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Scheduled release date:

TBA 2011

Publisher:

Square Enix

Developer:

Obsidian Entertainment

Number Of Players:

1-4

Genre:

Action/RPG

Although my role-playing phase is behind me, I still have a soft spot for in-depth, engaging, addictive RPGs that manage to grab me from the outset with a great story and compelling combat. I’m hoping for nothing less from Dungeon Siege III. One could point to the fact that RPG veteran Obsidian Entertainment hasn’t exactly been wowing the crowd lately, but I prefer to remember their gems, like Neverwinter Nights 2 and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II. Plus, they’ve got Fallout: New Vegas coming later this year and there’s little chance that game will be sub-par. And after hearing what the team intends to do with DSIII, and how they want to retain the single-player focus and standard role-playing intricacy, I became that much more interested. The game will boast multiplayer aspects but Obsidian has said they want this new project to be more like their previous titles, so it should feel a lot more like a traditional, familiar role-playing adventure.

Obsidian really built their last game, Alpha Protocol, around the concept of player decisions and ensuing consequences. Sadly, it was the lone bright spot of a game marred by serious technical issues, but the player freedom feature will most certainly be part of the third Dungeon Siege. The choices you make will have a direct impact on how your allies and party members feel about you, and even how they react and behave. Furthermore, you won’t be able to predict the implications; they might only be felt for the short-term, or they may extend throughout the entire quest. Hence, this means you should really ponder each decision before making your final choice. This sort of reminds us of Dragon Age: Origins and our interaction with party members; what we said and did would affect our relationship with those members, and different decisions would impact our friends differently. This, however, sounds like it might be even more dynamic and far-reaching.

As for your own character, you’ll be able to decide upon the abilities you wish to learn, and which you wish to upgrade as you progress. As we understand it, this is standard role-playing fare: pick how you plan to play when you start, and base your character’s growth and development around that. So if you want to be a tank, focus on strength skills and statistics; boosting those will allow stronger abilities to become available but of course, you can’t have everything. You’ll likely have to sacrifice other things like agility and magic capability. And of course, because everything is class-oriented, you’ll only be able to equip certain items and pieces of equipment. As for where you can go, fans of the genre should know what to expect- there won’t be much in the way of limitation; you will almost always be able to return to an area you explored, and while there is a recommended path, roaming about will likely be encouraged.

In the land of Ehb, you’ll come across all sorts of diverse locales and areas. Everything from dank dungeons to lush forests to lively towns will be featured, and as you move along, you’ll learn more about the folklore of the land. Due to the variety of landscapes, you will unsurprisingly face a large variety of foes; these will only add to the protracted feeling of freshness that comes from a lack of repetition. You may be forced to visit certain places to complete certain quests or objectives (or advance the story) but beyond that, feel free to explore and get your bearings. Feel free to set your character up exactly as you like. Feel free to adopt a personality and attitude that will have a direct impact on your allies, and perhaps even your enemies. In the end, Dungeon Siege III sounds like it could be exactly what hardcore, old-school RPG aficionados desire. Now, all we need is some new media; perhaps even a bit of gameplay…

And by the way, Obsidian says they will deliver the same experience to all three intended platforms (PS3, Xbox 360, PC), although there may be some “slight variations” in terms of graphics and options.

7/27/2010 Ben Dutka

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Comments (41 posts)

xxPS3fan24xx
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 9:47:26 PM
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First!! Wow, looks awesome

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Riku994
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 9:49:33 PM

oh god...

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kraygen
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 9:51:21 PM
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I never played either of the first 2, but this sounds exactly like my kind of game. I love me some good rpgs and this sounds right up my alley.

Can't wait to see some gameplay.

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kraygen
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 4:53:35 AM

After reading all the comments, I'm confused, I thought the dungeon siege games were pretty popular but it seems most of you weren't very fond of them.

I was considering trying to find a way to play the old ones since they were making a new one. What do you think?

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Geobaldi
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 9:19:35 AM

The originals were fun, but they were pretty much Diablo clones. And not the best clones at that. But they were still fun in their own way.

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xxPS3fan24xx
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 9:51:36 PM
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sorry, im new :( I see people writing down "first" on all the websites, im sorry.

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Riku994
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 9:54:27 PM

It'll slide because you're new, but this community is more mature than writing "first" when they get the first comment. Please refrain from that in the future, all the members here and Ben himself will thank you for it.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 10:18:51 PM

We can excuse rookie mistakes. :) And welcome.

Last edited by Ben Dutka PSXE on 7/27/2010 10:19:04 PM

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 10:27:31 PM

Everybody gets one :)

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Highlander
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 9:14:24 AM

This isn't all other websites. Unlike most places, we discuss instead of posture. Well, mostly.

Last edited by Highlander on 7/28/2010 9:14:36 AM

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 3:22:55 PM

Except for me, I posture frequently.

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hellish_devil
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 9:53:44 PM
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Ben, do you consider Neverwinter Nights 2 good?? It was awful.

And I wonder haw many games can a developer be working on?? Alpha Protocol, Fallout New Vegas and this releasing so close...

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xxPS3fan24xx
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 9:54:02 PM
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Wow!!! Found a better quality version on youtube.

<a>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbGkxcY7YFU</a>

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Pandacastro
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 9:58:36 PM

You could just reply to your original comment instead of making new comments

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xxPS3fan24xx
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 9:59:42 PM

oh thanks, sorry didnt know that ;)

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Fane1024
Thursday, July 29, 2010 @ 5:35:59 PM

You can even edit the original if you haven't posted another comment.

p.s. Anyone who is willing to admit they were wrong and apologise is welcome here.

