Dungeon Siege: Throne of Agony review

Grinding through this dungeon crawler is anything but agonizing

GamesRadar+ Verdict


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    Intuitive and addictive

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    Strong character development

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    Tons of weapons

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    Repetitive button mashing

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    Loooonnggg load times

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    Occasional lack of objectives

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If you're looking to get your monster murder on, this is the game for it. Let's face it, in an action RPG, the story always takes a back seat to carving your way through a few thousand beasts. The latter is the focus of Dungeon Siege: Throne of Agony, a built-for-handhelds episode of the popular PC hack and slash franchise.

The action is the strongest element of this game, which itself is packed full of high points. The interface is based largely on the Untold Legends meme (which is a good thing, because it works ), with a handful of improvements that make monster killin' even more intuitive. As you wander through wilderness, temples and dungeons, DS throws hoards of beasts at you and your companions, and you wield a huge array of varied weaponry, spells and abilities to smite them.

Of course, running and killing aren't the only components of DS; it's an RPG at its core, so it also involves a heavy helping of the proven formula of character development, item looting (and there are tons of items to find), interaction with NPCs, and questing. Everything comes together to create a deep, action-packed game that works incredibly well.

More info

GenreRole Playing
DescriptionA streamlined port of the PC action RPG series that should fill the PSP's genre hole nicely when it ships this fall.
Franchise nameDungeon Siege
UK franchise nameDungeon Siege
US censor rating"Teen"
UK censor rating"12+"
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)