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Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 2
80
3.8
Xbox
79
3.2

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Xbox 12 3.2
Combined MobyScore 28 3.5


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98
XboxXBox Solution (XBS)
Baldur’s Gate Dark Alliance II features everything you want in an RPG and more, custom item creation, 5 unique characters to play through the game as, 2 hidden characters to be unlocked as you complete the game at higher difficulty levels, 60+ unique and wonderfully detailed levels. The team at Black Isle has created a master piece RPG with their latest Baldur’s Gate title for the Xbox, Dark Alliance II is the great title the first was, with nothing but improvements made. The epic adventure is worth completing numerous times with various characters and I am labeling myself an official Dark Alliance II addict. I have completed the game with 2 of the standard characters and once with one of the hidden characters that I unlocked. If you liked the first Baldurs Gate for Xbox, then Dark Alliance II is guaranteed to be another great addition to your software library.
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PlayStation 2PSX Extreme
In the end, Baldur's Gate is an excellent hack n' slash RPG. It's a deep, excellent and, needless to say, an engaging title. Fans of the series really owe it to themselves, as do casual gamers looking for a fun game. While it may be a bit short, only ranging 15 hours of gameplay time, the game is worth replaying just for the co-op mode. Gameplay aside, the game's technological aspects, such as visuals and sound, are truly fantastic, and define the term next-generation. Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance is worthy of a purchase. Check it out, and then thank Interplay, Black Isle and SnowBlind for one hell of a game.
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PlayStation 2GamePro (US)
Action games that tread into role-playing territory (a.k.a. members of the Diablo family) tend to have a lot of things in common: tons of action, lots of ways in which to develop your character, and mountains of fun when you introduce more than one player to the mix. Baldur?s Gate: Dark Alliance 2 was clearly cast from the same mold, though it was forged with some exotic curves and bends to make it stick out in the crowd.
89
XboxGamesmania
Auch wenn dieses Spiel das Genre nicht neu erfindet, ist es trotzdem ein tolles Action-Rollenspiel. Grafik und Spielprinzip üben immer noch ihren Reiz aus. Das Jagen und Sammeln macht ähnlich süchtig wie im Vorgänger. Somit ist Dark Alliance II für alle Genre-Fans ein Pflichtkauf. Aber auch Rollenspielneulinge könnten an der Monstermetzelei ihre Freude haben.
89
XboxTeamXbox
Hack-n-slash fans rejoice because Dark Alliance II will be a treat for all who enjoy the series. Packed full of great new features, tons of new enemies, and a perfectly flowing storyline there is none better than Dark Alliance II. The graphics are stunning, the audio is brilliant, and the gameplay shows why Dark Alliance II is still at the top of the genre. Sure, there are a few aspects of the game could have used a bit more attention, but the overwhelming greatness of everything else in this title quickly erases any complaints from mind. This is one of those games that just beckons you to complete it, and most gamers will not be able to put this one down. Those that feel the hack-n-slash games are a bit repetitive, I’d still recommend checking out BG:DA II due to its great combination of gameplay and overall presentation. True fans of the series will not be disappointed and should pick this one up with no question.
89
PlayStation 2Game Captain
Hervorragender Nachfolger zu einem der besten Playstation 2 Spiele. So müssen Fortsetzungen aussehen!
88
PlayStation 2Game Over Online
Anything else I can think of is really just nitpicking, or a complaint about a difficult part of a given dungeon. While Dark Alliance II is still, at its core, a game where you run at people shouting and cut them in half, and as such, suffers from the inherent flaws in the "run at people shouting and cut them in half" genre, it's a versatile and entertaining example of its breed. It isn't going to win any new fans over to the genre, but it is very good at what it does.
88
XboxGame Over Online
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II is just like the first one, but there's more of it. That's it; that's all; you can all go home, or to the store, according to your individual preference. There isn't a hell of a lot else to say. Dark Alliance II begins about thirty seconds after the end of the first game, after the fall of the Oynx Tower. The three heroes of the original game step through a magical portal. They wind up in a dark forest somewhere, surrounded by shadow knights, with what is clearly a very bad man ominously lurking in front of them. He thanks them; the knights close in.
