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Yes, my omnipresent authority figure! Unicorn Lynx (181490) 4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars
A dense, masterful fantasy world, but not for everybody jTrippy (63) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
Excellent standard setting RPG game for years and years to follow! OlSkool_Gamer (102) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
6 Years On, Baldur's Gate Is Still An Absolute Classic Zsolt Pardi (59) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A true gem, but it still has its detractors Chris Wright (105) 4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars
Excellent game based on 2nd edition rules Cyric (50) unrated
A fantastic adaption of the AD&D world. faceless (446) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
Despite the hate from the hardcore community this is great rpg. Zovni (10633) unrated
A groundbreaking RPG Christopher Sutler (7) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars
Despite a few irritating flaws, a fun adaptation of pen and paper AD&D Entorphane (375) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars

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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the voice or video acting. 4.3
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.1
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.0
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
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Overall User Score (271 votes) 4.1

Critic Reviews

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Old PC Gaming (Aug 26, 2015)
The game also contains another roleplaying first: multi-player options. Using IPX, TCP/IP, or serial connections, you can journey with as many as five friends through the single-player game. The host determines what characters the players control, whether they can initiate conversations, pause the game, etc. Also, when one character initiates dialog, every player suddenly switches to the same scene, even if they’re on the other side of the map. While it does a good job in making sure everyone sees what happens, it’s rather frustrating if you’re in the process of fighting or robbing someone. However, if you gather a few close friends together who are serious about playing, it can truly give a fresh spin on tabletop AD&D games.
The best role playing game to come out in years. Excellent graphics and sound, richly detailed environments, an incredibly friendly user interface, excellent documentation, and hours upon hours of gameplay make this game well worth the price and a true pleasure to play. RPG fans, your Nirvana awaits.
The Retro Spirit (Jul 03, 2009)
Ingen over, og ingen ved siden av. Vi både bukker, neier og byr ærverdig på vår «Golden DOS Spirit»-utmerkelse til en mastodont av en spilltittel INGEN bør gå glipp av! Har vi gjort oss forstått?
GameGenie (1999)
Finally, everything fits for Baldur's Gate. It is a definite step forward in the RPG genre. Wonderful graphical display, and ambient sounds. Of course Baldur's Gate is not flawless, as a few bugs bog it down. That doesn't deter from what this game has done for the RPG fans.
Game Revolution (Feb 01, 1999)
Either way, this is an amazing game. Baldur's Gate is a RPG which manages to get right everything about the tried and extremely true AD&D revision 2 gaming system. This is, without a doubt, the closest thing out there to actually getting together with a bunch of your friends on a Sunday afternoon, taking your characters into a dungeon, and using you own BOO to find out if that bottomless pit was actually bottomless.
Quandary (Mar, 1999)
Do you remember the sadness you felt when you read the last word in that book that simply enthralled you? That's just how I feel having just completed Baldur's Gate. It's been a long haul, more than two months of solid game-play, but I have been absolutely engrossed by every minute! Very few games earn such an accolade from this reviewer.
RPGamer (2005)
Perhaps the most interesting and important thing about Baldur's Gate is not that it's a great game, but that it came along at precisely the right time to revive a dying PC RPG market. The Infinity Engine, developed by Bioware, has since been used to develop at least three other games and was the template for the massively popular Neverwinter Nights and its exceptional Aurora Toolset, a set of software tools that have allowed literally thousands of would-be game designers to get their feet wet by making playable modules for their friends as well as their portfolios. In essence, although Baldur's Gate was not the only RPG made for PCs in the late 1990s, it was the RPG that sparked a gaming renaissance for computer users the world over.
If you remember playing Dungeons & Dragons fondly (and who doesn't!), and have always wished for a good version on your own computer, your wish has been granted. You may have tried some D&D based computer games before, and come away dissatisfied. Baldur's Gate is worth another look, as it is a very faithful recreation of an extended D&D campaign, with your computer serving as the Dungeon Master, all of the Non-Player Characters, and all of your quest-mates. For those of you heathens who have not played D&D, you don't have to worry! Baldur's Gate has removed the need to learn books full of arcane rules. You no longer need to own a small bag of weird dice, or keep character charts, or detailed maps.
