Dungeon Siege: Throne of Agony
The PSP has definitely received some great
RPG titles in the last year and Dungeon Siege: Throne of Agony is no
exception to that rule which features your traditional role-playing
experience with a healthy dose of action, adventure and frustration.
Before the player engages in the game, they are treated to a cinematic
delight that is extremely reminiscent of cell-shading graphics which
really draws you into the world of Dungeon Siege and the interesting
tale that follows one of the three characters you can select.
The story itself revolves around three strangers whose lives are
inexorably drawn north. Although each character travels alone, their
journeys are similar as they assist their race with a variety of quests.
However the true plot of Throne of Agony revolves around an ancient
riddle and when the ancient race of Agallan have left the lands. For our
three characters, a dark evil threatens the very core of Aranna and in
order to stop this threat, the three characters venture into the
Northern reaches where no race has dared to enter.
Once the pleasantries
are out of the way, the gamer has a choice of three different RPG
archetypes that includes a human battle mage, half-giant warlord and a
Elven shadow stalker. Once the player has chosen his or her avatar, they
must also choose a companion for their character that range from
powerful stone golems to strange demon-like imps. Once chosen, the
player is then automatically thrown into the mix of things in the lands
The best things about
the characters is that as you progress through the title, you have the
choice of taking the light or dark side as your characters eventually
transform into legendary classes such as the Death Knight or Archmage.
You are also not limited to just one follower as you explore the world
of Aranna, you meet other characters will take up your challenge.
to choose from - Characters can be customized as they level up into
8 different Hero Classes and then even further into Legendary
Player can choose
from numerous Pets and Companions to play with. Gameplay will
encourage the player to constantly switch between unique Pets and
Companions to use their special powers.
Face over 100
monsters including well known monsters from the Dungeon Siege world
as well as many new creatures.
Cooperative Campaign allows you to play with a friend. Each player
can bring a Pet or Companion adding up to a four party experience.
Arenas allow a concise, fun party experience for players who don't
have time for a full campaign.
15 hours of gameplay
with 2 different modes Mercenary and Elite
Over 100 stunning
spells and abilities
Tons of powerful
weapons and armour - all fully enchantable
Flying and naval vehicles that allow access to remote areas of the
The basic premise behind
Dungeon Siege: Thrown of Agony is your classic sword and sorcery
adventure that depending on your character is either hack 'n' slash or
sorcery and stealth. Although your characters feature your classic sword
and sorcery attributes such as strength, wisdom and luck and by
completing missions or by dispatching your foes, you are rewarded
experience points that can then be used to "level" or upgrade your
The first town that you encounter in the world of Aranna is Seahaven,
where you are bombarded by a variety of different adventures from
terminating a nest of dangerous Raptors to investigating the whereabouts
of a hunting party gone missing. Although these may seem small, there is
a larger and underlying evil that moves through the land which
interconnects through the missions.
The control system of the title is perfect and uses the analog stick to
move your character through the gaming environment with the d-pad used
to attack your foes through magic and might. The shoulder buttons are
conveniently used to either restore your health or mana. With that
said, each spell used costs your character a portion of their mana and
the more injuries you sustain, the lower your health becomes.
Fortunately there are a variety of mana and health wells littered
through the gaming world or if the gods have smiled upon you, you will
come across these items in your adventures... then again, there's always
the local shop that also sells these necessities. The game also features
a plethora of weapons, armour and magic items that are scattered through
the lands of Aranna and as you progress through the game, these items
slowly become more and more powerful.
Levelling up is also quite basic and when you enter your character
screen, you have a choice of where you wish to spend your points or
which magic or abilities you wish to upgrade. Needless to say, its
simplicity at its best without an in-depth menu system such as the Final
Fantasy series. Apart from your main character, you also need to
assist your companions as they progress through the game in a
similar vein to your warrior or mage.
Graphically, Dungeon Siege is easily one of the best RPG games on the
PSP that features an enriching gaming environment that is highly
detailed. The characters themselves all contain some extraordinary
detail that move with a human-like or monster-like grace and match that
with some realistic spell effects and you have one impressive title.
As with the graphics, the musical score features your traditional
ambient RPG soundtrack that fits the genre perfectly. Add in all the
sounds and screams of a magical land and it really makes it easy to
become lost within the title. I would however recommend some high end
headphones for your PSP if you really wish to make the most out of the
musical score and sound effects of the title.
In conclusion, Dungeon
Siege: Throne of Agony is a perfect RPG game for the PSP that isn't too
basic or too involved and is perfect for the portable market. With an
enriching and an actually quite clichéd but entertaining storyline,
great graphics and gameplay, there is little to complain about this and
if you're looking for a great RPG game, than I would recommend you
purchase this. The only downside to the title are the sometimes long
waiting times but fortunately this is only when you are entering a new
area. Highly Recommended!