87
XboxRPGFan
While there's certainly an air of "been there, done that" running throughout Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II, the game isn't as much of a let-down as some review outlets have made it out to be. The departure of Snowblind Studios is certainly a disappointing one, but Black Isle stepped in and filled their shoes quite admirably-proving that while switching developers in the middle of a series is always a risky move, it can be done with a fair degree of success.
87
XboxXBox-Zone
"Nur noch einen Dungeon, dann höre ich auf!" Pustekuchen, der zweite Teil der Dark-Alliance-Serie hat mich bis tief in die Nacht nicht losgelassen. Entwickler Black Isle hat geschafft, schnelle Hau-drauf-Action mit ernsthaften Rollenspiel-Elementen wie der Charakterentwicklung und -ausrüstung zu verknüpfen. Highlight des Letzteren ist, dass ich nun Wunderwaffen nach Wunsch herstellen kann. So erwehre ich mich selbst garstiger Trolle mit Feuermagie. Die besaßen bereits in der Papiervorlage die Frechheit zu regenerieren. Dungeons & Dragons Heroes ist zwar gelungen, Baldur´s Gate: Dark Alliance II aber noch ein Stück besser. Wer beide Titel sein Eigen nennt, kann langen, kalten Winterabenden gelassen entgegenblicken.
87
PlayStation 2VGPub
Overall, I would highly recommend this game to most people. It is probably the best hack and slash game out there. The story is well done, even more so if you have played the first. The game has a very nice ?pick up and play? type of feel to it, with plenty of save points all around so players don?t have to worry about needing at least a half an hour available to play. It is at its finest when playing with two players, though it still holds its own in the single player experience. On top of all this, the addition of Dungeons and Dragons features and lore make Baldur?s Gate: Dark Alliance II a safe choice for either rental or purchase.
87
PlayStation 2GameZone
Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance 2 is a huge game in terms of map area and challenge. There may not be much in terms of replayability here, but sacrificing that for a game that certainly entertains and is somewhat addictive is worth the adventure. The truly nice thing about this title is that while you can pick a certain character style, the way you invest your skill points can create a character that is totally different from another similar character. You may have two elf wizards, with their core quests, but by investing in different skills, those two versions of Ysuran may be completely different in terms of attack abilities, and defensive skills.
85
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
Approximately eight hours into this quest, I ran into a merchant who had an assortment of weapon enhancement gems for sale. After perusing his inventory, I decided to spend my hard-earned gold on a Moonstone and a Ruby. Applying both of these jewels to my reliable blade resulted in the creation of a +1 Fine Stirge’s Bastard Sword. Curious as to how my concoction would fare, I returned to the battlefield with haste. In no time flat, I confronted a goblin rider mounted atop a wolf. Just as I engaged this foe, I noticed that fluids began oozing from my sword. With much bewilderment, I suddenly realized that it was bleeding…and not just a droplet or two, either. It was gushing buckets of blood. With each swing that this steel abomination would make, a brilliant crimson trail would follow. It was at this point that I mirthfully marched through the remainder of this game with an ear-to-ear smile on my face.
85
XboxDeeko
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II does a fine job by providing gamers with a sequel that is rich in story, but familiar enough in gameplay mechanics and style that it will feel like they've never left the city. The changes that were made in the name of gameplay were sound and quite welcome and the new Workshop feature is a lot of fun to play around with. The graphics haven't changed much since the last installment, but the levels themselves are quite new and the heroes you can choose from are just as new, giving the game at least some sense of newness. Some may argue that not enough has changed, but once you've played it, you'll find that Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II is quite a worthy sequel and is one of the best hack and slash RPGs to date.
85
PlayStation 2Daily Game
This game could be banned in some countries for being an overly addictive substance. The unlockables alone will keep you playing for weeks. Since the character development system lets you customize characters to your liking, you’ll find yourself spending countless hours building up just the right mix of skills and spells. And once you’ve finished the game, you’ll have access to two new characters, which gives you a total of six characters replay the game with.
