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Baldur's Gate - White Label (PC DVD)

Platform : Windows 95, Windows 98
Rated: Unknown
4.6 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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  • 10,000 scrolling game screens
  • 7 chapters with dozens of subplots
  • Hundreds of intricately rendered and visually stunning hi-res buildings
  • Guide a party of up to 5 characters, each with their own personalities and dispositions
  • Create your own character
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  • Platform:   Windows 95 / 98
  • PEGI Rating: Unknown
  • Media: Video Game
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  • ASIN: B00005JY4J
  • Release Date: 27 July 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,778 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Amazon.co.uk Review

Baldur's Gate is a near-perfect adaptation of the classic table-top 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 against 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.

Baldur's Gate is a must for any home game collection; this 1998 Role-Playing Game of the Year is a masterpiece and sets the standard by which all such games have been judged for some time. 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 redefined the genre. --Joshua B Coombs


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I bought this package to replace my original game disks, which were mislaid during a house move. That in itself offers a strong clue of how highly I rate this game!
Of course, in many ways it's been surpassed now, particularly by BG2 and the Throne of Bhaal expansion. But it's still a great place to start, and to be honest, if you're into computer RPGs and haven't played this, then what have you been doing since 1998? ;-) and if you're not into RPGs, and would like to test the waters, you won't go far wrong with this.
A couple of things about the White Label packaging: it comes with an extra disk containing the latest game patches: a clear advantage over the original package, where you'd have had to download the patch if you wanted it. However, the manual is also on the extra CD-ROM as a PDF file, making it harder to refer to during play unless you print it out. Having said that, the manual isn't essential to game-play; the vast majority of information you actually need while playing is available within the game system itself. So the on-disk format is quite usable in this case.
Overall, if you're reading this review, you probably have an interest in this genre, and you should probably by this game :-)
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By A Customer on 20 Jun. 2001
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I must admit that when I first heard about this game I wasn't convinced of it's merits. Sure I was a big fan of Japenese Rpg's like Final Fantasy and Zelda but I was afraid that Baldurs Gate would be too complex for me, plus the graphics were functional at best. I actually gave it a miss when it was first released only to take the plunge and buy it when it hit budget. Now,before I continue this review, if there's anyone in a similar situation, I have just two things to say to them 1)Go buy this game NOW! 2)Why are you still here? Get going! For those fools who need further convincing, let me say it simply and clearly-Baldurs Gate is the most addictive game of all time. It's not Tetris style "just one more go" addictiveness, or Counterstrikes "kill, kill, kill" addictiveness. No, it's the best kind of addiction, the kind where you're playing, look at your watch to realise that three hours have passed, then shrug your shoulders and keep on going. I'm not sure why it's so uterlly absorbing. Maybe it's the the free-form nature and the myriad of varied sub-quests. Maybe it's the simple yet intriguing storyline. Maybe it's the balanced and rewarding combat. Maybe it's simply the urge to tool-up and level-up your characters as much as possible. But whatever it is, it'll hook you. And it'll never let you go.
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I can still remember the over-whelming excitement when my brother brought this game with him when coming to visit. After about half an hour, I was hooked, and played it pretty much constantly until he left. And then, of course, I bought it.
At the time it stretched my PC to the limit, and may feel a little dated now, but to be honest, despite technological advancement throughout the further Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale games, I never quite re-captured that new excitement. In the original (on sale here with pretty much all you need in the way of patches etc) the story is electric, the quests seem original, it doesn't quite seem 'just hack and slash'.
Basically it is Dungeons and Dragons, not quite the same as the pen and paper game (its sequels do get closer as they go on) but certainly as good a representation as had been released up to that point. As addictive as RPGs should be, you end up caring for your characters, shouting at the screan and all that sort of important stuff.
As you can probably guess, I don't really have anything bad to say about it. It's pretty much my favourite game of all time. A fantastic place to start or continue your computer role playing.
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I've probably spent more time playing this game than any other. It's a massive world to explore, and there's absolutely loads of mini-quests that can be resolved in different ways. The graphics are pretty good. Not spectacular, but pretty good. Sound is well used, especially if you have surround sound on your PC. Another plus is that if you complete this game (which will take a while, especially if you stray from the main storyline), you can import your characters into the sequel.
It's not perfect- characters sometimes get stuck trying to cram through a doorway (easliy fixed but annoying), they don't walk very fast, and if you want to get the most out of the game, you need to do a lot of walking. It also doesn't look as impressive as the other spin-offs (Baldur's Gate II, Icewind Dale and Planescape: Torment). Still, it's probably one of the best RPGs on budget.
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By A Customer on 21 April 2001
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After hearing about this game from a freind i was inspired to check it out.The game is very easy to pick up and play and the attention to little details is what makes it special.Making your own character is one of the most fun parts of the game as well as important for example if you are a bard it is a lot harder to do well than if you pick a mage or a warrior, but being a bard makes the game more challenging as you have to steal your way through the game to provide for your party. The missions or tasks on the game are varied giving you a wide veriety of jobs. As well as this the game is 6 disks long which means there is lots to keep you interested. At this price you cant go wrong!!!!!!!!
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