I’ve played the demo of Dungeon Seige, and I must say that while it is in one sense just a hack-n-slash game, it is the finest I’ve ever seen. They cut out so much bullshit that there’s hardly any left. Character advancement is based on what you do, with hardly any tough decisions to make (although, as a hardcore RPG player, I tend to fret it a bit anyway). Constant regeneration of hitpoints makes for low downtime. No `Diablo finger’ – one click does the trick. In fact, if Farm Girl gets attacked while you’re away from the keyboard she actually fights back. Nearly every other game in the world would have her go, “Oh, well, I guess I’ll just let this monster chomp me a new asshole.” I turn around to do the dishes and when I come back Farm Girl’s got a semi-circle of dead wolves at her feet.
The setup is as crisply efficient as you’d get from a platform shooter --Farm Girl is farming along, probably thinking about turnip prices, when suddenly the encroachment of evil is announced in the classic manner. A guy says, “Uuurk…evil…,” and dies at her feet. Gurgle, thunk. And with a righteous sssschlllliiing, Farm Girl whips out her turnip knife and comences to whale on evil immediately.
Apparently she had been voted `Most Likely Haul off on Evil’ for her high school year book, because her neighbor isn’t a bit suprised to see her dripping with viscera. “As soon as I heard about the invasion, I knew you’d gouge a meaty path to the next town. Feel free to slaughter everything in my basement and loot it if you want.” Good thing he said that because, uh, she already did.