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« on: October 16, 2004, 03:45:49 PM »

Hey, what did people here think of BG: DA2? I've rented the first one a couple of times and really had fun with it, but I've never finished it.  So my question is, should I look around for a bargain bin version of the first one (which I haven't seen in a LOOONG time) or just jump into the second one (which one assumes has better graphics, etc.)?
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« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2004, 05:46:41 PM »

I thought that they were about the same.  If you have a PS2, I would look into Champions of Norrath instead.  I think that it can be found for $20, or $15 if you do the Best Buy gamers gift card trick.
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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2004, 08:13:59 PM »

I had a lot of fun with it, I went through with 3 different characters.
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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2004, 08:19:04 PM »

BG2:DA is more fun than the original, imho, because it gave you more options when it came to advancing your character.  On the other hand, it wasn't as well balanced, so...
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« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2004, 08:44:21 PM »

The second has more characters, is quite a bit longer, and is much easier.  The best thing it adds is the ability to hold down one of the shoulder buttons to instantly use up to 5 skills, rather than the clumsy selection method of the first game.  I actually thought the graphics in the first were better, since the sequel has a lot of boring, overly brown levels.  Overall, the second is definitely better, but the first is still worth playing.  Champions of Norrath is better than both, but still not that great.
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« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2004, 09:01:54 PM »

Quote from: "Riker's Beard"
So my question is, should I look around for a bargain bin version of the first one (which I haven't seen in a LOOONG time)...

I have the first for PS2 and I'd let it go for a quick trade if you'd like.
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« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2004, 11:32:12 PM »

Thanks for the replies.  I'm on Xbox, so Champions is out for me.  Sounds like DA2 is a worthwhile game though.  Worth it for say...$30?
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« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2004, 02:03:50 AM »

I'm sorta biased cause I loved both these games but Id say yes def worth $30 if you liked the first one - second is all around better game.  Nothing more fun than the co-op - must have played seemingly thousands of games with all sorts of character setups - fun stuff I always thought!
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« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2004, 02:37:42 AM »

I couldn't get past what I felt were less than tight controls.

I am definitely in the minority on that complaint for those particular games.
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« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2004, 02:59:52 AM »

I really liked both Dark Alliances (on xbox), but is just me or did the graphics in DA2 look... more blurry? Almost fuzzy?  I have component connections and I was really surprised. The graphics in DA1 were so sharp and crisp, especially spells.

I was really disapointed in the spell caster in DA2. The Necromancer had the worst spells, and the effects sucked (that stupid pink circle of death spell sucked!). The old lighting ball from DA1 blew it away.

Check your local EBGames B&M for a used copy, you can probably score it for $25 or less.
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« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2004, 08:39:20 AM »

It's been about 9 months since it was released, and I think it sold pretty well, so it might be going on Greatest/Platinum Hits soon.
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« Reply #11 on: October 17, 2004, 06:14:40 PM »

hey, Thin_J,

i'm not sure what you mean by less than tight controls, but my complaint with the BG type games - for me, BG 1 and Champions of Norrath - is the camera mostly.  you either have to see your character as tiny in order to see if enemies are coming or what the surroundings look like, or you get to see your character, admire all your armor, weapons, or whatever, and get jumped by a nearby enemy.  and the arrow slingers who you can't even see, man, i  hate them!

that said, i still really enjoyed the first one, although only one time through, and the same for Champions of Norrath.  i just hated the limitations...
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