Summary: Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II is very good, but it's certainly not the greatest Action RPG. With solid gameplay mechanics, a relatively long lifespan and a decent multiplayer mode, it should keep RPG fans who are looking for a more action occupied role playing game for weeks, maybe even months.
Excerpt: Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance 2 uses the same engine as the original, which may be good or bad for some people. The good part is the graphics remain the same and still look nice, but the bad is the camera, which can only be adjusted to two height settings.
Excerpt: Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance II is an enjoyable sequel to its popular hack and slash RPG ancestor both in story and gameplay. Escalating the 10-15 hour, 4-chapter, relatively linear gaming experience, five diverse-class and appealing characters are now available for adventuring from the start each...
Conclusion: Starting up where the first Dark Alliance left off, a cut scene shows the three heroes of that game stepping through a portal after defeating Eldrith the Betrayer only to be surrounded by a large group of demons after which they are taken prisoner by the vampire king, Mordac.
Excerpt: Luckily, carrying and switching between all these weapons is easy as pie. You are allowed to equip three weapons at any given moment, and a quick tap on the D-pad allows you to switch between the three without every going to the item selection screens. The rest of the game controls similarly to
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Fans of the original will be more than pleased, and newcomers are in for a treat. It may be categorized as a role-playing game, but it is by far one of the fastest and most entertaining real-time RPGs you will ever play.
Excerpt: The dark action-RPG was born with Diablo, and perfected with Diablo II. And until Blizzard makes another action-RPG, Diablo II is the final word on the PC. This is great for everyone who owns a PC, but what about console owners? Hmm.