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« on: August 29, 2006, 01:21:18 AM »
Well, as said on the title.
I'll post one per week, full reviews for you RPG lovers.
And without further waiting, here's the first on what I hope will be a long list.

This was the best Pc Rpg of all times untill it was beaten to dust by it's sequel, wich by the way it's still the King of pc rpg's (I don't care what you say Neverwinter Nights is not better that BG2).
It was the First of 8 games builted using the Infinity Engine (with minor upgrades) Being Ice Wind Dale II the last.
The sound was really good, and the music did a great job at inmersing you into the game.
As for the gameplay, there's not much to say, it's actually quite easy, with a lot of options and menues you can access using the mouse, or the keyboard. And you don't even have to know a damn thing about D&D to play it.
The game presented an outstanding story that got better by the end of the game, and in the same way continued to improve on the sequel till it became one of the most memorable (If not the most) stories ever on a Pc Game.
From Bioware site: Baldur's Gate Story

A glimpse to the look of the Infinity Engine:



More pics here.

Baldur's Gate Reviews
Check out these Baldur's Gate Reviews!
    * Gamecenter - 5/5
    * Adrenaline Vault - 5/5 (Seal of Excellence)
    * Computer Games Online - 5/5
    * Next Generation - 5/5
    * GamePen - 5/5
    * Game Fan - 98/100
    * GameSpot UK - 9.5/10
    * IGNPC - 9.4/10
    * GameSpot - 9.2/10
    * Game Revolution - A grade
"Baldur's Gate largely manages to meet, and even surpass, gamers' high expectations for this ambitious game." GameSpot.

Read the awards Baldur's Gate won!

And that's why this is a Game every Roleplayer Must own.
Well, hope you've enjoyed it.

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« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2006, 02:41:41 AM »
Fallout is much, much better than BG.
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« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2006, 03:26:36 AM »
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Fallout is much, much better than BG.

I agree that Fallout is a Great game, with capital G, but I'm not sure if I agree with you about it being better than BG.
Maybe I'm being a bit subjective, and let myself carry away by my BG fanatism.

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« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2006, 03:33:50 AM »
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« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2006, 06:24:55 AM »
Nice read UmaSama. I never got the chance to play BG, so it was nice to read more about it.

It may be nostalgia coloring my vision, but I have to nominate the first two gold box games for SSI's Forgotten Realms series. Pool of Radiance and Curse of the Azure Bonds were awesome classic-style AD&D games with a fun story attached.
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« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2006, 01:19:01 PM »
What kind of rig would I need to run Baldur's Gate?  The last machine I owned primarily for gaming was a C64.  I know nothing about video cards and such.

Personally, I found Ultima IV to be a mind-blowingly awesome experience.  I haven't played that many PC games since the 80s, other than the time I nearly hosed my academic career by solving Doom instead of studying for finals.
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« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2006, 01:27:25 PM »
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What kind of rig would I need to run Baldur's Gate?  The last machine I owned primarily for gaming was a C64.  I know nothing about video cards and such.

Personally, I found Ultima IV to be a mind-blowingly awesome experience.  I haven't played that many PC games since the 80s, other than the time I nearly hosed my academic career by solving Doom instead of studying for finals.


Baldur's Gate was released on November 30th 1998, so the requirements are Xtremely low:
The system requirements for Baldur's Gate are as follows:
                             Required              Recommended
Processor                Pentium 166 MHz    Pentium 200 MHz with MMX
Operating System    Windows 95/98
RAM                         16 MB*                  32 MB
DirectX                  DirectX 3.0          DirectX 5.0
Video Card    DirectX video card with 2 MB    DirectX video card with 4 MB
Sound Card    DirectX certified sound card
CD-ROM Drive                      4X                         8X
Hard Disk Installation            320 MB                      570 MB
Multiplayer    Modem-to-modem, null modem, IPX, TCP/IP

* 32 MB required for multiplayer
   
As far as I can remember Ultima was an xtremely straighforward hack & slash dungeon crawl, so if you really enjoyed it, you're gonna love BG, because is by no means straighforward. BG did an outstanding work in recreating the fealing of paper & dice RPG's on Video Games.

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« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2006, 01:31:48 PM »
Actually, Ultima IV had some great puzzle elements, nifty overland exploration, and a pretty cool plot.  Even for its time the graphics were a bit crude but the other elements of the game were all top notch.
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« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2006, 01:37:26 PM »
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Actually, Ultima IV had some great puzzle elements, nifty overland exploration, and a pretty cool plot.  Even for its time the graphics were a bit crude but the other elements of the game were all top notch.


My apologies then. The fact is that on the Ultima golden era I was on primary school and the only games I cared about were Mortal Kombat, and crappy plataformers.

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« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2006, 02:36:43 PM »
Ultima Underworld and its sequel.

These were the two 3D, first-person, single-character Ultima games released in the early 90s.  I had heard a lot about games being "immersive" up until that time, but this was the first time I really felt like I was there when playing a game. It was like *I was really in that huge dungeon*  Still incredibly immersive, deep and caprivating to this day, if you can stand Doom-era 3D.
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« Reply #10 on: August 29, 2006, 07:53:59 PM »
Dude, you can't mention Baldur's Gate without mentioning the best game to use that engine: Planescape Torment.
 

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« Reply #11 on: August 30, 2006, 12:44:38 AM »
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Dude, you can't mention Baldur's Gate without mentioning the best game to use that engine: Planescape Torment.


Do not get ahead of yourself buddy, read carefully the first post, I said that BG was the first of 8 games builted using the Infinity Engine, and I also said that I was going to post a game every week. Of course I thought about Planescape Torment, when thinking of games to include in the list, I would never leave one of the greatest games ever outside, so rest assure that you'll get to see Planescape here on the foreseeable future.

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« Reply #12 on: August 30, 2006, 11:21:43 AM »
Tetris.

If you really need an explanation as to why, then you've never played the game for more than 5 minutes.  :p
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« Reply #13 on: August 30, 2006, 04:42:18 PM »
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Tetris.

If you really need an explanation as to why, then you've never played the game for more than 5 minutes.  :p


I was saving Tetris for the "Games every Obsesive Compulsive must have" thread:D

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« Reply #14 on: August 30, 2006, 11:08:54 PM »
I love the Game Boy version. It was as close as you can get to monochrome Nirvana.

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