A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Dungeon Siege III is a fantasy role-playing game that's built primarily around combat. Using melee weapons (such as swords) and ranged attacks (including magic) players fight against -- and kill -- all kinds of human and inhuman enemies. Gamers will usually see a plume of red blood when they're defeated. Like other games of this kind, woman are suggestively dressed and reveal a lot of cleavage. There is also some inappropriate language in this game, including words like "whore" and "damn." Parents should note that this game also supports online play for up to four players and that participants can engage in open voice and text chat, a feature Common Sense Media does not recommend for preteens.
What's it about?
In DUNGEON SIEGE III, an action role-playing game (RPG) for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PCs, players step into the boots of one of four heroes, each of whom has his or her own unique strengths. The heroes must protect the once-peaceful land of Ehb and its innocent civilians from a growing threat. Played from an angled, top-down \"isometric\" perspective, you'll traverse varied environments -- from deep dungeons to lush mountains -- accept missions from townsfolk, take on hoards of relentless enemies and big bosses, and make decisions that can change the course of the game, such as sparing the life of someone who may help you later on. You can play this game by yourself or with up to three other friends via online co-op play.
Is it any good?
Despite the somewhat trite storyline –- you're a member of the 10th Legion who vows to prevent Ehb from falling into darkness and despair -- there is some satisfying, combat-heavy RPG action here. Players wield all kinds of might and magic to defeat villains and demons. The A.I. (artificial intelligence of the computer-controlled characters) is decent, but teaming up with friends online is more fun than flying solo. Plus, gamers can drop in and out of battle without stopping the onscreen action. RPG fans should also appreciate the customizable character classes, which feature a vast range of abilities to choose from, and also that they can recruit companions with abilities to complement their own.
While it's unlikely this game will keep you glued to the television or computer monitor for several months -- its re-playability is questionable -- this first high-definition Dungeon Siege is a fun and frantic "RPG lite" with great co-op play. Note: All three versions of the game are the same.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in fantasy games. Does blood need to be depicted? Do players need to kill humans? Do these elements have an impact on whether kids should play a game? Do you feel better about inflicting violence wolves, goblins, and skeletons rather than humans?
Families can also discuss online safety. How do you keep your kids safe while playing online? What should they do if they encounter other players who are abusive or ask for personal information?
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