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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 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. Jun 21, 2021
    90
    Overall, Dungeons & Dragon: Dark Alliance is a fantastic example of a third-person action RPG, offering a great amount of story and lore through varying missions. With only a few minor setbacks aside, I’d have no problem saying that Tuque Games has brought my Drizzt Do’Urden and companions fantasies to life in all of the best ways. I’ll be seeing this game through to the very end without a shadow of a doubt, and have no issue recommending it to anybody that enjoys action RPGs. Grab some buddies and head to Icewind Dale — you won’t regret it!
  2. Jul 6, 2021
    72
    I can’t give a full recommendation if you plan on playing solo, but with a few friends Dark Alliance is a much richer and better experience, even with its current shortcomings. D&D fans should have enough here that will appease while casuals can still enjoy an entertaining dungeon crawler with some buddies, a perfect fit to try out with Game Pass as long as your group can agree which characters to play as beforehand.
  3. Jul 1, 2021
    70
    Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance doesn't ever feel like it is doing anything particularly new and the whole setting, concept, and world just seems a bit tired at times. But that said you’ll have some decent fun here, particularly with the story, the hack and slash gameplay, and solid mechanics. If you find yourself playing alone, it might get a bit stale, but with friends behind you, you’ll have a great time.
  4. Jun 28, 2021
    60
    The game is seldom fun, but there is potential for a a great Dungeon’s & Dragons game here. It just needs some more work.
  5. Jul 29, 2021
    60
    Dark Alliance can lean on an enormous amount of lore. Many locations, friends, and enemies make an appearance. the level design is pretty good and challenges to explore. However, the game is held back by bugs and battles that just do not work. The game has huge potential but sadly falls short in execution.
  6. Jul 1, 2021
    55
    Hopefully the team in charge of the project will improve this perfectible recipe, but full of potential, over the updates.
  7. Jun 23, 2021
    30
    Dark Alliance’s problems go beyond enemies zipping around arenas and ragdolling randomly at breakneck speed into walls. Though, a lot of that can be quite funny. It fails to do basic things like scale difficulty for solo and group play, or do the normal thing of not giving ranged mage-like enemies drastically higher physical-defence ratings than large hulking brutes. There are so many things half-baked, broken, glitchy, or simply baffling it’s almost commendable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 23
  2. Negative: 13 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
    9
    Dark Alliance is a simple game with no great ambitions, but a really fun and addictive hack n slash if you accept it for the game it wanna beDark Alliance is a simple game with no great ambitions, but a really fun and addictive hack n slash if you accept it for the game it wanna be and not that crazy idea about a Skyrim like game that was never in question! I totally recommend Fark Alliance! Expand
  3. Jun 29, 2021
    8
    I wasnt going to play it because of the poor reviews but I gave it a try and 14 hours in, the game is a lot of fun. For a small studio, theI wasnt going to play it because of the poor reviews but I gave it a try and 14 hours in, the game is a lot of fun. For a small studio, the graphics look pretty good, some of the environment textures are very high quality. The melee combat has a lot of depth to it with how you can trigger various moves and abilities by comboing dodge, light and heavy attacks. The game is crossplay between xbox and pc, and the community is welcoming and helpful. Even playing with randoms, it can be quite a fun experience as a decent amount of players have mics and actually use them.

    You level up quite fast especially if carried by higher level players, maybe a little too fast as it seems like the game scales up the power level of level 1 players so that even they can take on higher level mobs when playing with others. At first the combat is quite challenging as large enemies can be quite tanky, but your power level quickly scales up after you complete the first level and get lots of loot.

    This is definitely a game that is meant to be played coop, as it is quite tough solo but even just having 1 partner changes the game. The quickplay matchmaking works but it doesnt try to match you with people of similar power level, so new players can easily be paired with a max level player and end up playing something much harder than they expect. If they make it through though, they end up jumping up 8 whole levels rather than working their way up one at a time, kind of a good and bad thing as max level is only 20 and you can hit it within just an hour or two if carried.

    Looting in the game is quite fun on the first playthrough as theres tons of side areas and side quests you can stumble onto and explore. It's a lot of fun hopping around with a party of new friends you just met and searching every corner for new loot and gear. Like other dungeon crawler games there are various qualities and sets you can collect and they offer a small bit of customization to choose the look of most gear, some are locked.

    The stamina mechanic is quite annoying at first as it feels like youre always running low, and the degrsding stamina bar when using special abilities is a questionable choice. I see how it forces you to make smarter decisions of what situations to use the abilities rsther than being able to spam them. Once you level up a bit though, and have better gear, you're stamina can regenerate fast enough that it isnt a problem anymore. The game has some jank here and there, the issue with disconnects from the party after each level that was there on day 1 mostly dont occur anymore. I havent experience any game breaking bugs and have only encountered a few small glitches but quite rare compared to what others have been saying.

    If you have gamepass and are looking for a simple and fun coop dungeon crawler, I highly recommended this.
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  4. Mar 18, 2022
    4
    unfinished, unpolished, sporadic fps drop, the actual hit registers with a delay, broken unreactive IA, dull boss fights. In the current stateunfinished, unpolished, sporadic fps drop, the actual hit registers with a delay, broken unreactive IA, dull boss fights. In the current state the game is almost unplayable and I suggest not to buy it at all.
    I give this disappointment of a game a 4/10 only because it's on the xbox pass and because they ask you 40 € if you intend to purchase it otherwise I'd given a score of 2/10.
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  5. Sep 9, 2021
    3
    What a mess. There's the kernel for a really fun game here conceptually, but it's bogged down by clumsy and repetitive combat, bugs, and someWhat a mess. There's the kernel for a really fun game here conceptually, but it's bogged down by clumsy and repetitive combat, bugs, and some of the worst AI I've ever seen in a game. Enemies and bosses will often stand still while you kill them. The controls for special moves are terrible, and you often find your character executing crazy moves you had no intention of that get you killed. Even executing basic moves like charged shots doesn't register by the game half the time. Worst control responsiveness I've experienced in a game that I can remember, which is just a complete non-starter for a action game.

    There are many indications that this game was rushed or the developers were lazy. Slow contextual actions, like you can't click on ladders in combat for a few seconds, sometimes characters get stuck in animations, levels end with no indication that you're about to come across a boss fight. Multiplayer is a bit better, and that's obviously what the game was designed around. The mechanics are there to create a great synergistic combat system that requires teamwork, but it feels inept. I would give the multiplayer 4/10.

    Story is standard DnD fare, and was a bit juvenile.
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  6. Jul 5, 2021
    1
    I didnt got the chance to throw the dice... Fck this im going back to baldur's gate cause that is a D&D game done right...
  7. Jul 10, 2021
    0
    Wow... You know how everybody used to say Balan Wonderworld was the worst game of 2021 so far? Well I can honestly say this game is even worseWow... You know how everybody used to say Balan Wonderworld was the worst game of 2021 so far? Well I can honestly say this game is even worse than Balan Wonderworld in literally every way!
    The only positive thing about this game, is the good-looking cinematic cutscenes filled with weird but amusing dances, but Balan Wonderworld does even that better than this sorry pathetic excuse for a D&D game!

    Back in the day, before video games were a thing, everybody used to play Dungeons & Dragons passionately the same way gamers do with video games today, and back then all you had was a set of dice, a few plastic figures and a piece of cardboard. Video games were meant to be the future of fantasy role playing games, but in this case, D&D Dark Alliance was a STEP BACK in evolution! You're far better off playing real D&D with dice, plastic and cardboard! If there ever existed a D&D Tiger handheld game, I bet even that would be better than D&D Dark Alliance.
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