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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 Inside a house
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 phlux (that's me :) met his maker

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 (3652) 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
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
Doesn't quite live up to potential. gilgamex (113) 2.17 Stars2.17 Stars2.17 Stars2.17 Stars2.17 Stars

The Press Says

FiringSquad Apr 23, 2002 96 out of 100 96
Gameplay (Benelux) May, 2002 90 out of 100 90
ActionTrip Apr 01, 2002 89 out of 100 89
Svenska PC Gamer May, 2002 88 out of 100 88
Jeuxvideo.com May 06, 2002 17 out of 20 85
CanadianGamer Aug 09, 2002 84 out of 100 84
GameStar (Germany) May, 2002 84 out of 100 84
Entertainmentopia May 31, 2002 B 75
Level 7 Apr 14, 2002 7 out of 10 70
Quandary May, 2002 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

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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 (4142) added Dungeon Siege (Windows) on Mar 30, 2002
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