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  • Summary: Band together with friends, near or far, and fight against vicious monsters in the new co-op action RPG from Dungeons & Dragons.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 26
  2. Negative: 4 out of 26
  1. 80
    Dark Alliance is the type of game for people looking to blow off steam with their friends. It's such an exploration ride that I just wanted to keep playing it all day long. The fun combat and loot system kept me coming back even if it is a shame the story set in the D&D universe written by a prolific writer fails to live up to its potential. It's also baffling that almost no love was given to the game on the PS5 to utilize its power or even the DualSense controller. At $40 though almost all of its flaws can be overlooked for just plain old fun.
  2. Jun 21, 2021
    70
    Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance is a fun action game to play with friends whose deep combat gets overshadowed by a clunky lock-on mechanic and untimely framerate drops.
  3. Jun 28, 2021
    70
    Dark Alliance is a game that seems destined to be forgotten, which is a shame because there's a lot of old-school PS2-style fun to be had. Once split screen is patched in we can see ourselves going back to it regularly in order to relive those couch co-op days of yore, though the game is enjoyable solo as well if you choose your difficulty setting wisely. It's nothing to set the world on fire but it's a perfectly enjoyable throwback to dungeon crawling hack-and-slash classics that'll work for you all the more if you've got a group of friends who yearn to go back in time to a simpler experience. Future content updates will only improve Dark Alliance and we'd urge you to give it a try for yourself.
  4. Jun 21, 2021
    60
    Dark Alliance feels like many D&D adventures: Sometimes, you gotta slog through some combat in order to learn more about the world and enjoy a good story.
  5. 60
    Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance has the potential to become a fun showcase for the long-running franchise. Despite the issues, none of these are game-breaking bugs, and it is a passable RPG. Now we just have to see if Tuque Games has what it takes to turn things around. Fans of Dungeons & Dragons, of which there are untold millions, will love the lore and story of Dark Alliance. Who knows if their love of the franchise will translate into enough sales to warrant a sequel? If so, then there is a lot of work to do, but we’ve seen plenty of comebacks before, and we’ll no doubt see more in the future. With any luck, in the not-too-distant future we’ll gather ‘round the virtual campfire and enjoy a higher-scored adventure in the Icewind Dale thanks to the lessons learned from Dark Alliance.
  6. Jun 29, 2021
    50
    Ultimately, Dark Alliance is a flawed game that provides a perfunctory single-player experience that fails to dazzle or delight. While there is some depth and enjoyment deep within the heart of the multiplayer experience, Dark Alliance fails to provide the engrossing gameplay experience that is required in order to sustain the sort of long-term community clearly desired by the game’s creators. The developers are already planning to implement changes based on player feedback, on top of a planned expansion and fifth playable character, but the question then becomes how many will still be waiting in Icewind Dale?
  7. Jun 25, 2021
    30
    A tragically awful attempt to revive the Dark Alliance name, with horribly repetitive combat, empty storytelling, and a dragon horde’s worth of bugs.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 23
  2. Negative: 16 out of 23
  1. Jun 24, 2021
    10
    Non merita la pioggia di 0 che sta ricevendo. Sicuramente il combat system è migliorabile, ma l'avventura è intrigrante, le missioniNon merita la pioggia di 0 che sta ricevendo. Sicuramente il combat system è migliorabile, ma l'avventura è intrigrante, le missioni bilanciate e sfidanti. La migliore esperienza si ottiene in cooperativo. A tal proposito, ottima la gestione online/offline in caso di gioco cooperativo o singolo. Expand
  2. Jun 23, 2021
    8
    On PS5 the game runs well even though the game needs to be polished in a few aspects. On ps4 pro it runs ok. It's a shame you can't crossplayOn PS5 the game runs well even though the game needs to be polished in a few aspects. On ps4 pro it runs ok. It's a shame you can't crossplay ps5 and ps4 versions of the game. I read that a patch will fix this and Combat feels a little clunky and the enemy AI needs improvement. The leap to next difficulty level is brutal and i think needs adjustment.However i love the D&D setting and the graphics are good, so is the sound. in the current state the game is worth a 6, but it has potential to be a solid 8. I'm having fun playing with my son and so is he. For us 2 coop has worked well and we haven't had any problems. Looking forward to a lot fixes and patches. Expand