85
XboxGame Chronicles
RPG’s have been slow to get a foothold in the console market. Despite several attempts only a few like KOTOR and Morrowind have ever reached legendary status. Interplay is hoping to change that with the console release of Black Isle’s, Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance II, the sequel to the 2001 original hit that offers a unique hybrid of action and RPG gameplay.
84
XboxNext Level Gaming
I love a good sequel. And as many of you know, there can be some great sequels, and there can be some not so great sequels. In 2002 veteran Publisher Interplay released Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance on the PS2 and Xbox, and suprised many with it's departure from the straight up RPG style play that encompassed so many of the series' PC titles. Instead, developers Black Isle and Snowblind Studios brought forth an action-RPG that was both fun and challenging, and backed by all the elements of a straight up RPG that added depth to it.
84
XboxIGN
Back in the dark ages of 2001, Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance emerged like a knight in shining armor to bring together action and RPG games in a hackfest that could be played with two people. Time has passed and fans have been eagerly awaiting a sequel to get some more dungeon time in on their consoles. A couple years later and Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II is finally here to satisfy the masses hungry for a post-Christmas treat. So what is there to show for all of this waiting? A solid sequel that keeps up the pace of the original and adds a couple extra touches for flavor.
84
PlayStation 2Next Level Gaming
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II is definately better than the first game. It's better than Fallout. But it loses points on the biggest component it needed to compete with the upcoming Champions of Norrath; online gameplay. The fact is, if you have two games of similar quality, chances are you're heading for the one that's online. On the Xbox this isn't as much an issue, but that's not exactly an excuse. Still, it's a solid game that is enjoyable to play with a friend, and can make a solid addition to the library for the Baldur's Gate faithful.
84
PlayStation 2IGN
Back in the dark ages of 2001, Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance emerged like a knight in shining armor to bring together action and RPG games in a hackfest that could be played with two people. Time has passed and fans have been eagerly awaiting a sequel to get some more dungeon time in on their consoles. A couple years later and Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II is finally here to satisfy the masses hungry for a post-Christmas treat. So what is there to show for all of this waiting? A solid sequel that keeps up the pace of the original and adds a couple extra touches for flavor.
82
PlayStation 2Worth Playing
It’s not quite as good as its forerunner but Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance II is an entertaining and satisfying diversion that should appeal to anyone who likes a little hacking and slashing with their RPG. The lack of four-player co-op is regrettable, and the lack of graphical sheen is disappointing, but the highly addictive gameplay is fully intact. If you’ve already devoured Snowblind Studio’s excellent Champions of Norrath and are still hungry for more action/RPG style goodness, then you can’t go wrong with Dark Alliance II.
80
Xbox4Players.de
Eigentlich ist alles in Baldur´s Gate Dark Alliance 2 zu finden, was den Vorgänger zu einem Superhit gemacht hat: ein unkompliziertes Spielprinzip, Monsterhorden ohne Ende und eine eingängige Steuerung. Und zusätzlich bekommt ihr noch ein nichtlineares Questsystem, insgesamt fünf äußerst unterschiedlich zu spielende Charaktere sowie die Möglichkeit spendiert, euch mit entsprechendem Kleingeld die komplette Ausrüstung selber zu basteln. Und trotzdem mag der Funke nicht so richtig zünden. Dies ist vor allem zwei Punkten zuzuschreiben: Grafisch tritt man auf der Stelle und nutzt die nahezu unveränderte Engine des Vorgängers, die zwar immer noch gut aussieht, aber an der langsam der Lack zu blättern beginnt. Und zum anderen wird die für ein Spiel dieser Art nette Story unglaublich unmotiviert erzählt.
