Dungeon Siege II, like its predecessor, is a
basic dungeon crawl--or "action RPG"
in modern parlance. The game's focus is destroying
hordes of enemies while completing a variety of
quests (tasks) that are given you. As you lay
waste the quivering mass of foes that press upon
you, your character gains experience, which you
can translate into extra power in the form of
higher ability scores, new weapons and spells
and additional skills.
As in the original, DS2 is a point-and-click
game and you can pretty much run the whole show
with just your mouse. Combat is real-time, but
you just choose your attack (melee, ranged or
spell) and right-click an enemy.
AI-controlled characters will attack an enemy
until it is dead. To make the player-controlled
character attack an enemy until it is dead, hold
down the right mouse button.
DS2 has a richer, more varied story than DS1,
which makes it easier to motivate oneself to venture
forth into the slaughtering fields. There are
more conversations to be had in towns, and many
more optional secondary quests. Also, DS2, while
still quite linear, feels less confined as you
can (and will) jump back and forth between areas
to complete quests. All this makes DS2 a much
better game than DS1 and will make it more accessible
to some of the hardcore RPG players that normally
eschew dungeon crawls.
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