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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
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
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  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: 67 out of 78
  2. Negative: 7 out of 78
  1. 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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  2. JohnR
    Jun 9, 2008
    10
    In my view the Infinity Engine games will never be bettered for all-round quality. Baldur's Gate was the first PC game I ever played andIn my view the Infinity Engine games will never be bettered for all-round quality. Baldur's Gate was the first PC game I ever played and it's still the first game I install on any new computer I buy. The good points are too many to mention and I don't want to write an essay, so suffice it to say that Baldur's Gate is, along with it's younger brother BG2 and perhaps Torment, simply the best game ever created. Expand
  3. Oct 18, 2016
    10
    This is one of the rare 10's, even though I would have to give a slight edge to the sequel.

    The story is really what sets it apart from
    This is one of the rare 10's, even though I would have to give a slight edge to the sequel.

    The story is really what sets it apart from other RPG's.
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  4. Sep 30, 2011
    10
    Superb game which spawned a superb sequel (a quite rare achievement in itself). People tend to prefer its successor but this game is actuallySuperb game which spawned a superb sequel (a quite rare achievement in itself). People tend to prefer its successor but this game is actually better in some respects. No less than 25 joinable NPCs and many many areas to explore. The beginning can be quite tough but once you are over it the game is rewarding, suspenseful, amusing, intruiging and challenging. Travelling through wilderness areas always keeps you on your toes - am I going to meet some kobolds, a greater basilisk or just some madman who likes hearing the sound of his own voice? The diversity of weapons, armour, spells and enemies is necessarily limited by your low level but there are enough interesting items and encounters to keep you going throughout the game. One of the joys of this game is that almost any battle can be won by any group (or soloer) just by using the right tactics. Away from the combat, the NPCs have good interactions with each other and the PC and actually have minds of their own. The fact that all NPCs will say something out loud when you click on them is amazing in itself. The story also keeps you motivated and has some very good twists. Unbelievable replayabilty. Play as a thief with Imoen, Branwen, Kivan Xan and Shar-teel. Or maybe be a mage with Kagain, Coran, Safana, Tiax and Garrick. In 1998 this game wiped the floor with everything and it can only be judged on that. This made me a gamer and despite its age I would never hesitate to call it one of my all time favourites. Expand
  5. Nov 23, 2016
    9
    I introduced my little 12yo sister to this game. Once I went into her room to see her play, asked "whatcha doin'?" - "plundering houses" sheI introduced my little 12yo sister to this game. Once I went into her room to see her play, asked "whatcha doin'?" - "plundering houses" she replied with clear satissfaction :D Expand
  6. Dec 10, 2014
    9
    Traditional feel RPG, good system of classes, great strategical fights, nice story, majestic music, well done exploring. Negatives like pathTraditional feel RPG, good system of classes, great strategical fights, nice story, majestic music, well done exploring. Negatives like path finding, chaotic journal and fetch quests were solved in sequel. For better resolution download resolution patch or buy some enhanced modern versions. 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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