Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance

Wizards of the Coast, Black Isle Studios, Interplay

Weak Man
OpenCritic Rating
65
Top Critic Average
43%
Critics Recommend
Based on 8 critic reviews
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Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance

Rating Summary

Based on 8 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

65

Top Critic Average

43%

Critics Recommend

Based on 8 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:PlayStation 5May 7, 2021
Nintendo SwitchMay 7, 2021
PlayStation 4May 7, 2021
Xbox OneMay 7, 2021
Xbox Series X/SMay 7, 2021

Developer: Black Isle Studios

Publishers: Wizards of the Coast, Interplay

Genres: RPG, Action

Experience the massively popular world of Baldur's Gate as never before. Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance thrusts you into an epic Dungeons & Dragons adventure filled with intense action, intricate puzzles and sinister intrigue, where your mastery of cold steel and devastating spells is the only thing between you and ultimate evil.

Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance Critic Reviews

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A formerly excellent game brought down significantly by a poor remaster with barely any upgrades to sell it to a new audience, at a price that's a little too high for what the game is. Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance still has a great, classic DnD story and setting, with an excellent musical score, but the experience is marred by technical issues that range from disappearing sound effects and frame rate drops to frequent crashes.

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Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance is a solid pick for those who are looking for a nostalgia trip as well as anyone that missed out the first time and is needing a fun local co-op game to play. There are many aspects of the game that haven't aged well, but the fun factor trumps a lot of those issues. Plus, the game gives players plenty of bang for their buck, with a ton to do in the main story and some unlockable content, including a Gauntlet mode and fan favorite character Drizzt Do'Urden. Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance was a great game in 2001 and it's still a ton of fun to play 20 years later.

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Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance has sadly not held up for a modern audience. If you already enjoyed the game, then this is a decent port to current hardware. For everyone else, the game is clunky, drab, and boring.

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Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance is a formidable challenge, particularly by modern games' standards, but one that's been ported rather brilliantly and is certainly a lot of fun to play. It may outstay its welcome to some extent with gameplay that's not quite complex enough to warrant its lengthy campaign, but the port is one of the very best we've seen, improving the visuals of the original and maintaining a flawless framerate along with a UI perfectly suited to handheld play. However, this is the game exactly as you remember it from 2001. If that's enough for you, you'll have fun with this version. If you're on the fence - or if you're not ready to get kicked on your ass a lot - we'd recommend waiting for a sale.

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