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When Dungeon Siege came out in early 2002, it was praised for having amazing graphics and a fast-paced, accessible combat system. However, for a role-playing game it was a bit shallow in terms of character development and story. Also, the game lacked the challenge to appeal to veterans of the point-and-click dungeon crawler. Developer Gas Powered Games took the criticism to heart, and set out to fine-tune the gameplay, as well as make the game a bit more challenging and involved for experienced players. The result is Dungeon Siege II, a solid effort that manages to improve on the first game to deliver a lengthy, combat-heavy dungeon hack that will certainly please fans of the genre.
Dungeon Siege II is all about killing hordes of evil monsters and collecting tons of loot. Dungeon Siege II plays pretty much like your average action RPG, except instead of controlling a single character, you control a party of up to six characters. Don't get too excited though, as it takes a lot of work to get six characters in your party. You start the game with the ability to create a two-person party, but you can buy extra "slots" from an innkeeper to increase the size of your group. On your first run through the game, you can have a maximum of four characters in battle at a time. By the time you start on your third run through the story, you're finally able to get that sixth party member. It's a bit of a chore, though, since the story takes between 40 and 60 hours to complete. There are only a handful of characters in the game that you can recruit to join your party, but you can also purchase ......
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