Official Baldur's Gate Strategy Guide (Brady Games Strategy Guides) Paperback – 23 Dec 1998
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If there remained any doubt in gamers' minds, let it now be officially put to rest: the role-playing game (RPG) drought is over. And though we've seen a number of solid RPGs in recent years, none has been quite so impressive as Interplay's Baldur's Gate. This epic title, based on the Forgotten Realms universe from TSR's Dungeons & Dragons, is simply one of the largest, most ambitious and most enjoyable RPGs ever. But let's be realistic: even the most seasoned fantasy adventurer needs a hint or two from time to time. BradyGames' guide to Baldur's Gate has all the info you need to survive your journey through Faerun. It starts out with a guide to the guide, which explains how the book is set up and which sections reveal lots of information and which ones offer basic advice only. Using this as a reference, you can then rely on the book to pick out just the information you need without spoiling any of the key plot elements in the game. Some of the topics covered include character creation (always one of the best parts of any RPG), spells and spellcasting, basic movement and control in Faerun, and, of course, a complete walkthrough. Unlike other strategy guides, however, this walkthrough is just an example. Since Baldur's Gate is different every time it's played, the experiences of Diana Nightflame (the authors' character) will not be identical to your own. The book closes with a description of each important location in the game, along with a list of things you must do at each (as well as some things you probably should do). Basically, this is the perfect companion guide for anyone journeying through the land of Faerun. --Michael Ryan
From the Back Cover
BradyGames Baldur's Gate Official Strategy Guide includes: WALKTHROUGH--A complete walkthrough of the game as told through the journal of the fighter-mage Diana Nightflame, SECRETS--Discover the solutions to all the complicated riddles, and uncover the hidden secrets in the game, SUB PLOTS--Delve into the mini-quests and non-player characters that you will encounter during this grand quest.
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Top Customer Reviews
Section1 'Getting Around' repeats manual info.
Section2 'Diana's adventure' is a first person account/diary of a BG character is the largest and most boring part of the book. Why didn't someone tell the authors it was a bad idea. Near useless.
Section3 'Subplots'contains a little information but is so badly laid out that finding things is a chore. The net is much batter.
Section4 'The World of Baldurs Gate' starts with one useful areas map at beginning then nothing but sketchy waffle about the main story line.
Section5 'The Secrets' What secrets? Small bits of semi-useful info, half of which a double digit IQ would provide and the rest of which is eclipsed by stuff on the net.
Appendix is full of rehashed info and useless lists. Interesting (but not that useful) bestiary of monsters/npc's and their level and hit points.
SUMMARY This book imparts hardly any useful information and should have come with a refund. I wouldn't want it if it was free.
The number of errors in this book were simply appalling. Especially upsetting were the number of caption and map errors.
I wonder who is ultimately responsible for this guide being as poor as it is (since it is an "Official" publication, does this mean the game publishers themselves should be held accountable?). I don't believe in the least in returning books (I treat them like underwear, once you try them on, they ARE YOURS FOREVER), but I really do wish I had a way to be reimbursed for my purchasing of this piece of garbage.
The game itself is extraordinary, and should be purchased post-haste, just don't fall for the strategy guide. It isn't even worth glancing at in the bookstore.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i got this after playing the game and loving it
i wanted to find out what i missed aswell and other secrets. Read more
The first fifty or so pages just repeats what is found in the manual. The story format is a good idea for people who do not want to have their hand held throughout the game, but... Read morePublished on 29 Mar. 2002
I have been playing RPG's for a few years now and whilst Baldur's Gate is probably one of the best games ever (not counting B. Read morePublished on 1 July 2001
Baldurs Gate is a superb game and one that RPG gamers around the world have spent hours enjoying. But, this book is an insult to the beauty that is Baldurs Gate. Read morePublished on 22 Dec. 2000
this book does everything its supposed to.. its a "GUIDE"..
People are after a walk thru coz they are not smart nuff to work out this game. Read more
No index. No table of contents worth anything. If you want to read the entire book cover to cover will you learn everything you don't want to know. Read morePublished on 18 Aug. 1999
Pathetic. Awful. A Waste of Money. That pretty much covers my feelings about this guide. The amount of space given over to, essentially, a verbatim reprint of the game manual... Read morePublished on 15 Aug. 1999