Dungeon Crawling Returns To Consoles May 31st

Co-Op Dungeons Crawling returns to consoles May 31st when Square Enix releases Dungeon Siege 3 for the PlayStation 3. While PlayStation 3 launched along side a dungeons crawler called Untold Legends (a game that had a better outing on the PSP), the genre has been pretty sparse this generation. Considering that PlayStation 2 gave us Baldur’s Gate 1&2, Champions of Norrath 1&2 and Justice League Heroes, it’s been a pretty sad situations for fans of the genre this time around. The Dungeon Siege series made an appearance on the PSP a few years back, and it was a great title with a huge non-linear world to explore, and two- player co-op mode.

Square Enix hopes to remedy the longing to rip through dungeons, with Dungeon Siege 3. Sporting everything you love about dungeon hunting: solo or drop-in/drop-out co-op multiplayer, four customizable heroes with independent abilities, the ability to recruit companions with their own skills and opinions on the world around them, and the opportunity to make choices that affect the organic storyline.

“Torn asunder, the delicate balance of power between the kingdom of Ehb’s factions has fallen apart. As one of the few remaining members of the disgraced protectors of the land, the 10th Legion, it is up to you to rebuild the once great Legion and prevent Ehb from descending into darkness. Joined by a group of unique companions, you will travel through the striking land of Ehb defeating all manner of villains and beasts through a combination of heroic abilities, screen-shaking magic and pure cunning.”

The following listing indicates the preorder programs available for Dungeons Siege 3 (note that I removed the Steam preorder so as to not confuse those who intend to purchase this on a console):

Receive two exclusive in-game items by preordering at GameStop

Burning Band of Scorch
This exclusive preorder in-game ring increases the raw damage of a player’s attacks and sets all foes ablaze with any weapon.

Talisman of the Grand Mage
This exclusive preorder in-game necklace reduces incoming damage on the player and grants the ability to lash out with a mystical attack that injures enemies in close-range combat.

Receive a limited preorder exclusive in-game ring
Bite of the Arakun
Grants the player the ability to poison enemies with lingering injury or soften their defenses, leaving them vulnerable for follow-up attacks.

Best Buy
Another exclusive preorder in-game amulet
Sacred Heart of the Legion
Increases a player’s health and pushes close combat assailants back each time the bearer is struck in battle.

Mini-comic and strategy guide
Pick up the DUNGEON SIEGE mini-comic from Dark Horse Comics and a free mini-strategy guide from Prima Games with a preorder at Walmart.

Hopefully, Dungeon Siege 3 delivers a strong-enough experience to warrant an interest in the genre on consoles. We could definitely use more of these buddy-bonding co-op games this generation.

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