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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
  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: 68 out of 79
  2. Negative: 7 out of 79
  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. Apr 15, 2017
    10
    Easily the best RPG I've played, with over 80 hours of my first ever playthrough and my first DnD RPG. I knew before that this game wasEasily the best RPG I've played, with over 80 hours of my first ever playthrough and my first DnD RPG. I knew before that this game was amazing, but upon finishing this game I knew that this was my favourite RPG I've played in my entire life.

    Story/Characters- The main story is very well written and it's a mix of mystery, drama and action to keep you interested from start to finish. The Characters are well written and even though that their banter is limited in comparison to Baldur's Gate 2, their biography gives you an inside scoop of their opinions and a few of their small quests is honestly enough to let you know what kind of person they are. The side missions usually consists of fetch quests and the usual, kill this and get your reward kinda thing. But some fetch quests usually make it interesting by having some problem and you having to resolve the problem. Even though the side quests were repetitive in terms of its objective, the different plots, outcomes, twists and rewards make it more interesting than less of a chore.

    Gameplay- This is where the game peaks in my humble opinion. I spent about 1 hours just figuring out what to play and reading through all the details of each character. And too this day I haven't seen a more complex character creation than I have in BG1. The different races, alignment, classes and subclasses make it very interesting and adds so much replayability because of this. And throughout the game you meet many NPCs which can also add gameplay features by customizing their classes as well and also leaving/adding new party members which also makes it add more replay value due to the many NPCs you meet and can roll with and you can even solo the game on your own. The combat in the game is also very complex and takes some time getting used to when playing for the first time, the combat is based on Advanced DnD so it is quite challenging when playing with no knowledge of DnD. But with a few guides and reading the manual, I can assure you that you get better in due time and also the combat gets harder throughout the game so that the games does get challenging overtime which is good so that you don't breeze through enemies throughout the endgame, but it doesn't amp up the difficulty too much. So overall the combat is tedious at first but very well done in the end.

    Graphics & Music- Graphics are great at it's time, and the soundtrack is well composed and even in 2017 it still doesn't feel too dated. Sure for some it's off putting and quite static to look at, but with it's 2D graphics, it still shows a surprising amount of detail when compared to earlier 2D RPGs. So at it's time it was well done, but nowadays the graphics are quite decent but some may seem it is too dated. Soundtrack is well done and really makes atmosphere more interesting when walking in a dungeon or through the forests of cloakwood.
    Overall- 10/10 with no doubt, even with a few bugs here and there it really didn't seem to annoy me because how well crafted this game is. I never had so much fun and emotion in a game since I played Deus Ex 1. The gameplay and story quality was really well done and too this day it was the longest game I've played through and never in my playthrough I felt the need that the story was waning or the gameplay was repetitive, I had the same exciting from when I started the game all the way to the end. This game is good, despite the graphics feeling a tad dated... the gameplay makes up for it for sure.

    I have really high hopes for Baldur's Gate 2, and I've heard it's even better than Baldur's Gate 1 so I'm very excited to play through it.
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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. Mar 17, 2018
    9
    This original western RPG was a masterpiece and still provides more fun than AAA games today for those who prefer gameplay over graphics. ThisThis original western RPG was a masterpiece and still provides more fun than AAA games today for those who prefer gameplay over graphics. This game was recently re-released by a new studio under the title of Baldurs Gate Enhanced Edition (EE) which is 99% exactly the same as the original but with a bigger price tag. If you can get the EE version for the same price I would say to do so otherwise save your money and buy the original and install the trilogy mod which adds a lot more content than the official re-release and is much less buggy.

    This game along with Planescape Torment, Neverwinter Nights and Icewind Dale represented the peak of western RPG's in a time when gamers were being tortured by cheap and childish Japanese remakes of Final Fantasy and Dragon Warrior. They offered a much enhanced RPG experience with choices that mattered and character building that changed the game significantly.

    In these "infinity engine" games, you had multitudes of classes and class combinations which allowed you to tailor your character any way you want. They mostly followed pen and paper Dungeons and Dragons rules which are very comprehensive. They also offered more interesting combat choices compared to the old and tired turn based system a plethora of magic abilities and special skills that brought shame to console counterparts.

    I would say that in terms of innovation, they pushed the entire gaming industry forward and spawned a whole lot of clones over time. Even today, we see games that have similar if not carbon copy features such as the Divinity and Dragon Age series of games. Other franchises also adopted many of the features including the FF and Dragon Warrior games.

    That said, the games are graphically dated so if you are a graphic loving person and cant live with anything but AAA quality 3D, then these games are not for you. But if you love strategy RPG's then this title is still very good and playable. In fact, I still replay the game every couple of years or so because it is indeed superior in many ways to even modern attempts at the strategy RPG genre.

    If you are a young gamer, be warned. The older games are not as forgiving as new games. Baldurs gate requires character planning and at times, strategy in encounters to survive or you will be obliterated 100x over. I've read a lot of funny comments by younger gamers on the Beamdog forums who claim that some battles are impossible when really, they just didnt bother to read spell and class descriptions to know how things works. There is a lot of complexity to the way DnD works and although there are ways to cheese the game, they are very beatable without guides and cheesing. We all beat them without both 20 years ago.
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  6. Jul 29, 2013
    9
    A great RPG game. Actually, I played it after BG 2, that's why 9/10. Baldur's Gate 2 just fixed all the small things in BG. So, if you haven'tA great RPG game. Actually, I played it after BG 2, that's why 9/10. Baldur's Gate 2 just fixed all the small things in BG. So, if you haven't played either BG or BG 2, just start with this one and then play BG 2.
    It's just amazing how after so many years these "legacy" games (Baldur's Gate, Fallout, Jagged Alliance) don't lose any of their value.
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  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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