Bosses are intense on Hardcore,
but beatable if you're good at dodging their telegraphed attacks.
As the commercials say, “Couch Co-op
is back”. Well, for
those of us playing it on PC,
you’ll need some friends. Playing
ranged characters together is an exercise in frustration for some
enemy health increases in multiplayer and is multiplied by the
setting. If you’re fighting bosses on Hardcore with buddies, it’s going
you a damn long time to bring them down!
But if you have a balanced team and some coordination,
this is one of
the better co-op experiences on PC I've played in a long time.
With three difficulty settings and four characters to play as, there’s a fair bit of work to be done in Dungeon Siege 3
. The skill variety may not be what it used to be as compared to previous games, but you’ll find that the action oriented gameplay now demands a new skill set and has its own satisfaction to it. Is it worth the 40-60$ price tag? Yes, but only if you download the demo first and ensure that you can tolerate the controls. If you can make it through the first hour, you can enjoy the next thirty.
Loot is everywhere, and everyone loves loot. There are a million stats in the game, so putting together various sets of armor for different areas will be common place as people tackle the game on Hardcore. It’ll need patches or an expansion in a hurry though, as the world isn’t randomly generated. Unlike Darkspore
, the world gets old, and the backtracking sure as hell doesn’t help that one bit. For those of you looking for a little flavor text to go with your loot farming, this is right up your alley for a while.
Pros and Cons
Fluid and pretty on almost all
machines, and lacking the
Obsidian bug problems that they’re known for.
Combat feels much more rewarding
than previous games
Multiple characters and
styles add depth and
Pathetic skill depth-9 per
character for an entire game!?
Control setup is absolutely
infuriating at first and will
turn most of you off this game immediately.
Doesn’t quite scratch the dungeon
crawler itch after one
While it’s a departure from the
spirit of the first two
games, and lacking that Chris Taylor touch of over-the-top awesomeness,
Siege III manages to be a good game.
The words ‘good game’ are highly subjective though, as the
setup will have you close to rage-uninstalling more than likely. It may lack the character
skill depth of Diablo,
and the character development of Mass Effect, but
it strikes a strong
balance and the closest game I can possibly relate the frantic feel of
to is Phantasy Star Online 2 or Demon’s
Souls, games where taking
damage is not an option and you have to choose when to attack and when
very carefully. If
you can stomach the
controls, you’ll find a well-polished action RPG beneath that ugly
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- Review Date: June 20th, 2011