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Baldur's Gateis 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 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 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. --Joshua B. Coombs

Pros:

  • Versatile and responsive plot
  • Entertaining character interaction
  • Huge game world
  • Friendly game engine
Cons:
  • Nonplayer characters exhibit little free will
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review by . November 16, 2001
posted in The Gaming Hub
I have to admit I have never played the pen and paper version of D&D, but be that as it may, I still found this game to be a very enjoyable, humorous, exciting and interesting RPG adventure. I have been playing RPG games for a long time now, and I can say that this game hands down is in the top ten I have ever played. And if you get the expansion pack that is also available, it will be even better!
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