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Baldur's Gate Original Saga with Tales of the Sword Coast Expansion Pack - PC
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Unleash your imagination in a fantasy world where heroes use magic, steel and their wits to battle fearsome monsters and unscrupulous villians. Guide your party of adventurers from the bustling medieval city of Baldur's Gate through hundreds of quests and challenges that will take you on a journey that you will soon not forget!
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You play a young man (or woman -- you create your own character) forced to leave his home under suspicious circumstances early in the game, and you find yourself out in a hostile world seeking answers about yourself. The story in this game is more personal than the traditional task of stopping the madman who wants to destroy the world, though it still becomes epic in scale, and is very well done.
Along the way you'll meet a number of NPCs (non-player characters), up to five of whom you can take with you and control. Since there are a number of character classes available, and each class has a vast array of special abilities, managing your party requires a good deal of thought, and engaging in battle requires a sound strategy. A well-balanced party is essential. The game itself is very well-balanced, so there are always numerous ways to attack any given situation.
The game is very large, and spans five CDs (six if you include the expansion). You can stick to the main story arc if you want, but there are dozens upon dozens of optional side-quests that you can attack as well. This is part of what makes the game so immersive, I think -- the fact that you so often have very significant interaction with all the minor characters in the game, rather than having them just spit out the same line of dialogue every time you meet.Read more ›
Anyway, at first, I wasnt sure how much I would really like this game. I thought it might have the tendancy to drag on. Actually, I have put some time into it and now I am so engulfed with this game that I have been staying up until wee hours in the morning with it. Theres is always something to do, somewhere to explore, people to help out or kill. Theres so much going on that I have yet to even come close to the city of Baldurs Gate! Ive been content with traveling elsewhere. Thats part of the beauty of the game. The fact that it doesnt force you to do anything in any order or, like most games, force you to go to area A, find object B, kill Boss C, proceed to area Z, etc. I like the fact that I know there is trouble to the south in the mines, but I feel like hanging out in the hills, looking for an insane mage. Ill get to the mines later.
Everytime this game is played it will be different depending on your choices. While im waiting for Baldurs gate2 to be shipped with the expansion, I might as well roll up a totally different character, play the game in a new sequence, and recruit the NPCs that I told to get lost the last time around. Ill take Brage to the Garrison of the Flaming Fist so they chop off his head and give me the bounty instead of giving him shelter in the church.
In short, the game is fun. It has been making me decide to stay in on nights that I should have gone out with friends. I was disappointed that it had no paper manual, but 20 bucks for this game is well spent. The manual is on disk one anyway.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I still like playing & researching this world, once in awhile.Published 4 months ago by James Mason
I bought this for my husband who has thoroughly enjoyed this game. Being an older game, it brought back a lot of memories for him and he said he's enjoyed playing it more this time... Read morePublished 6 months ago by J
This game is so good that I once lent it to a friend and had to buy him a copy for his birthday to get him to return my copy to me. Read morePublished 15 months ago by David Lewis
If you have played this game in years past it is as good as you remember. The graphics can't hold par to the newer games but are perfectly enjoyable in their own right. Read morePublished on December 20, 2013 by david buechler
The first disc won't load correctly Keeps glitching. Stored it on the shelf and have not touched it for monthsPublished on December 2, 2013 by Jon Ferdig
I have spent MANY hours enjoying the game. Some would say I'm a bit obsessed. Good story line and lots of options.Published on August 15, 2013 by Steven R. Del Vecchio
It's great that it only requires 2 discs now instead of the old 6 set. I highly recommend this product to any RPG lover!Published on August 11, 2013 by Matt S.
Used to be my favorite series. But in the time of lifelike cut scenes, amazing game mechanics , and incredible graphics,,,, This is unplayable to me now. Read morePublished on July 11, 2013 by Amazon Customer