Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance (PS2)
- 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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- Platform: PlayStation2
- PEGI Rating: Suitable for 16 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 16. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 16 years of age or over.
- Media: Video Game
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.
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 AndrewsSee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
The first thing that strikes you are the graphics - they are amazing. Its extreamly hard to fault them, from the mesmerising magic effects and the heat haze rising above the torches, to the incredible water effects that ripple out and splash around when you walk through it. You can literally spend 10 minutes just playing around in the water levels. The character cut scenes are seamlessly blended in to the game too and are very well done (note the animation on the bar maids two best assets!!). The magic effects are mesmerising
The gameplay is everything you want from an RPG, but with a much more action feel to it. The usual weapon/gold collecting and skill enhancements are all there, but the focus is on hack and slash. Also, this is avery linear, game, something hardened RPG'ers may not like.
Overall this beats the likes of Summoner for looks and playability, it really is a joy to play, but there is one draw back..... its criminally short (for an RPG). Summoner may not look as nice but it does last around 45 hours, whereas this took me 15 hours to complete, and I wasn't racing through.
You can of course do the extra challenges (Gauntlet mode etc) and re-play the adventure as a different character (which suprisingly does change the gameplay significantly) but you can't help but feel a bit short-changed.
In conclusion, stunning it is. An Epic, it's not.
When asked what the best RPG is, most console gamers would likely reply "Final Fantasy", or possibly "Zelda", or maybe even something like "Grandia". But ask most PC gamers and they would most likely utter two words which have become synonymous with PC RPG's - "Baldur's Gate". Based on the extremely popular Dungeons and Dragons game, the original PC games used the same set of comprehensive rules that the board game did, but with the benefit of not having to wade through rule books and roll twenty or so dice at a time. Baldur's Gate not only had the entire mythology and rule-set of D&D, but it also had amazing graphics and a story line that adapted depending on how you designed you character, and how you played the game.
Now fast forward a few years, and we have the first ever Baldur's Gate on a console: Baldur's Gate Dark Alliance. But as with so many PC conversions, almost all of the cerebral gameplay has been 'misplaced' along the way. It is a well know fact that there are two very different audiences for PC games, and console games, and it is also a fact that console gamers are, in general, attracted to more action packed instantly gratifying games. With this in mind, most developers making a PC conversion tend to modify, to a greater or lesser extent, the levels of action and brain work in a game.
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance, is one such game. Gone are the extensive character creation options of the PC version, and in there place is the option to choose between three generic characters (an Elven Sorceress, a Human Archer, a Dwarf Fighter and a secret character who requires unlocking).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic game. May be an aquired taste but I've always loved playing this with a friend. Product arrived on time, good condition. Game works perfectly. Disc slightly marked. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of my childhood favourite games, I lost the game from when I was younger and repurchased it for a reasonable price. It's still as good as it was when I first played it. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Bob Keen
I don't know if its a fault on the disk or a bug in the game but it crashes/freezes whenever my character goes into a cave. However the game was delivered on timePublished on 23 Aug. 2013 by ad graham
The game is fun to play solo or with two player mode with exciting tasks and good plot! Very good ability to swap between weapons in fights and very useful inventories so you can... Read morePublished on 15 Dec. 2012 by Jess bess