Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Still, it's immense fun for two players, and the game is easy enough for anyone to pick up and get immersed in. If you like D&D games and are up for some monster killing action, this is your game.
  2. The graphics are of unprecedented quality, and the gameplay is well implemented, balanced, addictive, and bug-free.
  3. Subtle touches like added rain and higher resolution go a long way, especially when a game is this beautiful to begin with. [Dec 2002, p.82]
  4. With great visuals, sound, controls and plenty of high-adventure, Dark Alliance is a very gratifying and addictive RPG experience.
  5. The [Xbox] game is crisper, has more resplendent visuals, a more balanced level of challenge, and swifter load times. [Dec 2002, p.142]
  6. It is a bit too short and a lot too linear, but the combination of great graphics, sound, and theme make for a fun experience.
  7. A great action-oriented RPG for those who like to spend more time killing hordes of monsters than reading screen after screen of conversational text.
  8. If you like "Gauntlet style" hack-n-slash style games, then Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance is definitely for you.
  9. 85
    A fantastic game. There is a sense of overall refinement and polish that makes it hard not to like anything about it.
  10. if you either don't have a PS2 or overlooked Dark Alliance amid the holiday rush last year, then you shouldn't miss this opportunity to get what's easily one of the finest action RPGs ever made.
  11. If you love magic and mosters, you really can't go wrong. [Dec 2002, p.142]
  12. I'm not sure why there's no support for a third player, but multiplayer is a blast none the less.
  13. BG has the entire package: a great story, beautiful graphics, superb audio, all tied together with gameplay that will keep any action adventure gamer glued to their couch.
  14. 84
    A faithful re-creation of a stellar PS2 game, but considering the beefier hardware and a year of development time, it should have been more.
  15. The game still looks and plays great, and will have you addicted for a very long time, whether it be in the co-op or single player modes.
  16. 83
    Easily the coolest "Diablo"-style RPG available on any console, and the fact that it looks almost hotter than it plays is icing on the cake. [Jan 2003, p.58]
  17. It is the best RPG experience you can find on Xbox to date (sorry "Morrowind," you were impressive, but you were just not that much fun).
  18. A beautiful-looking Dungeons & Dragons-based hack-and-slash that can be played cooperatively with another player. [Feb 2003, p.95]
  19. As deep as any RPG, but its focus on fast-paced gameplay makes it as visceral as the spazziest beat 'em up. [Jan 2003, p.194]
  20. Good for an appertizer, and never the main course. You can beat the game in less than 12 hours, which isn't quite comparable to the usual 30+ hours that fit into other RPG's.
  21. 80
    A must for every action RPG fan who doesn't mind sharing the love with only one friend.
  22. The developers didn't tap into this system like they could have to offer new extras, four-player support, or more characters. In this regard Dark Alliance is a disappointment, but on the flip side, everything that made the PS2 game a hit has been faithfully ported over. Perhaps too faithfully.
  23. What really shines through here is the work of extremely talented artists, and the world of Dark Alliance is full of stately detail. [Winter 2002, p.107]
  24. Having played Morrowind, however, we did feel rather constricted.
  25. You get to impale, slash, fry, freeze and shatter zombies (all with a reliable and smooth camera that smartly scales and keeps track of the action), stomp on vermin in search of wine and money, watch the barmaid all but fall out of her blouse, and track down the scum-buckets who ripped you off in the first place.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. JobA.
    Mar 25, 2008
    Great game! I played it on the PS2 first and its basically the same on the x-box, maybe a little crisper graphics and smoother game play. I love it, I give it a 9.5. Full Review »
  2. NathanH.
    May 27, 2005
    Fun game! I also enjoyed the sequel. Although the graphics were unimpressive, the gameplay and the three different playable characters were entertaining. Full Review »
  3. AndrewO.
    Jun 21, 2004
    This game is the best RPG on Xbox so far, but I still have some doubts about it against Fable. ^_^