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Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance (PS2)

Platform : PlayStation2
62 customer reviews

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  • Featuring single or two-player cooperative play
  • Play 3 character types, each with unique powers, appearance and abilities
  • The first console game ever to use the 3rd Edition Dungeons & Dragons rule set
  • Explosive spell effects and amazingly detailed environments
  • Unlike a lot of PC games, every character in Dark Alliance will talk to you
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Game Information

  • Platform:   PlayStation2
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 12 and Over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B00007JWNL
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 13.6 x 1.4 cm ; 118 g
  • Release Date: 28 Mar. 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,534 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

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 customisable, each with unique powers, appearance and abilities. This is the first console game to feature Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition rules in real time. With Dolby Digital sound, comprehensive voice acting and a completely original soundtrack. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Amazon.co.uk Review

The Baldur's Gate series redefined and reinvigorated the PC role-playing scene, and now Interplay brings it to the Playstation 2. But don't be fooled; this isn't a traditional role-playing game, but rather a fun, wall-to-wall action hack-'n'-slash adventure in the mould carved by Gauntlet and the storied Diablo series--one that nonetheless conforms to the 3rd Edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons ruleset.

The game casts you as one of three basic characters: an elf sorceress, a human archer or a dwarf fighter. And from there you're set free inside a huge Dungeons & Dragons world replete with dungeons, forests, ice caves and much more. Naturally, it's all filled to the brim with horrible monsters, wicked traps, treasures and fabled magical weapons. As you go, you're constantly rewarded with new weaponry, new monsters to fight and experience points you can put into your character stats to get even more powerful. You can swap out equipment in an inventory "paper-doll" screen, and those changes are reflected in your onscreen character so you'll start with simple weapons and a drab look, and you'll look like a big, mean superhero by the end of the game.

The graphics are simply wonderful and the controls are accurate, responsive and fun to use--necessary for the constant hacking and slashing required. It gets all the more fun when you recruit a buddy and play the game in cooperative mode. --Bob Andrews --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By azar on 16 Dec. 2001
Format: Video Game
All though its much different that the other baldurs gate games, it is a great game with improvements from the old. All of the people who said that this game was too much of a hack and slash mindless game have clearly never played it. The sound is perfectly fit to the environments and helps set the mood. It offers around 15-20 hours of gameplay. I almost finished it when I accidently deleted my save. For that I cant tell you about how it ends. The graphics are unbelievable. The spells, and character movement are some of the best I have ever seen. You can rotate the camera 360 degrees to give you a choice of camera angle, and to apreciate the detail. In my opinion, one of the absolute best features is the water. The ripples follow you and spread out to the walls, where it bounces back just like real water. If you throw something in the water, the rings go off around it. The gameplay is also impressive. You bacicaly run around and talk to people, solve puzzles and kill bad guys. If I were to have to name 1 bad feature, it would have to be its too short. Its longer than most games, but I just about beat it in a week. Other than that, this is easily one of the best ps2 games out there.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Simmonds on 19 Dec. 2002
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Baldur's Gate arrives on the PS2 with great effect. I much enjoyed playing it on the PC and a good job has been made of transfering it to the PS2. The game basically consists of hacking and slashing your way through a vast number of levels. There are also puzzles to solve, so a bit of thought is required. You can play as a human, elf or dwarf, each having different areas of skill. The key is to collect as much gold and experience points as possible, in order to improve your character's weapons, armour and skill levels. There is also the challenge of assigning experience points to your advantage during different points of the game. For example, with the elf it is better to concentrate points on a particular spell to make it more effective, rather than have a wider range of weaker spells.
The graphics are fantastic and it's great to try and complete the game with all the characters. As mentioned in a previous review, the number of available characters is slightly disappointing compared to the PC version. However, each of the characters here has a wide range of skills.
It is also possible to import a character from a previously completed game into a new game in order to keep improving the character's level. The disadvantage of this is that the game becomes very easy even on the hard level since the monsters are no match for you.
This is one of the most addictive games I've played on the PS2. It's great fun and I can't wait for the next version.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kiati on 31 Mar. 2003
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My husband is always playing rpg and adventure games on the pc, so I thought it was about time I bought one for my PS2. I could not have made a better choice. Baldurs Gate Dark Alliance is superb, great graphics, great characters in fact the whole game is brill. You get to do main quests and side quests, picking up experiance points, money, weapons and loads of other stuff. Some of these things may be good for your character, if not you can sell them to buy better stuff. The quests are great fun, and there is a good selection of places to go and monsters to kill. One point I would add is a bow is a pretty essential item to have no matter what character you play as some monsters are easier to kill from a distance. There are save places scattered all around and I would recomend you use them. If you can not carry any more items use a recall potion, sell you stuff, then recall back. Im looking forward to part two, which i've heard will be out in q4 of this year. Happy gaming. And buy this game, you will not be disaponted.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Dec. 2001
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It would have been very easy for developers to be less than bothered to make a successful conversion of this PC epic, but fortunately the keen dedication shows and what we have is a near classic game.
You get the choice of three different characters, an Archer, Dwarf and Sorcerous, each with their own speciality and individual skills and spells etc. As you preogress you can pick up items dropped by fallen foe or by searching the area, alternatively you can loot cash and buy all the necessary items you need from a talkative merchant, likewise you can sell old items for more powerful items.
During you travels you will come across people who need your assistance in fetching items or people and so begins numerous missions into places swarming with everything from Giant Spiders to Frost Giants. It's all done in a tongue in cheek style typical of Forgotten Realms novels and gaming that will appeal to fans.
The game has superb detail running throughout, winds blow trees in the breeze and running upon cobbled stone you may see a scurrying rat. All this is heightened by the audio, in the sewars you hear a splash and momentarilly freeze waiting for a creature to emerge and within the mountains you hear the infamous sound of howling wolves, it all adds to the atmosphere.
The gameplay is simple, consisting of attack, parry, jump, and spell casting. This also allows the user to be either tactical or opt for a more slash and hack style.
As the gamer you will always be wondering what will be around the next corner and it is this element that makes the game so addictive. The combat can be just as intense as you run from a horde of giant spiders trying to get into space to throw a spell at the chasing vermin.
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