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Baldur's Gate - Mac

by Graphic Simulations
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Platform: Mac

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Platform: Mac
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  • ASIN: B00002CFA0
  • Item Weight: 1 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: July 28, 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,497 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Platform: Mac


The game's large, nonlinear plot line is broken down into chapters (manageable miniplots to solve), with lots of subquests and small adventures thrown in for variety. The plot involves the regions around the cities of Baldur's Gate and Amn. These cities are plotting to destabilize the entire Sword Coast and precipitate a war.

The state of Amn is under siege to the south, the High Moor is being overrun in the north, and the region around Baldur's Gate is in turmoil. In an area known for its ample resources, a crippling shortage is slowly developing for the metal that is used throughout the Realms for everything from swords to forks: iron. The armed factions in Baldur's Gate can scarcely keep themselves armed, and the commoners are suffering all the more. Without iron they cannot mend their tools or purchase plows--and if they cannot farm or craft, they will starve come winter. Some blame Amn for the chaos, others the trading cartels, and still others suspect even the Dukes of Baldur's Gate. Yet, this contagion may be an early omen of some greater evil.

It's up to the player to determine the machinations behind this struggle for power--and to prevent the war that threatens to engulf the region (or, if playing an evil character, to try and assume more power in the process). Throughout, your main character's origins are mysterious; your search for your identity has links in the game's planned sequels.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why Diablo II doesn't compare August 25, 2000
Platform for Display:Mac
I bought D II first. I played it and I liked it. The improvements from Diablo were good and I was pleased. Then a few days later Baldur's Gate came in the mail. Holy geez! As a computer gamer, I was impressed. But as a long-time RPG fanatic, I was blown away. A game like this could replace the traditional RPG. Listen to this, you generate your Player Character just like you would in an RPG, no having to chose from a standard 5 PCs as you must in D II. And you can customize the actual appearance of your PC. Not only that, but you must think. It's not your typical hack-and-slash game. Those of you who are bitter about the late arrival, well, GET OVER IT.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very, very good game November 12, 1999
By A Customer
Platform for Display:Mac
Take notice - this is an excellent game, thoughtful and non-linear, and as true to the AD&D spirit without losing the fun as I've ever seen. Worth its money, and head and shoulders above anything else that I've seen in its genre for a long, long time.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Baldurs Gate Arrives July 20, 2000
By A Customer
Platform for Display:Mac
The long awaited Macintosh version of BG has arrived and it is fantastic. I am running the game on a Graphite IMac with 128MB of RAM. The graphics and sound are excellent, 24bit runs faster than 32bit. The game ships on 5 CD-ROMs and is only available (at this time) as a single-user game. The multi-user game should be out in 4 to 6 weeks. The game loaded in about 2 minutes under easy install. If you like following the AD&D print rules (2nd edition) you are really going to love this game.
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44 of 53 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Computer role-playing grows up again. November 10, 1999
By A Customer
Platform for Display:Mac
In the late 1980s and the early 1990s, when most AD&D games were still published by SSI in varying Gold Box series, you were pretty much limited to a specific set of interpretations to the AD&D rules. While Baldur's Gate still follows AD&D basic rules (though the second edition, I believe), it has done so in a much more free-flowing, indepedent way. Combat has solidified and become less innately hack-and-slash. If you're a role-playing fan, or you have a soft spot in your heart for the classic Gold Box series that fueled computer role-playing for so long, don't miss this modern descendent.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blown away December 20, 2000
By A Customer
Platform for Display:Mac
Bang for the buck! This game has kept me rapt for hours.I haven't finished but am going to play it again with a new character once it's over. There is SO MUCH to explore. I can't wait for another version to come to MACs. Much better than Hack & Slash and I enjoyed it more than Myth II. Although a combination of them both would be even better. One problem is limited items that the player can carry. They should allow more items. I like that you need to think about it and figure out options to violence to solve the problems in certain places.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars There Will be no Installer July 29, 2005
Platform for Display:Mac
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
There is no installer included!!! If you buy this you will be forced to buy Tales of the Sword Coast expansion, just to be able to install it. If you are looking to buy this game, then buy the BG/Tales combo pack. Please listen to my words and do not be as dissapointed as i was.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No. 1 Best RPG on the Mac June 11, 2007
Platform for Display:Mac
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Like many of the other reviewers here, I received a 5-CD "Tales of the Sword Coast" expansion set without the BG1 installer CD--I sent an email to Graphic Simulations explaining the situation and got a quick response with an apology, followed in a few days by a package in the mail containing the installer CD, completely free of charge--The kind of experience I've come to expect from Mac developers, and the Mac community in general.

