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Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance (Xbox)

by Sierra
Xbox
 Ages 12 and Over
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Ground-breaking adventure for Xbox, located in the most popular Dungeons & Dragons campaign setting ever created; the Forgotten Realms.
  • First Xbox game to utilize the 3rd Edition Dungeons & Dragons rule set.
  • Graphically enhanced environments, creatures and explosive spell effects that maximize the power of Xbox technology, delivering a more realistic gaming experience.
  • Three customizable characters, each with distinctive powers, appearances and abilities that develop throughout the game.
  • Dolby Surround sound, real-time sound effect mixing, Hollywood voice talent and an original soundtrack by acclaimed composer, Jeremy Soule.
  • Featuring single and two-player cooperative mode.
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Xbox
  • 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: B00006FWXA
  • Release Date: 21 Mar 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,220 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance features a blend of action and adventure set in the most popular Dungeons & Dragons campaign setting: The Forgotten Realms franchise.

The game incorporates a faithful adaptation of the new third-edition Dungeons & Dragons rules set; customisable player and character development allow for a gameplay experience new to the Xbox audience. Dramatic spell effects and powerful abilities enhance this action-packed game, assisting the player in combat against an abundance of terrifying monsters found throughout the adventure.

Amazon.co.uk Review

The Baldur's Gate series redefined and reinvigorated the PC role-playing scene, and now Interplay brings it to the Xbox. Don't be fooled, however. 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 Diablo. It nonetheless conforms to the Dungeons & Dragons Third Edition rule set.

Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance casts you as one of three basic characters: an elf sorceress, a human archer or a dwarf fighter. 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 magic 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 grow even more powerful. You can swap equipment in an inventory "paper doll" screen and those changes will be reflected in your onscreen character: you'll start with simple weapons and a drab appearance and you'll end up a big, mean superhero.

The graphics are simply wonderful and the controls are accurate, responsive and fun to use--which is necessary for the constant hacking and slashing required. The game is all the more fun when you recruit a buddy and play the game in cooperative mode. --Bob Andrews


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4.2 out of 5 stars
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hack by numbers 14 Oct 2003
I bought this game expecting it to be like Baldurs gate on the P.C(a classic role playing game)However what i got was a more arcadey style of game a bit like the arcade classic Gauntlet.
The game can be played either single player and multiplayer and playing the single player i found a little dull and soon found my thumb hurting from bashing the attack button as wave after wave of monsters attacked me.
However get one of your friends around and the fun really starts! the multiplayer part of the game is great! you are also able to import characters from your previous saved games.
The graphics are are nice and bright and the water and spell effects are very nice,The game also has lots of goodies to pick up, swords,bows armour etc as well as shops to buy and sell them in.
I found the game a little short but that might be because when playing multiplayer i found it so much fun,so give this one a go but bring a friend along for the ride.
Also the game is available for around the £20.00 mark now and i also think a follow up game is being released soon.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short & Sweet 21 April 2003
By A Customer
I completed this game within 3 days, there are lots of enemies, weapons, you can import players from previous games and continue to redo the game in hard level, after you have finished on any level you can get to run the gauntlet and I thought the fact that you could play 2 player brill but my only complaint is that it is too SHORT with only 3 chapters, and only 3 characters to choose from, Dwarf (fighter), Human (archer) and Elven (scorceress). It is great bad for 2 players (as there is nothing else out there for 2 players) but just wasn't long enough for me. Save your money and go for Morrowind as I am still playing that and I got it for Christmas.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By GrahamG
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
The original Baldur's Gate (PC) games, along with the quirky but brilliant Planescape: Torment, were superb, involving, immersive games which between them claimed at least 3000-4000 hours of my life, and so when I saw a Baldur's Gate / Bioware badged game for my recently acquired Xbox I didn't hesitate to buy it. A Baldur's Gate game I hadn't played? How could I resist?

So first the bad news: Dark Alliance is a very slick 'Diablo' clone, and unfortunately nothing more. The only real resemblance between this and its much-loved super-heavyweight PC RPG forerunners is the setting. The fantastically faithful implementations of almost every D&D spell and spell effect are gone. The labyrinthine plot twists, NPC character developments (and even inter-character relationships) you experienced in PC Baldur's Gate games and probably hoped would be in this game too are nowhere to be seen here.

I'm a dyed in the wool 'real' RPG fan and was initially very disappointed by Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance, but it grew on me.

Once you get over the realisation that you've bought Diablo rather than Baldur's Gate, Dark Alliance begins to shine in its own right as a straightforward but good looking 3D isometric dungeon crawler. It has that certain something about it which absolutely compels you to keep playing it to finish it just so you can finally get your life back again. It kept me busy for about a month of weekday evenings - experience (for character improvements) is hard to come by and that forces you to clear every last corner of every level on the way through the game, so you really feel like you've earned that extra spell level or extra strength point. Try it - I promise you'll like it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying 23 Aug 2005
By Mr X
In my opinion, Baldur's Gate is a very good game that is definitely worth buying. It is a pure action RPG that consists of "hacking and slashing" your way through dungeons. Baldur's Gate has an extremely immersive environment. The graphics are at times stunning, most notably when walking through water - the ripple effects were breathtaking. The music is good as well, creating an eerie atmosphere. As you go through the game you will have to save your money to buy various weapons and armour etc. but you will have to spend your money wisely - you will need to invest wisely in both offensive and defensive equipment in order to progress.
When starting the game, you can choose from three characters who all have their strengths and weaknesses so it can suit people of any style. After finishing the game, you unlock the "gauntlet", a game mode in which you fight a series of enemies with a new character who wields two blades, making attacks lethal. Despite this increased offensive capability, it is actually significantly tougher than the campaign.
At times the gameplay can become slightly repetitive however, and you feel forced just to carry on with it. This is why it loses a star, mainly because I am not a huge action RPG fan nor a dungeon-crawler fan. For anyone who does like dungeon-crawling action RPGs however, I would definitely recommend this because it is a quality game. If you are looking for another action RPG which doesn't deal with dungeons then I would suggest buying X-men Legends.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good - but don't be fooled 20 May 2003
I like the other reviewers had great expectations for this title. Having played, enjoyed and been immersed in the world of Baldurs Gate on the PC I was all set to don my (virtual) armour, pick up my controller and set out once again to venture on the Sword Coast.
But I didn't get what I expected. For a start instead of the in depth character creation of the PC game I was presented with a stark choice of three characters with no chance to mould them into a virtual personality at all.
No matter I thought, picked the first that came to the A button before merrily setting off to look for the detailed plot that governs the PC versions of this game.
I'm an experienced RPG explorer and adventurer but I couldn't find it. Instead I discovered that this was really another Guantlet/Diablo. Admittedly what it did it did very well, the magic was fun and devastating (and you didn't have to sleep for eight hours between spells), the animation very fine (the water ripple effects glorious) and with more enemies than even Peter Jacksons Lord of the Rings CGI could muster, there was plenty of hacking and slashing to be done. Initial disappointment soon waned and was replaced with the sort of chronic finger ache you only get from desperately hitting action buttons too often and too hard.
In all a fun, good looking title but not the D+D or PC Baldur's Gate experience that you would expect from a game bearing that name.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome classic game but does not play on uk xbox360. Should read the xbox comparability page better.
Published 4 months ago by Stuart Walker
3.0 out of 5 stars This was a good game...on the Xbox. It does not run on the Xbox 360
This was a good game...on the Xbox. It does not run on the Xbox 360 which is what I mistakenly bought it for. :(
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