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Baldur's Gate is a role-playing franchise released under the Dungeons & Dragons video game license. The games take place in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting, on the fictional continent Faerûn.

The series started with Baldur's Gate (1998), eventually evolving into two distinct sub-series. The so-called Bhaalspawn Saga, developed by BioWare, includes the first game, its sequel Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn (2000), and their expansion packs, most notably Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal (2001), which concludes the overarching story. The games in the Bhaalspawn Saga are party-based RPGs with tactical real-time combat.

The Dark Alliance series initiated with Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance (2001), and are action RPGs with "hack-and-slash" tendencies, unrelated to the Bhaalspawn Saga story-wise. Developed by Snowblind Studios and Black Isle Studios, this series is often considered a spin-off of the former, due to its console-exclusive releases, reduced RPG elements, and projects of continuing the series in the gameplay vein of the first two games.

The first Baldur's Gate is commonly regarded as one of the significant contributors to the RPG revival of the late 1990's, the others being Diablo (1996) and Fallout (1997). It introduced the Infinity Engine, which served as a basis for several other isometric role-playing games, and popularized the "real-time-with-pause" combat system, which has been since implemented in many party-based Western RPGs.

Black Isle announced another Baldur's Gate title in 2001, Baldur's Gate 3: The Black Hound, but it was canceled in 2003. The game was supposed to implement a gameplay system similar to the one of the Bhaalspawn Saga, while starting an entirely new storyline. According to lead designer Josh Sawyer, it started development as a completely unrelated game, but Interplay lost the rights to make Dungeons & Dragons games outside the Icewind Dale, Baldur's Gate and Dark Alliance franchise. In order to continue development, they had to re-brand it as a Baldur's Gate game.

A proper Baldur's Gate III was released by Larian Studios in 2020 as an early access title, and as a full product in 2023, to universal acclaim.

Awards

  • PC Powerplay (Germany)
    • Issue 06/2005 - #4 Likeable Secondary Character (for Minsc and Boo)

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Title Released Platforms Genres Moby Score
box cover thumbnail Baldur's Gate 2005 J2ME Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Baldur's Gate 1998 Windows, Macintosh Role-playing (RPG)
8.4
box cover thumbnail Baldur's Gate (Edition spéciale incluant Fallout) 1998 Windows, DOS Compilation
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box cover thumbnail Baldur's Gate (Gold Edition) 1998 Windows Special edition
8.5
box cover thumbnail Baldur's Gate Chapters I & II 1999 Windows Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition 2013 Windows, Linux (+4 more) Role-playing (RPG)
7.6
box cover thumbnail Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn 2000 Windows, Macintosh Role-playing (RPG)
8.7
box cover thumbnail Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn... 2000 Windows Special edition
8.1
box cover thumbnail Baldur's Gate II: The Collection 2002 Windows, Macintosh (+1 more) Add-on, Compilation
8.0
box cover thumbnail Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal 2001 Windows, Macintosh Add-on
8.5
box cover thumbnail Baldur's Gate III 2020 Windows, Stadia (+3 more) Role-playing (RPG)
9.5
Baldur's Gate III (Collector's Edition) 2023 Windows, PlayStation 5 Special edition
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box cover thumbnail Baldur's Gate III: Digital Deluxe Edition 2023 PlayStation 5, Xbox Series Special edition
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box cover thumbnail Baldur's Gate III: Digital Deluxe Upgrade 2023 Windows, Macintosh (+2 more) Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Baldur's Gate: 4 in 1 Boxset 2006 Windows Compilation
8.4
box cover thumbnail Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance 2004 Game Boy Advance Role-playing (RPG)
7.1
box cover thumbnail Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance 2001 Linux, Windows (+12 more) Role-playing (RPG)
7.6
box cover thumbnail Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II 2004 PlayStation 2, Windows (+7 more) Role-playing (RPG)
7.6
box cover thumbnail Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition 2012 Windows, Linux (+4 more) Role-playing (RPG)
7.5
box cover thumbnail Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition +... 2019 PlayStation 4, Xbox One (+1 more) Role-playing (RPG), Compilation
7.8
box cover thumbnail Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition - Faces... 2017 Linux, Windows (+1 more) DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition - Siege... 2016 Linux, Windows (+4 more) Add-on
4.8
box cover thumbnail Baldur's Gate: Infinity Collection 2016 Macintosh, Linux (+1 more) Compilation
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box cover thumbnail Baldur's Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast 1999 Windows, Macintosh Add-on
8.0
box cover thumbnail Baldur's Gate: The Original Saga 1999 Windows, Linux (+1 more) Compilation
8.1
Black Isle Compilation 2002 Windows Compilation
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box cover thumbnail Black Isle Compilation Part Two 2004 Windows Compilation
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Icewind Dale: Die komplette Serie /... 2008 Windows Compilation
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box cover thumbnail Planescape: Torment / Baldur's Gate / Fallout 2 2000 Windows Compilation
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Rollenspiele: Deluxe Edition 2007 Windows Compilation
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box cover thumbnail Ultimate Dungeons & Dragons 2006 Windows Compilation
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