to be annoying, however both camera angles work well with this style of game, allowing you to zoom out to see what is coming, and zoom in to watch your attacks and to see when to dodge or block. It's a lot of hacking and slashing, or shooting, but there is a story in there. The character movement and attacks feel smooth enough and once you reach bigger fights (such as 10 on 1 or 2) it becomes challenging, and seems like it was meant to have more than one person playing. As I mentioned earlier, there is a story to this game, but sometimes it can be overwritten by the amount of combat. The majority of the side quests also link into your major quest of saving Ehb from the evils of Jeyne Kassynder
. You begin this quest alone, but over the course of the game, you find the other characters, depending on who you're playing as. This allows you to have a companion which comes in handy as extra attacking support, as well as reviving you should you fall.
Throughout the game you can pick up items, or purchase them. These are items such as weaponry, armour and jewellery, which all have different stats. Each time you pick up a new item, it is in your inventory with a sign on it saying new, to help with any confusion once you have collected a lot. The stats I found to be most beneficial were Stamina, Attack and Armour, to build up your health and strength. As for telling the enemies health, each enemy has a ring underneath them. Green is full health, yellow is medium, with red being near death. This is also handy as it helps you focus on enemies to be rid of them quick. In Casual or Normal mode, sometimes you can feel like you are too powerful for the game. Switch it into Hardcore and you will be extremely weak in contrast to your enemies. This makes the balance of difficulty and strength seem poor.
Video and Audio
Despite the at times awkward camera angles, the graphics on Dungeon Siege 3 are standard for a RPG. It is when you are in conversations that you can see people more easily. The detail on the humans does make them look semi-realistic, but at the same time, not as much as some of the games that are coming out now. One other thing I noticed is the goblins. While this isn't a game changing or damaging thing, they look more like green house elves from Harry Potter
. The game also sounds like your standard RPG, when you attack, it makes the appropriate slashing noise. As far as the voice acting goes, at times it's really good, but there are some where it feels sloppy.
Overall, Dungeon Siege 3 did have some issues which put seemingly many people off its purchase. Yet it is a really fun game, which just needs to have some time spent on it to get into it. (Such as Dragon Age Origins
, which got amazingly better once you were past the Origin stories). I never played Dungeon Siege 1
or Dungeon Siege 2
, but from listening to a few friends who had played it, this game would have been better as a stand alone RPG, instead of part of the series. This is because it is not to the same standard as 1 or 2. If it had a different name on it, and wasn't part of the series, then it might have got better reviews all around. Currently, as this review is written, some achievements have misleading descriptions. Both 100,000 coins in sales, and 100,000 in damage need to be in one session, not play through. I give this game 6.5 out of 10, and if anyone is thinking of purchasing it, I would say it is worth £20 - £25, instead of the £35 -£40 it had released at.