Metascore
49

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 34
  2. Negative: 10 out of 34
  1. Feb 14, 2012
    55
    Dungeon Hunter: Alliance isn't as polished as Diablo and lacks the charm of Torchlight. Battling through its varied levels and sorting through mountains of loot is fun, when glitches don't get in the way.
  2. Feb 15, 2012
    60
    The Vita version of Dungeon Hunter: Alliance is a fine Diablo clone, but a lack of ambition and a high price hold it back on the platform.
  3. Feb 23, 2012
    62
    The Vita copy of Dungeon Hunter: Alliance is in a rather unique and unsavory position. You see, the exact same game can be purchased on the PlayStation Network for less than a third of the $39.99 Vita cartridge cost, and cheaper still on the iOS app store.
  4. Feb 17, 2012
    50
    Ubisoft must think the Vita audience is brain-dead to try to sell them a flawed, unimproved port of an already mediocre game for $39.99.
  5. Feb 29, 2012
    30
    Dungeon Hunter: Alliance is a lousy game. It's never particularly enjoyable, is technically clumsy, and looks like garbage. It may well be the worst game in the Vita's launch line-up.
  6. Apr 4, 2012
    57
    Basic, low-budget dungeon grinding with a ridiculous price tag. [May 2012, p.99]
  7. Feb 27, 2012
    61
    I love a good action-RPG but sadly, Dungeon Hunter: Alliance is my least favorite launch games for the Vita, and has only held my attention for as long as it has because I never played the PS3 version. And if you really must play this game then by all means get the PS3 version. You'll save more than $25 plus you might actually get to read the text on the larger screen. There are a lot better games you can be playing on your Vita, even if they aren't action-RPG.
  8. Feb 24, 2012
    55
    Dungeon Hunter: Alliance isn't a terrible game, just an overpriced one. When you can nab the same experience somewhere else for nearly $30 less, it is hard to ignore that fact.
  9. Feb 22, 2012
    20
    Compared to some of the games that it has decided to price itself against, Dungeon Hunter: Alliance looks absolutely pitiful. Sitting this next to Uncharted, Army Corps of Hell or even Ubisoft's own Lumines, exposes Alliance for the cheap, nasty, outdated and outclassed little con job that it is. Expensive at a quarter of the price, this embarrassing waste of space has no business pretending to be a full retail game.
  10. Feb 28, 2012
    50
    Dungeon Hunter: Alliance is too much of a classic production with the poorest combat system on the portable market. Graphics lacks in definition and gameplay in precision, so the game is absolutely not an investment.
  11. Mar 29, 2012
    50
    Clearly not one of the best launch games for PS Vita, Dungeon Hunter: Alliance is just a poor dungeon crawler with lots of glitches and technical problems.
  12. Apr 21, 2012
    60
    The hack 'n slash role playing game Dungeon Hunter Alliance is a lot cheaper on other platforms, and for that reason alone not recommendable for purchase on a PS Vita. From a gameplay perspective, this isn't a bad game, but it doesn't shine anywhere either.
  13. Feb 22, 2012
    30
    A shoddy conversion of a shameless Diablo clone, that was perfectly good value when it was a £4.99 iPhone download but not as a full price PS Vita game.
  14. Mar 8, 2012
    56
    Dungeon Hunter does offer a few moments of fun, but they're eclipsed by painful repetition and clumsy design.
  15. It's so ugly that your Vita will likely look embarrassed at having to play it. [Apr 2012, p.115]
  16. Mar 7, 2012
    40
    To put it bluntly Dungeon Hunter: Alliance just reeks of mediocrity.
  17. Feb 22, 2012
    52
    Dungeon Hunter: Alliance is a bland port of a bland game doing bland things on an exciting system. Nothing else to see here. Move along.
  18. Mar 10, 2012
    56
    Gameloft once again had an opportunity to set the bar for what to expect from a genre game on the Vita, and once again they've set such a low standard it's not going to take long for another title to surpass it.
  19. Mar 22, 2012
    61
    Solid, playable and enjoyable - but its world is just a bit too hackneyed to care about. [Apr 2012, p.107]
  20. Feb 23, 2012
    60
    The Vita version of this PSN hack'n-slay, which in return is based on a mobile phone franchise, offers solid entertainment with a hefty price tag.
  21. Feb 22, 2012
    30
    Dungeon Hunter: Alliance is more than simply a bad game. It's a cynical act of greed and apathy on the part of its publisher and developer. Avoid it at all costs and advise as many people as will listen to do the same.
