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Baldur's Gate - White Label (PC DVD)
- 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
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
Top Customer Reviews
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 :-)
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My fault entirely but i have just not been able to get to grips with this game. I will perhaps have to give it another try.Published 9 months ago by J. H. Blackhurst
Baldur's gate is an excellent RPG which can keep you occupied for a considerable amount of time. It has many different classes to choose from an excellent storyline and lots of... Read morePublished on 18 Dec. 2003 by arrakis345
So many people have their go at saying that this game is absolutely great, so I shall have mine. Well, BG is absolutely great. I would say more, it's fantastic. Read morePublished on 16 Aug. 2001
Ok, people say RPG's aren't too great unless you like that kinda thing. I was all for stratagy games until I played this! Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 2001 by Don't do maths. (email@example.com)
i bought this the other day and it's the greatest game ever,it is so addictive that i havn't eaten in days,this is a must buy game especially if u like rpg's. Read morePublished on 30 July 2001
But it does, and ooh how it does. These boys at bioware seem to be jolly bright chaps, they have crafted one of the most immersive single player experiences i have ever been lucky... Read morePublished on 14 Jun. 2001