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Baldur's Gate & Tales of the Sword Coast

by Avalon Interactive
Windows 95
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Platform:   Windows 95
  • ELSPA Minimum Age: 15
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B00004UBZA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,691 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Baldur's Gate

Baldur's Gate is a near-perfect adaptation of the classic tabletop, role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons. Six separate races and eight core character classes, from which the player can create a completely original character, are available.

The game world is well painted and players are free to explore this wonderfully textured game environment in any way they see fit, all against the backdrop of a thoughtfully conceived and versatile plot.

You begin the game as a young orphan living with your stepfather within the safe confines of a scholarly community. It is a happy and idyllic life until your stepfather is killed and it becomes clear that you are intended to be next. You, as the young protagonist, then set out to discover just what kind of a mess you're in. During the adventure, you recruit a number of personable allies, battle foes, delve into dungeons, trek across wilderness, solve puzzles and complete a plethora of epic quests that are seamlessly sown into the fabric of the overall plot. The story line unfolds in response to your choices to reveal your character's true identity as well as the nature and motive of your enemies.

If the good Lord himself were to ask me what games he should have in his home game collection, the first two words out of my mouth would be "Baldur's" and "Gate". This 1998 Role-Playing Game of the Year is a masterpiece and the standard by which all such games will be judged for the foreseeable future.

Groundbreaking 32-bit graphics, 3-D sound, multiplayer options, and a friendly real-time game engine are blended with a depth of plot in a way that redefines the genre.

Tales of the Sword Coast

Baldur's Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast delivers what we have all been screaming for--more Baldur's Gate!. Although it does not significantly extend the story line, it does provide enough new goodies to augment an already great game.

Baldur's Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast provides four new areas for you to explore, all of which share the richness that made Baldur's Gate a groundbreaking masterpiece. Players are given the opportunity to explore a few new islands, visit a suburb of Baldur's Gate, and engage in a good old-fashioned dungeon crawl beneath Durlag's Tower. Players can also embark on a quest that will take them back into the city of Baldur's Gate itself. These new quests tend to be even more involved and challenging than those found in the initial game, as they gravitate more toward puzzle solving than pure combat.

The additional areas are at least as satisfying as any found in the original, featuring three new types of monster as well as new magic items, enemies and spells, all of which are woven into the game play. Those who are already deeply involved in a campaign or have completed the game need not start over to take advantage of the expansion.

Baldur's Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast raises the character experience cap by at least one level and can be integrated at any time during your campaign, easily providing an additional 20 hours of gameplay.

For a Baldur's Gate enthusiast, the four new areas alone make this expansion worth having. An added treat is the included software utility that allows players to speak to each other online via microphone, giving multiplayer games a live role-playing feel. Baldur's Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast may tend to give you more of the same, but in this case, you wouldn't have it any other way. --Joshua B. Coombs, Amazon.com

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Baldur's Gate

Chaos threatens to overwhelm the Realms. The state of Amn is under siege to the south, the High Moor is being overrun in the north and the region around Baldur's Gate is in turmoil. In an area known for its ample resources, a crippling shortage is slowly developing for the metal that is used throughout the Realms for everything from swords to forks--iron. When iron ore reaching the region is smelted, the resulting wares are plagued with brittleness such that they crack and break with little more than normal use. What is worse, trading caravans coming from all directions into Baldur's Gate are under constant attack from bandits and cut-throats who loot not for gold and gems (although they often take those too), but for iron.

Tales from the Sword Coast

The western shore along the Sea of Swords contains a multitude of variations in ecology and terrain, including mountains, forests, swamps, marshes, plains, cities and ruins collectively called the Sword Coast. It attracts adventurers and evil characters alike and forms the backdrop for this epic adventure. The player starts the game with one character. Create your character from any combination of the six races: human, elf, half elf, dwarf, gnome or halfling. Also choose from 26 classes including fighter, cleric, and mage and subclasses such as druid and specialist mage. Guide a party of up to five other characters, each with distinctive personalities and dispositions. Control party characters one at a time or as a group.


