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Dungeon Siege 3 is the New Gauntlet Legends

Posted on Wednesday, February 23 @ 11:18:05 PST by

If you want the whole story on Dungeon Siege 3, you should really go read our preview. Seriously, there's tons of new information on Obsidian's upcoming Action RPG in there.

Still, I understand if you haven't yet. I understand if you flat out refuse to. Well, I don't understand that, you jackass. Listen, reading is hard. Here's something I didn't share in my preview:

I played the game for roughly 3 hours last week. To be clear, I played about an hour long section 3 times. I got really intimate with the game. I got all the ins and outs. I know how the game feels.

It feels like Gauntlet Legends. That classic hack and slash game played a special part in my childhood. Specifically the arcade cabinet and Nintendo 64 cartridge loom large in my memories. That's another game I got intimate with.

During a middle school band trip to Disneyland, I spent my second day in the happiest place on earth glued to the Gauntlet Legends cabinet in Starcade, the arcade adjacent to Space Mountain. With $20 in quarters, three friends and I played through the entire game.

Less than a month later, I was sitting down in front of my friends TV. We jammed the expansion pack into the Nintendo 64 (to play with four players) and started the entire process over again.

Gauntlet Legends allowed you to cast magic at enemies from a distance and beat them to a pulp in close quarters. While Dungeon Siege 3 doesn't maintain the ridiculous simplicity of Gauntlet Legends, that feeling of classic arcade action and button mashing is timeless. Adding layers to the gameplay will only help keep Dungeon Siege 3 fresh and entertaining throughout the entire campaign.

Obsidian's upcoming action RPG never held a place on my radar until last week. All it took was that feeling of childlike amazement. It felt like 1998 all over again and I'll be watching in anticipation.. You should definitely pay attention too.

(If you care to spoil the game and see what I saw in Disneyland, check out the final boss from Gauntlet Legends below)

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