NOTE: This is an OS 8/9 game, but the gamer community has come up with a hack, "BG1tutu," which allows you to play it in OS X, using the BG2 engine (BG2 CDs required). (You may have to google around for awhile to find the Mac BG1tutu files, because the old site which was hosting them has shut down.) In OS X it runs much more smoothly than in the Classic Mac OS, with essentially NO crashes or hangs...

I tend to rate games first on their "personality," then gameplay, and lastly, graphics. Think of quirky, character-rich games like Myth II or Gex the Gecko. BG1 has far and away the most memorable characters of any game I have ever played, along with a great storyline, monsters, weapons, spells, and abilities. I avoided this game for years because of all the talk online about how much trouble the whole dice-rolling, character-building, turn-based D&D thing was to learn for a "hack & slash" Diablo fan like me--But that aspect of the game can be essentially automated so that you don't even really even think about it.

At this point in time the 2D graphics are definitely old-school, but I find the meticulous, lovingly hand-painted artwork of BG1 to be far more enjoyable than the blocky, impersonal, polygonal 3D forms of Neverwinter Nights or Dungeon Siege. With "non-MMO" RPGs for the Mac almost extinct (with the exception of Jeff Vogel's Geneforge and Avernum series), BG1 is a must-play for any fan of this genre. I know that BG2 is often rated higher than the original, but the first one is still my favorite...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This game rocks! November 19, 2001
By Athynz
Platform for Display:Mac
When Baldur's Gate was (finally) ported to the mac, I bought it and haven't stopped playing it. Anyone who was/is/will be into D&D will love this game. It runs great on my G3 upgraded mac, and a factory G3 or G4 ought to make it fly. Very good job on graphics and adaptation of 2nd edition D&D Advanced rules.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good RPG
Great Game! I bought the game to play and it worked. Nice older game... I suggest you buy it if you are returning to classic games
Published 15 months ago by Dennis Herfurth
1.0 out of 5 stars Read the bad reviews!!!
If I had only read the reviews that said the game has no installer, I would have saved myself a bundle of money on this garbage. Read more
Published on February 2, 2006 by Irma Rae
1.0 out of 5 stars No installer included
This is a complete rip-off! If you buy this game you will not be able to install it unless you buy "Tales of the Sword Coast. Read more
Published on January 14, 2005 by J. Legne
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic game
This classic game, was first in the series and one of the most enjoyable.
Good game play.
Good strategy
The draw back is the cap on experience. Read more
Published on April 12, 2004 by L S THOMSON
1.0 out of 5 stars Can't get the right software...
I haven't had the chance to play this game yet. It shipped originally with the software for the expasion pack: tales of the sword coast. Read more
Published on January 9, 2003 by Chris
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely incredible....
I would give this game 5 stars, but it does crash every now and then...save often! Basically, this game is so addictive, I have trouble thinking about anything else. Grrrrr! Read more
Published on November 21, 2002 by David C. Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars *****Communism*****
this game is just like D&D games you have to get this game if you like roleplaying games this is the game to get. I recomend all the other buldersgate games. Read more
Published on March 24, 2002 by justin dietrich
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome roleplaying game! Kept my attention for months.
Really great! Buying part two today. Cant wait to take my character from part one to the next game. Awsome feature that you get to keep your character across different versions.
Published on February 8, 2002 by Solomon Flopy
4.0 out of 5 stars Short but sweet
BG is a very good game that I would've rated as excellent (5 stars) except for the fact that it was so freakin' slow. Read more
Published on February 1, 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for a start
Well, to make this worth while. Lets assume that you are an AD&D nut. If you have ever played the C-64 ver. of AD&D, you know what the movements were like. Read more
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