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
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
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.
Baldur's Gate Dark Alliance is an action-adventure game for the Playstation2. It uses the amazing hardware available with the PlayStation 2 to bring the Dungeons & Dragons rule system to life in a game of action and intrigue. Set in the Forgotten Realms, the most popular of all D&D worlds, BG Dark Alliance blends action, adventure, and compelling story with incredible graphics and gameplay into a wild medieval foray.
But Baldur's Gate Dark Alliance is an action game as well a role-playing game. That means that as you advance through the game, you not only navigate past opponents, but also through an intriguing story. With each victory you gain power - hopefully enough power to overcome the next obstacle. You also get the opportunity to guide your character's fate by determining what skills and powers they will gain each time they reach a new level of achievment.