Reviews and Problems with Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance
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Gaming Addicts Network
27 August 2005
Excerpt: Baldurs gate is one of those games which I took an interest to through reading a review before it came out. I found it soon after getting a Playstation 2 and I enjoyed the classic Dungeon and Dragons style game play of the game.
Pros: + Pros-Classic Dungeon and Dragon style game play
Excerpt: I don't know why developers are so averted to bringing computer-style role-playing games (RPG) to home videogame consoles. The Baldur's Gate series is a critically acclaimed, popular title in the PC gaming world. While Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance for the PlayStation 2 brings gamers closer to the Dungeons And Dragons RPG setting, the title proves that sometimes the apple falls a bit too far from the tree.
Excerpt: To call Baldur's Gate a Diablo clone would be unfair. Just because the game plays from an axonometric view and involves real-time combat against hordes of monsters does not instantly label a game that proves to have deep development and combat systems.
Pros: Visually impressive, Top notch audio, Great battle and experience systems
Cons: A little light in the story, Could use more sidequests
Excerpt: The release of Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance for the PlayStation 2—a high-profile PC franchise appearing on a console—is something unusual. This is not entirely new, as the Ultima series made appearances on consoles in addition to its original PC releases. But Dark Alliance differs from the console versions of Ultima in that its gameplay deviates heavily from its franchise-mates on the PC.
Excerpt: Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance is one of the most graphically impressive games I've seen on the PS2. This comes not from the articulation of the characters; although they're very well done, they're hard to see because of the zoomed-out view. The larger creatures look fantastic, though, and just about precisely as I've imagined them in my D&D wanderings. The environments are extremely well-detailed, even if they are repetitive. And the spell effects . . .
Excerpt: The overriding feeling throughout Dark Alliance is an A for effort, but an F for execution. The gameplay is carbon copy hack and slash made popular by Diablo with a stripped down version of the D&D system used in the Baldur's Gate PC games. One might think that combining two staples of gameplay from two popular PC games would make for an enchanting experience in the fantasy world of Forgotten Realm's Baldur's Gate, but they would be wrong.
Excerpt: So what's Janken? Well, young Alex defeats his tougher foes (Janken the Great's henchmen with names like Scissorhead, whose head actually looks like a hand in the shape of scissors) by nonviolent means; bringing his great 'skill' at paper, rock, scissors to bear. Odd that a game of chance should decide so much of your progress, but there's hope.
Excerpt: After several hits on the PC, such as Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate 2: Shadow of Amn , the popular series has finally made its way to the consoles in the form of Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance. How did the transition to console turn out? Read on and discover!
Excerpt: One game that really ate a lot of my quarters when I was younger was the game entitled Gauntlet. It was a relatively simple game -- all you had to do was move your character around, hit the Attack and Spell buttons, and try not to get killed. But something about the game made it so much fun. Don't ask me why -- the graphics were not good and the game was next to impossible -- yet I still threw in my quarters like there was no tomorrow.
Excerpt: Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance takes the monster-hit PC role-playing series into new territory - the console platform. And thankfully, the game is more than worthy of its namesake. Hardcore PC role-players should note that Dark Alliance is at its core, a console game. While not every quest is solved with combat, for more than 90 percent of the game you will probably be slaying something. But where other console ports like Diablo failed, Dark Alliance really shines.