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Baldurs Gate 4 in 1 Box Set Game PC
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Baldur's Gate Baldur's Gate: Tales of the Swordscoast Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal Baldur's Gate takes you back to the Forgotten Realms campaign setting on a visually dazzling role-playing adventure, one that brings to life the grand tradition of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons game through cutting edge art and technology. Immerse yourself in this quintessential medieval fantasy world, where nations hang in the balance of your actions, dark prophecies test your resolve, and heroic dreams can be fulfilled at last. Special 4-game DVD-ROM Play the original Baldur's Gate game Includes Tales of The Sword Coast Expansion Explore unseen lands as you take part in an epic conflict that will define your future, and create your legend Venture into a deadly new dungeon Cast powerful new spells Gain amazing high-level abilities Play a new character kit, the Wild Mage Fight and summon awe-inspiring D&D characters Play the full version of Baldur's Gate II - Shadows of Amn, you will face deadly foes armed with your wits, skills and magic - collect allies and form a party that takes you into the hostile land of Amn for treasure and glory Also features real-time gameplay and the ability to pause at any time - plus all-new multiplayer games for up to 6 players In Baldur's Gate II - Throne of Bhaal, you'll uncover the mysteries of Watcher's Keep, explore new dungeons, and use the all-new character called the Wild Mage.
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The game itself is an absolute gem. Starting out in the small town of Candlekeep in BG1, you set out on a quest to learn about your heritage and find your place in the world. Sound simple? Well, it ain't. As the story goes on, the web is spun ever greater and so is the world you inhabit. A great amount of subquests help you find yourself and shape your character... you choose your path towards good or evil - or something in between - and build your party of followers and friends accordingly. You will fight (a lot!) your way through the various areas (and reload whenever you die), killing monsters, adventurers, bounty hunters and bad guys and becoming very, very strong doing it. You choose your alignment (good/neutral/evil) in the beginning of the game, and what type of character you want to be: fighter, spellcaster, thief... and you set your abilities: what kind of weapons you're good at using, your strength vs. intelligence, constitution etc. As you level up from all the experience, you continue to advance in these skills, becoming quite a character.
The story line is one of the most impressive I've seen in a game; the continuous progression throughout both games, the inclusion of the quests and subquests in said story as well as the development of relationships between the people in your party just sucks you in and presto! it's three in the morning and you begin to consider staying home from school to play some more.
Seriously, there's a reason why this game has a huge pack of fans around the globe. It contains so many races, so many stories, so many things to collect, sell, buy and use for your benefit... so many people, so many areas, so much to do that after a while you begin feeling like it's actually your REAL life going on inside that monitor in front of you. Just the way we geeks want it...
I bought this compilation pack recently having NEVER played a Baldur's Gate game before. I love RPGs, but I had never played one made before Oblivion, nor had I any experience with Dungeons and Dragons. Having said that however, the game was so damn immersive that I forgot I was playing a game over 10 years old (about 90 "game industry years" old). I can honestly see why Baldur's Gate/2 are regarded as two of the greatest games ever made, as they're two games that have really stood the test of time.
However, no game is without its problems, and for a list of potential buyers, here are a couple that you may need to take note of:
*You will ->>DEFINITELY<<- need to install some patches for these games, otherwise you may be subject to a large amount of glitches, script errors, NPCs constantly appearing "busy" and a host of other problems. This is somewhat remedied by the fact that it takes literally a couple of minutes and the patches are freely available on the official Bioware website.
*I had a real headache getting Tales of the Sword Coast (The BG1 expansion pack) to work alongside BG1 vanilla. Eventually I got it sorted out, but phew, I recommend playing through BG1 vanilla first before installing the expansion pack and NOT installing it halfway through playing Baldur's Gate 1 like I did; it completely messed up my save files. Strongly recommend backing up your save files before attempting to install it, and if you do decide to install it, don't let the "insert disc 6" scare you, that's just the people who made these games not checking them properly before they put them out for retail >_>
*In Baldur's Gate 1, you can't pause when you go to the inventory screen. Ever. This may sound like a minor complaint but it really grated on me throughout the game, to the point where I always had to check whether or not I had enough arrows in my quiver, or enough health potions equipped before every battle. Luckily they took this annoying feature out of Baldur's Gate 2, so I guess I'm not the only one it really pissed off.
At the end of the day, this game is not without its minor flaws, but its definitely one of the better games of a past gaming era. Easily gets a 9.5/10+ in my book, and I'm sure any RPG fan would absolutely love these masterpieces. Also note that you don't need to have an understanding of D&D to play as the games hide a lot of the complex rules with scripting - although take note that in the case of "Armor Class", lower = better :)
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