The whole Dungeon Siege series is an excellent RPG series and set the bar rather high for the new Dungeon Siege 3. Your expectations of this game will determine whether you like it or not. This game is not really part of the older Dungeon Siege games. It is a new game, with a brand new story, a lot of improvements and also a few flaws, but these improvements really make up for the flaws. As this is a new game, it is not necessary to have any knowledge about the other Dungeon Siege games. You can just install and start playing and have fun and follow the story.
The story is quite interesting. The farther you get in the game, the more you learn what the truth is and that changes everything and keeps things alive. You start out as an unskilled Legionnaire and work your way to the top. You can choose you speciality (magic, sorcery, swords or guns and rifles). As you go along, you also get your party members to fight alongside you. This really helps a lot, but this is one of the flaws. You can only have one party member at a time. This really sucks (I played this game on casual so I don’t know if you can have more party members in other difficulties of the game). There are only 3 other companions in the game that you can select as a party member and each has a different speciality. You, your selected party member and the other 2 level up at the same time. This helps a lot if you want to make all of them skilful without choosing between them. Throughout the game, you have to make choices (to let someone live or die is the most important choices). I made all the good choices, so I don’t know how the other choices affect the outcome of the game. All I know, my choices helped me quite a lot at the end. You get to slay all kinds of creatures and humans and it looks good doing it. The game is quite short. It lasts between 11- 13 hours depending if you do the side quests and how many times you die. This was really disappointing, because I did not want this game to end. I was having too much fun. The ending is really good. The whole story off what happened after the game is narrated to you by one of you fellow Legionnaires. I like this. It gave you the sense that you accomplished something important.
The gameplay improved quite a lot. You don’t have to click to run anymore, you can use w,a,s,d keys and this I loved. It made the game more fun. You have 2 stances. Two handed weapon stance and sword and shield stance (other specialities have other stances). This was also really cool, because each stance had advantages and disadvantages in certain scenarios. You also have you power attacks and defence powers. There is a set of powers for each stance and for when you block. Another great improvement was choosing the things you want to equip e.g. shields and swords etc. You just go to the equip screen and only things you can use are shown there and it is easy to compare what is best. You don’t have to be a certain level to equip certain things. Weapons and gold are also found by looting, buying and selling stuff like in the older games, but the cool weapons or stuff seen in Dungeon Siege 2, are not here. The things are mostly normal kind of weapons, e.g. a normal sword and not a sword with teeth (Like in dungeon Siege 2). Still there is a lot of cool stuff and you have to choose wise what to use. There are also no enchanting of items in this game like in the older ones. You have to pick up or loot enchanted items. There are no potions but rather green and blue balls that you get when killing something. That restores your focus and life bar. You also have a power that restores your life.
Remember in the older Dungeon Siege game the upgrading of skills or talents was quite complicated. Some might like it, but I hated it. In Dungeon Siege 3, it has been simplified. You just read each skill/talent/proficiency description and choose what you want your character and your party members to be like. That’s it. Every time you level up, you can select more talents and proficiencies. I really liked this. If you don’t know where to go, you have a button that shows you the way. In older games, you can run free and go where you want, but this is limited in the new game. That didn’t bother me too much. I still had a lot of fun. One thing that I hated was that every now and then my sword is no match for my opponent and one blow almost kills me. I had to run around and dodge attacks while my other party member kills the guy.
This game is a good looking game. The environment and water looks beautiful, like it’s an animated movie. Not a great as Witcher 2 but still it looks beautiful. The graphics obviously improved a lot from the older Dungeon Siege games and it is good, but it could have been a little bit better. There are a lot of colour and visual effects that is also not bad looking at all. It makes you stop for a while just to look at things and appreciate the colourful fireballs and attacks coming for you. Then you have to dodge or block because those attacks aren’t good for your general health and well-being. The game has nice sound effects when in a sword fight or magical attacks. The sound of metal on metal or explosions puts you in the game. Dialogue is average. You can interact or choose what you want to say to make choices, get information or just to end it and go on with the game. The camera angle is like the older games. Because you use the keyboard for movement, the game has a sense of a third person vibe. Not totally third person though.
Many people might be disappointed by this game because their expectations where to high. Dungeon Siege 2 was too long that I got bored and did not finish it. Now Dungeon Siege 3 is too short and I did not want it to end. I expected fun and gaming entertainment. That is what I got. I expected it to be complicated like the rest, but I was wrong and I was glad I was wrong. Yes this game is flawed, especially when it comes to the length of the game, but it is worth the trouble, but not the money, or at least not yet. Great gameplay, great story, average graphics…I enjoyed this game. I hope there will be a sequel.