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  Dungeon Seige
OVERVIEW
Dungeon SiegeĀ® combines the immersive elements of a role-playing game with over-the-top intensity and non-stop action. Dungeon Siege plunges you into a continuous 3D fantasy world where you face off against an army of evil that has been unleashed.

You begin as a humble farmer, and as you travel through the world and gain new skills, you can gather a party of up to eight characters to aid you. Dungeon Siege impels the player into one over-the-top battle after the other as the storyline unfolds and a larger plot begins to reveal itself.

A world of adventure where you can explore sprawling landscapes in a seamlessly unfolding story awaits...

THE SETTING
The game takes place in the fantasy Kingdom of Ehb. Ehb is populated with warriors, sorcerers, and all manner of strange and deadly creatures, both alive and undead. Do battle with an assortmant of creatures, and explore places that are both graphically stunning and detailed in everyway.

YOUR CHARACTER
The player can build a party of up to 8 characters, like fighters, magic users, and archers. The player can even buy pack mules to add to the party, to carry more equipment, and haul away more treasure.

THE TASK AT HAND
The main goal of the player is to take the hero and discover why hundreds of monsters have suddenly started invading the surrounding local communities. as you battle through the game, the mystery unfolds and the plot becomes much clearer. You start out alone with only the basic skills and build your team of eight characters along the way. The characters develope their fighting, magic, and archery skills with the experience that they gain from battles and use of inventory that they have at hand and have discovered along the way.

Character development is one of the key aspects of Dungeon Siege. Players have complete control over the evolution of their characters. They can develop their characters by choosing which weapons or spells they use in combat. Any character can use any weapon or any spell, and improve in that skill through experience. Magical weapons, armor, and items can also temporarily increase any of the characters attributes or skills. I found as I was playing that it was best to train each of your characters with a different skill as some are more usefula than others against certain monsters.

Speaking of monsters, you will encounter a diverse range of monsters that walk, crawl, fly, and hover. They are armed with a large variety of weapons and can command a wide range of the darkest magic. Each region of the world has unique monsters with special abilities that will attack, retreat, wait in hiding, and ultimately test the player's physical and strategic might. This is where having your team characters each trained to specialize in specific skills and experience comes in handy.

GRAPHICS AND SOUND
One word: Superb! The graphics in this gem are amazingly smooth and scenes smoothly blend from one to the other without any 'Loading ... " screens. You also have the ability to zoom in or pan out on the action.

SUMMARY
Fans of the Diablo series will really get into this game as it is quite similiar in gameplay. This is simply an awesome game for any role-playing game fan and was even simple enough at the start of the game that players that are new to the role-playing type games have plenty of opportunity to 'get the hang of it' before doing some real heavy duty battles. The real experienced role-players will have no troble breezing through the initial stages of the game, but believe me - it gets tougher!

Review ID Number: 92
  Product Details
Microsoft
Review Date: 2002-10-22
Reviewer: Brad Lawryk
Rating: 9 out of 10
 
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