A Dungeons & Dragons action adventure set shortly after Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance's cliff-hanger ending, this sequel finds the heroes of the first game captured upon emerging from the portal atop the Onyx Tower. Now, five new heroes will venture forth to rescue the captives and defeat the evil plot that threatens the Forgotten Realms.
Dark Alliance 2 looks and feels identical to its predecessor. It retains the top-down rotatable camera; the combat is pure hack-and-slash with one button for swords and one button for abilities; character statistics still follow the heavily modified third edition AD&D rule set for level progression; the main town is an isolated haven from your actions that you can recall to for buying and selling goods; and even the menus are identical to the first game for character data and inventory. There have been a few significant alterations to this familiarity.
While the first Dark Alliance featured the standard archer, sorceress, and fighter classes, Dark Alliance II gives the player five very different character classes to choose from:
Allessia Faithammer is a cleric of the god Helm. The priests of Helm are protectors and guardians. As such, her abilities are mostly defensive in nature, and she has a strong advantage over the undead. She can cast spells such as Heal Wounds, Divine Strength, Sanctuary, and Turn Undead.
Borador is a rogue, who focuses his attentions on accumulating the most wealth that he can. His abilities focus on ranged attacks, and getting past traps. Some of his abilities include Hail of Bolts, Smokepowder Bomb, and Death Blow.
Dorn Redbear is the biggest and toughest of the playable characters. Unlike a well-trained fighter, versed in various fighting styles and weapons, Dorn simply bashes his way through any opposition foolish enough to get in his way. He can use abilities like Barbarian Rage, Hero's Mantle, Toughness, and Animal Friendship.
Vhaidra Uoswiir needs no weapons; her hands are enough to deal with any creature. Monks are quick and deadly with their fists, and focus on quick strikes that can cripple an enemy. Her attacks include Crushing Blow, Arterial Strike, and Sweep Attack.
Ysuran Auondril may be skilled in the black arts of Necromancy, but he is surprisingly benevolent. He can animate the dead, create potions, conjure flaming arrows, and drain the life of his enemies