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Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance

by JACK OF ALL GAMES
PlayStation2
 Teen
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)

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  • Platform:   PlayStation2
  • ESRB Rating: Teen 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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5.0 out of 5 stars action heros Nov. 26 2012
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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 day
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4.0 out of 5 stars FUN, FUn, Fun June 27 2006
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Great game! Beat game too quickly. Wish game was longer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better Than the First June 16 2004
By casey
Better than the first, because the enemies are harder to kill and they're more interesting too. Especially the three at the end.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Since when could magic missiles miss? April 21 2004
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, they were a good waste of time. Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance is different. I picked it up because it was cheap, and I'm kind of a nerd and collect Forgotten Realms stuff, and it did say it followed 3rd edition rules. Right. What I got was one of the worst games money could buy that basically, in my opinion, made fun of d&d. And the magic missiles... I missed a lot with them in this game...in d&d they can't miss. Period. This game was awful... I miss games that had a plot
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a good game, but there are better March 22 2004
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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4.0 out of 5 stars it's already over March 1 2004
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great game. fun.
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and incredibly short.
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it's a rental based upon the length of the game. there isn't enough content here.
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but what is here is fun. very fun. and that should be incentive enough to cough up the five.spot to rent this bad.boy some weekend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best game Feb. 16 2004
By A Customer
Baldurs Gate is one of the best games. It is fun Me and my cousin Kacey played it for 4 hours. The time flied by. The sorcerer is the best
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1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT CALL IT AN RPG!!! Feb. 10 2004
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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