Excerpt: Videogamers are often divided into two factions: those that play console games and those that play computer games. Ask a console gamer to name a traditional style RPG and you're likely to hear Final Fantasy , Dragon Quest , Shin Megami Tensei , or some equally obvious representative of the most popular games in the genre. Ask a PC gamer to name a traditional style RPG, however, and the answer you get will very likely be the venerable Baldur's Gate .
Conclusion: While on these journeys there will be plenty of combat. This is setup just like the last game, as players click on individual characters, drag select them, or just select them all and command them. Again play can be paused by hitting the spacebar for some thoughtful strategizing. While melee fighting is much the same as ever, telling your warriors which monsters to bonk on the head and leaving them to their job, magic use has gotten even more intense this time around.
Excerpt: The graphics in Baldur’s Gate are top-notch rendered sprites on gorgeous rendered and hand-drawn landscapes. They look great, and the height mapping matches perfectly. The three-quarters view sometimes obscures doorways, but once you get in the habit of moving the cursor around to look for entrances, it’s a minor hindrance. The sounds are groovy, with music that becomes more “battlish” whenever combat nears. It has that spiffy symphonic sound as well.
Excerpt: Great inventions always spice up life. They give it that extra something, that something that just makes everyday living a bit less of a chore. First there was the electric lamp; then the nuclear bomb, the phone, the TV, the VCR, computer games, and last, but not least, pen-and-paper role-playing games.
Excerpt: Every once in a while, a game comes along that becomes a blockbuster. It could be any kind of game, any genre or type. Their only common denominator is that they somehow catch the greater audience's interest and manages to hold it long after newer games are released, so people can look back at it, and think of the times when you played it for the first time with fondness.
Summary: 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.
Excerpt: It has been a long time since I've journeyed to the Sword Coast via the magic of a Dungeons and Dragons game. Computer RPGs have never really been able to capture the flavor of a pen-and-paper role-playing, with several friends sitting around a table drinking sodas, eating chips, solving problems and slaying dragons. (well, only occasionally slaying a dragon) But that all changed with the release of Baldur's Gate.
Summary: 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...
Excerpt: Bienvenue sur Féerune, monde de magie légendaire, terre des célèbres Royaumes Oubliés, la saga à succès. C’est dans cet univers médiéval-fantastique que se déroule Baldur’s Gate. Ce jeu de rôle est basé sur les règles ADD (pour Advanced Dungeons and Dragons) mais que les puristes du jeu de plateau soient avertis, plusieurs adaptations ont été nécessaires à la réalisation de BG (la principale étant que les persos non-humains ne sont pas limités en niveau).