|Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance|
|Publisher(s)||Vivendi Games, Destination Software|
|Genre(s)||Hack and slash, RPG|
|System(s)||PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Game Boy Advance|
|Mode(s)||Single player, Cooperative|
|Followed by||Dark Alliance II|
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With the success of the original PC games in the series, Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance was the first Forgotten Realms game that was released onto consoles and the first Dungeons & Dragons game for the Nintendo GameCube. Strangely, this game's sequel was not ported to the GameCube like this one was.
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance is a hack and slash style RPG (similar to the Diablo series), although players can jump and block. It uses a the 3rd edition Dungeons & Dragons rules, which applies to how characters are developed and what the effects of different statistics are. A trademark to the series, you are able to import your character from a save file into an existing saved game, either overwriting the current game's character, or allowing for cooperative play.
Like other Forgotten Realms games, this game takes place just off of the Sword Coast, in a world called Abeir-Toril (cradle of life), a.k.a. Toril. This is medieval-like time period where magic and powerful beasts exist.
The following is from the game's booklet:
"Have you not heard of Eldrith the Betrayer, the Traitress of Swords, Eldrith of the Westering Sun? That she has been forgotten is an... irony of a sort.
Eldrith was one of the greatest generals of the Sword Coast, commander of the Company of the Bladed Crescent, sworn sword and defender of Baldur's Gate. She served with honor and distinction in the first and last seasons of the Sundering War, the Stillwater Port siege, and finally, the campaign against the Black Horde. In all these battles, she was victorious.
I do not know when pride burrowed into her heart, but it poisoned her. Eldrith had fought too many battles, achieved too many victories, and she had come to see the city of Baldur's Gate as her own..."