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Baldur's Gate

MobyRank MobyScore
Macintosh
84
4.5
Windows
91
4.1
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Description

Candlekeep is an ancient fortress situated on the rural Sword Coast. Recently, inexplicable events have been plaguing this quiet place, which has long become a large library where men of wisdom and knowledge can study in peace. Unknown mercenaries try to enter the walls of Candlekeep, interested in a seemingly ordinary and unimportant young person - an orphan who was taken in by the mage Gorion and treated by him as his own child. One night, Gorion decides to leave Candlekeep and take his adopted child to a safe place. However, as they leave the fortress, they are ambushed by a group of assassins. The orphan manages to escape, but Gorion dies in battle.

The gates of Candlekeep are locked, because its inhabitants are afraid to attract to themselves the wrath of the mysterious attackers. Only Imoen, another child who was brought up by Gorion and has been like a sister to the protagonist, is willing to share the uncertain future. The two have nothing, no place to call their home, only a wide hostile world in front of them. A long and perilous journey begins there.

Baldur's Gate is a role-playing game that uses the rule set of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (AD&D). Set in the universe of Forgotten Realms, the game is the first part of the saga that lets the player explore various towns, wilderness areas and dungeons, undertake many side quests, and find companions for the long journey. The player creates the hero(ine) by selecting his or her class, choosing between fighter, thief, mage, priest, ranger, and druid (including sub-classes, dual- and multi-class characters); alignment (Good-Evil and Lawful-Chaotic axis), and weapon proficiencies. The 2nd edition AD&D rules are applied in the game during combat, character leveling, class restrictions, etc.

Up to six player-controlled characters can participate in combat. Battles occur in the same environment as exploration, and flow in real time, though the player is able to pause combat at any time to issue precise commands to any of the characters. Once the game is unpaused, the characters repeat the last action selected by the player until it is changed or becomes impossible to execute. Characters can freely move during battles; party formation and positioning in combat play a significant role.

Screenshots

Baldur's Gate Windows Gullykin is home to halflings.
Baldur's Gate Windows Trying to get to the bottom of things at Nashkel Mines
Baldur's Gate Windows Just south of the Blushing Mermaid Inn is where you go if you're into strumpets
Baldur's Gate Windows This momentous act of sacrifice changes the course of our hero's life

Alternate Titles

  • "柏德之門" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "博德之门" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Ворота Бальдура" -- Russian spelling
  • "Wrota Baldura" -- Polish title
  • "Forgotten Realms : Iron Throne" -- Early working title
  • "Bode zhi Men" -- Chinese title
  • "Battleground Infinity" -- Working title

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User Reviews

Yes, my omnipresent authority figure! Windows אולג 小奥 (171665)
A dense, masterful fantasy world, but not for everybody Windows jTrippy (63)
Excellent standard setting RPG game for years and years to follow! Windows OlSkool_Gamer (99)
Despite the hate from the hardcore community this is great rpg. Windows Zovni (9350)
A true gem, but it still has its detractors Windows Chris Wright (99)
Excellent game based on 2nd edition rules Windows Cyric (50)
A fantastic adaption of the AD&D world. Windows faceless (395)
Despite a few irritating flaws, a fun adaptation of pen and paper AD&D Windows Entorphane (369)
6 Years On, Baldur's Gate Is Still An Absolute Classic Windows Zsolt Pardi (60)
A groundbreaking RPG Windows Christopher Sutler (7)

The Press Says

GameGenie Windows 1999 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Windows Jan 06, 1999 99 out of 100 99
RPGFan Windows Jun 20, 2002 96 out of 100 96
All Game Guide Windows 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Mana Pool Windows Oct 27, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Oct 17, 2000 9 out of 10 90
GameStar (Germany) Windows Jan, 1999 89 out of 100 89
AppleLinks.Com Macintosh Sep 18, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
JeuxMac.com Macintosh Dec, 2001 4 out of 5 80
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Apr, 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80

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Trivia

Cancelled PlayStation port

A Playstation 5-disc version was revealed to be in the works by Interplay on October 25, 1999. It was to be ported by UK developer Runecraft but on March 29, 2000 it was put "on hold" and never saw the light of day.

Drizzt Do'Urden

Though he appears only once in the game, the legendary Drizzt Do'Urden makes a brief but sweet (and rewarding) guest appearance in a certain part of the game. Drizzt is a very famous D&D character that sprung from the Dark Elf Trilogy of forgotten realms-based novels by R.A. Salvatore.

German version

In the German version all blood and splatter animations were removed.

Graveyards

Visit the cemetery in one of the towns, and you'll be able to read many funny inscriptions on the graves. An example: "Here lies an atheist, all dressed up, and no place to go".

Narrator

The same person voices Sarevok (the hero's main adversary) and the narrator in the game. This might be a coincidence, but in Icewind Dale, another AD&D game by Black Isle, the ultimate evil and narrator are done by the same person again, and in that game it's a plot point.

Novel

Wizards of the Coast published a novelization of this game in 1999, written by Forgotten Realms series editor Philip Athans.

Sales

In 1999, Baldur's Gate has won the Gold-Award from the German VUD (Verband der Unterhaltungssoftware Deutschland - Entertainment Software Association Germany) for selling more then 100,000 (but less then 200,000) units in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • April 1999 (Issue #177) – Best RPG of the Year
  • GameSpy
    • 2001 – #36 Top Game of All Time
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #31 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
  • Origin
    • 1998 - Best Role-Playing Computer Game
  • PC Gamer
    • April 2000 - #9 in the "Magazine's Readers All-Time Top 50 Games" poll
    • April 2005 - #11 in the "50 Best Games of All Time" list
  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/2000 - Best RPG in 1999
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1999 – Best Isometric RPG in 1998
  • Verband der Unterhaltungssoftware Deutschland<
    • 1999 - Gold Award
Information also contributed by Alan Chan, Chris Martin, PCGamer77, Pseudo_Intellectual, Scaryfun, Unicorn Lynx and Xoleras

Related Web Sites

  • Baldurdash (A site by Kevin Dorner of Bioware containing unofficial bug fixes for both Baldur's Gate and Tales of the Sword Coast that weren't corrected by any of the official patches.)
  • Baldurs Gate Trilogy (A German Fansite - containing detailed item, spell, monster, and NPC descriptions (with stats), and others)
  • Mike's Baldur's Gate pages (A great Baldur's Gate resource site. Maps, weapons/armor, potions, spells, walkthroughs and much more.)
  • Planet Baldur's Gate (Everything about the Baldur's Gate serie, also including other games from the same publisher.)
  • Pocket Plane Group (Pocket Plane Group publishes a number of detailed mods for Baldur's Gate and other Infinity Engine games. BG1 projects include the BG1Tutu engine converter and the Indira NPC for BG1Tutu.)
Contributed to by Kabushi (126851) and faceless (395)