Generally favorable reviews - based on 44 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 44
  2. Negative: 1 out of 44
  1. The epic adventure is worth completing numerous times with various characters.
  2. All in all the game is rock solid. It is a blast to play through by yourself and even more fun when you team up with a friend to take down the evil around Baldur's Gate as a rampaging duo. The game is decently long as well, I've been playing it for close to 10 hours and have just completed the first of 4 acts.
  3. The sequel that will give fans more of what they enjoyed about the first game. Improvements are only minor, but they manage to compliment what was an already excellent package.
  4. Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance 2 builds on its predecessor with new characters, challenging gameplay, plenty of new items, and the workshop system.
  5. Packed full of great new features, tons of new enemies, and a perfectly flowing storyline there is none better than Dark Alliance II. The graphics are stunning, the audio is brilliant, and the gameplay shows why Dark Alliance II is still at the top of the genre.
  6. Just like the first one, but there's more of it...It isn't going to win any new fans over to the genre, but it is very good at what it does.
  7. The ability to create items and the differences between the playable characters adds loads of depth to what is essentially a linear adventure and co-operative mode adds even more re-playability.
  8. 87
    What's disappointing is that the game still remains a one or two player experience, despite that the Xbox sports four controller ports.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. RichardS.
    Oct 28, 2005
    Pros: an improvement over the first episode. More characters. More ability to use magical powers which helps reduce the repetitive "press A" hack-and-slash element. Pretty graphics. Upgradeable weapons. More variety. Addicitive. Good, traditional fantasy story elements. Cons: still a very repetitive. Not enough fantasy elements, such as interaction with characters and objects. No enough information - I want to know what the beasts are I am killing and their strengths and weaknesses - there should be an encyclopaedia in the game. I hated the green jellies in the first game - they are still here. Why? Overall a very good game. Not quite as skillful and detailed as KOTOR, but a different, and fun, gaming experience. Full Review »
  2. L.B.
    Jan 28, 2004
    Overall a really good and fun game. I can spend hours and they feel like minutes.
  3. RedEric
    Jan 26, 2004
    A good step up from the first one. The only downside is the difficulty level, not as well done as the first, to easy.