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Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance

MobyRank MobyScore
GameCube
79
3.4
PlayStation 2
82
3.8
Xbox
84
3.3

Advertising Blurbs

www.xbox.com:
    Immerse yourself in the fast- paced, dynamic world of Baldur's Gate™ : Dark Alliance™. In this epic action RPG, play one of three unique characters as you explore visually stunning environments like bone chilling ice caverns, marshy swamplands and forlorn tombs. Battle immense Frost Giants, brutal Dragons and hordes of other Dungeons & Dragons® creatures. Use your wits, battle fiercely and emerge victorious!

    • A ground-breaking adventure, bringing the 3rd Edition Dungeons & Dragons® rule set to Xbox™ for the first time.
    • Explosive spell effects and incredibly detailed creatures and environments maximize the power of Xbox technology, delivering a more realistic gaming experience.
    • Three customizable characters, each with distinctive powers, appearances and abilities that develop throughout the game.
    • Battle alone or export your character and join a friend in two-player cooperative mode.
    • Explore Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance all over again, experiencing new-found adventures with a different customized character or replay in Extreme mode for ten times the difficulty and fun.
    • Dolby Surround sound, real-time sound effect mixing, Hollywood voice talent and an original soundtrack by acclaimed composer, Jeremy Soule.

    Contributed by havoc of smeg (13029) on Sep 05, 2010.

www.nintendo.com - GameCube:
    The Dungeons & Dragons series has captured the hearts and minds of gamers all across the globe, from the original pen & paper offerings to sleek PC versions. Now Nintendo GameCube owners can immerse themselves in the world of Forgotten Realms with Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance from Interplay.

    Welcome To The D & D World

    Utilizing the 3rd Edition Dungeons & Dragons rule set, Dark Alliance blends hack-'n'-slash gameplay with RPG sensibilities. Players begin their adventure by selecting one of the three available character types: the Human archer, the Dwarven fighter, or the Elven sorceress.

    Each character class offers its own strength and weaknesses, but all are basically templates with plenty of room for customization. Your hero or heroine gains experience points by defeating enemies in combat. After acquiring enough experience, your character gains a level and attribute points, which can be distributed to learn new abilities or gain strength.

    Fight Club

    Interplay accurately describes this game as an "action RPG." The action-oriented fight mechanics emphasize correctly timed button presses. Familiar RPG elements include character building and equipping various items and magic. By RPG standards, conversation is minimal.

    Attacks come in three basic forms: Close-combat, range and spell. Close-combat attacks are performed by typical melee weapons such as swords, staffs, daggers and axes. Two-handed weapons can be used as well for added attack damage, but when wielding these players won't be able to carry a shield for extra protection.

    Range attacks are usually carried out by the long and short bows found or purchased throughout the game. Your character's accuracy skills play a large part in how much damage you deal with range weapons. The number of attacks performed is limited by the number of arrows you have on hand.

    Practitioners of the dark arts are able to pull of powerful spell techniques. These spells can deal serious damage to a large group. Spell-casting is limited by the level of your character and the amount of magic points (mana) available to you.

    For added playability, connect a second Controller for two-player cooperative action. If you're playing a game in single-player mode, your character can be imported into a two-player quest at any time.

    Your Mission, If You Choose To Accept It

    Quests are doled out by the various non-player characters you meet on your journeys. Tasks vary from clearing out sewer rats to infiltrating the hideout of a gang of thieves. There are also many hidden areas that hold valuable treasures for diligent explorers.

    As you take on more quests, your travels will take you to far-off lands with more powerful and deadly foes. You'll spend hours exploring dungeons, forests and ice lands and fighting off attacking giants, ogres, orcs and even dragons!

    Pack Your Bags

    Prepare yourself for the adventure of a lifetime. Dark worlds of peril and excitement await you in Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance for the Nintendo GameCube.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66236) on Dec 21, 2004.

Vivendi Universal Games UK website - PS2/Xbox/GC:
    The game:
    Live the Fantasy - Immerse yourself in the fast-paced, dynamic world of Baldur’s Gate’

    Live the Fantasy - Immerse yourself in the fast-paced, dynamic world of Baldur’s Gate’ : Dark Alliance’. In this epic action RPG, play one of three unique characters as you explore visually stunning environments like bone-chilling ice caverns, marshy swamplands and forlorn tombs. Battle immense Frost Giants, brutal Dragons and hordes of other Dungeons & Dragons® creatures. Use your wits, battle fiercely and emerge victorious!

    A ground-breaking adventure, bringing the 3rd Edition Dungeons & Dragons rule set to the Nintendo GameCube’ & Xbox for the first time.

    Explosive spell effects and incredible detailed creatures and environments maximise the power of Nintendo GameCube & Microsoft Xbox technology, delivering a more realistic gaming experience.

    Three customisable characters, each with distinctive powers, appearances and abilities that develop throughout the game.

    Battle alone or join a friend in two-player co-operative.

    Explore Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance all over again, experiencing new-found adventures with a different customised character or replay in Extreme mode for ten times the difficulty and fun.

    Real-time sound effects mixing, Hollywood voice talent and an original soundtrack by acclaimed composer, Jeremy Soule.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66236) on Jul 17, 2004.

Back of Case - PlayStation 2:

    A New Legacy Begins



    Experience the massively popular world of Baldur's Gate as never before. Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance thrusts you into an epic adventure filled with intense action, intricate puzzles and sinister intrigue; where your mastery of cold steel and devastating spells is the only thing between you and ultimate evil.

  • Hack and slash your way through more than 40 action-packed levels.

  • Battle over 35 vicious creatures including Gelatinous Cubes, Frost Giants and Dragons.

  • Play one of three amazing heroes, each with unique powers, appearances and skills.

  • Incredible single or two-player cooperative play.

  • Customize your character to gain new attacks and abilities.

  • Produced by the award-winning Black Isle Studios and developed by Snowblind Studios using the 3rd Edition Dungeons & Dragons rule set.

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69741) on Oct 22, 2003.