Baldur's Gate PC

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  • Summary: Baldur's Gate takes you back to the Forgotten Realms on a visually dazzling role-playing adventure, one that brings to life the grand tradition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons through cutting edge art and technology. Immerse yourself in this quintessential medieval fantasy world, where entireBaldur's Gate takes you back to the Forgotten Realms on a visually dazzling role-playing adventure, one that brings to life the grand tradition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons through cutting edge art and technology. Immerse yourself in this quintessential medieval fantasy world, where entire nations hang in the balance of your actions, dark prophecies test your resolve, and heroic dreams can be fulfilled at last. [Interplay] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Baldur's Gate is not a computer role-playing game...it is THE computer role-playing game.
  2. This is, without a doubt, the closest thing out there to actually getting together with a bunch of your friends on a Sunday afternoon, taking your characters into a dungeon, and using you own BOO to find out if that bottomless pit was actually bottomless.
  3. PC Gamer
    94
    This is the best roleplaying game you can buy. Period. [Apr. 1999, p.94]
  4. That's the great thing about Baldur's Gate, not only does it look "the dog's," it provides the player (and multiplayers) with a living, breathing world complete with specific rules which must be adhered to. Now that's magic!
  5. 90
    Offers an amazing amount of control over how the game is played in a game session. It is very easy to set up a multiplayer game, and just as easy to join one in progress over the Internet or LAN.
  6. Everything that fans of AD&D have always wanted in a computer game. The only thing that will prevent it from being perfect for everyone is the very fact that it follows the AD&D rules so faithfully.
  7. Despite our nitpicky issues with "graphical cleanliness" and clunky multiplayer, Baldur's Gate simply shines.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 56
  2. Negative: 3 out of 56
  1. Aug 15, 2016
    10
    Before rate Pillars of Eternity, an obligatory tribute to this masterpiece, first of an entire RPG genre, the real time automatic combat withBefore rate Pillars of Eternity, an obligatory tribute to this masterpiece, first of an entire RPG genre, the real time automatic combat with tactic pause, the golden age of Bioware till Dragon Age Origins. Intuitive combat system that aids to get in the deep plot, driving the party through beautiful handmade environments of forest, dungeons and cities, with the flavor of classic fantasy tales, with sublime music, sounds and dialogues, leaving the sensation of being part of a canvas. Expand
  2. Mar 18, 2011
    10
    'Legendary' is a term much bandied about these days but this game is one than genuinely deserves the adjective. Many people consider this'Legendary' is a term much bandied about these days but this game is one than genuinely deserves the adjective. Many people consider this game to have single handily have saved the single-player RPG genre on the PC just when it looked dead. It represents a definite turning point in the history of gaming. This can be hard to appreciate today because even I'll concede that the graphics are dated. But the truth of the matter is that RPGs have never been about graphics anyway. What made Balder's Gate innovative it was the first RPG to actually use NPCs to advance the story in a mission critical way. It put their stories, their personalities, their goals on a footing that was equal to your own. What made it show-stopping was the nature of those personalities. They were all different, all unique, and they all didn't necessarily care about you. You had to not just manage combat but manage people if your little band was going to finish the game.

    Yes, the combat can be unbalanced at times. There are a few bugs. But if you cannot laugh when Minsc shouts, "Go for the eyes, Boo" there is something wrong not with the game but with your life. If you want, you can break this game down and find all it's flaws; they exist. But if you don't cheer sitting in your chair when Minsc shouts, "Butt kicking for Goodness!" you have no heart. This isn't just so much a game as it is an experience. That, it seems to me, is what an RPG is all about. It's about creating experiences; it's about making memories. It's playing your role to the hilt and loving it. Baldur's Gate might not have been the best, some people argue the sequel is better, but it was the first to offer that immersion in a way no other game had up until that point in time. If you haven't played this game you should. Because this is where it all began.
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  3. DannyM.
    Sep 18, 2006
    10
    The best RPG of all time, for having created a perfect plot in a world you can travel about in for hours.
  4. Dec 22, 2013
    10
    the most epic of original the game stories. even time has eaten the visuals little its actually still beautiful easily enjoyable and uthe most epic of original the game stories. even time has eaten the visuals little its actually still beautiful easily enjoyable and u forget the time and irl troubles Expand
  5. Mar 26, 2014
    10
    The atmosphere is incredible. I can't think of many 2D RPG games that can touch Baldur's Gate. Fallout 1 & 2 perhaps, I dunno. Though slightlyThe atmosphere is incredible. I can't think of many 2D RPG games that can touch Baldur's Gate. Fallout 1 & 2 perhaps, I dunno. Though slightly blinded by nostalgia, in my opinion this is either the chosen one or at least top 3. Expand
  6. Oct 6, 2011
    9
    Baldur's Gate is a revolutionary game and it changes how computer RPG could be played. The story in Baldur's Gate is epic. If comparing toBaldur's Gate is a revolutionary game and it changes how computer RPG could be played. The story in Baldur's Gate is epic. If comparing to modern games, it's quite similar to Dragon Age Origins. You can control up to 6 party members engaging in challenging battles and hard decisions. The quality of the writing and the customization is spot-on. The freedom in this game is also great which allows you to explore many inconsequential non-plot areas. I give it 9 out of 10, because Baldur's gate II surpassed it in so many ways Expand
  7. Apr 8, 2017
    1
    On restera indulgent avec les graphismes eu égard à son grand âge ; on ne le sera pas avec l'interface et les menus, vraiment affreux et pasOn restera indulgent avec les graphismes eu égard à son grand âge ; on ne le sera pas avec l'interface et les menus, vraiment affreux et pas pratiques : dans le genre anti-ergonomique, difficile de faire pire.

    Le copié-collé des règles très rigides des jeux de plateau est particulièrement inadapté à un jeu sur ordinateur et l'ensemble est très lourd à l'utilisation sans parler de la difficulté qui souffre de graves problèmes d'équilibrage.

    Quant au monde, à l'histoire, à ses personnages, rien de palpitant à signaler, rien à signaler du tout en fait. A cette époque on devait grave crever la dalle pour se précipiter sur ce machin et encenser un jeu de rôle aussi médiocre. Certes les japoniaiseries contemporaines étaient encore pires mais de peu.

    Bref, les balbutiements foutraques d'un Bioware dilettante et mal embouché.
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