Hello and welcome to our regular round up of this week's newly released games in Europe and North America. Wallets at the ready for the shiny new games within.
Dungeon Siege 3
Lighting skeletons on fire in Dungeon Siege III brings back fond memories of that summer back in 2002 I spent playing Dungeon Siege with a buddy in co-op. Like its forbearers, this action-RPG is about having a good time with friends—just pick weapons and smash enemies until the loot stops flowing. DS3’s quite different, though—there are many changes, most of which I’ve grown to appreciate.
At first, I balked at being forced to play as one of four inflexible dungeon-delvers, but each well-designed character’s unique nine-ability arsenal is appealing. Each has a specific combat style—swords and shield, fire magic, arcane magic, or guns—but they all fill the same role: a self-healing damage-dealer that swaps between two stances, one best suited for fighting a single target and one for taking down groups.
For a long time, game trailers have been free of the omnipresent Throaty Voiced Announcer Man. Today, everything changes. Dungeon Siege 3 is out this Friday in Europe, and next Tuesday in the US, and Square Enix have released a launch trailer to celebrate, complete with the deep voiced narrator we've heard on every film trailer ever since the beginning of time.
If you're tempted by the trailer, there's also a playable demo, which you can download from Steam now. It offers a taste of the single player game, with the option for local two-player co-op if you have an extra controller. For more on the game, check out our hands-on impressions.
Update: RPS have spotted a mad, mad Dungeon Siege 3 TV spot as well. It's embedded below.
We missed this amid the flurry of E3 announcements, but it's worth a mention. The Dungeon Siege 3 demo has been released. You can download it now from Steam. The 1.5GB trial will let you try out single player and, if you have two controllers, two-player local co-op. For an overview of Obsidian's new approach to the series, check out our hands-on preview. The game's out June 21.
If you're itching for a fresh action RPG ahead of the upcoming Diablo 3 beta, then a Dungeon Siege 3 demo might be just the ticket. A Square Enix newsletter uncovered by Strategy Informer revealed a June 7 release date for the trial, ten days before the game's full release. There's no news on what the demo will contain, but hopefully it'll give us a chance to try out the four player co-op.
Dungeon Siege's central strategic conceit has players changing stances to access different skills, but the game is very flexible with its definition of a "stance." Close combat warrior Lucas shifts his footing and raises his sword to access his alternative move set, while female mage Anjali turns blue and naked, and catches fire. It's never the men who turn blue and naked, is it?
For more of an idea of what to expect, get to grips with our Dungeon Siege 3 hands on, or check out the official Dungeon Siege 3 site.
The latest Dungeon Siege 3 trailer takes us into a raven's eyeball for a closer look at the four player co-op. Each character has a selection of stances from which they can utilise different power sets. The key to surviving Dungeon Siege 3's mobs lies in being in the right stance at the right time, healing your allies with area of effect spells, or switching to a more agressive power set to finish weaker enemies off. There's plenty more about the game's enemies and playable characters on the Dungeon Siege 3 site.
Freeman's Mind is one of the best gaming series on YouTube. The premise is simple: creator Ross Scott plays though the original Half-Life, narrating with the thoughts of mute protagonist Gordon. It's frequently funny, but episodes have been a little thin on the ground recently. Thankfully, episode 32 has been uploaded this week. Take a look, and if this is your first journey into the mind of a theoretical physicist, ensure you take a look at the back-catalogue of Gordon's adventures in Black Mesa.
Half-Life 2 has a very special place in our hearts, so any opportunity to revisit it is a good one. Take a look at this trailer for Erik Rempen's Ladder mod. It seems simple enough to start out with, but as the game progresses the intensity increases. This is down to the excellent implementation of destructibility; it's almost like watching Bad Company 2 in the Source engine. The main tower collapsing is a notable "awesome!" moment. If you'd like to slaughter Combine in exploderific terrain, you should definitely download it.
The latest Dungeon Siege 3 screens have a naked blue woman with fire instead of hair laying waste to a horde of skeletons. Also shown: mid-combat prayer, deadly blue streamer attacks and lots of magical explosions. You'll find the new images gathered below.
Last month, word got around that the co-op in Dungeon Siege III wouldn't offer any XP rewards to players who were dropping into another person's game. Co-op players were deemed to be guests in the host player's worlds; and as a mere assistant to the main player would receive no reward at all for questing and killing enemies. It has now been revealed that is is not strictly true; XP will be awarded to characters, but the character in question be be used exclusively for co-operative games, and XP and loot cannot be transferred to a single-player campaign character. Read on for the full details.
A new trailer has been released for Obsidian's upcoming dungeon crawler, Dungeon Siege 3. It sets up a bit of story, and then cuts right to the good stuff, a hero with a flaming sword, a world of darkness, demons and magical explosions. You'll find the new video embedded below.
The newly announced, Obsidian developed Dungeon Siege 3 was on-show in private rooms off the show floor at E3, and I was there to take a look. This new dungeon crawler is an interesting project: the first two games were purely about action and loot. Dungeon Siege 3 does things differently - Obsidian want to add a story and moral complexity to this over-the-shoulder Diablo-inspired orc-em-up. WTF?