In the grand tradition of the old Gold Box AD&D games, Baldur’s Gate (BG) from BioWare/Interplay (Black Isle Studios) attempts to recapture the kind of engrossing, "can’t-stop-playing" RPG experience that entertained so many people in the 80s and early 90s. Playable in either single- or multi-player, you guide a party of up to six characters through an expansive world of mystery and danger.
Absolute Games ( (Jan 06, 1999)
Перед нами — прекрасный образчик игры, которая выполнена с завидным мастерством. Графика красива, а технические характеристики одновременно находятся на современном уровне, и не имеют никаких чрезмерных требований. Геймплей нескучен и сбалансирован, во многом благодаря тому, что за основу была принята система AD&D, проверенная годами — ни к чему изобретать велосипед. Озвучивание — выше всяких похвал. Музыка прекрасно подходит к игре, и на современный манер, контекстно зависима. В общем, как это не прискорбно, мы не смогли найти ни одного мало-мальски серьезного изъяна в ней, и потому выставляем игре беспрецедентный рейтинг — десятку.
Xtreme Pc (Mar, 1999)
A spectacular adventure / rpg with a style similar to that of Fallout. Good: The graphics. The argument. The effects. Music. Sound. Bad: Some bugs. The window where the action takes place could be a little bigger.
RPGFan (Jun 20, 2002)
Whether a die-hard player of Dungeons and Dragons looking for a game to emulate your favorite features from the classic, or a casual Role-player who has never even heard of the game and desires only to have fun, you will reap quite a bit of pleasure from this expansive journey into fantasy. If you have yet to experience the joy one can obtain from Baldur's Gate, I highly recommend you grab the game as soon as possible and find out what you have been missing. But before you delve in to deeply, remember to keep away from those giant spiders…sometimes they can get nasty.
games xtreme (Mar 12, 1999)
Ok, I must first admit to wanting to play this game for ages. I have played Diablo (I can't wait for Diablo II) so I thought that they would be similar, I was to be proven wrong, what sort of RPG requires 5 whole CD's, yes, thats FIVE CD's.
IGN (Jan 18, 1999)
Bio Ware proves that they are more than capable of carrying the AD&D torch.
Game Over Online (Jan 15, 1999)
Please give this game a try. Even if you have never played a true RPG before this is well worth your time. I started playing this game on Thursday the day before Christmas at about 10 p.m. that night and the next thing I noticed was that it was somewhere around 4 a.m. Baldur’s Gate is completely addictive, and has lived up to almost all of the hype that came its way. This one is definitely going to be remembered for a long time.
While it doesn't exactly bring anything new to the genre it is a genuinely good CRPG which brings the Forgotten Realms to life.
GameSpot (Jan 20, 1999)
Very few computer games based upon Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, the most influential role-playing game system of them all, have been released over the past several years, and those that did make it to retail shelves have been ill-conceived, substandard products. In that context, it's hardly surprising that Baldur's Gate, which many gamers suspected would finally bring AD&D back to the forefront of computer gaming, has been one of the most anxiously anticipated role-playing games ever.
PC Games (Mar, 1999)
But Baldur's Gate is well worth the money - on a dollar-value basis, it may be the best buy of the year. It's a huge, sprawling, wonderfully involved game that makes you feel as though you've read a fantasy trilogy by game's end.
The stable gameplay and a very intriguing story combined with good graphical atmospheric features and involving sounds make for an unforgettable experience.
Pelit (Jan, 1999)
TSR-yrityksen AD&D-sääntöjä käyttävä Forgotten Realms -maailma on kulissina viime vuoden ehkäpä odotetuimmalle pelille. Paikka hyville fantasiatietokoneroolipeleille on ollut auki jo pitkään, mutta nyt ovat Baldurin portit auenneet. Onko Baldur's Gate se odotettu messias, joka aloittaa roolipelien uuden nousun?
Games Finder (May 30, 2013)
If you are a fan of the party based RPG but haven’t played Baldur’s Gate you’re missing out on what could be considered the godfather of the genre.