  3. Jun 30, 2021
    7
    Dungeons and Dragons: Dark Alliance
    a Mind of its own
    Dark Alliance is an 8 hour long 3rdperson dungeon crawler that can be layed both solo
    Dungeons and Dragons: Dark Alliance
    a Mind of its own
    Dark Alliance is an 8 hour long 3rdperson dungeon crawler that can be layed both solo as well as online with up to 4 players, hre you choose one of 4 classes that can be changed in between every mission… youll be running through thse dungeons, taking down enmies, and every once in a while you will gt the coice, set up camp here and regain all ehalth and consumables… and if you die this will be your spawn point, butif you decline to set up camp, the rarity of the loot in this dungeon increases… really having you carfully test your skill and confidence… I played with the more quick bladed assassin as well as the archer, going back and forth each mission so that I didn’t get bred of this game, and I feel this is the best way to play through dark alliance because pof how repettitve it ultimately is, from start to finish its all the same, do this 15- 20 minute long mission, finding chests, defeating enemies if you so choose, to get tp that levels boss and take it down… I was havig an absolte blast most of the time… there are definitely some challenging momnts here, especially from a ouple of its bosses.. and by I couple, I literally mean a couple as for the most part, the ai in dark alliance is awful, they aren’t alive ready foraction, they stand there, waiting to be triggered, which can lead to tons of lack luster fights.. even some bosses will just stand there to die, putting up no fight playing solo… gameplay wise though the combat can be thrilling with each charater feeling vastly different, but my biggest announce with the gameplay is that at least on the playstation 5, the game seemed to have a mind of its own, input combat commands by itself when id try to run or even mid battle… at the nd of each mission youll be given your loot and this is another issue I have with this game.. the loot is just awful here.. ypou don’t get a feeling of what cool item did I escape with, all of it is lack luster and lame, really killing incentive to explore, I was just rushing through these dungeons slaying these brain dead bosses, with only 2 or 3 really fighting back and giving me a challenge…
    Overall, I enjoyed Dark alliance, is it game of the year contender? Not even close, but its nowhere near as bad as most are making it seem, its worth running through and playing by yourself or with friends, but there sadly is no life, in the form of content or loot to keep you playing beyond the final boss…
    I give Dungeons and Dragons Dark alliance
    a 6.5/10
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  4. Jul 2, 2021
    2
    Not good. Very bad actually. Looks like a PS3 game, enemies are uninteresting, the game play is OK at best but clearly hasn't any effort intoNot good. Very bad actually. Looks like a PS3 game, enemies are uninteresting, the game play is OK at best but clearly hasn't any effort into it. The game itself looks rushed and more like a moneygrab on the name of D&D. Expand
  5. Jun 30, 2021
    1
    I really had high hopes for this game, all the trailers looked good, gameplay looked good, honestly everything checked out for me, so I madeI really had high hopes for this game, all the trailers looked good, gameplay looked good, honestly everything checked out for me, so I made the purchase on launch, downloaded the game, I’m all smiles and extremely happy, then out of nowhere a huge dungeon & Dragon hand came through my tv slapped me in the face, the slap was for my expectations being too high, the slap was for expecting gameplay to be polished but instead is clunky, slow and no input response what so ever, the slap was for me spending $40 when the game is free on GamePass, but I wanted to get the platinum trophy on PlayStation. This game is a slap in the face, do not waste your time, I do not know how the developers can fix this game and obviously they do not care how the consumer feels considering all past game launch failures like anthem and cyberpunk, you would think they would want to put something out of a decent quality. Expand
  6. Jun 24, 2021
    1
    Enemy AI broken, you can actually skip all monsters because they just stand. Enemy variety lacking (even Avengers got more different kind ofEnemy AI broken, you can actually skip all monsters because they just stand. Enemy variety lacking (even Avengers got more different kind of enemies), meaningless loot, graphics not in 2021 standards, animations awful (like shooting with bows only moves your arms while rest of your body looks like statue).

    Only good thing in this game are cinematics and some of the music.
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  7. Jun 23, 2021
    0
    Can be fun with friends, but overall really clunky and barebones. I'd rather play godfall...

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