Dungeon Siege III Previews

We already brought you word of their video interview with Obsidian's Nathan Davis, but now Australian Gamer has cranked out a short preview based on their firsthand time with Dungeon Siege III.
There are four main characters to choose from at the beginning of the game, Lucas Montbarron, Anjali, Katarina and one more in which I was embargoed on mentioning. Lucas is your basic swordsman, Anjali is your most balanced class and Katarina is your riflewoman. Each character has three stances two of which are offensive and one of which is defensive. You will constantly switch between the offence stances in order to maximize your battle wins as each stance is tied to an exclusive set of abilities. For example Anjali has melee spear attacks in human form but when she turns into the female version of the Human Torch her abilities become fire based.

During our preview we were taken through the Town of Stonebridge which you venture through about halfway through the game. In this town goblins have been welcomed as they further the village in terms of technology. After exploring a little of the town we head into a dungeon and start battling with a few monsters. Battles are fast and fluid enough so that you can follow all the action on screen. The problem with many games that have an isometric view is that some of your vision may be impaired due to the angle but Dungeon Siege 3 does the job well. Each ability for each a character is tied to an empowered version that can be executed when a certain number of orbs are collected. The RPG element continues with a fully customizable level up experience. This means you can choose the path of leveling up and what skills you see worthwhile.
Additionally, GamePro's "Roleplayers' Realm II" podcast features quite a bit of commentary about their hands-on time with Dungeon Siege III, The Witcher 2, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.