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Snowblind Studios and Interplay are to be complimented for creating one of the best PS2 games of the year. It marries the action gamers have come to expect on the console platform with the role-playing aspects of the Baldur's Gate series. It earns a perfect 5 GiN Gems, and should be a popular addition to any PS2 game collection.
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As you first enter the story, this new threat to Baldur's Gate erupts from beyond the grave in three different vast lands, represented in the game by three separate Acts. You are challenged through simple but steadily escalating battles and quests to end both Eldrith's siege on Baldur's Gate and her hold upon the spiritual afterworld. The twisted cliffhanger ending will also leave an opening for even greater dangers in a possible sequel ...
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance delivers on so many levels. The gameplay is easy to pick up, yet has lots of depth due to the feat system. The graphics and sound are excellent. And there's plenty of replay value, especially for Forgotten Realms fan boys. Seemingly out of nowhere, Snowblind Studios has delivered one of the best games of the year. Thankfully, the story ends in an open-ended fashion, having us eagerly anticipating a sequel. We can hardly wait!
This is one good-looking game. Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance is powered by one of the best 3D engines yet devised for the PlayStation 2, a feat for which developer Snowblind Studios deserves considerable acclaim. All the Lobotomy veterans on the team are well overdue a fete, considering how little credit they got for the brilliant programming of their Sega Saturn games. Powerslave had a heck of an engine, it was just that nobody played it. That problem shouldn't plague Dark Alliance, though -- it should receive all the success it deserves.
Dark Alliance bekommt von uns das Prädikat "must have". In punkto Grafik, Gameplay und Soundqualität erreicht das Spiel klare Bestnoten, da sehen wir auch gern über die angesprochenen kleinen Schwächen hinweg. Ich hätte mir vielleicht noch etwas mehr Charaktere gewünscht, aber mit den drei zur Verfügung stehenden habt ihr erst mal jede Menge zu tun und es bleibt zu hoffen, dass ein zweiter Teil nicht zu lange auf sich warten lässt.
Return to Baldur's Gate - as you've never seen it before! Enter Snowblind Studios (complete with accurate looking and sounding Emperor penguin mascot) and the familiar Black Isle team. This team, the alliance behind the Dark Alliance, recently unleashed a RPG tour-de-force for PS2 gamers everywhere with their newest addition to the Baldur's Gate series. Featuring awe-inspiring graphics, ultra-realistic sound, seamless frame-rates, a masterful rendition of D&D 3rd Edition rules, and insanely addictive game play - there just doesn't seem to be enough words to describe the way this title upped the standards for it's genre in the console world.
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance is an entirely new action adventure experience opening the Baldur's Gate franchise to a much wider gaming community. This innovative game features a distinctive blend of action and adventure set in the most popular Dungeons & Dragons campaign setting, the FORGOTTEN REALMS. Faithful adaptation of the new Dungeons & Dragons rules set, customizable player characters and character development allows for an engrossing gameplay experience new to console gamers. Dramatic new spell effects and powerful new abilities have been included to add to the flavor of the action-packed game and assist the player in combat against the terrifying monsters found in the adventure.
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Going boldly where no Baldur's Gate title has gone before, Black Isle Studios’ Dark Alliance makes the leap onto the Playstation 2. Famous for their successes with the Baldur's Gate series (teaming up with BioWare) and other successes on the same basic engine in Planescape Torment and the Icewind Dale series, Black Isle Studios is back. We've come to expect the usual PC role-playing experience from them (ie: Icewind Dale 2) and while Black Isle hasn't particularly been very focused on consoles, they've teamed up with Snowblind Studios to create a brand spanking new game in all regards to what Black Isle's done before.
Chart a course between the mindless action of Gauntlet and the RPG elements of Diablo and you?ll find yourself in Baldur?s Gate Dark Alliance. Bearing no resemblance to the series on the PC except for the name, locales and most of the third edition rules of Dungeons and Dragons, Dark Alliance may upset longtime fans at first. The story unfolds as the town of Baldur?s Gate is besieged with a troublesome new thieves guild. Your character seeks to track them down to reclaim stolen gold, but soon realize there is a much bigger problem at hand. A fell shadow is falling over the land and Baldur?s Gate is merely one point in a great upcoming conflict that you are now drawn into.
Eingefleischte Rollenspiel-Fans werden durch reines Hack`n´Slay von Baldur´s Gate: Dark Alliance enttäuscht sein - alle anderen werden das Spiel lieben! Die Snowblind Studios haben ein hervorragendes Spiel abgeliefert, das sowohl grafisch als auch in Sachen Spielspaß überzeugen kann. Leider sind die drei zur Verfügung stehenden Charaktere eine extrem kleine Auswahl, und auch eine etwas längere Spieldauer hätte nicht geschadet. Aus diesem Grund bleibt dem dunklen Bündnis eine 90er-Wertung verwehrt. Es kann sich aber in die Reihe der Spitzen-PS2-Games einreihen. Für alle, die ein Spiel suchen, das sie zu zweit im Coop-Modus spielen können, ist Dark Alliance ein Pflichtkauf.
Those with open minds for a new experience and a penchant for delightfully slicing their enemies apart will find that Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance definitely delivers.
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Using Dungeons & Dragons for its rules, and the Forgotten Realms campaign setting as its world, the Baldur's Gate series has dominated the PC role-playing category for years. Long have there been rumors of bringing one of these titles over to console, and personally, I was always convinced it would never work. The games' real-time battles demand the use of hot keys and quick mouse movements that could never translate to any standard controller. Perhaps sharing a similar viewpoint with yours truly, Interplay's first Baldur's Gate game away from the PC is totally unlike what's been done before.
Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance is the best console RPG I’ve ever seen. It’s no wonder that it’s made several magazines’ “Top Ten PS2 Games of the Year” lists. If there’s any room for improvement here, it would be to make the storyline/quests a little less linear and extend the playing time. But with the stunning graphics, super-fun co-op mode, and intelligent and seamless interface, you won’t be worrying about the storyline until well after you’ve finished shooting fireballs at the last of the frost giants. If you are an RPG fan or are just looking for a fresh face to grace your PS2, you can’t miss with Dark Alliance.
Au final, BGDA fait parti des meilleurs jeux actuellement sur PS2, autant par sa réalisation que par son ambiance et le fun qu'il dégage. De plus, ceux qui aiment l'univers heroic-fantasy, très présent en ce moment, avec le film Le Seigneur des Anneaux, trouveront là un jeu qui leur permettra de se replonger dans cet univers si particulier ! Ce Baldur's Gate est donc un titre qui ne déçoit pas et dont on attend, avec une impatience non dissimulée, la suite !
Three nights it took us to play this game to completion. But I can say that in the short time that it took us to finish the game we did have fun playing it. Therefore I would have to rate this brilliant but short-lived game down a little, and eagerly anticipate the release of a sequel, which is alluded to in the closing cut scenes of the game.
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Along with engaging quests and an inspired multiplayer capability, Dark Alliance is just plain fun to play. Splitting sewer rats in half and lighting bugbears on fire is the perfect way to let off steam after a long day of collating accounts receivable files. The only thing I would have liked to see was more options for setting up your character. Other than that, I would say this game will make a great addition to your PS2 library.
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Pour achever cette review, je vais simplement ajouter qu'en mode solo, le jeu est bien mais lassant et qu'en mode coopératif, le jeu est excellent, mais, ma foi un peu trop bourrin. Bref, si vous aimez D&D ou encore Baldur's Gate et que vous avez un bon ami qui serait intéressé de jouer avec vous, procurez vous au plus vite ce jeu, il est si jouissif !
It's a solid RPG with only a few significant problems, so try not to miss out on this adventure. Action RPG nuts shouldn't let Dark Alliance slip past.
Its encouraging to see a game of this quality available on Playstation 2, it shows that the PS2 is finally maturing and developers are starting to create some amazing looking games for it. The graphics engine of Dark Alliance shows up even newer PS2 titles, such as Soul Reaver2.
Dark Alliance décevra peut-être les puristes des versions PC, mais il est à prendre comme un nouveau titre à part entière, un titre davantage axé sur l'action mais tout aussi prenant. Les développeurs ne se sont pas trompés en choisissant de recibler complètement le gameplay pour s'adapter à la console plutôt que d'opter pour un portage risqué du jeu original. Un nouveau titre d'envergure pour la PS2.
As a single player game, though, it is a nifty little adventure game that can be completed without much difficulty in under six hours. Recommended by GameCola as a rental at best, because after the game is completed, there is little else to do, unless you are the type who likes to go and max out every single stat about every single character, and gain every single item and every single spell. Then the game might be able to last you a week or two, if you play it sporadically. But for the rest of us a secret character to gain is all of the replay value this game has to offer. For what it is, Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance is worthy of a rental; it has an interesting plot, gorgeous graphics, and can be completed in a decent amount of time. But not enough exists to make it worthy of a purchase.
In the end, the game is a pretty fun fifteen-hour romp through some dungeons. Those looking for depth, either in a stat system or a storyline should look to titles like Final Fantasy 10 or Shadow Hearts. Seriously, I finished Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance about three days ago, and I can't even tell you what the plot was about, it is that forgettable. The game engine is great, it just does not get used to its potential. I would recommend this as a weekend rental with a good friend, but 50$ is a high price tag for a game with this little depth.
With Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II, Black Isle Studios has carried the torch respectably for Snowblind, who have moved on to bigger and better things with Champions of Norrath: Realms of Everquest. In most respects Champions is actually a stronger title, and fans of the first Dark Alliance might consider giving it a try before moving on to Dark Alliance II. The new adventure in Baldur's Gate holds its own, however, and is an enjoyable gaming experience, especially for those playing in cooperative mode. For fans of Forgotten Realms and the world of Abeir-Toril, it may be sad news to hear that Interplay recently traded their rights to the Dungeons and Dragons name, so this will be the last Dark Alliance title to take place in the great port city of Baldur's Gate.
My final thoughts on Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance is that it can be improved upon, by making the story less ambiguous and more involving without making it feel like an afterthought. The gameplay aspect could definitely be less tedious and provide more side quests or alternative options instead of its straightforward path and linearity. If you prefer that "action" precede "role-playing" this "Action RPG" might be worth the $30. For those who want a balance of both elements, you're better off looking for another title. This one is too simple for me.
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance is an average game. It does nothing to stand out against the flood of other mediocre titles. You can get a few hours of fun out of it. More than a few playing with a friend. You may even like the fact that a certain popular Forgotten Realms character is finally playable. The game lacks a polished edge. It shows that this is new territory for the series and is a solid base for future titles. Wait until the game falls down the price scale and pick it up to kill an afternoon. You won't beat it that quickly, but the game “ends” well before you complete it.
So why give this game such a bland overall score? If it were released last summer, the game would have clearly dominated any Playstation 2 RPG at the time. However, with the introduction of two strong titles for the console with very superior storylines (Shadow Hearts and Final Fantasy X), Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance stands behind the two by a long ways. For the time being, the game is a sure-fire rental title, but unfortunately for the developers, it is not worth the $50 asking price that many retailers sell it for.