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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 Faer├╗n.

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 (Year ) 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 sp├ęciale incluant Fallout) (1998) Windows, DOS Special edition
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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)
7.5
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) DLC / Add-on, Compilation
8.0
box cover thumbnail Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal (2001) Windows, Macintosh DLC / Add-on
8.4
box cover thumbnail Baldur's Gate III (2020) Windows, Macintosh (+2 more) Role-playing (RPG)
9.4
Baldur's Gate III (Collector's Edition) (2023) Windows Special edition
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box cover thumbnail Baldur's Gate III: Digital Deluxe Edition (2023) PlayStation 5 Special edition
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box cover thumbnail Baldur's Gate III: Digital Deluxe Upgrade (2023) Windows, Macintosh (+1 more) DLC / 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 (2001) Linux, Windows (+12 more) Role-playing (RPG)
7.6
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 II (2004) PlayStation 2, Xbox (+7 more) Role-playing (RPG)
7.6
box cover thumbnail Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition (2012) Windows, Linux (+4 more) Role-playing (RPG)
7.4
box cover thumbnail Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition +... (2019) PlayStation 4, Xbox One (+1 more) Role-playing (RPG), Compilation
7.7
box cover thumbnail Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition - Siege... (2016) Linux, Windows (+4 more) DLC / 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 DLC / 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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box cover thumbnail Helden & Schurken f├╝r Baldur's Gate (1999) Windows Role-playing (RPG), DLC / Add-on
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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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