PSU Champions: Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance

The PSU Champions series continues and this time they have a title that may not be as well known as their previous ones.

Name: Eric Blattberg
PSU role: Journalist
Age: Cough!

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.

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Silverwolf4276d ago

I wish they did make a sequel I have no doubt I'd buy one ASAP.

Maldread4275d ago

Yeah it was good games. With more variation in the gameplay (add some mini-games and much specific quests for each character-paying money to different people to level up and getting one specific quest like in Dark Alliance 2, just isn`t enough) i would pick it up.

But games like this need more variation.A better story would be welcomed too.

Bebedora4276d ago

This is what Untold Legends tries to be, but have failed if you read the previews that is.

Longhornbevo4275d ago

Baldurs Gate 1 and 2 were awesome but I believe Champions of Norath was the best. Regardless I love these hack and slash type games I really wish SOE would come out with a new PS3 champions of norath. They are actually holding a conference in May and they are expected to announce two new IPs sooooo.. Heres to Hoping!