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Dungeon Siege

MobyRank MobyScore
Macintosh
84
3.2
Windows
85
3.5
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Description

Located in the corner of the Aranna continent, the Kingdom of Ehb has recently gained independence following a prolonged war. One day, a small farming community is attacked by a band of wild creatures known as Krug. One of the farmers has to venture to the neighboring town of Stonebridge to seek help. During his travels he finds out that an even greater peril is threatening the land, and must find a way to stop it.

Dungeon Siege is a role-playing game sharing many similarities with Diablo. It is heavily combat-oriented and emphasizes item-gathering and gradual building up of the protagonist for purely battle-related purposes. The game's linear progression is determined by quests that send the protagonist to newer areas. Combat is handled in a point-and-click fashion; when the player character fights alone, it resembles the action-based fights of Diablo. However, other characters may join the party as well, at which point combat flows in real time, somewhat similarly to the semi-automated party battles of Ultima VII. It is possible to build formations and assign basic tactics to the party as well. When a character's health drops to zero, it becomes unconscious, and if left alone it will regenerate back to life. Other party members can speed up the healing process with spells. On the other hand if the enemies keep attacking the character will eventually die, and only resurrection spells can bring it back from the dead.

Unlike other role-playing games, there are no classes, but characters can improve up to four skills: melee, ranged, nature magic and combat magic. Advancing in a skill is done by simply using it. The characters become better at melee attacks if they fight with melee weapons, they can master nature magic if they cast nature spells, and so on. Using a skill will automatically improve one of three attributes: strength (necessary for melee), dexterity (ranged) or intelligence (magic).

Screenshots

Dungeon Siege Windows Kill the bugs!
Dungeon Siege Windows Deja vu Diablo? Although different enough in its own right, some things about Dungeon Siege, like its inventory, are truly descended from Blizzard's classic.
Dungeon Siege Windows Cool, they didn't forget the Diablo-style barrel-breaking orgys :)
Dungeon Siege Windows Here the game starts

Alternate Titles

  • "末日危城" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "地牢围攻" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Di Lao Wei Gong" -- Chinese title

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User Reviews

A great game overall. Windows kbmb (399)
Hack and slash RPG brilliance but at a cost. Windows Sycada (175)
Streamlined RPG-lite desperately needs more death at higher levels Windows Kasey Chang (3653)
3D Diablo with multiple characters Windows Jason Becker (5)
Diablo meets Hexplore. Stunning looks, simple and fun - just don't take it too seriously. Windows Steve Hall (322)
How not to make an RPG Windows Mattias Kreku (423)
One of the NICEST, most Revolutionary NEW RPGs ever created! FUN as Heck! Windows XplOrOrOr (16)
Probably the most boring game I have ever played! Windows The Gay Elf (14)
It could've been better.... Windows Lord Dayin (11)
Diablo hack and slash fun - for a while Windows Doug Walker (29)

The Press Says

Mac Gamer Macintosh Apr 25, 2003 99 out of 100 99
RPGFan Windows Oct 02, 2002 91 out of 100 91
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Windows Apr 08, 2002 90 out of 100 90
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Windows May, 2002 90 out of 100 90
Svenska PC Gamer Windows May, 2002 88 out of 100 88
4Players.de Windows Apr 29, 2002 85 out of 100 85
GameSpot Windows Apr 10, 2002 8.4 out of 10 84
Peliplaneetta.net Windows May 13, 2002 83 out of 100 83
JeuxMac.com Macintosh May, 2003 4 out of 5 80
Mac Addict Macintosh Mar, 2004 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Dungeon Siege appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2002 – Tech W'd Like To See More Of Award (for its missing loading times)

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