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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. 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. Expand
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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. 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. GameNow
    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. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    80
    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. 70
    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
    10
    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
    10
    Great game but i think the exterme difficulty could have been harder.
  3. LoriF.
    Apr 10, 2003
    10
    Best one I've seen in a long time!
  4. Mar 15, 2018
    9
    Played this one back in the day and I liked it a lot. Replayed it again about 15 years later and you know what? STILL LIKED IT!

    What's
    Played this one back in the day and I liked it a lot. Replayed it again about 15 years later and you know what? STILL LIKED IT!

    What's great about this game is that it's hack and slash coop done really well. If you enjoy that then this is a must.

    What's lame about this game is that eventually you will unlock the best everything for your character and run out of replay value. That's the only downside. That being said... It will take you a week of on and off playing to get everything unlocked unless you abuse cheats.

    Still always a fun game to come back to every now and then and isn't the kind of game like destiny which will leave a bad taste in your mouth that never makes you want to come back.

    Starting new characters in coop and throwing down on hardmode to start is a real challenge when you're new to the game. The struggle is really fun as you and your friend work together to over come the odds. A great game when it comes to team work. If the game was single player only then I would only give it about a 7. But the coop makes it a great game to enjoy with a buddy. A lot of games have coop but usually suck. This one doesn't. It's sequel is pretty sweet too. Better in some ways : )
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  5. NathanH.
    May 27, 2005
    9
    Fun game! I also enjoyed the sequel. Although the graphics were unimpressive, the gameplay and the three different playable characters were Fun game! I also enjoyed the sequel. Although the graphics were unimpressive, the gameplay and the three different playable characters were entertaining. Expand
  6. Oct 5, 2019
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Once upon a time, a lowly adventurer got mugged. So that adventurer decided to get wrapped up in the politics of some guild and kill a wrathful god ghost. That's pretty much the TLDR of Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance. I cannot understate how much I **** love this game. This is probably the first time I've paid attention to the story and I didn't realize how short the game was. It has tons of replay value but it only took me and a friend around 7hrs and some change to beat. We had an absolute blast playing through this and I'm sure we'll be reloading our save in the future to try and max our characters out. Expand
  7. Rick
    Mar 2, 2006
    7
    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 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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