First In-Game Dungeon Siege III Footage

Er, could someone turn those torches off?

Dungeon Siege III reveals its first in-game footage today, and you can see it below. The game being developed by Square Enix and Obsidian asks you to “rebuild the once great Legion and stop Ehb from falling into darkness.” And ohmygosh, it looks a bit brilliant. I really want a party-based hack-n-slash just now. Especially with the narrative sensibilities of Obsidian behind it. Crikey, those attacks look awesome.


  1. Alexander Norris says:

    11-33 seconds: the game will be so poorly optimised that the trailer pre-emptively lags.

    More seriously: the animations and effects look pretty, but if it’s anything like DS1/2, it’s going to be really boring.

    • Nova says:

      Yeah how can you put a gameplay trailer on the internets that lags, jeez.
      Maybe they used the console version for it…

    • Beanbee says:

      The game engine is not laggy, its DRAMATIC!

    • DJ Phantoon says:

      Dramatic looks like laggy, ergo, I do not give a shit about this game because it does not interest me now.

      And John Walker is excited like a teenage girl. What’s with that.

    • Xercies says:

      I would have thought everyone would have realized by now that John Walker is effectively a teenage girl in a mans body

    • Alexander Norris says:

      @Xercies — which is a damn shame, because it’s all of the drawbacks with none of the benefit.

    • ZhouYu says:

      Sigh, it looks laggy probably not because the game is but because they’ve failed at video editing.

      Simply put, if you record at “realtime speed” at 30fps then slow that footage down to be moody, its going to look jerky and a bit poo. Trick is to record at a higher fps in proportion to how much you are planning to slow it down. A fairly basic mistake for marketing to make tbh :p.

      That being said, if it was recorded from consoles, its much harder to fiddle with higher fps’s, so shrugbug.

      Still looking forward more to Diablo 3 either way.

  2. Flaringo says:

    What the hell is going on in that picture?

    Alien space-ships everywhere!

    • JKjoker says:

      yeah it looks like watching the new Star Trek film though Kane & Lynch 2’s filter … omg the lens flares

    • Wulf says:

      Wheee! I love watching pavlovian habits form, it’s fascinating! But yeah, I agree, and you know what makes you think spaceships, right? It’s Mass Effect lighting gone into overdrive. I loved Mass Effect 2, so I was exposed to a lot of that lighting. What I’m seeing right now is a fantasy Universe having a love child with sci-fi Universe of Mass Effect. It’s got the trappings of its mother, but its got the lighting habits of its father. >_>

  3. yves torres says:

    does look mighty interesting. I hope it’s better than the last installment.

    • Zogtee says:

      Looks pretty sweet to me. The first game was really good, repetitive, but still really good. The second one never did it for me, though.

  4. mondomau says:

    Crikey, that’s some impressive action sequences.

    If they’ve managed to avoid the hotkey, gauge-watching clickfest that DSII devolved into at the later stages, consider me sold.

  5. Tei says:

    I trough it was a space game.
    *watch video*
    This looks nice!.

    And Square Enix + Obsidian? I trought it was a videogame. What can possibiliy built these two?
    Again, as Norris say, the gameplay of DS2 was extremly simple and repetitive. Walk from A to B (spaming particle effect on the path).

  6. Freud says:

    I enjoyed Dungeon Siege 2. I enjoy Obsidians games. I love the genre because I am both a hunter and a gatherer. I get way too excited when I get an upgrade. I can’t really see myself not buying this one.

    • Dave says:

      Same here, I guess.

      My then flatmate and I played through DS2 in coop. We solved every quest there is and revealed every last pixel of the game world. We played one week _straight_. Just couldn’t stop. It was awesome.

  7. Oreo says:

    I loved DS 1 and expansion. DS2 removed a lot of the control over the party. I really enjoyed DS because it felt like an RTS. You could pick formations, set hotkeys for the parties spells and generally tinker around. Awesome. DS2 tried to be more Diablo-like and I think it lost a lot of charm. This looks like neither but I think chances are slim that I will like it. At least it isn’t being made by GPG. After the lack of support for Demigod they will not be getting another purchase from me.

  8. Zyrxil says:

    Goddamn that’s a lot of bright lights. I’d like not to be blinded when I use “high-heel warrior girl”‘s flip kick please.

