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 ›
Couple of tips:
If you play with the dwarf, save up points to get whirlwind attack as soon as possible. This is a way to attack multiple enemies that really makes the game much more fun, since the dwarf is kind of limited to hacking and slashing. Also, always raise your strength when possible. this helps you both carry more and hurt your enemies more
With the sorceress, skip the following spells to save pts for the better ones: acid arrow, snowblind, and fireball. These spells are both ineffective and boring to use. Trust me, the other spells are worth the wait.
The area in which this game shines is the gameplay. The controls are smooth and the response time is lightning fast, no lag or anything of the like. I also like the fact the the controls are user friendly and the in-game tutorial is great at getting you familiar with the controls without being overly preachy or condescenting.
The overall story is very linear, and as you progress through the levels, the enemies can be quite tough and sometimes downright difficult to deal with. The boss battles are cool, and take quite a bit of strategy and evasion to ensure your survival. These above facts are cool and fit well into the game, but they are also its downfall. Although the toughness and tenacity of the enemies increases steadily, your character is a bit slower to catch up. Once you kill all the enemies on a level, they dont respawn, so you cannnot stick around and kill them again to gain more experience and level up faster.
Other than the fact that the difficulty level gets a little frustrating, you have to deal with a little bit of boredom and a lull in the storyline towards the end of the game. The set-up is nice, but the ending leaves a little to be desired.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Excellente qualité de produit. Aucune égratignures sur le DVD de jeu. Merci :)Published 8 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