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- Rid the land of chaos and monsters as you face a new threat to the legendary city of Baldur's Gate
- Five new characters with unique powers and abilities -- they'll accompany you through 40 levels of thrilling action, spread over 4 acts
- Master new skills, weapons and magic spells -- all-new spell effects and more detailed environments will bring the combat to life
- New item creation system lets players create their own unique magical weapons
- Discover hidden areas, secret characters, and hundreds of new items -- from magic potions to magic wands
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The sequel to the award winning "Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance" is here! Furious hack-and-slash combat with more deadly enemies, more intricate weapons and items and more explosive spell effects than ever before!
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance took co-operative action role-playing to new heights on the Playstation 2 console. Alone, or with a friend, you could tackle giant rats, undead monsters, dark elves, and even a white dragon, as you uncovered a plot against the good city of Baldur's Gate. But the ending indicated there was more adventure to come. Fans were worried that the sequel wouldn't live up to original's promise when the original design team jumped ship to work on Sony's Champions of Norrath: Realms of EverQuest. They need not have worried; Dark Alliance 2 is a worthy successor, retaining the weapons, monsters, Dungeons and Dragons action and rules, sharp graphics, responsive controls, and high adventure of its predecessor.
The plot is a bit darker this time, but you're given a wider range of character classes to help face the elevated threats. There's the mighty barbarian, a dwarf rogue, a cleric, the monk (a martial artist), and a necromancer. The quest is huge and there are character-class specific side quests you can embark on--an extra incentive to play again as a different character. The level design tends to be a little too maze-like, and there's lots of boring backtracking, but the annoying jumping puzzles from the first game are gone.
The biggest problem with Dark Alliance 2 is that it doesn't measure up to the competition. It's a 2-player game, while Dungeons & Dragons Heroes (on the Xbox) and Champions of Norrath (on the PS2 and Xbox) allow four-player play. Then again if you plan to play solo, or with a single friend, that shouldn't keep you from coming to the city of Baldur's Gate's aid once again. --Andrew BubSee all Product description
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For the second playthrough, I played the Necromancer character on Normal difficulty. It was even more fun than the first time. Because I knew the ropes a little better, I was better able to manage the Item Upgrades system, and the Necromancer character is both more powerful and more fun than the Cleric. So... it was even better the second playthrough. And I beat the final boss with no problems.
I will plan to play it again in a while with the Monk. This game is so fun it is addictive, and the replay value is very high. I also have played BGDA I as well as both PS2 Champions of Norrath games, which all use the same engine and similar setups as this game. They are all great. Hack and slash, item creation/customization, constant action. Highly recommended if that is your kind of gaming.
My least favorite map is the Bloodmire Manor, where I take great satisfaction killing Luvia Bloodmire's creatures. The most disturbing maps are that and her reprisal on the Plane of Earth. Favorite maps are the Onxy Tower, which are different maps than in the first BG for PS2.