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Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance (GameCube)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.4
MobyScore
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User Reviews

A solid action RPG with impressive visuals, and insanely addictive co-op mode - 4 Stars Ryu (50) 3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.0
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.0
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.5
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.5
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.5
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.3
Overall MobyScore (19 votes) 3.4


The Press Says

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Entertainment Depot, The
A solid port, and although it doesn't really take advantage of the GameCube's power, the transition was well done. Ignoring the aspect of it being a port at all, Dark Alliance is a phenomenal game that takes a simple hack-and-slash engine and makes it robust with a plethora of weapons, spells, non-playable characters, and a solid story. The experience will last around 10 hours, and there's an unlockable level, but I've played through it twice now and plan on finishing it off with the third and final character - not to mention the option to play through with a friend. Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance is a solid action-RPG through-and-through and one that is definitely not to be missed.
88
GameZone
Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance has some problems but is a terrific RPG game for the GameCube.
86
Gamers' Temple, The
In The End, This Game Hath Been Rated: 86%. If you like your RPGs heavy on the action, Dark Alliance provides some great monster-kicking gameplay.
86
Armchair Empire, The
But is it worth the money? Yes. Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance manages to walk the line between hardcore RPG and straight action. It’s fun and it’s polished – definitely worth your time as well.
84
N-Zone
Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance hat nichts von seiner Faszination verloren. Das Gameplay ist nach wie vor unglaublich fesselnd. Auch die grafische Präsentation kann sich wirklich sehen lassen, auch wenn die Ruckler nicht nachzuvollziehen sind. Im Kooperations-Modus macht das Spiel richtig Laune. Aufgrund der miesen Umsetzung bleibt dem Spiel leider ein Hit verwehrt.
80
Retroage
Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance to wspaniała, epicka opowieść o sławie i potępieniu, honorze i zdradzie oraz o odwiecznej walce dobra ze złem. Fabuła choć jak już wspomniałem liniowa to mimo wszystko do samego końca trzyma w napięciu i dopiero ostatnia scena wyjaśnia całą historię od A do Z. Posiadacze Nintendo GameCube powinni tym bardziej zastanowić się nad zakupem tej gry, ponieważ jest to chyba jedyny przedstawicieli gatunku heroic fantasy z systemu AD&D, który pojawił się na ich konsole. Dark Alliance to pozycja godna polecenia szczególnie dla fanów gier Hack & Slash, zwolennicy klasycznego Baldur’s Gate mogą być zniesmaczeni spłyceniem rozgrywki. Mimo wszystko warto zapoznać się z tym tytułem, bo to ponad 20 godzin naprawdę dobrej rozrywki.
80
Worth Playing
Overall this game adds more of a much-needed genre to the GC and is really fun. It is limited as far as items, weapons and armor are concerned. I would highly recommend it because of the gripping storyline and good graphics. This game really made me remember Dark Age of Camelot, and Willow; the story is all there, but the lack of item descriptions and playability that could have been there is not. This game would have been a lot better if they had optimized it for the GC, instead of just porting it over.
80
GamePro (US)
Three systems later, and the console debut of Baldur's Gate is the same as it ever was - shorter than most platformers, but still a fair bit of fun.
79
Game Chronicles
The Baldur’s Gate franchise has become synonymous with RPG gaming and Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance takes the series and the genre to unprecedented new heights. After last year’s mega-success release on the PS2 Interplay has finally released this epic quest on the GameCube, and while it suffers from a few mysterious problems and shortcomings it remains one of the best RPG games you can currently play on the Cube.
77
GameSpy
A mediocre port of a good game is like a bad cover version of a great song. A listener who's not acquainted with the original may think it's groovy as all get-out, but if you love the original, you wince every time the remake comes on the radio. Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance is a wonderfully entertaining game that doesn't quite -- for no viable reason but apathy or incompetence -- live up to the technical quality of the PS2 original or its Xbox incarnation.
76
Stratos Group
Though I enjoyed Dark Alliance immensely, I couldn't stop thinking about all the things they could have done differently while playing the game, especially when it came to the adaptation of the 3rd Edition rules. I kept thinking how cool it would be to be able to create my own character, roll my own stats, choose my own race, my own class, my own gender and my own name. I also would have liked to be able to interact with the people in the varied locations a little more. As it is, the citizens of Baldur's Gate just provide decoration. I know this would have meant a lot more work (especially artwork) for the developers, but it could have elevated the game to something truly special. Still, I'm not here to judge the game on what it could have been but rather what it is, and what it is is still a lot of fun and just an all-around great game.
76
GameSpot
Fans of action RPGs should make every effort to play Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance--but ideally not the technically deficient GameCube version.
75
Game Critics
Dark Alliance is a great looking game with incredible controls that is held back by the essential shallowness of the gameplay and the plot. It's nice to see that developers are still interested in making games like this. If the developers had put as much thought into the complexities of gameplay and creating a compelling story, this would be easily be one of the best PlayStation 2 games so far. Instead, you get a game boasting incredible graphics, excellent controls and addictive gameplay, but also a game that falls short of greatness because of shallow game design and a lack of innovation within the genre.
75
IGN
It's taken a while, but Interplay has taken one of its best new original properties for the consoles, Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance and delivered it to GameCube. As a really good dungeon hack-and-slash with some deeper RPG elements and a great story to boot, Dark Alliance is in a class of its own on GCN. However, it comes a year late with a bafflingly destroyed framerate, courtesy of the High Voltage. If can overlook that blunder and have not played it yet on another system, we highly recommend you consider investing in what is one of GameCube's best co-operative games to date.
70
Jeuxvideo.com
Si la durée de vie moyenne du jeu et l'absence d'un mode 4 joueurs peuvent être montrées du doigt, Dark Alliance n'en est pas moins un mets de choix. Malheureusement cette version Gamecube est la moins bonne des trois versions 128 bits avec des ralentissements très présents et des voix trop étouffées. Reste tout de même un très bon jeu, superbe graphiquement et prenant surtout à deux joueurs.
60
Kombo.com
This game does nothing but make me wonder about how a company could rush production so much. The game has enormous potential, if only they had put a little more time into thinking it out and playing their own game. The good parts of the game are drastically outweighed by the bad and this game is barely good enough to rent. If you like games like Diablo I recommend you check this game out on a rent. Otherwise, leave your money in your pocket.