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Dungeon Siege (Windows)

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Written by  :  Jason Becker (5)
Written on  :  Jun 11, 2002
Platform  :  Windows
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Summary

3D Diablo with multiple characters

The Good

The best parts of this game are from a technical standpoint. The first is the graphics. They are some of the best around, and include a variety of enviornments to explore. The second is interface which is very easy to understand and use. It gives you the information you need without being obtrusive. The panels are collapsible so you can have more of the screen visible if you choose. Then theres the camera system. It's simply the best implementaion for a 3D isometric game, period. Every developer making a similar game should just copy Dungeon Siege's and be done with it. Also the seamless loading of levels is very nice. There are no loading screens at all between areas. Just smooth transition from outside, to inside, to underground. Very well done and again something other developers could learn from.

The Bad

The downside is the general gameplay and character development. Its a straight up hack'n slash game which for some people can be fun, but others will find it getting repetitive after awhile. There are only 4 basic classes and a few skills that improve with use. Although you can control up to 8 characters as opposed to 1 in Diablo 2 the skill system isn't as good IMO. The mule is a nice idea but I never really used it much. Games that let you gather up lots of "stuff" get old to me after awhile and I just end up leaving most of it on the ground.

The Bottom Line

Like most others have said this game is basically a 3D Diablo clone allowing up to 8 charaters in your party at once. Don't expect a deep story or lots of NPC interaction. Just lots of hack'n slash gaming with a very nice 3D engine.