Last edited by Fane1024 on 7/29/2010 5:37:13 PM

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Alienange
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 10:24:50 PM
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I'm skeptical. Dungeon Siege games were lackluster at best. Diablo wannabes lacking heart and soul. Giving DS3 to Obsidian, a developer with a horrific recent track record is not something that instills confidence in me.

We'll see what happens with Fallout and go from there. If they bung up Vegas I swear I'll have WorldEnds sent over there with that katana to remove heads from shoulders.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 10:51:10 PM

Heads will roll I tell you, the only reason I didn't cut necks for FFXIII is because I can't afford a round trip to Japan.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 10:29:42 PM
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Notice how they didn't say "From the makers of Alpha Protocol"

And... WHAT!? Ben, your role playing phase is behind you? What has happened to the world? Somebody... Release the Kraken!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 11:11:51 PM

Oh, I still love RPGs but there was a time in my PS1/PC days when I EXCLUSIVELY played RPGs. That's what I meant.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 8:20:29 AM

hehe... Ben was an RPG-exclusive. Now he's gone multi-genre.

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Highlander
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 9:24:25 AM

Oh No! That means inferior multi-genre reviews!

Ben'll be porting over a review from the JRPG genre to an FPS, it just won't be good. You know those ports are always inferior.

Honestly, if only reviewers these days could somehow review both genre simultaneously instead of completing their review of one genre, and then porting that review to another genre. Well, Ben's a talented reviewer, if anyone can manage multi-genre review development it's him. Perhaps he'll make the JRPG the lead platform for his review.

At least he's not like those LOL Catz at places like Destroid or Kotikoo who start every review in the FPS genre and then port to other genre. The other genre reviews always suffer, it's like they just can't be bothered. All the punctuation and sentence construction that suits the RPGs just doesn't work as well on a Platformer or JRPG. You really have to use the synergistic paragraph elements (SPEs) well when developing a review for JRPGs and Platformers. You can't just phone it in. It's OK for casual readers, but us hardcore multi-genre readers, we need better genre support from multi-genre reviewers.

;)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 10:17:31 AM

HA.

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Highlander
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 10:26:01 AM

:D

Every now and then, creativity strikes.

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tes37
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 4:12:47 PM

Very creative as well as entertaining. Nice job Highlander.

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Hezzron
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 11:12:46 PM
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Dungeon Siege lives?!...and here I thought property-slaying director Uwe Boll drove a stake through the heart of this run-of-the-mill game franchise with his heinous movie adaptation.



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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 11:44:43 PM

Why do people hire him?

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sunspider13
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 7:29:11 PM

They like pain.

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Fane1024
Thursday, July 29, 2010 @ 5:38:59 PM

He threatens to box them if they don't.

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Kangasfwa
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 1:37:16 AM
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So Obsidian can make great sequels but not their own games?

I'll keep an eye on this one. I use games like these for my "adventure fix," as I like to call it. Oblivion just feels out-dated now.

Last edited by Kangasfwa on 7/28/2010 1:38:13 AM

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___________
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 3:40:58 AM
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you had me at obsidian.

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Highlander
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 9:33:04 AM

Big fan of Alpha Protol, then?

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___________
Thursday, July 29, 2010 @ 7:40:58 AM

not really.
the story is really good, i really like the feeling you get about changing the story.
you really do feel like your shaping the game, and this is the first time i have made a decision in a game than said crap i wish i did that.
other than that, its pretty crap!

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Highlander
Thursday, July 29, 2010 @ 9:46:44 AM

LOL! Well, I like the idea of the decisions made influencing the story, but if it's pretty crap other than that, it sounds like they really ought to have gone back to the drawing board and scrapped everything except player decisions mattering.

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___________
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 9:22:20 AM

yeah they should of, but that would mean throwing money away and we all know sega wont do that.
besides yakuza 3 they have not released one decent game this gen!
they have fallen so far from grace, Japanese developers use to be the cream of the crop last gen o how thats changed!
capcom, $E, sega were among my favorite developers last gen.
this gen $E has released nothing but crap, same with sega, and capcom while decent are no where near as good as they use to be!

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Lairfan
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 @ 3:48:06 PM

What the hell? You were singing AP's praises when it came out, now you think its crap except for the story? How easy is it for you to change your opinion in the span of a few seconds, I wonder.

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A2K78
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 5:47:45 AM
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A CG trailer tells me nothing about this and for all I care this could be another Obsidian screw-up

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JackC8
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 7:37:30 AM
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I got a chuckle out of how they advertise themselves as being the makers of "Fallout New Vegas", which isn't even out yet. And then the trailer is of a tree. Um, okay. Obsidian has a lot of work to do just to gain some semblance of respect after what they did with Alpha Protocol. And that "slight variations" in graphics between the different platforms...talk about inspiring confidence.

Who knows, this might be good. Fallout New Vegas might be good too. But I'll definitely be reading many reviews before I even think about spending any money on their stuff.

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A2K78
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 10:27:20 AM
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WorldEndsWithMe, its all about PR hence why the trailer didn't add it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 3:24:34 PM

yes, that was my implication ;)

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tes37
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 4:26:18 PM
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I'm willing to give this game a chance if it is indeed an old school rpg. I don't really like the hack n' slash type rpg's everyone seems to be making this gen.

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