Score (Nov, 1998)
Mé recenzentské oko spočinulo na tomto projektu s velkým zalíbením. Krásný, rozsáhlý příběh v kvalitním zpracování, jež doslova naplňuje Elminsterův citát, jenž byl použit jako nadpis celé této recenze. Takto lahodné hře je člověk ochoten odpustit mnohé. Například i to, že pri maximální instalaci přesahující 2GB občas vyžaduje vyměnit cédéčka.
CD-Action (Feb, 1999)
Gra dostała dziewiątkę i znaczek jakości, co bez wątpienia świadczy o niej jak najlepiej. Ale nie ma róży bez kolców, co zresztą sugerował koniec wstępu. Wad nie ma wiele, właściwie tak rzeczywista, nie wynikająca z nadmiernych oczekiwań, jest tylko jedna, ale jednak jest i życie uprzykrza. Chodzi mianowicie o inteligencje postaci.
Moje recenzujące oko spoczęło na tym projekcie z dużym upodobaniem. Piękną obszerną opowie w opracowaniu wysokiej jakości wypełnia cytat Elminstera, który został wykorzystany jako lead niniejszej recenzji. Tak delikatnej grze człowiek potrafi wybaczyć sporo. Między innymi to, że w trakcie pełnej instalacji, wymagającej 2GB, czasami trzeba wymienić kompakty. Wyrok: przepiękna opowieść w pozbawionym skazy technicznym opracowaniu.
Attack Games (Feb, 1999)
Grattis alla ni som älskar rollspel i gammal, hederlig fantasymiljö! Baldur's Gate påminner om storsäljaren Diablo, men är större, snyggare och mycket roligare.
Mana Pool (Oct 27, 2010)
If you have not played Baldur’s Gate and enjoy RPGs, you owe it to yourself to do so. Really, there is no other way around it – it’s that good. Baldur’s Gate really did (re-)start the modern RPG genre, and for good reason. Either play it to see where it all came from, or just because it’s worth it. It deserves your attention.
Overall, Baldur's Gate provides a highly enjoyable experience that draws a player in with impressive character interaction and a great storyline.
GamePro (US) (Jan 01, 2000)
Hot on the heels of the fantastic Fallout 2, Baldur's Gate delivers an epic fantasy set in the Forgotten Realms of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons universe. It's a tribute to the devotion and creativity of the game's designers that Baldur's Gate works beautifully as both a treat for AD&D devotees and as a broadly appealing RPG for everyone else.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Dec 31, 1998)
Baldur's Gate is een isometrische RPG waarin real-time en turn-based elementen op verbluffende wijze zijn gecombineerd, met prachtige graphics en adembenemende muziek en geluidseffecten. Spijtig van de enkele 'bugs' en het vervelende haperen bij het scrollen, want anders was dit een absolute topper geweest. Ondanks de paar kleine tekortkomingen krijgt Baldur's Gate volgens mij een welverdiende plaats in het rijtje van de groten uit de geschiedenis. Baldur's Gate wordt een klassieker.
Imperium Gier (Oct 10, 2001)
Co na plusy: ogromny świat na 5 płytach wypełnionych po brzegi, gra oparta o świat Forgotten Realms, ponad 10000 ręcznie rysowanych ekranów w 16 bitowej grafice, dynamiczne efekty świetlne, zmiany pór i atmosfery pogodowej, około sześćdziesięciu różnych wrogów, wielka nieliniowość, około 20 questów podstawowych i setka pobocznych, odrębne charaktery członków grupy, i mógłbym tak jeszcze bardzo długo. Minusy są tak nikłe i wymienione przeze mnie że nie będę się powtarzał.
90 (Jan 01, 1999)
Depuis la sortie d'Ultima 7 (Ultima 8 étant, de l'avoeu même d'Origin, un peu raté), on attendait avec impatience un jeu de rôle digne de ce nom en 3D isométrique. Baldur's Gate, dans le plus pur style AD&D comblera tous les fans du genre!
Svenska PC Gamer (Jan, 1999)
Traditionellt och nyskapande på en gång. Ge mig en uppföljare!
