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Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance - PlayStation 2

Platform : PlayStation2
Rated: Teen
4.3 out of 5 stars 117 customer reviews

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Game Information

  • Platform:   PlayStation2
  • ESRB Rating: Teen Teen
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product Details

  • ASIN: B00005Q8IR
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Release Date: Dec 4 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 117 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,559 in Computer and Video Games (See Top 100 in Computer and Video Games)
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Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance combines fast-paced action and adventure in the popular world of Baldur's Gate. It features an epic tale of intrigue, alliances, explosive spell effects, and highly detailed creatures and environments, and allows for both single- and two-player cooperative play. Characters are customizable, each with unique powers, appearance, and abilities. This is the first console game to feature Dungeons & Dragons, 3rd Edition rules in real time. The game features Dolby Digital sound, comprehensive voice acting, and a completely original soundtrack.

Customer Reviews

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I picked up Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance (BG:DA) for Playstation 2 after finishing Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes on the Xbox. I'm familiar with Bioware, who consistently makes games I really enjoy (including Neverwinter Nights and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic). Additionally, Baldur's Gate came first before D&D Heroes, so I knew there would be some improvements. Still, Maleficent and I enjoy blowing stuff up together, so we needed a new fix and Baldur's Gate fit the bill.
Unlike D&D Heroes, BG:DA pretends it has role-playing elements and in doing so, just highlights how non-role-playing the game is. Similar to Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Neverwinter Nights, there are conversation trees. When you speak to a character, you select a series of responses from a menu. There are maybe five characters you can talk to in total and your conversation doesn't really matter - we quickly discovered that clicking the top choice always meant we'd get to hear the whole story. But you can just skip the whole story too and get right to the matter at hand, which means the role-playing elements are just trappings to make it seem more like D&D.
Forget character customization too, at least at character creation. There are three character types, including an elven sorceress, dwarven (cleric? I didn't play him so not sure), and human arcane archer. Some warning flags should go off for folks who play the third edition of D&D - one cannot start out as an arcane archer, that's a prestige class. But that doesn't matter - the human, named Vahn, is whom you get to play. While he can hack things up in melee, Vahn's clearly optimized for ranged combat. The game gives subtle hints like dropping great heaps of arrows as the only equipment you find in treasure hoards.
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This game is not an RPG. Just because it bears the grand name of Baldur's Gate, that doesn't automatically make it an RPG. The storyline isn't even CLOSE to as good as the REAL Baldur's Gate story. Why is it assumed that just because you can level up abilities, you're playing an RPG? It's and action game,period. The graphics are good, i'll give them that, but that's all they get. You don't even get to create your own character, they just throw pre-made characters at you Diablo-style and expect you to cope. Creating my character was part of the fun of the REAL Baldur's Gate. The storyline in the REAL BG was amazing, and, it actually took time to beat, I felt like i'd actually accomplished something afterward. After i beat Dark Alliance, or Diablo 3, as i like to call it,(which is NOT a good thing) my only feeling/thought was,"i want my money back". Do yourself a favor and buy the real deal, pick up Baldur's Gate for PC, it's way better in every aspect except for graphics. The only saving grace Dark Alliance had was that, after you beat the secret mission at the end, you can play as the legendary Drizzt Do'Urden, a drow ranger. You won't be able to change his weapons, but if you know anything about him, you should know why. Anyway, playing as Drizzt even gets boring, because by the time you get to use him, you will have already beaten the game, so it'll basically be the same deal. When are they going to get a clue and give the die-hard fans what we really want? a game all about Drizzt?
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Don't expect Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance to be one of those deep RPG's where you have to spend hours trying to learn every little detail about the battle system, this is just pure fun with D&D elements thrown in. However, single-player gets boring after a while, so I reccomend anyone who buys or rents this game to play it with a friend, it's much more fun that way.
The graphics are amazing. Towns and dungeons are extremely detailed and the shadows and lighting effects add tons of atmosphere to each area. And unlike most RPG's where you equip armor and you can plainly see that your character is still wearing the same shirt he always wears, armors and weapons are clearly being handled by your character on screen. Hell, you can even undress your character down to their underwear if you want.
Out of the three characters you can choose in this game, they rarely speak aside from the occasional grunt when they're hit by something, however, the rest of the characters in the game are rather chatty.
The game plays out kind of like diablo where you hack away at enemies until they die, once they die you gain experience, once you gain enough experience, you gain a level, etc. However, just like Diablo, that gets boring after a while. Fortunately, Dark Alliance includes a two-player mode. If the game didn't feature the ability to play with a friend, I would've given it 4 stars instead. So make sure you have a dedicated friend who's willing to play with you through the wee hours into the night, and you're garunteed to never get bored.
The only real problem is that the game is fairly short and feels like it ended too quickly, but the game is pretty cheap and once you beat the game once, a harder difficulty opens up which could provide an extra challenge. So despite that problem, I still reccomend anyone with a friend to buy this game, all you lonely people might want to rent it first.
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It took a while, but while rummaging through the PS2's greatest hits section me and my girlfriend found this nifty game. I had read great reviews but never got around to purchasing the game. My girlfriend suggested we buy it with the 19.99 price tag. It seemed like a great idea, since I have been looking for a 2 player game to play with her since the PS2 came out.
This game is great, especially if you love the Dungeons and Dragon theme, hack n slash on the PS2 is a lot of fun. The greatest thing was finally having a game I can play with her, I love games and this way I can spend time with her and play at the same time, what a great idea. Baldur's Gate can save your relationship, well at least if she is willing to give it a try. You'll treasure the moments when she screams, "oh my god , rats....uhhhhh... they're huge"
The PS2 and the entire gaming community neet to develop more co-op games, these are a lot of fun, and I always looked forward to those 1 or 2 hours where me and my girlfriend would plop in front of the PS2 in save the world from monsters.
I look forward to Dark Alliance 2.
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