Product Type: Microsoft PC games
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Dungeon Siege (PC)
Member Name: shaneo632
Dungeon Siege (PC)
Advantages: Good graphics
Disadvantages: Everything else
Dungeon Siege is the perfect example of a game that is all style and no substance; it was hugely hyped before its release but sadly managed to disappoint through a depressing lack of depth. It's not hard to please fans of the fantasy genre but this one fails spectacularly through its hugely clunky gameplay that the makers have tried to mask with some lush visuals.
And indeed, what stellar visuals they are. As much as I loathe the gameplay, I can't knock the graphics here; they are very good for their time, and still hold up fairly well. The character textured in particular are rather well done, and it has a picturesque quality that makes you wander around aimlessly, perhaps with the hope that a good plot might materialise in the interim. However, the sound work is diabolical; aside from a few inspired themes, the sound effects are archaic and recycled, and the voice acting is hilariously bad.
Speaking of which, the plot isn't even really worth talking about; you're a farmer and are suddenly told that some very bad people are about to show up. Cue you defending your home land from evil monsters with a fairly limited array of bladed weapons. There's not much more to it than walk, kill, advance, repeat. This isn't aided by some pretty dodgy control work; while it is refreshingly simplistic, with you just needing the mouse and spacebar, it is marred by some clunky mechanics that mean you'll be clicking frantically and the damn thing won't respond.
Sadly this is yet another instance of a game trying to coast by on its pretty visuals. The gameplay is immensely repetitive and doesn't lend itself to multiple playthroughs, that is, if you can even muster the determination to persevere with one play.
Summary: A dire excuse for a game