PSU Champions: Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance
- Posted April 1st, 2007 by Eric Blattberg
- 2 Comments
The PSU Champions series continues and this time we have a title that may not be as well known as our previous one.
Name: Eric Blattberg
PSU role: Journalist
Game title: Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance (PS2/Xbox/GameCube/GBA)
Publisher/Developer: Vivendi Universal Games/Snowblind Studios
Release date: 2001 (PS2)
Synopsis of the original game
Dark Alliance is an action-RPG set in the city of Baldur's Gate. You are a lonely hero (or lonely pair if you play through with a buddy) who, right after entering Baldur's Gate, is attacked and robbed by an underground group of villains. The city watch finds you and brings you to an inn to heal up, where you learn the first clues about the terrible evils hiding within the city. From there you set off on your adventure to gain revenge upon the group that mysteriously attacked you, getting into far deeper trouble than anyone could have ever expected.
Why is the original so good?
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance goes back to the heart of action-RPG play. There's plenty of upgrading that uses a deep customization system practically on par with the likes of Diablo II. There are three characters to choose from, each of which play completely differently. The human relies on ranged attacks and stealth, the elven character is a spellcaster, and the dwarf a physical, head-on fighter. Each character has side-quests based on their race, which allows for plenty of replayability. The cooperative play is where the game shines, as playing Dark Alliance through with a friend is a truly fantastic experience.
What would a PS3 remake/sequel add?
Although there was already a sequel to Dark Alliance (Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance 2), this series needs the next-gen (current-gen?) treatment, for it would add so much to the experience. My immediate thoughts include online play. With this the game could stay true to the original and remain cooperative, or venture into the category of MORPG (Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) with 4-16 people playing online in the same world at once. With all the space available on a Blu-ray disc, the game could be much more open-ended, with many different paths and outcomes within the game, increasing replayability. To sum it up, imagine Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom - but good - and you have Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance 3.
- 2:52pm EDT - September 6th, 2007
Eric Blattberg is a great writer!
- 7:36am EST - November 19th, 2008
Baldur's Gate on the ps2 was one of my all time favorite games ahead of games like Diablo purely because of it's co-op which was hugely addictive and rewarding. Beating the game on the hardest difficulty was only possible with a good mate who would co-operate properly not only with the killing but with the sharing of loot too and buying the right gear.
If they made a Baldur's Gate 3 for the Ps3 they could do so much and it would be a game I'd look forward to the most. I hope they come to their senses. I am still wating for a good co-op hack n slash.
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