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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 itsBaldur'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. Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance is the first game to feature the real time application of the Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition rules. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. With the deep character growth system in place here I could have been content with twice that amount of game time.
  2. It's every bit as good as the full-size version, only smaller. More focused on action than role-playing, Baldur's Gate is one fun little fantasy (not in the dirty way) title. [Feb 2004, p.114]
  3. 80
    Though its complexity comes nowhere near that of its PC and console relatives, Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance steps up and represents for the Forgotten Realms.
  4. 80
    Even though it's missing a few key elements from the original design it's based upon, namely multiplayer and story cutscenes, Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance works out very well in portable form with its fast-paced action, extensive quests, and large variety (and quantity) of enemies to defeat.
  5. The issues with the camera, no map, long backtracking at times to get to an item shop or safe zone, and bad AI indoors hindered what could have been a really great experience.
  6. What really drags this game down is the fact that it uses, reuses, and re-reuses the maps – sending you back through the same dungeons over and over again to collect this key or open that new passage.
  7. netjak
    47
    It would appear that the transition from consoles to the GBA has sucked quite a bit of the fun out of the game; ironically, the GBA game seems dumbed-down when compared to its console counterparts.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Jan 24, 2019
    10
    For being on a such a portable/small platform like the GBA, it's a great game.
    I played it through a LOT and it was cool to unlock that
    For being on a such a portable/small platform like the GBA, it's a great game.
    I played it through a LOT and it was cool to unlock that special class.
    Certainly worth a buy at the time.
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  2. PedaP.
    Jan 22, 2004
    10
    RPG handheld heaven.
  3. BradList
    Feb 29, 2004
    10
    This is my favorite game it is fun And I could play it for Days.
  4. GerardG.
    Apr 25, 2004
    7
    It's a shame that the characters you can play with all look and sound the same. Also, when you've played the game one's or It's a shame that the characters you can play with all look and sound the same. Also, when you've played the game one's or twice there is not much fun about it anymore, since the levels and creatures don't chance (like in Diablo 2 PC). But the graphics look nice and gaining levels is also cool. Expand
  5. JoeyG.
    Sep 16, 2006
    7
    This game is fun. I'm a little disappointed in the fact that you don't fight the dragon though one of the best GBA games
  6. Marc
    Mar 21, 2004
    6
    There aren't alot of hack and slash action RPGs on the GBA. This is a decent port of the old PS2 classic. Though considerably scaled There aren't alot of hack and slash action RPGs on the GBA. This is a decent port of the old PS2 classic. Though considerably scaled down...it is still fun. Poor sound though. But...its a portable. Expand
  7. Jason
    Feb 3, 2004
    2
    Bought it Thur. night, worked all day Fri., finished it Sat. morning. If it was twice as long it would still have been the shortest game I Bought it Thur. night, worked all day Fri., finished it Sat. morning. If it was twice as long it would still have been the shortest game I ever played. Expand

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#23 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2004
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#17 Most Shared Game Boy Advance Game of 2004