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  • Summary: The expansion pack to the award-winning RPG of 2002 unveils an all-new campaign that will challenge players to explore and fight their way through nine spectacular areas, including an expansive new jungle region, as they unravel the rich history and mystery of the world of Aranna. Legends ofThe expansion pack to the award-winning RPG of 2002 unveils an all-new campaign that will challenge players to explore and fight their way through nine spectacular areas, including an expansive new jungle region, as they unravel the rich history and mystery of the world of Aranna. Legends of Aranna will also introduce new spells and special over-the-top spell effects to combat fierce new creatures such as Clockwork Beasts and Doppelgangers. Those not content to play a standard farm girl or farm boy will be able to choose a new half-giant player character; and even use spells to transform into a wolf, lava monster or troll. Players will be able to collect rare and powerful treasures, including new consistent styles of armor sets and collectables. Also available is a new pack animal that will defend the player's treasure to the death. [Microsoft Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. This is a fantastic title, and should score points both for Diablo-style dungeon crawlers as well as adventure/RPG hybrid lovers. With no load time between levels, it’s also good for those with shorter attention spans.
  2. Considering you get all this for thirty bucks, I see no reason why every action RPG or DS fan shouldn't go out and grab this one right now. If you're into addictive games, I can almost guarantee you won't be disappointed with LoA.
  3. Legends of Aranna’s best selling point might be how much of a bargain it is, at least if you never bought the original game. Since it’s priced as an expansion at $30 but actually has two full games, it's one of the best PC deals this year.
  4. It's a welcome and entertaining addition to an excellent game. [PC Zone]
  5. 74
    Multiplayer has been greatly improved, with characters' journal state now being saved, so playing through one of the campaigns with a friend or two is a much more satisfying.
  6. Computer Gaming World
    70
    It's a maddeningly beautiful game filled with the tedium of being an observer more than a player. [Feb 2004, p.81]
  7. The $29.99US MSRP seems somewhat reasonable, unless you object to spending that kind of money on different versions of a two year old game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. MichaelF.
    Nov 12, 2003
    10
    Great Game. Great fun. Basically two whole games for the price of one. A stupendous buy for any game fan.
  2. BillE.
    Nov 14, 2003
    10
    This game rocks! I am only halfway through but it definitely does a better job of keeping the player caught up than Diablo II with the same This game rocks! I am only halfway through but it definitely does a better job of keeping the player caught up than Diablo II with the same level of action. This one is much harder than the original. Expand
  3. PeterK.
    Dec 11, 2003
    10
    OK, so it is linear and violent and repetitive. I loved the original and this expansion cost me a few sleepless night too!
  4. Jan 10, 2020
    9
    I've had this game for the largest part of my life. I grew up on it. I've played through each map several times, including the bonus onesI've had this game for the largest part of my life. I grew up on it. I've played through each map several times, including the bonus ones (Yesterhaven and Return to Arhok).

    Overall, although Dungeon Siege is a bit repetitive with the point and clicking, it satisfies an itch that its sequels and competitor Diablo II fail to satisfy. Yes, the maps are linear. Yes, the game is predictable. Yes, the story is a bit tacky. But the game manages to suck you in anyway, and keeps you wanting to play for "one more minute." The music is absolutely magnificent, and suits each region perfectly.

    The multiplayer map (Utraean Peninsula) is amazing, and you can definitely tell that an insane amount of work was put into it. The forest, desert, interlocking regions... Just spectacular. The single-player Kingdom of Ehb map is wonderful to play through as well, and although the Legends of Aranna map isn't as lengthy, it's certainly not bad either. The sheer length of each map easily makes the experience worth your while.

    There are some flaws with the game's balancing (e.g. summons, pack animals, shrines, drop rarity, Combat Magic, etc.), but you can largely ignore them. Just play the way you want, because the game doesn't try to punish you for mistakes. You'll find enjoyment in just about everything you fiddle around with.

    I believe that everyone should play Dungeon Siege at least once in their lives if they're an action RPG fan. Nowadays it's dated, a bit glitchy on modern PCs, and requires some workarounds for multiplayer, but it's definitely still playable. And on the topic of mods, there are ton of them out there that improve the game and make it even more fun to play. Just try it; you'll see why it's so amazing.
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  5. MateusC.
    Feb 3, 2006
    7
    If you didn't play the first game, this is your chance. If you know Dungeon Siege think this only a weak expansion compared with original game.
  6. ChrisP.
    Jan 17, 2004
    7
    I agree. Game has some glaring faults that are even worse than in DS1, I.E. the combat stances kinda suck. Unless you set it to "hold I agree. Game has some glaring faults that are even worse than in DS1, I.E. the combat stances kinda suck. Unless you set it to "hold position", your entire party will take off after anything that comes within visual range and will continue chasing it until 1. it goes out of vis. range, 2. they catch it and kill it, 3. something catches and kills you, 4. you stop them. You'll be stopping your party a lot. Expand
  7. SubakA.
    Jan 11, 2004
    1
    I don't see why everyone has to vote 10 all the time, even if they don't claim the game is perfect. I frankly don't think this I don't see why everyone has to vote 10 all the time, even if they don't claim the game is perfect. I frankly don't think this expansion deserves a 1 but it's obviously not 10 either. So here is my vote for a little balanced. Expand

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