GameStar (Germany) (Jan, 1999)
Während ich bei Fallout 2 meist vergeblich nach der Militärrüstung suche, die ein besiegter Soldat gerade noch trug, darf ich bei Baldur’s Gate jedes Messer und jede Lederrüstung einsammeln. Dieser Realismus gefällt mir ebenso wie die simple Bedienung und tolle Grafik. Nicht zu vergessen die netten Neben-Quests, etwa der Streit zweier Magier um eine Nymphe. Baldur’s Gate ist ein Muß für alle Rollenspieler, doch auch Echtzeit-Strategen mit einem Faible für Fantasy werden es lieben.
PC Games (Germany) (Jan, 1999)
Schon nach der ersten Sitzung hatte ich Mühe, mich von Baldur's Gate loszureißen. Die fesselnde Handlung, eine gigantische Welt sowie ein Füllhorn an Überraschungen hielten mich mit magischer Gewalt vor dem Monitor fest. Bereits die Wahl der Eigenschaften des Hauptcharakters machte einen Riesenspaß – und dies in einem übersichtlichen Menü, das sogar Einsteiger nicht abschrecken wird. Die Atmosphäre eines mittelalterlich anmutenden Reiches ist gerade wegen des originellen Designs und der stimmungsvollen Musik rundum gelungen. Hingegen enttäuschte mich die Grafik, vermißte ich doch höhere Auflösungen und verschiedene Zoomstufen. Schade auch, daß die Dialoge nicht durchgängig vertont sind, sondern im Text-Modus abgespult werden. Abzüge gibt es ebenfalls für das etwas lästige Management der Inventare. Wenn allerdings nur der Suchtfaktor beurteilt würde, bekäme Biowares großartiges Rollenspiel in dieser Kategorie gewiß eine 9x%-Wertung.
Power Unlimited (Feb, 1999)
Met de twee andere delen in de maak en de add-on packs in het vooruitzicht, sluit Baldur's Gate het gat tussen het heden en verleden van de RPG. Met meer dan voldoende klassieke RPG elementen om de die-hard fans te plezieren en het uiterlijk en de mogelijkheden van de moderne tijd, zal deze game hoge ogen gaan gooien. En het komende Diablo II heeft er bij voorbaat een zware rivaal bij.
PC Joker (Jan, 1999)
„Interplays Rollenspielhoffnung“ war der meistzitierte Ausdruck im Zusammenhang mit Baldur Gate - und wirklich: Selten habe ich mit solcher Hingabe Landkarten erforscht, mich um eine Party gesorgt und dabei einfach gespielt, ohne mir unnötig den Kopf über Regelwerk oder Bedienung zerbrechen zu müssen. Da ich die Kämpfe rundenweise bestreite, hat mich lediglich die fehlende Anzeige von Bewegungspunkten gestört. Das teilweise etwas altbackene Artwork (etwa in den Menüs) werden Nostalgiker leichten Herzens unter dem Begriff „klassisch“ verbuchen, während das Game alle Genre-Neulinge sanft an die Geheimnisse des Rollenspiels heranführt. Ein Geniestreich!
Power Play (Dec, 1998)
„Baldur's Gate“ ist ein Spiel, dessen Reize sich erst nach und nach erschließen. Mein erster Eindruck (damals noch anhand einer unfertigen Vor-Version) war z.B. der eines zwar komplexen und optisch ganz hübschen, aber nicht unbedingt überwältigenden Rollenspiels. Doch das ändert sich, wenn die Geschichte in Fahrt kommt, wenn man ein paar der interessanten Nebenjobs ausprobiert und auch erste Erfahrungen mit den unterschiedlichen Charakteren (im doppelten Wortsinn) und ihrer Skript-KI gemacht hat. Dieses Game lebt in erster Linie von den Einzelheiten, den Details, den liebevollen Kleinigkeiten, an denen man merkt, daß die Designer viel Arbeit in das Programm gesteckt haben. Und hat man erst einmal begonnen, sich mit den tapferen, zwielichtigen, dickköpfigen, verrückten, mit einem Wort lebendigen Helden herumzuschlagen – dann möchte man am liebsten gar nicht mehr damit aufhören.
