Even today, nearly 11 years after it’s release Baldur’s Gate is still considered one of the greatest CRPG’s ever created. Baldur’s Gate.. no matter how hard you try, you just can’t find a way to describe a game like that. So, let’s start with an introduction – Baldur’s Gate is a computer role playing game developed by Bioware and published by Black Isle. The game is set in the fantasy world of Forgotten Realms that should be familiar to any Roleplayer and uses the 2nd edition of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons rules. As the story goes in most RPGs, you're an orphan raised by a foster father. You never knew your parents and or all you know, they're probably dead. Magic plays a huge role in any fantasy RPG. Therefore you have a great range of spells to choose from. From Fireballs to Magic Missiles and from Invisibilities to Healing Spells, you have so many there's a chance you won't use them all in your playthrough. Of course, you won’t travel alone. During your travels you will meet all kinds of characters that will fight alongside you, trusting you their darkest secrets. They all have their own opinion, and react differently to your actions. Should you be mean to them, they will most likely abandon you. If you are nice – they will grow to like you. You can choose whom to take and whom to leave. Surviving alone is impossible. The characters are one of the things you will grow to love most about the game. Like Minsc, the mighty warrior that talks to Boo, the miniature giant space hamster. To this day, Boo is considered by many old time RPG gamers to be the best companion to ever appear in a video game. Each character has it’s own story for you to discover. It’s entirely up to you if you want to know them or just use them as grunts in your adventure. The Sword Coast is the setting. The world is pretty big considering everything. You can travel all you want and wherever you want, if you can survive. The world is rough, especially compared to newer Bioware games like KotOR or Jade Empire, which were great but compared to Baldur’s Gate – easy and shallow. The game was incredibly detailed in terms of it’s RPG Rules and you could go on for hours just reading character stories, item details and statistics. The content of the game was immense. Even compared to today’s top RPG’s Baldur’s Gate is an excellent game. If you don’t like real RPG’s and want to keep it simple – play Mass Effect. But if you are a true hardcore RPG Gamer and haven’t played Baldur’s Gate (Like that is possible.) – fix this mistake immediatelly.
Bottom line, this isn't a game for casual gamers. It's a game for people who are tired of bad stories and want to finally lose themselves in a full blown RPG game. If you never played it, you're most probably better off not playing it as it's not friendly for newcomers. And if you did, you should re-install and bring back the memories. It's worth it.
The review is terribly short as you have noticed, but that's because it's been a very long time since I played BG and I don't want to bore you with wating for updates. Becuase finishing BG with everything it has to offer would take way longer than just a few days. Tommorow or the day after I'll give you a bigger review of Baldur's Gate II and the addons.