The Baldur’s Gate franchise has been very successful on the PC and Interplay decided to bring that franchise over to the consoles. Last year Baldur’s Gate Dark Alliance graced the PlayStation 2 (it was a very underrated game – a lot of fun) and now the Xbox.
If you’re new to the world of Baldur’s Gate, it replicates the rule set of Dungeons and Dragons. Armor Class, hit points and sword of thunder +2 are all here. I haven’t played the ‘real’ D&D since 1985, but all of the statistics bring back memories. The game uses the ‘D&D 3rd Edition Rules,’ which I’m sure some people are extremely familiar with. I am not personally, but that will not affect your enjoyment of the game.
Basically this is a hack and slash game. Like Hunter and Enclave (both ironically done by Interplay and/or Vivendi as well) you’re roaming through areas basically killing everything in sight and trying to fulfill some sort of quest. Unlike the PC version of the game, Dark Alliance is more action than RPG and that’s ok with me personally.
Graphics are fantastic in the game—the patented “Interplay making waves through walking in water” effect is here in full force. If you have yet to see this, just you wait. There is plenty of action here and you’ll be leaving blood stains all over the place as you create carnage. Good fun – but this game is rated M for a reason.
During the game, you’ll need to pick up items and equip your fighter/sorceress/archer. Don’t forget that you’ll have to equip your warrior with those items you pick up – it’s not automatic, especially if you pick up defensive items like a sword or boots.
This game uses the hordes of monsters effect quite a bit. In one stage you’ll find a ‘boss” with seemingly hundreds of minions that you have to eliminate. In early stages, you’ll have to work your way through sewers and clean out gigantic rats.
Each character does bring unique qualities to the table – my favorite is the sorceress as I have become accustomed to using her fire spell – there’s nothing more fun than lighting your enemies afire and watching them rot away in flames.
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