Kaum ein Rollenspiel hat mich in letzter Zeit so stark vor den Computer gelockt wie Baldur's Gate. Allein schon das AD&D-Regelwerk läßt eine Kaufempfehlung vermuten. Unglaublich schöne Landschaftsgrafiken erhärten diesen Verdacht. Ferner stimmen Steuerung und Kampfsystem, wenn auch bei letzterem die Pause-Funktion gewöhnungsbedürftig erscheint. Tatsächlich trägt sie zur Übersichtlichkeit und zum Erfolg im Gefecht bei. Gerade, wenn die Party mit sechs Kompagnons umherstreift, kommt dies zum Tragen.
GameSurge (Aug, 1999)
Baldur's Gate, the latest RPG from Black Isle Entertainment (makers of Fallout 1 and 2), proves to be a gaming experience you likely won't forget.
Baldur's Gate to wspaniała gra fabularna, w której przeżywamy długą i ciekawą przygodę. Do wypełnienia mamy też wiele różnych zadań pobocznych. Mimo przestarzałej grafiki Baldur's Gate jest jedną z najlepszych gier fabularnych na pecety.
Legendra (Jun 09, 2009)
Baldur's Gate, premier volet de la bi(tri)logie, est un jeu rempli de charme et au contenu conséquent, un RPG que l'on pourrait qualifier d'ouvert puisqu'il vous laisse grandement le choix de vos déplacements (ou de vos errances). Car Baldur's Gate, c'est un univers vaste dans lequel il est facile de se perdre. On a beau dire, mais je ne pense pas qu'il soit accessible à tous, pas particulièrement complexe, il dispose tout de même d'une difficulté élevée, la lenteur d'évolution des personnages ajoutée à la limitation au niveau du... niveau justement, en fait un RPG à ne pas faire comme première expérience vidéoludique d'un Donjons et Dragons, bien qu'il soit le meilleur. Il dispose également de grands atouts comme la diversité de ses personnages et de ses quêtes, il reste pour beaucoup un monument du RPG PC, jamais surpassé et même rarement égalé, il garde une place très importante pour les rôlistes de l'époque.
As a single-player product, BALDUR’S GATE aspires to greatness—a good engine, nice graphics, a real D&D feel—but has its share of flaws, particularly with AD&D-style combat As a multiplayer product, it sports some interesting features and is more enjoyable by virtue of having other real people participating in the adventure. Anyone considering BALDUR should do so with an eye to the multiplayer aspect to get the most for their money.
ESC Magazine (Jan 15, 1999)
What makes Baldur’s Gate so fun are the little touches that, for the most part, Black Isle also included in its Fallout series. Character is a big issue, and every major non-player character (NPC) in the game has a defined character -- the few who can travel with the player even have scripts for how to act under certain situations (and those scripts can be altered, if the player so desires).
FiringSquad (Jan 16, 1999)
Despite our nitpicky issues with "graphical cleanliness" and clunky multiplayer, Baldur's Gate simply shines. We were not able to obtain a review copy for this game so I just went out and bought it, somewhat reluctantly because I didn't know what to expect. Well after everything's been said and done, I don't regret any of the money I spent on Baldur's Gate because if nothing else, it's a game that delivers real value for your dollar. It should take around 100 hours to solve the game, and if you like dilly dallying on the subquests like we do, Baldur's Gate could easily take 150 hours of game play to beat. The variations in race, class, and alignment will probably spur most players to play the game over and try it with a different character. I know I'd like to try everything over again as an evil character. Bottom line: if you have even the slightest interest in RPG or fantasy games, then Baldur's Gate is a must have game.
Yiya (2000)
Ich denke, dass Baldur's Gate eine Menge Spaß bereiten kann. Insbesondere, wenn man sich mit anderen Spielern austauscht. Was auch einer der Gründe dafür war, Hilfen zu dem Spiel hier auf anzubieten - zu einem recht späten Zeitpunkt und obwohl bereits einige gut gemachte Websites zu dem Spiel existieren.