First Impression Video: Dungeon Siege II (PC/Steam)

This is the 49th instalment of our first impression video series. Today, we are playing Dungeon Siege II for the first time.

Welcome to the 49th instalment of our first impression video series. Today, we are playing the Steam game, Dungeon Siege II for the first time. You can check out the video directly on YouTube or in the embed below:

This game, as it turns out, is slightly less finicky than the first Dungeon Siege game. For those of you who want to record video of this game or want to play it in Windowed mode, this actually seems to require two steps. First, you have to go to your Steam game via the Steam client. From there, you have to right click and “Manage”. In the new window, there is a line on the right hand side (bottom) that gives you game options. In the line that allows you to put in text, this line of code works for me: “fullscreen=false height=600 width=800 nointro=true noloadintro=true nospacecheck=true”

This will, of course, allow you to open the game via Steam in windowed mode. However, unless your monitor is natively run at a resolution of 800 by 600, the game will not really work after you get past the menu. You also need to tell the game to run at a resolution of 800 by 600.

To do so, you need to find the location where you installed the game. For that, it’s probably found in “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Dungeon Siege 2”

From there, you need to double click on “DS2VideoConfig.exe”. Under the resolution drop down menu (middle one), you need to select a resolution of “800x600x32”. Click OK. This should allow you to run the game in windowed mode and also enable you to record it as well. You might be able to get a better resolution by fiddling with the resolution settings, but a bad resolution will mean that pause menu items (what you get when you hit escape) will not display the text of the buttons if the resolutions are wrong. All of this is a pain, but at least it doesn’t require running outside the Steam environment and through a third party application to run properly.

For those of you who haven’t played this series, does this seem like an interesting game to play? I know I didn’t exactly get to the combat, but at the very least, the tutorial does offer insight into how to handle combat and manage characters at least. Does this game look better than the first game or are you more curious about the first game? For those who have played this series before, is this an interesting addition to the series or did you prefer the first game over the second game? Let us know in the comments below!

This video is part of our first impression video series. Below is a list of previously made first impression video’s we’ve made in the past:

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