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Even though Dungeon Siege has had two games in its series, many console fans will find themselves not knowing the name; this is due to the first two games being PC exclusive. However, when the series was sold to SquareEnix, who owned the series wasn’t the only thing that changed. With the newest release, Dungeon Siege III, the series will be available for the first time on the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 along with the PC. Dungeon Siege III is an action role-playing game, along the lines of Diablo, even going so far as to use the same 3/4 perspective. However, Dungeon Siege III, now developed by Obsidian, does a few new things in an attempt to make it stand out from the crowd.

Before the game begins, players can choose from one of four characters, each with their own strengths and weakness. For example, Lucas is a close range fighter, good with swords, while Anjali specializes in magic and spears. The characters you do not choose are encountered in the story and, when the right conditions are met, will fight alongside of you.

The combat also sees a slight tweak from standard action role-playing games by giving each character two fighting styles. In human form, Anjali uses her spear to attack the enemy at close range. However, upon transforming into a fire-based humanoid, Anjali can attack any enemy at a distance with fireballs.

While most action role-playing games focus more on the action than the role-playing, Dungeon Siege III straddles this line nicely. For every conversation, there are branching dialogue trees, often changing the outcome of a quest or providing additional information; this goes a long way towards giving the game a personalized story, similar to other popular role-playing games.

Dungeon Siege III will be released on June 21, 2011 using the Onyx engine, developed specifically for this game. The action can be zoomed in to show the large amounts of detail on each character model or zoomed out to display all action on screen without the game skipping a frame. Like a rare weapon, Dungeon Siege III is definitely worth picking up in any pile of loot.

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