Dungeon Siege III was released earlier this year, and just earlier today we put out our review as we recently got our hands on the game for the first time. Now Obsidian has been hard at work on the latest DLC for the game – titled Treasures of the Sun. Does it leave a nice tan, or does it burn you in the end?
Treasures of the Sun DLC pops up from the get-go when you load a saved game in Dungeon Siege. Now, there’s multiple ways to to get started. First off, whether you are continuing a game or starting a new game, you’ll get a notification of a Quest to “Start the DLC” and all DLC quest items will be in blue on the quest list. The person you need to talk to is in The Grand Chapterhouse, which you don’t get access to until about 3 or 4 hours into the main game. Say you’ve already beaten the game, all you have to do is load up the Endgame Autosave and from there you begin the questline. So any character at any level can start and enjoy the DLC as the enemies scale to you.
This extension to Dungeon Siege III does not have a direct relation to the main story and so going into it early or late will not have an overall impact on outcomes. There’s a bit of a disconnect playing the story here as there isn’t much overlap as there’s a separate threat to eliminate here. As indicated by the title and the screenshot – the new locale that varies wildly from the main game is set in the Aranoi Desert. It’s full of sweeping sands and the hot, desert sun beating down on you and your companion. Environments differ in each area you enter by adjusting the time of day giving a different type of feel to the same area.
New to this DLC is using your “Ultimate”, a new power-type added where you equip one of three powers to unleash similar to your abilities. The only problem I had, while using a gamepad was to press LS and RS at the same time. The right-stick (RS) changes the camera from far to close when used alone, so most times when using my ultimate, I would also camera change. Not a huge detriment, but seemed that they ran out of buttons when it was decided where this power call would come from.
There’s of course new loot to be found, and most of it is quite generous and provides new stats and abilities that can be brought back to the main game to wreak havoc. Now with you Level 30 players, you’ll find that you can now Level up to 35 which is now the max level to achieve. Lastly, you’re given the option to completely respec your character (as in, reset to 0 and re-assign all points) if you’ve made a mistake you want to undo.
When it’s all said and done, you will have completed Treasures of the Sun after about 3 or 4 hours, which is 1/4 length of the game itself. So for $10, this is a solid offering to extend the life of the game in a meaningful way.
Retails for: $9.99, recommended purchase price: $7.99
A Steam (PC) code for the DLC was provided by Square Enix for Review purposes