Forgotten Realms: Baldur's Gate - Dark Alliance II (2004 Video Game)
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We originally rented this game from our local branch of a major video rental chain (Do you really need the name?) since it was multi-player, and we were between campaigns so we needed our D&D fix. I absolutely loved running the gauntlet and being able to play as Drizzt. The only problem I had with playing as him is that it was hard to let the other character level up properly. I played as Drizzt and often found myself having to run around looking for a save point and resurrect the other player.
I now own both games for PS2. It was INSANELY hard to find this game for sale. We wound up having to buy it from above mentioned rental store. So if you own this game, DO NOT let it go. If you have owned it in the past and either lost or sold it...good luck ever finding it at a store. You'll probably have to buy it online.
The game continues immediately after the first game. Each of the 5 avatars have different skills and deficiencies. I found myself deciding I don't trust certain characters... I have to see yet if I'm right. There are many more quests, along with side quests for each individual avatar.
Another new and helpful addition is being able to create your own magical weapons and armor, using gemstones. Very useful, but expensive. The world has been expanded to a wonderful length. I am still looking to finish it.
All in all, though I miss the nods to other media that the first game had, this is a far superior and filling game than the first. Both the first and second dark alliance games are worth every penny and hour you send on them.
DA 2 is a diablo clone sure. But its a highly evolved diablo clone. The storyline was pretty engaging. The 5 main characters were all different enough to make it worthwhile.
I wish they would have added playing the first games heroes in at the end. There are several side quests for ech character, that add some depth to the game.
To get the real advantage though you need to play it with another, Nigh flawless multiplayer.
For the record, USED copies of this game still go for $30.00, That should be a hint to quality.