This may not be the longest game you will play this year. But the game play is solid and the story is pretty great. It was not the Dungeon Siege that everyone expected, but it was undeniably great.
You start the game as one of four heros, who basically make up half of the remaining 'Legionaries', a society of descendants of the Heros from the franchises other games. Depending on which character you decide to start as, the story is slightly altered, however it does remain primarily the same regardless. You progress through the world trying to restore the Legion and defeat Jeyne Kassynder, who is responsible for the destruction of the rest of your order.
Main story is good, and pretty interesting if you go as far as reading all the Lore you find in books scattered around the world.
Some side quests provide deeper insight into the back story while others offer returning franchise fans nice easter eggs. One such mission is the Hero's Crypt mission, which has huge easter eggs that deal with the first games heros.
Not a lot of down time in this game, it's full of action that is only briefly and sparsely interrupted by RPG style dialog which keeps the game moving quicker then most RPG style games. Dungeon Siege offers a lot in way of upgrades, so customizing your play is largely personal and hugely rewarding.
The games campaign is great with tons of side quests to keep one busy. Side quest turn out to be better then your run of the mill fetch quests from other RPG's although those do exist in Dungeon Siege 3 as well.
The combat is fun a pretty evenly paced as to not overwhelm nor bore with too much time out of action. The different powers that each character has keeps the game's combat from feeling to stale.
The world is rich in loot, with items for your character falling off just about every group of enemies, as well as items for your companion characters falling a little less often, however often enough. Looting and upgrading equipment and powers make up a huge part of the game, however it's not difficult nor is it too time consuming.
Only two players can play on the same screen, however the game does offer four player play over xbox live. It's pretty fun to play with a friend or friends.
A big problem with co-op, is only the first player or the host player actually progress through the world. all others do not take anything back with them to their game.
A very good upgrade system is at the core of this game. As stated earlier loot is very prominent, so you will have plenty of opportunity to get good equipment that increases stats for character as well as offing bonuses called chaos. Chaos is a passive ability that usually has a chance of inflicts additional damage to a targeted enemy.
The power upgrade is also great, although ever character is limited to only 9 special abilities, the mapping and usage of these powers is very easy. They are also varied enough to allow players to play around and not feel like they are using the same move over and over again. Each of the nine powers can also be upgraded into two different trees. players can spend points between the two trees any way they wish, however only five points can be put into any singular move.
Another menu of more passive abilities are available for each characters, with 10 total passive abilities with 5 tiers in each. Deeds, which are actions performed while in the game, also grant the player permanent passive boosts. Many side quests, among other things, often give the player these Deed boosts. The game offers plenty in the way of upgrades, and the menus are all very easy to understands, which is a great plus for more casual RPG fans like myself.
Fighting is great, with all abilities mapped between the three stances, all moves are easily performed using the X, Y, or B buttons. While A offers use of that stances primary attack, it also provides a super attack if used at the same time as RT is held down. Figuring out slightly different technics when challenged by different types of enemies is great for keeping things varied and enjoyable.
The ability to control all characters by switching between them is the only thing that seems to be missing. It bothered me at first, however I got use to it, and even ok with it.
First inspection makes one feel like this may end up taking four plays to get 100%. This is not the case. If you follow the guide on the forum on xbox360achievements.com: http://www.xbox360achievements.org/forum/showthread.php?t=31...
you should be able to get all with just one play following those instructions.
****Thank You My Pet Worm for letting me post the guide****
A pretty good balance of both automatic achievements you get by progressing through the story and ones you will have to work for. More decision based achievements like the Legion Caretaker and the Lescanzi Ally would have been nice
Upon writing this review, I have only finished one play through, But I am excited about at least one more, if not three more. A single play took me 14 hours, although I suspect rushing through dialog as well as knowing how to perform all quests will speed the game up by at least 4 hours. I had a lot of fun while the game lasted and I personally think it offers enough to get a lot of players to go through the world again. It probably won't last longer then a first play for most however.
I really like this game. If you are a Fan of action RPG games I believe this game is something you will enjoy. Maybe not a good game for casual gamers nor hard core RPG fans.
FINAL SCORE: 8.4/10