Baldurs Gate: Dark Alliance II (Xbox)
- Five customizable characters
- Develop throughout the game
- Over 40 fast paced hack n’ slash levels to explore
- Hidden areas, secret characters & hundreds of items to discover
- Single and two-player cooperative modes
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- Platform: Xbox
- PEGI Rating: 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
Darkness gathers yet again in the sprawling port city of Baldur's Gate. Bloodthirsty bandits stalk the trade roads and a secret society of heartless assassins dominates the criminal underworld, abducting citizens on moonless nights and dragging them screaming into the darkness. The city's most recent saviours vanished along with the Onyx Tower and so, in heroic tradition, adventurers throughout the Western Heartlands make the journey to Baldur's Gate to meet their great and unknown fate.
Embark on a new adventure in Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II and brave terrible dangers in search of fortune, glory and power. Face a multitude of sinister enemies while travelling through many spectacular environments in this action-packed fantasy game. Rid the lands of chaos, mastering skills, spells and deadly weapon. The fate of thousands hangs in the balance.
Billed as the role-playing game for people that didn't like role-playing games, the original Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance was a surprise smash in 2003; now the sequel, Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II, is here to carry on the good fight--almost literally, as the last game ended on a bit of cliff-hanger with our heroes being menaced by the vampire king Mordoc.
Despite the Baldur's Gate name Dark Alliance II, with its real-time combat and simplified stats and rules, is more Gauntlet (or Diablo if you're too young to recognise that reference) than the Baldur's Gate PC games. This is not to imply that it's a simplistic button-basher, though; the combat is highly involved, with different styles of melee, distance and magic attacks depending on which character you choose to control. When you're not fighting (which isn't often) you can take part in those other stalwart features of the RPG genre, shopping and levelling up--both of which are made as easy and interesting as possible.
If you're wondering what has changed or been improved for the sequel, the simple answer is not much. Even the graphics seem the same and the few gameplay features that have been altered are entirely minor. To be fair, though, there wasn't much wrong with the original. --David Jenkins
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Also a lot of things are not explained in the manual. For example the different types of weapons. It tells you the main weapon catergories but not which weapon belongs in which catergories. For example what type of weapon is a battle axe? Is is a long weapon or a great weapon? These things begome important when working out which ability to spend your points on.
This is also true of lots of things in the game, that a lot of hard work has been wasted because the stat system is not properly explained. For example gloves count as weapon for the monk as she fights unarmed. But do they also count as weapons for the other characters? For example if i upgrade the gloves my dwarf is wearing, will he still get the bouns to critical hit or to combat reflexes if he is using a weapon?
I would have liked a much more detailed character stats screen that tells you for example your total chance of scoring a critical hit, total damage resistance to fire cold acid etc. It is a shame that if all of these things have been correctly calculated by the programmers that we never find out about them, and so can not make the best decisions about what armour to upgrade and where to spend our points.
Overall it is a good game, that is frustratingly short of being a great game. With a few tweaks this could have been a classic.
The frustrating thing is that it is not as if the game is any different from the first ( which was excellent ) . The graphics , sound , environments and scenario are all up to scratch ( and then some ) , but there is just something missing ...
As for the game itself it is great fun and offers hundreds of hours of play time. The missions and locales are interesting and levelling up and upgrading your character is highly addictive. A great storyline, diverse characters and humourous dialogue. Buy it now xboxers retro game heaven!
But the flaws of this game outweigh the good stuff.
When the game first starts the goblins will try to outflank you 'ah', you think, 'they've tarted up the AI'. But no, this brief glimmer of intelligence is all too soon forgotten for the routines of old: fighters rush to bash head on, archers and spell casters attempt to keep their distance.
As you begin the levels are *much* larger than the original, but once you pass the midway point some of the levels are tiny, and the only (and it must be said, shining) spark of originality is the Plane of Air which is tricky and challenging. Another level features monsters that won't even defend themselves if you take your armour off.
Two player is buckets more fun...but some of the end of level bossess can be taken down in a bare few seconds even without special attacks, which makes for rather a let down when you are expecting a big and nasty showdown.
Complete the game and you get Drizzt (again, but he's cool) and an assassin whose name is meaningless unless you are a hardcore FR fan. Fans who wanted to try the 'old skool' three from the first game may well be disappointed.
The item creation idea is fun, letting you make your own mega-death implements of destruction.
The characters are more diverse and have their own mini-plots (go here, kill group X, get heaps of XP, generally), but frankly without the game being appealing enough the first time through, the desire to play through again is desperately lacking.
So, a lot of fun for 3 or 4 eveings, making it ideal rental fodder.
At the time of writing, holding out of Champions of Norrath on PS2 seems a better bet.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my favourite all time games,
No where near as good as the original Baldurs Gate mind, but its hard to improve on perfection.
Really fun, loved number 1.. if you like fantasy type games where you can co-op this is the game for you!Published on 30 Aug. 2012 by AGarcia
Classic game i used to love and i still do!! Old games are the best by far!!!!! Buy it now :)Published on 21 July 2012 by David Campy
This game is a true all time classic! It is the quintesential RPG Multiplayer experience with various but complimentary and fair characters and a vast combination of scenes and... Read morePublished on 19 Dec. 2011 by StuartJAtkinson
If you played the first Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance game either on the Xbox or the PS2, then there isn't much I need to tell you: The number of characters you can choose from has... Read morePublished on 9 Jan. 2010 by GrahamG
I first played baldurs gate on the pc as a freebie. I thought it was amazing and when i got my xbox this was the first game i thought of buying. Read morePublished on 30 Jan. 2005 by Benjamin Woolner
I played through the first Baldurs Gate game with a friend so we were both looking forward to getting our grubby mits on this one!. Read morePublished on 25 Feb. 2004
This is one of the best sequals i have evr played. U now have five characters to control instead of three which is great. The story follws on from the original. Read morePublished on 18 Feb. 2004