Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance, a hit or miss?
Dark Alliance, in a nutshell, is your typical four-player co-op action brawl game that takes on hacking, slashing, and blasting one’s way through the game’s beast and monsters in your usual dungeon journey.
Dark Alliance’s Hack and Slash of Monotony
Playing this game just for ten minutes is pretty much everything you need in order to get the gist of the game. The entire hack and slash campaign is simply monotonous in its sense, partnered with the mindless as well as monotonous combat and exploration that dominates the time as you plunder gold, earn gears, and play for XP in order to unlock various abilities. As a whole, there is not much of any surprise as well as reinventions in the gameplay all the way.
In the game, you only face a number of enemy types that will appear over and over in all 21 levels. Moreover, you will have objectives that are optional as well as shallow, where you will have to destroy particular items all throughout the level or otherwise hunting for an enemy. Even worse, Dark Alliance sets itself on the idea that a difficult battle is one where you give enemies large health bars that need spamming the same mode of attacks for a long period of time.
There are also some design choices in Dark Alliance that simply defy explanations. Firstly, there are so many enemy attacks that can easily knock you out, and getting up again takes almost five seconds, which is frustrating. Moreover, picking up the items as well as interacting with the objects comes with a lot of fuss. Furthermore, the levels are not really that big of a deal, and if the host dies, they will respawn at the beginning of the level and simply take the whole party with them. There is also an unskippable rewards stream that you cannot help but be bored just by simply looking at it over and over again.
Dark Alliance was expected to be a cool and awesome co-op version of the RPGs that we have all loved throughout the decades. However, disappointingly enough, it is not even close to it. Dark Alliance is bland and is a boring trek that takes you through various monotonous encounters that are all filled with bugs as well as frustrating choices in design. While it permits the player to play alone, you should definitely opt for a co-op one as it is incredibly imbalanced. However, its look and vibe are worthy of praise, as it is able to capture the great setting of Forgotten Realms. Despite that, there is very little to commend about Dark Alliance.
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