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5. Re: Dungeon Siege III: Treasures of the Sun DLC Next Month Sep 1, 2011, 15:47 WaltC
I loved the first, original Dungeon Siege. I think I played the game through at least three times. It had a decent story behind it and the game always had story-centric goals to progress through--I recall it as a truly great game, actually--epic in scope. Plenty of l-e-n-g-t-h, but nothing gratuitous that I can recall. The game was a retail and critical success and put Gas Powered Games on the map.

And so-o-o-o-o-o-ooooo....Chris Taylor, of Gas Powered Games, developing under Microsoft as publisher for DS, made the brilliant decision to strip out everything in DS that made the game great and turn DS2 into a much "shorter" game that was more of a mindless combat click fest than story--and ruined the franchise, imo. DS2 sucked--I bought it and was very disappointed. It was the first time I had ever heard a developer of what was essentially a single-player game like DS make the comment that his game was "too long" and that the next one would be "a lot shorter." What a way to kill a game--never seen anything quite like that since! Although some developers are of the opinion that "people want shorter games" today--rarely if ever have I seen a developer ruin a brilliant franchise that started with so many great things in its favor like DS.

I downloaded the DSIII demo--and found it to be lackluster in the extreme. What the hell was wrong with the story and characters and world introduced so successfully in DS? It just boggles the mind how a developer could get so many things right with a game (DS) and then blow it for the life of the franchise (DS2&3.) I mean, just look at the crap they list above as an improvement: "More monsters/More items"--as if DS3 players were nothing more than click-fest idiots. How about *more story*!??? Sheesh, what a waste.

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