For a long time, Dungeon 3 Review has been a series that’s tried to emulate Dungeon Keeper and never truly succeeded, with Dungeon Keeper as the aging champion that stubbornly held onto its crown. Now, though, after nearly two decades, Dungeons 3 Review is a title that is not only worthy of being compared to past classics, it’s also a fun game in its own right.
We’ll never get Dungeons 3 Review, but in a few days, we will get Dungeons 3 Review, the sequel to a not-Bullfrog spiritual remake that took the long way round to evoking its revered forebear. Dungeons 3 Review 1 was a hot mess, but in our Dungeons 2 review, I felt it made a pretty decent fist of the old’ monster-management + RTS combat formula. Dungeons 3 Review, all of a sudden out next week (we newsed it back in February but this was the first I’d heard of it, and I’m the only one who matters), looks like it’s trying to refine that even further.
In Dungeons 3, players play as the ‘Dungeon Lord’, a malevolent presence that’s determined to stave off his boredom by conquering the world and being an all-around jerk. In a continuation of the previous two games, the introductory cinematic explains that with the Dungeon 3 Review Lord conquering the known world, he is now so bored that he is going out of his way to find something else to subjugate. When that happens, Dungeons 3 Review’s twenty-hour-long campaign begins in earnest.
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This results in an experience that can sometimes be painfully slow. Essentially, tasks that the player is used to doing in games such as Warcraft III are now automated and must be continually monitored as a result. While doing this, the player should also be updating their talent tree to help accelerate these tasks, building an army to complete objectives, and constructing a vast array of traps to ward off invaders. There’s a lot to keep track of, and it can be overwhelming for a new player even after playing the tutorial through a few times over.
Gameplay-wise, anyone who has played Dungeon Keeper or Warcraft III should be right at home in this game. As the Dungeon Lord, players slowly build an underground base in a somewhat inefficient manner. This is because the Dungeon Lord is forced to rely upon Little Snots, which are extremely unmotivated peasants who move on their own and generally work at their own pace. They do slow down after a period of time, to the extent that the narrator tells the player to ‘encourage’ the Little Snots by hitting them to work faster.
As expected, while the game’s humor and atmosphere mostly keep the player engaged, what ensures the title from falling off a cliff is its sound design and voice acting. While every creature is easily identifiable by its look and vocal reaction, the voice acting in Dungeons 3 Review is exceptional. The voice actress for Thalya – who constantly battles between her ‘Good’ and ‘Bad’ alter-egos – shines, as her voice continually shifts from harsh and grating to soft and conciliatory. The narrator is excellent as well, evoking the image of a bored middle-aged British chap who is only there to bemoan his sober state, collect his paycheck, and to encourage Thalya to destroy as much of her world as possible.
Realmforge is diving back into the Dungeons 3 Review Keeper-ish world of Dungeons, announcing Dungeons 3 Review for autumn. It’s a real-time strategy game about an evil overlord building a dungeon to raise, train, and protect dastardly minions then sending ’em out to raid and ravage the shiny happy overworld – Dungeons 3 Review Keeper meets Warcraft. Our Alec quite liked Dungeons 2 so, sure, a new game building on that sounds good. This time, it’ll pack a two-player co-op mode and Realmforge says the overworld RTS bits are “fully reworked” too.
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Dungeons 3 Review finds itself in a weird and unique position where it is both elevated and brought down by its sense of humor. While the banter between the main character, Thalya, and the narrator, a snarky British man, is hilarious, the frequent pop culture references are only funny for the first dozen times or so. Afterward, I only audibly reacted when I was surprised by the randomness of the references. Yanna Overproud of Dollar was probably my favorite, which is a reference to Jaina Proudmoore of Dalaran in the Warcraft universe. This leads to a storyline in which fantasy ripoffs are expected and encouraged, leading to a cheekily-written campaign that knows it isn’t a high-stakes adventure.
What is not elevated, however, are its settings, which are surprisingly non-existent. As a PC gamer, I expect to have the capability to change things such as shadows, anti-aliasing, textures, and a dozen other settings to help maximize my performance. Instead, it’s extremely an extremely lackluster setup that begs for more attention.
While in the end, my performance was fine (only slipping downward in heated battles), this shouldn’t feel like I’m gambling with my performance. If someone were to have an unacceptable framerate, all they would be able to do is lower the resolution, which would make their game look dramatically worse. I cannot overstate how much of a basic requirement this is for any PC game. If the developers wanted to make their options menus neat and tidy, they could have easily added an ‘Advanced’ option that can be clicked and expanded upon, like almost every other game. Not cool, Realmforge Studios. Not cool.
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Dungeons 3 Review is a graphically pleasing game. The environments are bright and colorful, and each place you go to is dynamically different from the one before. In one mission, Thalya and Yanna are caught in a duel that has bolts of magical energy crossing across the map, centering on a single unit that has the capability of winning the mission, but only if the creature has support. What this meant was that if either side was in the creature’s immediate surroundings, the creature was either pushed up the map or down back to the Dungeon. It was a unique mission, which was only elevated by its strong visual effects.
There are also some strange bugs that I’ve encountered throughout the campaign. Over the course of thirty hours, I’ve crashed a half-dozen times and was forced to restart the same amount. The crashes were random, but the restarts were due to a bug that messed with my settings. For instance, the key ‘Escape’ no longer worked, minimizing the game rather than bringing up the in-game menu. This extended to Windows 10 as a whole, not allowing me to type anything and opening different windows when I tried to. Only after a restart was this problem fixed.
The other half takes place in the Overworld, presented by a whole different map at the left bottom corner of the UI. This part of the game plays more like a classic RTS with the players given direct control of the units and laying havoc on the domain of Good. Destroying notable objects of the enemy will allow automatic construction of Isles of Evilness, which will supply the Resource-Poor Evil with an additional currency used for upgrades and researches. Additionally, through the construction of various buildings and finishing the research they offer, the rooms, creatures, and even spells can be upgraded and improved, if you have enough Evilness, of course. That brings us to the next point: managing the dungeon is only one half of the game. Dungeons 3 Review
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Another thing that I didn’t appreciate was the lack of players for the online portion of the game. Every time I would queue up for co-op (every mission can be played via co-op) or through the player vs player online mode, I couldn’t find anyone. Literally. I sat there for a good five to ten minutes more than once on multiple campaign missions and for the online mode in general, and I never found anyone. I couldn’t find confirmation that this because I have the GOG version and not the Steam version, but for prospective buyers be warned that it could be very difficult to find multiplayer games unless you have unwilling friends. Dungeons 3 Review – It’s Good to Be Bad
Dungeons 3 is a title that has a very specific clientele. If you are a Dungeon Keeper fan, you have probably bought this game already. If you are an RTS fan, then you should consider this title if you are willing to go outside of the box. Overall, this is a title that knows what it wants to do and sets about doing it as efficiently as possible, nothing more and nothing less. It’s fun to be Evil in Dungeons 3, and while the multiplayer is seemingly dead and the campaign doesn’t have any surprises, there is enough value here to justify a closer look.