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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the voice or video acting. 3.0
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.0
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.9
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.6
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.6
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 3.4
Overall User Score (22 votes) 3.4

Critic Reviews

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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.
GameZone (Dec 23, 2002)
Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance has some problems but is a terrific RPG game for the GameCube.
Gamers' Temple, The (Dec 20, 2002)
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.
Armchair Empire, The (Jan 22, 2003)
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.
N-Zone (Mar 27, 2003)
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.
(PAL version)
An der Grafik von Dark Alliance gibt s eigentlich nur sehr wenig auszusetzen. (..) Der Sound ist einwandfrei; ob orchestrale Hintergrundmusik oder satte Schlaggeräusche, man merkt dass hier Liebhaber am Werk waren. Umso enttäuschender fällt die Synchronisation aus. Weshalb nur hat man professionelle Sprecher genommen, sich aber einen Teufel um die Lippenbewegungen geschert? So sprechen die Einwohner von Baldurs Tor auch dann munter weiter, wenn ihre Lippen fest geschlossen sind. Der Spielfluss wird davon zwar nicht wirklich verlangsamt, aber man ärgert sich einfach immer wieder darüber. Auch das Spielprinzip ist nun mal nicht jedermanns Sache. Wer sich allerdings aus den kleinen Fehlern nichts macht und an Hack and Slay seinen Spaß hat, wird um dieses Spiel auf keinen Fall herumkommen. Dungeons & Dragons..Fans schlagen wegen des hohen Wiedererkennungswertes und des versteckten Bonuscharakters roch einmal 5% auf die Wertung auf.
Retroage (Aug 02, 2008)
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.
Worth Playing (Jan 14, 2003)
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.
GamePro (US) (Dec 09, 2002)
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.
Game Chronicles (Jan 29, 2003)
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.
GameSpy (Dec 13, 2002)
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.
Trotz der Umsetzungsmängel ist Dark Alliance ein gutes Spiel - nur nicht mehr so hübsch.
Stratos Group (May 07, 2003)
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.
GameSpot (Oct 28, 2002)
Fans of action RPGs should make every effort to play Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance--but ideally not the technically deficient GameCube version.
Game Critics (Feb 06, 2002)
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.
IGN (Nov 13, 2002)
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 (Nov 30, 2018)
Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance is a fantastic action rpg that makes for a quick appetizer between massive epic adventures. The lack of options when building your character can lead to tedium. But I feel the overall experience is still worth revisiting today. The frame rate problems don’t completely ruin the GameCube version but if you have the choice the other editions are better.
70 (Apr 30, 2003)
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 (Nov 14, 2003)
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.