Baldurs Gate
Genre Adventure -> RPG
Today's Rank 18921
Date N/A
Publisher N/A
Date 2001-03-30
Publisher N/A
North America Retail Box ArtBaldur'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

- The plot line of the game involves the regions around the cities of Baldur's Gate and Amn
- These cities are involved in a plot to destabilize the entire Sword Coast and precipitate a war
- Chaos threatens to overwhelm the Sword Coast
- 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
- 5 CDs filled with prerendered backgrounds, compelling music, and gameplay
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