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Phil Sulak Interview at MacGamer
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To celebrate the coming release of the Mac version of Dungeon Siege, the folks over at MacGamer recently sat down and interviewed Phil Sulak of Westlake Interactive, the port's programmer.

Dungeon Siege is a vast, action-oriented 3D role-playing game created by Gas Powered Games. Featuring an extensive single player story, excellent multiplayer options, and tactical combat, there's plenty to keep any Mac gamer happy. The interview with Sulak goes into everything from how Westlake came about, to some of the complexities that Sulak ran into in the port.

Here's a preview:

Macgamer:Tell us about Dungeon Siege. What's it all about?

Sulak:Dungeon Siege can best be classified as an Action RPG. On the surface, Siege's most obvious relative in the gaming world is Blizzard's Diablo 2. But to me, Siege offers up a much more compelling gaming experience with its lush 3D graphics, strong story, huge world to explore, and expansion capabilities.

Dungeon Siege takes place in a fantasy world known as the Kingdom of Ehb. In the game you start off as a simple farmer, and your homeland is invaded by the malevolent Krug and their insipid allies. You begin your journey across a vast sprawling landscape, looking for a way to rid the Kingdom of the evil that has overtaken it. Along the way you face off against hundreds and hundreds of enemies and meet up with various friendly characters, some of which you can ask to join you in your adventures. There are an immeasurable number of monsters to do battle with, and hundreds of various items (magical and otherwise) that you find or can buy along the way.

The game is just beautiful to look at (some of the magic spell effects are breathtaking), and finding your way through the many dungeons in the game is a blast. It can be very easy to get lost, as the dungeons are huge and chock full of baddies, hidden passages, and loads of booty. The later battles can become quite massive, with your party fighting dozens of enemies at once. At times, combat in the game can become so intense it reminded me of the large-scale battle scenes in the Lord of the Rings movies.

Dungeon Siege for the Mac is being published by MacSoft and is slated to be shipped tomorrow. For more information on Dungeon Siege, or to read the full interview, follow the provided links below. You can also check out IMG's preview of the game, or pre-order it from the IMG store.

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