80
PlayStation 24Players.de
Eigentlich ist alles in Baldur´s Gate Dark Alliance 2 zu finden, was den Vorgänger zu einem Superhit gemacht hat: ein unkompliziertes Spielprinzip, Monsterhorden ohne Ende und eine eingängige Steuerung. Und zusätzlich bekommt ihr noch ein nichtlineares Questsystem, insgesamt fünf äußerst unterschiedlich zu spielende Charaktere sowie die Möglichkeit spendiert, euch mit entsprechendem Kleingeld die komplette Ausrüstung selber zu basteln. Und trotzdem mag der Funke nicht so richtig zünden. Dies ist vor allem zwei Punkten zuzuschreiben: Grafisch tritt man auf der Stelle und nutzt die nahezu unveränderte Engine des Vorgängers, die zwar immer noch gut aussieht, aber an der langsam der Lack zu blättern beginnt. Und zum anderen wird die für ein Spiel dieser Art nette Story unglaublich unmotiviert erzählt.
80
XboxX-Power
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II is een waardige opvolger geworden en zal bijgevolg niemand van de hack & slash liefhebbers teleurstellen. Toch heeft Interplay een behoorlijke veiligheidsmarge ingebouwd en aan de succesformule werd dan ook zo goed als niet geraakt. Zelfs aan de multiplayer werd niet veranderd en kan men nog steeds met z'n tweetjes simultaan monsters in de pan gaan hakken. Iets meer vernieuwing was wel welkom geweest, maar desondanks blijft Baldur's Gate de koning de hack & slash games tot het tegendeel bewezen is! Wie al van het origineel snoepte kan zich deze sequel blindelings aanschaffen.
80
PlayStation 2G4 TV: X-Play
Some may say that "Dark Alliance II" is an average hack-'n'-slash outing with minimal replay value. We wish these critics the best with their crack habit. For the "Dungeons & Dragons" devotee or role-playing enthusiast tired of drowning in minutia and non-playable character banter, this is a refreshingly original and addictive take on the swords and sorcery canon.
80
PlayStation 2Glide Underground
Trying to get into RPG's? This is a good start. Liked Dungeon Siege, D&D Heroes, or the rest of the Baldur's Gate/Icewind Dale line? It's a worthy successor.
80
XboxJeuxvideo.com
Honnêtement, je me fiche complètement que BGDA II apporte peu de nouveautés par rapport au premier épisode. Ce nouvel opus est au niveau de son aîné en termes de graphismes et de maniabilité, l'aventure est aussi, voire encore plus prenante, cinq nouveaux combattants font leur apparition, tout comme les environnements et quelques sorts et l'immersion est une fois de plus totale. Une séquelle de qualité, à l'ambiance indescriptible, qui consumera tout votre temps libre !
80
PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
Honnêtement, je me fiche complètement que BGDA II apporte peu de nouveautés par rapport au premier épisode. Ce nouvel opus est au niveau de son aîné en termes de graphismes et de maniabilité, l'aventure est aussi, voire encore plus prenante, cinq nouveaux combattants font leur apparition, tout comme les environnements et quelques sorts et l'immersion est une fois de plus totale. Une séquelle de qualité, à l'ambiance indescriptible, qui consumera tout votre temps libre !
80
XboxDarkZero
A pretty good if a bit basic game, with a wonderful multiplayer option. Good fun without having to stress over complicated puzzles or stats; everything is tailored to accommodate even the newest newbie and the greatest D&D fan. The samey nature of the game may put some off, but its good swashbuckling fun and will last you a while.
80
PlayStation 2FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network
While it does have its share of bugs and bad points, overall this game is well worth buying if you enjoy the genre. The multitude of items and armors keep things interesting, while socketed items and armor take customization to higher levels.
80
PlayStation 2Thunderbolt Games
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II is good, but not great. With solid gameplay mechanics, a relatively long lifespan and a decent multiplayer mode, it should keep RPG fans who are looking for more action occupied for weeks, maybe even months. The audio and visuals work well together, and the intuitive controls and commands keep the pace rolling forward at a steady pace. Online multiplayer would have been nice and less linearity would have also been welcome, but even without these, Dark Alliance II is a well rounded take on the RPG and action genres.
80
XboxGameSpot
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II will surely satisfy players looking for a well-crafted, accessible action RPG experience. Two years ago, Interplay and little-known developer Snowblind Studios surprised just about everyone when they delivered an action RPG to the PS2 under the banner of Black Isle's venerable Baldur's Gate series, and it was good--great, even.
