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Baldur's Gate Original Saga with Tales of the Sword Coast Expansion Pack - PC

by Black Isle Studios
Windows 98 / Me / 95
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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Baldur's Gate Original Saga with Tales of the Sword Coast Expansion Pack - PC + Baldur's Gate 2: The Collection (Shadows of Amn and Throne of Bhaal) + Icewind Dale 3 in 1 Boxset (Icewind Dale / Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter / Icewind Dale II)
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  • ASIN: B00005S8J2
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Release Date: November 13, 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,335 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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In Baldur's Gate (Role Playing Game of the Year, 1998), with expansion pack Tales of the Sword Coast, deeds are rewarded with vast treasures of legend, glory beyond compare and a world rescued from the brink of disaster!

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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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive PC role-playing experience May 17, 2003
Baldur's Gate is one of the most immersive and enjoyable RPGs that I've played. The plot is very interesting, the characters are wonderful, and I can't put my finger on exactly what does it, but somehow this portrait of the Forgotten Realms draws me into the game world like nothing else I've played before. The first time I fired up this game led to a 24-hour gaming marathon with no food or sleep; that's how engaging it is.
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.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic RPG May 22, 2002
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Baldur's Gate is a fantastic game! Baldur's Gate continues to amaze and impress however if you're looking for a quick kill this RPG does not fit the bill. Baldur's Gate has good graphics by today's standards and has an impressive story line which is somewhat linear in nature. The story allows the player to do what they wish. Multitudinous side quests coupled with flexibility in characters allow the game to be played many times over which offers hours upon hours of play. The interface is well organized and easy to use, the music, story line, and great technical aspects of the game immerse the player into the story. Bioware is notorious for their thorough game testing resulting in outstanding reliability. There is one patch available for download on the Bioware web page along with another update that allows for support of DirectX 8.0. You can't go wrong with this title.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This game smoked my social life! August 17, 2002
I recently purchased this game with the expansion at the store for 20 bucks. For that price I couldnt go wrong, what with all the great reviews about it. I had a few problems after the installation with some "assertion errors" but the online troubleshooting sites helped me out. It turns out that the problem was mine, not the game's.
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.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!! October 11, 2002
I usually don't play many Role Playing Games (RPG), but when a friend let me try his edition of Baldur's Gate I was hooked on the fantasy series for life. Let me explain why I chose to start playing the highly-addictive game. 1. The graphics are excellent. You won't see many games with the type of graphics this game has. Yeah there are a few RPGs with decent graphics but they don't compare to this. 2. The game play is simple. Even for me, a novice (at the time), the game was simple to understand. It would be like playing Diablo or Starcraft to a sense. Once you started playing the game more and more, you start to understand the real concept of the game, and then you can start to build you character and learn the more advanced, complex elements of the game. 3. This game is for anyone who has ever wanted to know what it's like to be a knight, or an elf, or even a gnome. It has many different characters. They are all useful in their own unique way. Well I better wrap this up, so here's the last reason why it deserves 5 stars. 4. Last but not least, this is the game that started the BIG RPG push. Yeah we have Final Fantasy for playstation, and don't get me wrong that itself is an excellent title, but c'mon. That's for Playstation not the PC! This is the mother of all RPG's for the comp. If you love RPG's you should have this title in your collection. This is the one that started Baldur's Gate II, Icewind Dale, Icewind Dale II, and finally, The new smash hit, Neverwinter Nights. With out this game and the slew of A.D.&D. and Forgotten Realms games before it we would be still waiting for the right RPG to come along. Well that's my review. Go out and buy this game. It is well worth the $$$ I paid for it and more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as you remember
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 more
Published 6 months ago by david buechler
3.0 out of 5 stars What to say?
The first disc won't load correctly Keeps glitching. Stored it on the shelf and have not touched it for months
Published 7 months ago by Jon Ferdig
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfull way to unwind.
I have spent MANY hours enjoying the game. Some would say I'm a bit obsessed. Good story line and lots of options.
Published 10 months ago by Steven R. Del Vecchio
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game. Always has been.
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 11 months ago by Jax
2.0 out of 5 stars Used to love it.
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 more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars classic dungeons and dragons gameplay, transferred to the computer
Well crafted, thoughtfully designed, and challenging. Although it was released in 1998, the graphics are still pleasing to the eye, and the main quest storyline unfolds in an... Read more
Published 14 months ago by David Vermillion
4.0 out of 5 stars Great game. Very fun and entertaining.
I really liked this game. It's an RPG setting that is very fun to play. I think the series went on for a number of games.
Published 17 months ago by Mark Gospri
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like the old Bane and Wizardry games...
My parents were HUGE fans of the old Bane and Wizardry games. They loved the challenging puzzles and the feel of the game. Read more
Published on January 28, 2009 by Jessica
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent game
Reading many of the reviews it seems that most people have a problem with the way the game is played. RPG games aren't shooters. Read more
Published on October 9, 2008 by J. Chess
5.0 out of 5 stars Baldur's Gate Original Saga with Tales of the Sword Coast Expansion...
I love this game because of it's complex trategies and the fact that you have to use your head at what you do plus you can choose who you have in your party and you can build up... Read more
Published on May 14, 2008 by Deborah C. Stamford
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