  9. Freud says:

    What is a bit worrying is that it might turn into a race to beat Diablo 3 to the market. With Obsidians sometimes flawed approach to Q&A, it has the potential to turn into something messy.

    • drewski says:

      Squeenix are pretty good at it though, so if they take a hands on approach to publishing it should be fine. Maybe.

  10. Jharakn says:

    To be honest I see it struggling to make headway caught between the low budget crowd pleaser that’s be Torchlight 2 and the premium price super shiny juggernaught that’s diablo 3. I’m prepared to give it a try if it reviews well though, I’m always a sucker for a good stompy ARPG me.

    • Bureaucrat says:

      Not that it means much on this particular website, but DS3’s biggest advantage over Diablo 3 and Torchlight 2 is that it’s going to be cross-platform.

  11. Navagon says:

    I know it was deliberately slowed. But that was unwise given how it showed up the frame rate.

    The first one was kinda dull due to severe lack of character development and uninspiring loot. Obsidian should be able to make it a lot more entertaining. But whether or not they can improve their programming skills is another matter entirely.

  12. pkt-zer0 says:

    It’s nothing compared to Starcr– er, Diablo 3!

  13. Thirith says:

    Can’t say I’m terribly interested in this one, at least for now – unless, a few years down the road, some modders use it to do a Total Conversion of, say, Ultima VII.

  14. Dante says:

    That isn’t lag, it’s someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing trying to do dramatic slow motion on footage that was captured at a regular frame rate.

    To put it simply, it appears to be bad trailer editing, and has no real bearing on the game itself (which you can see runs fine in the gameplay sections that have far more going on).

  15. Tuco says:

    I fiercely hated the Dungeon Siege saga. Incredibly overrated crap. Both games were some kind of oversized screensavers.

    I have the feeling I’m gonna hate this sequel even more.

  16. porps says:

    dungeon seige 2 was great on lan with friends, high hopes for this

    • SheffieldSteel says:

      Dungeon Siege 1 was great fun on a LAN with friends. They created a whole extra world for you to play through, three times.

  17. Andrew Farrell says:

    Actually, it reminds me a lot of Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance, which I would like some more of, yes.

  18. Fox says:

    Reminds me of the first NWN 2 trailer I saw that was ultimately very indicative of the final product. That is to say: rubbish. At least the animations are better here.

    Obsidian’s been one long string of disappointments to me, but I’m interested to see how New Vegas turns out. If they do something good there, maybe there’s hope for DS3 too.

    • Schaulustiger says:

      What’s with the NWN2 hate? I found it to be a rather good implementation of the D&D (3.5) rules. It did have a lot of spells cut out, but for me it was the last of the oldschool quasi-turn-based, party-centered RPGs. A last reminiscence to the old Black Isle times and as such a pretty entertaining game, especially with the first expansion that brought a refreshing setting and some interesting characters to the table.

  19. danarchist says:

    I liked both DS games, I will probably really like this one. Sorry im really bad at baying with the rest of the dogs :(
    Then again I have like 100 hours played on immortal throne so maybe its just the genre I enjoy.

  20. Terence says:

    Bah, I would like to see obsidian get picked up by a larger developer(would have said Bioware but they’re DLC whores now) that can actually put together code that isnt a buggy mess and let Obsidian focus on the narrative part of the game.

  21. Bureaucrat says:

    Crappy trailer editing aside, the full-speed portions seem to be running quite smoothly, and look nice. Which is something of a revelation with an Obsidian game– their MO to date has been using out-of-date borrowed tech to make games that narrative snobs idolize and graphics snobs look down their noses at.

    That said, I’ve never been a huge fan of clicky ARPGs. I will play through it, though, f they can draw me in and maintain my interest with character and story that transcend mere cliches.

  22. Quests says:

    Looks childish, accessible, simplified, spectacular, shiny crap.

    Give me food for my brain, not for my testicles.

  23. LionsPhil says:


    Being able to make out things on the screen is for people stuck in the past who don’t know to just press X when the on-screen prompt tells you to to unlock the next AWESUM cutscene.

  24. Lavitz says:

    WOW DS 3 I haven’t seen the trailer but Dungeon Siege 1 my first PC game. A Game that brought me into online gaming and gaming in general. I was like 12 at the time.. You guys only imagine how disapointed I will be when this game will come out. With the current state of gamedevelopment and the quality of games just degrading over the years. My excepations will not be met. Cod series. Bf series. MOH all major developers cant produce good products anymore.. Only one I think of that kinda still is Halo series.
    but here is site to my past. <—- EPIC for 10+ years! Ds modding was amazing..

