PS2 Classics: Time for a new Baldur’s Gate? We remember Dark Alliance
Alex Sodhi looks at whether or not we need a new Baldur’s Gate by looking back on one of his favourite games of the PS2 era: Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance
In the early 20th century there were tons of action role playing games on the market but Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance was the one that always stuck with me.
Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance managed to set itself apart early on and was received well, winning a number of awards at the time including “Role-Playing Game of the Year”.
Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance played like a lot of action role-playing games do today, with its amazing engine and gameplay mechanics that were ahead of its time. Textures rendered beautifully and there were tons of effects that brought the game to life.
There were 3 characters to choose from, the Human Archer, the Dwarven Fighter or an Elven Sorceress all with unique abilities and play styles.
I think one of the biggest reasons Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance stuck with me was that it wasn’t overly difficult or complicated. I was 11 years old and I don’t ever remember ever being stuck or not knowing what I should be doing next. It was a case of kill the bad guys and complete the quests and as a child playing with a friend we would thoroughly enjoy ourselves.
One thing that really stuck with me about Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance is the local coop that my brother and I had on the PlayStation 2 version. The game had a great looting system, but only if you were the one lucky enough to pick up the gear. My brother and I would constantly battle for the gold and items that the enemies dropped. I remember getting an ice sword and when I wouldn’t give it to my brother he quit playing. Fun times. Being able to have a friend with you during Baldur’s Gate is what made it so enjoyable to play as at the time, there wasn’t a great deal of co-op games to choose from.
Sadly, the chances of getting a remake of Dark Alliance is very slim now. In September 2016, Interplay Entertainment placed its entire catalogue of video game IPs and assets up for sale, including that of Dark Alliance. Overhaul Games later confirmed that their chances were slim of acquiring the Dark Alliance IP and assets.
You can’t just give up hope though, fingers crossed it does somehow make a comeback because it would be a blast to play through again.
How would you like the game to come back? remake or a new game or a reimagining?
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