12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Addictive action RPG,
This review is from: Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance (PS2) (Video Game)
I'm fairly new to RPGs but for me, Baldurs Gate was a stunningly addictive game.
The first thing that strikes you are the graphics - they are amazing. Its extreamly hard to fault them, from the mesmerising magic effects and the heat haze rising above the torches, to the incredible water effects that ripple out and splash around when you walk through it. You can literally spend 10 minutes just playing around in the water levels. The character cut scenes are seamlessly blended in to the game too and are very well done (note the animation on the bar maids two best assets!!). The magic effects are mesmerising
The gameplay is everything you want from an RPG, but with a much more action feel to it. The usual weapon/gold collecting and skill enhancements are all there, but the focus is on hack and slash. Also, this is avery linear, game, something hardened RPG'ers may not like.
Overall this beats the likes of Summoner for looks and playability, it really is a joy to play, but there is one draw back..... its criminally short (for an RPG). Summoner may not look as nice but it does last around 45 hours, whereas this took me 15 hours to complete, and I wasn't racing through.
You can of course do the extra challenges (Gauntlet mode etc) and re-play the adventure as a different character (which suprisingly does change the gameplay significantly) but you can't help but feel a bit short-changed.
In conclusion, stunning it is. An Epic, it's not.