  25. Lars Westergren says:

    I haven’t played the earlier games in this series, but I have higher hopes for this than I have for Dragon Age 2.

  26. fallingmagpie says:

    So just to be clear, this game is entirely about hitting stuff until it dies?

    • Bureaucrat says:

      That, and deciding which hat provides the right combination of sartorial flair and resistance to troglodyte fangs.

    • Freud says:

      It is basically a marginally more questy diablo-style game where you have a AI controlled party helping you out. Without the randomly generated dungeons.

    • Legionary says:

      @fallingmagpie: Hopefully with the ability to hit their weak spot for massive damage!

  27. neolith says:

    Needs more lensflares.

  28. Walsh says:

    Cut that goddamn hipster player character’s hair.

  29. Jim McToobules says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed the first DS, the second not so much.

  30. drewski says:

    I hate how negative people are. This looks like it might be fun. That’s more than enough – not every game needs to be Planescape: Intellectual Wankery.

    And I’m a Torment fan.

    • Klaus says:

      not every game needs to be Planescape: Intellectual Wankery

      Of course they do. It’s good to be introspective at all times, even on toilet or whilst sleeping.

    • Klaus says:

      See what happens when you aren’t being introspective. You will leave out ‘the’.

  31. Vinraith says:

    I really enjoyed DS2 (unlike a lot of folks, it seems) so I’m looking forward to this one. Party based hack and slash is a rare thing these days, let’s hope they get it right.

  32. Spectre-7 says:

    I think it looks bloody excellent. Getting a strong Capcom Onimusha/Devil May Cry action vibe, mixed with Diablo-style dungeon-crawly goodness. If it plays more like an action game than like a traditional point-click-click-click-potion-potion dungeon crawler, you can count me in.

  33. Sir Digby says:

    I really enjoyed DS1, not so much DS2; this looks promising, I loved the female sorcerer-type chick doing a Bayonetta-like jump but what’s with the faux-anime-like cloak and lolcrappy shield the main dude is carrying?

    Totally like-what like.

    I need to stop drinking and browsing RPS.

  34. nine says:

    You can see the japanese influence in those character designs. I’m still excited, I dont think they’ll turn it into a jrpg or anything that it should be

  35. Peanut says:

    If they create a separate game map for multiplayer only that is like 5 x larger than the singleplayer I will be sold. The multiplayer map in the first Dungeon Siege was amazing.

    That and they need to do a remake of the theme song you hear in the Dungeon Siege 2 opening cinematic and the start of Dungeon Siege 1.

  36. mergedwarrior says:

    I guess Obsidian and Square Enix are taking advantage of the “tide people over till Diablo 3 comes out” market.

  37. bill says:

    Dungeon Siege 1 and 2 always looked like the most boring games ever invented. I only tried the demo for DS1 (which was indeed dull as ditchwater) so maybe there is something great hidden in there to deserve all the praise they get.

    Or is it another case of the magic being all in the multiplayer?

  38. Jacka says:

    I’m guessing you mean QA – Quality Assurance rather than Questions and Answers.

  39. Lucas says:

    Lens flare overdose! What year is this?

    • Spectre-7 says:


      Greetings, time traveler. You’ve arrived in the year 2082, and the lens flares have finally won. We now live under their tyrannical rule, but there is still hope! A rag-tag group of rebels fight for our freedom, from their base deep beneath the surface of the Earth where no lens flare dares tread. Seek out the resistance, for you are the prophesied warrior who shall lead us to victory.

      Long live the fighters!

    • yourmother says:

      Well done!

      Golf clap.

  40. Mahbod says:

    This, Witcher 2, Dragon age 2 and Diablo 3 (if releasing in 2011) , it is going to be a glorious year !

  41. Lokku says:

    Seeing quite a few negative comments and I can’t help to think, if this was titled “Diablo III” how many positive comments there would be…

  42. reignfyre says:

    Quite a bit of snobbery in these comments. We’ve already got film snobs do we really need game snobs??

    Anywho, I got stuck with the showstopping but in DS2, twice, never finished the game but otherwise really liked it. I’ll get this if/when the price is right.

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