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  • Summary: Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance is an action RPG with an epic tale of intrigue, explosive spell effects, and highly detailed creatures and environments. You play a one of three customizable characters, who returns to Baldur's Gate and joins the fight against the darkness that threatens its peace. Take on the monsters solo or with a friend in co-op mode. Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance is the first game to feature the real time application of the Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition rules. Collapse
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  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. With great visuals, sound, controls and plenty of high-adventure, Dark Alliance is a very gratifying and addictive RPG experience.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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]
  6. 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]
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. AndrewO.
    Jun 21, 2004
    This game is the best RPG on Xbox so far, but I still have some doubts about it against Fable. ^_^
  2. TonyB.
    Mar 6, 2003
    Great game but i think the exterme difficulty could have been harder.
  3. LoriF.
    Apr 10, 2003
    Best one I've seen in a long time!
  4. TomF.
    Feb 8, 2003
    Just the right amount of difficulty to keep you totally addicted. Wonderful gameplay and a reasonably interesting plot. This game was a blast! I can't wait for the sequel. Expand
  5. 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. Expand
  6. 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. Expand
  7. Rick
    Mar 2, 2006
    RPG's are always at the top of my list. Myself and an IT guy at work were so excited about the new engine they were developing for Neverwinter Nights on the PC that we watched as many pre-released downloads as we could in anticipation. Sadly though when the game came out the hack n slash repetition bored me, even though the graphics and environments were stellar. The same carries over into Baldurs Gate for the Xbox. Its too linear and there really is no exploration off the beaten track. A monster comes towards you press, press, press its dead! So what? Thats not gaming. I much preferred the original Baldurs Gate titles on the PC to this fare. Disappointed. Having said that I rushed out and hired the second one as soon as it came out in the hope of a better story, better puzzles, greater missions. Its just the same. Im hoping the port over some of the RPG's they have on the PS2 or do I have to wait for the 360? Expand

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