80
PlayStation 2GamerDad
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance took co-operative action role-playing to new heights on the Playstation 2 console. Singly, or with a friend, you could tackle giant rats, undead monsters, dark elves, and even a white dragon, as you uncovered a plot against the good city of Baldur's Gate. But the ending indicated there was more adventure to come. Fans were worried when the original design team jumped ship to work on Sony's Champions of Norrath. They need not have worried; Dark Alliance 2 is still a worthy successor, retaining the weapons, monsters, Dungeons and Dragons action and rules, sharp graphics and responsive controls, and high adventure of its predecessor.
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PlayStation 2Netjak
Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance 2 (DA2) could be described as a “mystery wrapped in an enigma,” because it attempts to replicate the basic gameplay of the original, while subtly including new elements intended to turn the franchise on its head, which is no mean feat considering the original Dark Alliance game was also accused of turning the Baldur’s Gate franchise on its head as it made the transition from PC to console gaming. For those of you unfamiliar with the Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance franchise, it is a widely popular series of Diablo-esque video games loosely based on the rules and world of Dungeons and Dragons.
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PlayStation 2Deaf Gamers
Basically then Baldur's Gate Dark Alliance II is a worthy sequel to the original game although it's not quite up to the same standard. The same addictive qualities are still there though and it's still very enjoyable as a two-player game. I would have liked the game to have been fully subtitled, cutscenes and all, so as it would have been fully accessible to deaf gamers but what is subtitled allows deaf gamers to enjoy the game even if they can't follow the story 100%. I would have also liked the ability to have created my own custom class instead of being stuck with what's on offer. Fans of Dark Alliance will definitely enjoy the game though and when it comes to the crunch that's exactly who it is aimed at.
75
XboxMS Xbox World
Overall Balders Gate 2 follows from the first game nicely. The inclusion of upgrades is great as is the mission based story line. The few negetive remarks I have made are purely down to personal preference as one players experience can differ from the next. I would recommend renting first if you are unsure but would say go for it if you liked the first game.
75
XboxGame Revolution
Like most geeky kids growing up in the late 70’s/early 80’s, I couldn’t get enough Dungeons and Dragons. I could kill an entire weekend just reading through game modules. The Player’s Handbook was my constant companion, its pages worn thin from my incessant fondling as I tried to decide if Bigby’s Crushing Hand was a better spell than Mordenkainen’s Disjunction. What is it about Dungeons and Dragons that’s so addictive?
75
PlayStation 2Lawrence
I wanted more innovation out of BGDA2. I got a little, but the formula was basically the same. Still, it proves to be a ton of fun, no matter how tired you made your old Baldur's disc. And make sure to play with a friend to get the most out of it.
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XboxImperium Gier
Hmm... w pierwszej części tej recenzji dość mocno pojechałem po BG DA 2. Bo to jest tak: z jednej strony mamy grę bardzo dopracowaną, z drugiej schemat, schemat i jeszcze raz schemat. No i szybko wkradającą się nudę. Jednak nie zmienia to faktu, że Baldur's Gate Dark Alliance 2 jest bezkonkurencyjny w kategorii konsolowych hack'n'slash. Powiem więc tak: tytuł ten polecam przede wszystkim jego fanatykom, inni zaś z pewnością szybko o nim zapomną.
70
XboxSuper Play
Nytt eller ej; kärnan i spelet är fortfarande densamma och Dark Alliance II besitter den där nästan magiska dragningskraften som bara kan uppnås med ett enkelt men genialt koncept. Känslan av att bara vilja gå runt nästa krök, bara nå upp till nästa level, är stark. Utan att riktigt leva upp till förväntningarna är Dark Alliance II en tung uppföljare och en värdig avslutning på Black Isles produktion.
