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Gameplay 9.0
Graphics 8.5
Sound 7.0
Value 8.7
Distributor: Microsoft
Classification:
M15+
Review Date:
November 2005
Reviewer:
Tory Favro

8.7

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Dungeon Siege II

Back into the dungeon we go with this latest release from Microsoft! This highly anticipated game is the followup to the amazing first game by the same name. The style of gameplay has changed a fair bit from the first title and I think that the overall way the game plays is for the better. The game looks better in my books and the rendering of the game allows for fantastic visuals on the go. There are so many improvements in this game that people are going to immediately love including the awesome audio that the game has. 

There are all sorts of neat sounds that are through the game and designed to give you hints as to where the good stuff is being dropped so be sure to mope around and see if you can find everything! The monsters make cool noises and they look good too with some improved texture work being done and also neat animations, though I did notice that facial work wasn't really present, even in the cutscenes. For some weird reason the monsters look great and it's the non player characters that are not quite as good to look at. 

There are about 50-60 hours of playing time in this title and thats if you don't dawdle on the way through. The game allows you to take a group of up to 6 other adventurers and embark on a trip. The controls are fairly easy to figure out which is surprising. Another nice touch to the game is the way that your character can progress through the title. The more you do a certain activity the more your proficiency with it will increase. Then when you go up a level there are points that you can attribute to your particular skill sets that you wish to improve on. 

Splitting skills will see some players having a lot of fun with magical attacks as well. The more you mix your attacks the more you can dispense skill points toward them. There are a heck of a lot of great monsters and treasure to put your energy towards too. One thing I did find was that the difficulty even against the larger monsters that were higher than me in level was fairly easy going and I didn't have too many problems in beating most of them first go. 

Multiplayer is a blast on the title and will provide a diversion from playing through the game with the A.I. to keep you company. Something I noticed though was when I played through with two mates, whoever got the quest first was the only one to see it which was confusing but hopefully something addressed in a patch. It wasn't enough to detract from the fun factor though on this cool game. 

I have no problems recommending this title, it's a lot of fun and very easy to pick up if you haven't played something like this before. Filled with exciting battles and magnificent creatures to destroy, can you ask for more? 

Give it a shot!






 
 



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