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
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.
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!