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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: 55 out of 64
  2. Negative: 5 out of 64
  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. Nov 10, 2015
    10
    Even in 2015, this game is still every single bit as good as it was when it was first released. I recently started another gameplay on a whim,Even in 2015, this game is still every single bit as good as it was when it was first released. I recently started another gameplay on a whim, after not touching the series for over a decade. Yes, the graphics are dated, yes, some mechanics are old. Yes, it has a learning cliff because few people today are familiar with the AD&D 2nd Edition rule set (and especially its spell books, which are very, very, very diverse and a result complex). But, still, this is one of the greatest games of all time and it has aged gracefully. There is an endless amount of mods to improve the already stellar adventure, and the Enhanced Edition is a quick (even if a pricier) way to sort out many bugs without installing fix packs. The replay value is still there, nearly two decades after this masterpiece came out. If you have not played this yet, it is a must-have game. It also runs of pretty much anything, so if you need a game to accompany you on a business trip long hours in airports and airplanes, this is it.

    So gather your party, and venture forth.
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  3. Aug 12, 2019
    10
    Have to give this epic classic game the highest love. I remember when I was a little kid curiously exploring a thing called “game”. Kudos toHave to give this epic classic game the highest love. I remember when I was a little kid curiously exploring a thing called “game”. Kudos to this project and all the hard work of the developers. It was a masterpiece. Expand
  4. Oct 10, 2013
    10
    A great game that at the time shaped my enthusiasm as a gamer, but would unfortunately ruin my appetite for the modern vein of rpgs that focusA great game that at the time shaped my enthusiasm as a gamer, but would unfortunately ruin my appetite for the modern vein of rpgs that focus on form over substance. Expand
  5. Feb 11, 2019
    9
    Couldnt stop playing this game. Immersive, compelling ... a near perfect RPG. The follow-up being the perfect one.
  6. Oct 14, 2011
    9
    The classic RPG that had an immense influence on most RPGs that followed. It was the leader of its time, and is still one of the best RPGsThe classic RPG that had an immense influence on most RPGs that followed. It was the leader of its time, and is still one of the best RPGs ever made. I'm giving 1 a 9 and 2 a 10 since I feel Baldur's Gate 2 was simply a bit more enjoyable. 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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