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game - but beware of major publishing error! 29 April 2005
By A Customer
Format:Video Game
Baldur's Gate is a classic game. I played it when it first came out and fell in love with the epic scope and replayability of this DnD inspired title. Many years later, I now need a new copy of the game.
Sadly the version of the game on the market now has a rather large problem. You see originally Baldur's Gate came on five CDs. It now comes on three. Due to a shoddy, and now defunct, publisher, many of the three-CD versions of the game are missing critical data from the original set. This renders the game unplayable and on occasions even prevents installation.
The issue is well known but there are still stocks of the game being sold which contain these critical errors.
Buyer beware.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOSE YOUR LIFE 14 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:Video Game
Baldur's Gate is extremely dangerous to any social interactions you may wish to have after you start playing. Indeed it may be quite a while before you even see the light of day properly again. This role-playing masterpiece quite simply eclipses the genre which spawned it; it gives you true flexability in which your imagination may roam. Like all genius, it is born from simplicity itself. Your Guardian is killed, leaving you in a big unfriendly world, accompanied only with your thoughts of revenge, yet no idea how to fulfil them. You have to then gain experience throughout the land by fighting monsters, and doing good deeds, before you can combat your foe on an equal footing. The moulding, and shaping of your character, and his friends, is integral to the highly addictive quality of the game. Weeks can be lost in ensuring that even the smallest of quests is successful, and thus reward you with those vital experience points. Inevitably when you finally defeat your main antagonist there is a sense of anti-climax, as you will by this stage have invested a huge amount of life's most precious asset in reaching this stage; time. But with the add-on of "Tales of the Sword Coast" this is time well spent, as you get to fight on in 4 new locations, against some pretty hard-men (& women & dwarves etc). This addition is led more by a puzzle solving element, but the fights are still pretty vicious, nonetheless. With the ending of this addition there comes with it a relieving sense of closure. This is due to each "final" fight only really being penultimate each time, which gets a little wearing! But ultimately this is as diverse as it is huge, as good as it is addictive, as easy to play as it is difficult to finish. 5 stars, but prepare for a serious dent in your communication skills with "real" people thereafter.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget everyting else 13 Feb 2003
Format:Video Game
Baldurs Gate redefines, and completes the lack of roleplaying games recently. I can't remember last time I played a good role playing game on my PC. I must say that games like Zelda, and other "role playing" games, are quite good. But for the hardcore experience of role playing, as true to real role playing as possible, you have to have a PC to make it work.
Finally, the PC gets a game that IS hardcore role playing. Baldurs Gate is everything I want in a game within this genre, plus much more. I only wish that there were more games like this. For any role playing fan, I urge you to try this one out. It has lots of characters to get into depths with, many paths to take, although there is of course just one plot in the game. The music is breathtaking as well, which I think is very important to captivate the player.
Not since Daggerfall has there been a game that captivates the player into it's world as much as Baldurs Gate, and still, Baldurs Gate does know it's limitations, unlike for instance Daggerfall.
Baldurs Gate 2 is ok, but I recommend the first game most hearty. Because of its incredible music, wonderful story, compelling AD&D style, and with the quality which no game that I can remember has.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Garr
Format:Video Game
This game has got to be the best game I have ever played on any format,and I,ve played alot. The game has few faults. Ther is a great amount of freedom given when designing a character at the beginning of the game with a large number of races and character classes to choose from. In the main section of the game there are also an enourmous amount of characters to find and have join with you. Baldurs gate also boasts litteraly hundreds of items to collect and also numerous magical items which are one of a kind. The graphics are somewhat dated but don't fail to impress with the fighting,dying and many spells looking amazing. The amount of freedom given when playing the game is unbelievable with your actions influencing your reputatuion and therefore how people and your followers react towards you. The lenght of the game alone is baffeling. I've been playing for over a year and still have not gotten even half way through it. The main storyline could take ages to finish and on to that a whole ost of side-quests are also available. The game could take an average gamer yers to complete with all the quests and then you could make a new character and try again. With te great wealth of characters,items,quests and replay value this game should be owned by any self respecting gamer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
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Tales of the Sword Coast, or TOTSC as is is affectionatly know to RPG fans, is an excellent add on the already breathtakingly good Baldurs Gate I. It adds three new quests with a whole load of new areas into the world of Baldurs Gate. The most fun comes though in that you can take the characters that you have developed in BG and break through the XP limit imposed in the original game, thus allowing higher levels, new spells and also new harder monsters to battle against.
As an added bonus once you have completed TOTSC you can import your main character into BG2 and start off a few levels higher!
As far as gaming value for money goes the BG series has got to be one of the best and TOTSC does not let the side down. Squeeze it in before you start BG2!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest CRPG Story Ever Told
Baldur's Gate and the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion is the start of the most epic Computer Role-Playing Game story ever told. Read more
Published 22 months ago by MLA
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolute classic dungeon-crawling
As RPGs go, Baldur's Gate is simultaneously nothing new and something very exciting. Looking back at it now - released in 1998 - it looks clunky, low-res and feels both limiting... Read more
Published on 22 July 2009 by Michael Sutherland
5.0 out of 5 stars Procrastinators beware...
Baldurs Gate is such a complete package as RPG games go - great graphics, great quests, great landscapes which you can explore at your leisure... Read more
Published on 24 April 2006 by wallace86
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a fantastic rpg
This game is fantastic. I completed this game and its successor Baldurs Gate 2 Shadows of Amn. Im not a fan but of the NWN series but i loved this game and its definitely one of... Read more
Published on 19 July 2005 by "kermit01"
5.0 out of 5 stars Would give it six stars if I could
Baldur's Gate is truly the best PC games that I have ever played. The world in which you are set is immense, you can go and do lots of quests which have no bearing on the major... Read more
Published on 5 April 2005 by A. Chalklen
5.0 out of 5 stars "You point, I punch!" A knockout game!
I was reluctant in writing a review about this game, since there are so many, but being such a great game as it is, I really felt the need to say something about it. Read more
Published on 18 Jan 2005 by W. Kramer
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Unhappy
Baldurs Gate & Tales of the Sword Coast
Would not load and corrupted our registry. We are on 98. Read more
Published on 26 Sep 2003 by Mrs. Brigit Thurstan
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT PURCHASE THIS GAME - IT HAS MAJOR BUGS
I recently purchase this game, and if it was working correctly I would rate it fiver stars.
Unfortunately there is a bug where you can not access most of the areas in the... Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game
Baldurs gate, along with other RPG's from bioware and black isle saved the genre in the late 90's.
This alone is reason enough to buy the game, but there is more: Great... Read more
Published on 19 April 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Warning!
I probably should say before I start that this is only the second PC role-playing game i've ever played and the only one that uses the Infinity engine. Read more
Published on 25 Feb 2003 by Tozznok
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