STAFF REVIEW of Dungeons 3 - Complete Collection (Xbox One)

Tuesday, August 25, 2020.
by Adam Dileva

Dungeons 3 - Complete Collection Box art Dungeons 3 is a few years old now, but as they say, everything old is new again, right? Part real time strategy, part dungeon builder, Dungeons 3 – Complete Collection is now available for those that want a good challenge and dozens and dozens of hours of gameplay. With more than enough DLC that you can shake a stick at, Dungeons 3 has been popular for fans of the genre, and can finally get all of its content in one place. Build your dungeon, set traps, create monsters and destroy the do-gooders in the overworld. If you’re a fan of pop culture, breaking the fourth wall like Deadpool and parody, you’re going to have a great time with lots of laughs.

The core campaign is quite decently sized, which should take you at minimum 20-30ish hours to complete. Factor in another handful of DLC’s, seven to be exact, and you’ve got a lot more gameplay ahead of you, which should nearly double the campaign. Cleverly narrated, Dungeons 3 tells the tale of Thalya, a dark elf that’s raised by the noblest of Paladins. You though are an omnipotent evil being that simply wants to cause destruction and general debauchery, so clearly you’re going to take over Thalya’s body and use her as your vessel.

The campaign is actually quite good, though there are some major spikes in difficulty in random places where one mistake will cost you the match. There’s essentially two halves to the gameplay: the dungeon building and the overworld. Inside the dungeon you use your minions, lovely referred to as “snots” to carve tunnels, gather resources and build parts of your base, the RTS part of Dungeons 3. Your lifeblood comes from the massive crystal in the middle of your dungeon, called a dungeon heart, and should you get invaded and it becomes destroyed, you lose. The overworld is where things are happy and glee, until you destroy everyone and everything in your path of course, turning the world into dark and gloomy sections as you take them over.

While the campaign is filled with humerous parodies and memorable characters, all pale in comparison to the narrator; yes, the person that, well, narrates everything. With an unmistakable voice performed masterfully, the narrator will guide you along, giving you hints and probably make fun of you along the way, constantly breaking the fourth wall. While many will have played the base game itself, I’ll instead delve a little into each DLC, giving an idea of what type of content you can expect with this Complete Collection. I’d have hoped that many updates and patches would have happened since I last played, fixing some performance issues I previously had, but there’s still some major slowdown when action gets chaotic, even while playing on an Xbox One X.

Once Upon a Time:
This DLC has the Absolute Evil heading to the Good Fairy’s home, Fairyland. You’ll find 3 new campaign maps and evil hubs, new tile sets for your dungeon and of course a new boss, The Good Fairy. Seeing so many cute and good deeds makes Thalya sicks to her stomach, so it’s amusing to see their reactions.

Evil of the Caribbean:
With another 3 new campaign maps, evil hubs and dungeon tiles (most of the DLC’s add this many), here you’re sent to the island of Turtoga (can you guess the reference?) where you’ll have to get rum for someone, but stop the good guys from destroying it, as well as battling another new boss. It’s a fun parody and the setting fits, but even the initial mission was quite difficult.

Lord of the Kings:
With 3 more campaign maps, here you’re helping King Arcturus as he finds his city of Stormbreeze destroyed. This DLC actually has an interesting plot and twist, so I don’t want to spoil anything, but definitely play this one once you’ve got the hang of the whole dungeon building aspect.

Clash of Gods:
This was one of the first major DLC’s, as instead of three maps, you get eight, adding some more gameplay. You’ll face off against a whole new type of enemy set out to stop the Absolute Evil, the Goddess of Light. New traps will need to be used if you want to survive any invasions to your dungeon and this was the major update that also included co-op, though you’ll surely need to invite a friend, as I was unable to find any multiplayer matches at all, across all the DLC. This expansion had more emphasis on the overworld, adding the ability to utilize special outposts to stop invaders as you try to take down their bases.

An Unexpected DLC:
With a title like that, you know it’s full of parody and humor. You’ve already defeated the Goddess of Light in the last DLC, so what’s left to do? Taking on the Queen of the Forest across 3 new campaign maps of course!

Famous Last Words:
This DLC was the final campaign DLC and actually my favorite of the bunch, because of how asinine and out of the box it became. The premise is that since Thalya has done everything she can, the narrator is now bored, causing Thalya to get on his bad side. Big mistake. Since the narrator can do whatever he wants, as he’s the narrator, he turns himself into Narratus, conjuring anything he can think of to stop you. This campaign while hilarious, was also quite challenging. Stick with it though, as it was my favorite content of the bunch.

A Multitude of Maps:
This final DLC was actually the weakest of the bunch. Instead of any new campaign missions, you’re instead given a map pack for skirmishes. While these maps are unique and add even more challenge, like helping a golem find its resting place, I wouldn’t categorize 3 maps as a “multitude” and it will only appease the hardcore fans that want more co-op content.

Dungeons 3 is a unique game, with its tongue in cheek approach to humor, which works flawlessly, and dual plane gameplay that requires a lot of planning and concentration. One minute you could be building a great and efficient dungeon, only to get invaded and overrun in just a few minutes because you weren’t watching the overworld map for the heroes’ movements.

While it may not be perfect with its difficulty spikes, performance issues and awkward controls, it more than makes up for it with its clever writing and amazing narrator. With dozens and dozens of hours of content to be had, Dungeons 3 – Complete Collection is an absolutely hilarious RTS with equally unique DLC.

Overall: 8.0 / 10
Gameplay: 7.0 / 10
Visuals: 8.0 / 10
Sound: 9.0 / 10


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