70
XboxXGP Gaming
I scored Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance II only a 7/10. I found the game to be quite short; my first time through only took me 11 hours. I did enjoy the game, especially the new weapon creation feature, but it really is just another hack-n-slash adventure game and can barely get away with being called an RPG. Fans of the first Dark Alliance, game will love it, but I found that, closer to the end of the game, the storyline felt very thrown together and I wasn’t completely satisfied with the way the game ended. It might have something to do with the fact that Black Isle studios was shut down midway through December, and this game hit the shelves in January. I’d recommend this game to die-hard Baldur’s Gate fans and anyone who is new to the hack-n-slash genre and wants to try it out. Anyone else who has already played such games as Heroes and Gauntlet and are tired of the same ol’ same ol’, would do best to skip this title.
70
PlayStation 2GameCell UK
The problem is that I wanted this game two years ago, and things have moved on a little since then - the need isn't quite as strong now. Still, the game is a nice distraction for the 8-12 hours that it'll take to get through.
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XboxEurogamer.net (UK)
When Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance was first released, it made more than a few RPG fans uncomfortable. While we were happy to see a new game based on the revered Forgotten Realms universe, we weren't so happy about the choice of genre - unlike the previous games to bear the Baldur's Gate name, Dark Alliance was a straightforward hackandslash.
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XboxSuper Play
Grafiken står sig fortfarande i konkurrensen rent tekniskt. Och det är just därför som de repetitiva miljöerna sticker så i ögonen. Vore jag ensam skulle jag aldrig sätta mig ned och spela Dark Alliance II, men har man en kompis vid sin sida blir spelet konstigt nog riktigt roligt. Att hjälpas åt att klubba monster, skaffa bättre utrustning och utveckla sin karaktär är och förblir det bästa inslaget i Dark Alliance II. Det inslag som trots viss lathet från utvecklarnas sida gör att spelet blir riktigt underhållande.
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PlayStation 2GameDaily
The original Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance catered in a new era for Action-RPGs. Releasing on the PlayStation 2 and Xbox, the game went on to renew the genre and not only entice a sequel, but several similar titles as well. Dark Alliance II (handled by a new developer) picks up where the original left off, but doesn't quite have the same impact. While a few things have been added and revised, the game remains basically the same. It's enough to be considered good, but not quite great.
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PlayStation 2GameSpy
When I last previewed the game, I was convinced that more of a great thing would be an even greater thing. I thought Black Isle would do as fine a job with the series as Snowblind did. I was wrong on both counts. While Dark Alliance II is a good game, it has barely progressed the series and from everything I've seen, it looks like Snowblind will kick its ass with Champions of Norrath. Unless you must have an action-RPG this very second or you're a huge Forgotten Realms fan, I'd pass over or rent Dark Alliance II. You can beat it in under ten hours and there's a better action-RPG coming out in the near future.
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PlayStation 2DreamStation.cc
In terms of fun Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance II’s value is debatable. Some might prefer to inflict pain on themselves over playing hour after hour of linear gameplay. Others overlook it and enjoy the many RPG aspects. For those who side more with the second choice Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance II offers 80+ levels and the returning co-op play. Unfortunately, the lack of an online mode as well as very little innovation means it doesn’t come near the impact the first game had. You’d be best seeing what else is available or waiting for something else to come along.
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XboxYiya
Baldurs Gate - Dark Alliance 2 ist für mich eine große Enttäuschung. Zwar wurde das Spielprinzip gar nicht so sehr verschlechtert, aber insbesondere wenn man Dungeon & Dragons Heroes gespielt hat, fallen die Schwächen in Baldur's Gate - Dark Alliance 2 auf. Die Grafik wurde etwas verbessert, die Story wird etwas öde fortgeführt, dazu gibt es eine Reihe mehr oder weniger abwechslungsreiche Level. Insbesondere die Eintönigkeit stört beim Spiel. Da kämpft man elendig gegen durch gleiche Gegnertypen in stellenweise lang hinziehende gleiche Levelabschnitte, die blockartig im Editor entstanden sind. Richtig was kaufen kann man bei einem (!) Händler auch nicht, weil das Angebot zu dürftig ist. D&D Heroes hat sich zwar am Vorgänger Dark Alliance orientiert, aber im direkten Vergleich zu Dark Alliance 2 ist es weiterentwickelt worden.