  22. Mar 4, 2012
    52
    Dungeon Hunter Alliance has too many fundamental issues -- from gameplay quality and length, to presentation issues, to a massively inflated price -- to make it worthwhile for most Vita owners.
  23. Mar 22, 2012
    50
    If you already own Dungeon Hunter for your PS3, then I would stay away from this one. Aside from some minimal takes on control which do nothing to improve the gameplay, this is exactly the same game.
  24. Alliance is plagued by some rather lengthy load times, which can put the kibosh on short commute playtime. [Apr 2012, p.59]
  25. Trite, boring and not at all compelling. Don't even bother waiting for it to hit the bargain bin, just leave it to rot. [April 2012, p77]
  26. Mar 20, 2012
    40
    Under no circumstances this game can justify its release. Not when you can buy almost the same content from App Store for a mere 4 dollars.
  27. 40
    At the very least, Dungeon Hunter: Alliance does have a niche to satisfy, and it's at least nice to have some option for a multiplayer RPG right at the Vita's launch. It's very disappointing that it had to be nearly a direct port of a game that's been on PSN for almost a year, and the iPhone/iPod for much longer.
  28. Feb 23, 2012
    50
    Not necessarily a bad game. It just doesn't do anything to make itself memorable or stand out from a crowd.
  29. Feb 27, 2012
    40
    Despite lengthy loading times, problematic multiplayer and a dull story, there's definitely some fun and a decent amount of gameplay hidden deep inside the depths of Dungeon Hunter: Alliance for serious fans of the dungeon crawler genre. For the rest, it would be wise to sheath that sword and wait for a discount or significant patch, because even with the additional elements added to the game, the lack of overall improvement just doesn't justify the nearly quadrupled cost from the previous versions, and new functions feel added on for the sake of adding rather than improvement.
  30. 60
    A decent take on handheld hack'n'slash entertainment, but we can't help but feel that Gameloft were in too much of a rush with this one.
  31. Apr 12, 2012
    60
    The gameplay is very much by-the-numbers for the genre. [May 2012, p.81]
  32. Mar 5, 2012
    67
    A long and fun game, albeit one with a lack of properly executed back touch features and filled with graphical mediocrity. Skipping this will not make your heart skip a beat – we promise.
  33. Feb 24, 2012
    50
    Solid dungeon crawler action is held back by monotonous game play and a cluttered loot system, but most of all a price point at $40 that is more than double the PSN price for virtually the same game.
  34. Dungeon Hunter: Alliance does nothing similar games didn't already do ten years ago and stubbornly refuses to make use of the unique capabilities of the PlayStation Vita. There are no voice-overs, there is no visual flair whatsoever and there is very little strategy to be found. [March 2012, p.65]
User Score
6.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 55 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Jul 23, 2012
    8
    The critic reviews have been a little harsh on the game, simply put its a hack and slash game similar to Diablo. The graphics aren't outrightThe critic reviews have been a little harsh on the game, simply put its a hack and slash game similar to Diablo. The graphics aren't outright stunning, but they do a good job of showcasing the Vita's graphical prowess, that with the addition of a deep and compelling levelling up system and a surprisingly good story makes this game easy to recommend to those looking for a RPG for their Vita. There are slow downs when the screen is flooded with enemies however these happen rarely and only last a second. Some may find the game repetitive, however the ability to save wherever and whenever allows you to enjoy the game in short bursts. The inclusion of many side quests and drop in, drop out multiplayer adds replay value and makes this a compelling purchase. Full Review »
  2. Nov 20, 2012
    7
    Despite the lack of character customisation,this title is fairly good for a simple and quite basic dungeon crawler.A standard,and thereforeDespite the lack of character customisation,this title is fairly good for a simple and quite basic dungeon crawler.A standard,and therefore forgettable, fantasy story aside,DH:A is almost a trip down memory lane except on a handheld.But it's a far cry from todays Diablos and Torchlights. Full Review »
  3. Feb 21, 2012
    4
    Visually it's acceptable for a PSP release, but I don't think it's good enough to be a Vita game. Nothing stood out, which I think for the RPGVisually it's acceptable for a PSP release, but I don't think it's good enough to be a Vita game. Nothing stood out, which I think for the RPG genre it really needs to be something special. On a personal note, I found it very disappointing that it's a port of the same game...but it's more expensive for the Vita. Full Review »