The other tricky situation that Dungeon Siege 3 puts co-op players in has to do with the camera. Even in online co-op players are tied to the same screen, though each person has control of their own camera angle. This means player movement needs to be in sync, and with four players it feels similar to that carnival game where they tie two people’s legs together and force them to walk as one. In shared screen its not as big of a deal since there are only two players, but the camera does change a little bit.
So all those gripes aside, there’s still a lot of fun to be had in the game’s co-op play. I had no problem leaving my game open to the public and having people pop in and out to help me through quests. My game quickly filled with a full party of players on numerous occasions. Even the quest dialog is fun with four players as the game utilizes a voting like system as to what option is chosen in the dialog trees - you can see which players choose which dialog option.
Despite my quarrels with the game’s co-op mode, Dungeon Siege 3 is an excellent Action/RPG. It’s a departure from previous games in the series, but it’s not afraid to admit that - fans of the previous two games will enjoy the several donkey jokes located throughout the game. As long as you understand the co-op features of Dungeon Siege 3 before buying it, and are ok with that, you’ll get plenty of enjoyment out of it.
The Co-Op Experience: The co-op mode allows up to three friends to join your game as helpers. Players can choose character classes, collect loot, and assist using tactics. Sadly XP and Loot does NOT carry back to your single player game if you play as a guest.
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