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Dungeon Siege (Windows)

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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 Group of zombies attacks
Dungeon Siege Windows Dead enemies drop many items
Dungeon Siege Windows Character creation, Chinese version. They even dubbed the voices, believe it or not ;)
Dungeon Siege Windows Our once proud farm

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. kbmb (399) unrated
Hack and slash RPG brilliance but at a cost. Sycada (175) unrated
Streamlined RPG-lite desperately needs more death at higher levels Kasey Chang (3653) unrated
3D Diablo with multiple characters Jason Becker (5) 3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars
Diablo meets Hexplore. Stunning looks, simple and fun - just don't take it too seriously. Steve Hall (322) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
How not to make an RPG Mattias Kreku (423) 1.67 Stars1.67 Stars1.67 Stars1.67 Stars1.67 Stars
One of the NICEST, most Revolutionary NEW RPGs ever created! FUN as Heck! XplOrOrOr (16) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
Probably the most boring game I have ever played! The Gay Elf (14) 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars
It could've been better.... Lord Dayin (11) 3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars
Diablo hack and slash fun - for a while Doug Walker (29) unrated

The Press Says

FiringSquad Apr 23, 2002 96 out of 100 96
Play.tm Apr 25, 2002 91 out of 100 91
RPGFan Oct 02, 2002 91 out of 100 91
ComputerGames.ro Jun 20, 2002 89 out of 100 89
IGN Apr 04, 2002 8.5 out of 10 85
Jeuxvideo.com May 06, 2002 17 out of 20 85
Gamesmania May 06, 2002 84 out of 100 84
Game Chronicles Jun 04, 2002 7.1 out of 10 71
Quandary May, 2002 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Apr 19, 2002 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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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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phlux (4143) added Dungeon Siege (Windows) on Mar 30, 2002
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