Having played the original classic RPG Baldur’s Gate but then falling off of the series from that point (it has been a looong time) I didn’t know what to expect from Dark Alliance 2. Of all the things I could have expected it being what I’d consider to be a sub-standard Diablo clone wasn’t one of them. Oh, and in spots it is so freaking dark, which can make navigating through stages a bit of a pain, that it boggles the mind a bit that someone thought this was good design outside of helping to hide what a visual mess this all is, especially now. I have no doubt people who played it when it originally released may be thrilled to see it on Switch but as a first-timer in this day and age it’s hard not to first be struck by the fact that on pretty well every level it hasn’t aged gracefully and then by how incredibly generic its gameplay feels, especially when the game is priced around the same level as better and far more modern titles. If you’re game to give it your time it will at least return some dividends with quite an elaborate story, which does help show why the game is still well regarded, but in my mind sometimes it’s better not to meet your heroes since then you’re able to see all of their flaws plainly that are missed with the distance of time.
Justin Nation, Score: