Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance - PlayStation 2
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- Platform: PlayStation2
- ESRB Rating: Teen
- Media: Video Game
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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.
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Excellente qualité de produit. Aucune égratignures sur le DVD de jeu. Merci :)Published 2 months ago by François-Emmanuel Royer
i enjoyed the game, i wish there was more characters to choose from. fun but wish the game was alittle longer, i was able to play it in one dayPublished on Nov. 26 2012 by Rosemary Gale
Great game! Beat game too quickly. Wish game was longer.Published on June 27 2006 by Michael Burrows
Better than the first, because the enemies are harder to kill and they're more interesting too. Especially the three at the end.Published on June 16 2004 by casey
I enjoyed Baldur's Gate I and II for the PC, for hack and slash "rpgs" they were immersive, and while not as fun as sitting around the table with my friends and my dice,... Read morePublished on April 21 2004 by Jayme Critic