Don’t fret even if you’re unfamiliar with the series since these tales are, in truth, very minor despite the beautiful cutscenes that begin and before another boss fight. However, we appreciate the aspect the game Tuque Games isn’t taking anything too seriously, and it’s always a good way to smile or smile, like when goblins start turning their wobbly backs towards you or when a boss sunk into lava offers an ax. Dark Alliance is supposed to be entertaining, and that’s undoubtedly an excellent thing.
After selecting your character, a brief introduction teaches the fundamentals of combat and you’re ready to join the fight, either by yourself or with three players. The opponent’s scale according to difficulty and various difficulty levels can be selected before the beginning of your mission based on the performance of the equipment you have. This is so effective that you can easily play the title in co-op. This is a remarkable feat.
The layout of the pretty and atmospheric surroundings is mainly linear. Quest markers make sure you will always know the direction you must go. There are, however many, partially obscured branches. Nevertheless, they’re worth it to do so to accomplish secondary quest objectives while, on the other hand discovering hidden chests where valuable loot and gold await you. Be careful, however, to avoid traps, poison areas, and ice fields always ready to kill you. Enjoy figuring out how to prevent such situations.
In addition, however, the overall flow of campaigns is generally the same, so don’t be expecting huge surprises or vast amounts of variety. The first two levels are pretty long and are populated by numerous enemies and lots of loot. The third one is generally shorter and is capped off by an exciting boss fight. The boss fights are fascinating and fun with a smile, such as where the Verbeeg boss is determined to crush you with an insanity bomb.
Naturally, you earn experience points that allow you to increase your abilities or gain access to additional perks. Upgrade systems are built around different colored crystals you’ll see in-game environments. Each item can be upgraded at least three times to maximize its value. Of course, there are various types of loot (white, blue, green, and orange), purple, you’ve seen them all). Potions that can be put onto the pad at any time can be upgraded.
The real skill and loot system can be played well, and upgrades allow you to tackle more difficult levels, which are semi-estimated by the equipment. The stories don’t take too long. You can go through all 21 levels in just 15 hours. However, replayability is excellent due to the challenging levels, specifically as the potential for more loot levels is very stimulating. In combination with the four distinct characters, it provides a better-than-average playing experience. In particular, more content is expected to be added in the upcoming DLCs during the fall and in the summer.
The straight, stamina-based combat system is very fluid. There are heavy and light attack options can be combined to form combinations. Additionally, there are specific abilities that are usually used for challenging bosses. Dodging and parrying are both mandatory, particularly since healing options are limited to a couple of techniques and, in particular, potions. Each now and then, at the appropriate level, you can have the opportunity to gain access to the campfire. It is possible to replenish your resources, heal yourself, and then use the chance to earn more loot at a higher level. It’s your option.
The combat system is generally quite good, and the synergies between characters are also fairly well-matched. We observed two major issues that trigger combos cannot be stopped. First, the activated attacks will be executed regardless of whether the enemy is deceased. The more severe issue is the slow-moving camera, making attacks against enemies standing behind you a little tricky. But both cases aren’t too significant, and you can adjust to the game’s limitations. Also, you can “exploit” certain sections, particularly when you have Cattie-Brie as an armed fighter. We’re not going to tell you exactly what to do. But here’s a hint: The AI may react slightly oddly and sometimes highly at ease.
We could also notice some design and technical issues on occasion. In both PC and console editions, we often experienced framerate drops; however, this is relatively simple to fix. We didn’t encounter any crashes. However, we encountered a significant issue in which a second phase was not triggered correctly. There were some apparent delays in console sessions. In the final game, i.e., the last three chapters, the game starts to fall apart. The balancing and the actions of bosses and enemies do not make an appealing impression as bugs and glitches are accumulating. The developers have to complete lots of work to fix this.