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Baldur's Gate & Tales of the Sword Coast

Platform : Windows 95
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4.4 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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  • Platform:   Windows 95
  • PEGI Rating: Unknown
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B00004UBZA
  • Release Date: 19 July 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,163 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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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.

Amazon.co.uk Review

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 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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This is quite simply the greatest RPG adventure I have ever set eyes upon. The variety of character and rich depth of he storyline shall keep any fan of the fantasy genre glued to their pc's screen. Though it's graphics already looked slightly dated the day it ventured into the market, the atmosphere fast forest terrains, chilling dungeons and powerful spell effects shall envelope your mind in magic and mayhem.
The game bedins with you roaming about with your very own created player enjoying friendly tavern and doing various errands. All of a sudden you are whisked away down through a story of entwined twists and turns as you unravel your dark past.
The Advanced D&D strategical fighting style is extremley playable and getting around is smooth and fluid. The characters are extremely alive, all having their own interesting backgrounds and mood swings. As for the story, well it should be fired into a novel and published! However dont take my word for it, go out and by this game...you will not regret it.
Oh and by baldurs gate 2 aswell.
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By A Customer on 14 April 2001
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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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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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One of the most anxiously anticipated role-playing games ever, Baldur's Gate is a great adaptation of the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons. There are many races and sub-races to choose from during character creation - play as human, elf, half-elf, dwarf, gnome, halfling, etc. But it is the underlying plot that makes the game so good! Characters can be exported for use in other games including the sequel Baldur's Gate II. This superb edition also includes the "Tales of the Sword Coast" expansion pack.
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