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- This is the complete Baldur's Gate Compilation on four (4) DVD's. Includes: Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast, Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn and Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal.
- Baldur's Gate : Baldur's Gate takes you back to the Forgotten Realms campaign setting on a visually dazzling role-playing adventure, one that brings to life the grand tradition of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons game through cutting edge art and technology. Immerse yourself in this quintessential medieval fantasy world, where nations hang in the balance of your actions, dark prophecies test your resolve, and heroic dreams can be fulfilled at last.
- Baldur's Gate: Tales of the Swords Coast : Continue your travels on the Sword Coast with the next set of adventurers in the award-winning Baldur's Gate role-playing game series.
- Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn : Baldur's Gate II expands the Baldur's Gate world by bringing you a new set of adventures set in the nation of Amn. Baldur's Gate II has a large central, nonlinear plot line which is broken down into 7-8 chapters, with lots of sub quests and small adventures thrown in for variety. The number of item recovery type quests has been greatly diminished and there are be more class- and alignment-specific quests.
- Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal : Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal greatly extends the Baldur's Gate II experience, with approximately 40 hours of additional adventures. Explore the lands of Tethyr as an epic conflict wreaks devastation on a scale never before seen in the Forgotten Realms campaign world
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I too think it is better than the Neverwinter series, for one main reason:
BG and especially BGII are extremely open and non-linear. Yes, of course the game has limits, but there are so many optional areas, quests, characters, and items, and more importantly, so many decisions you have to make in each play-through that open some doors and close others, that you can play this game probably ten times in a row and still discover fun new things.
Even concepts which seem like game-universe "laws" can be surpassed once you gain enough skill as a player. I'm not talking about cheating. For example, you might think the Cowled Wizards are impossible to resist when they arrest you, right? Nope, not for a creative tactician. Or, you might think that it's impossible to beat the game using just three, two, or even one single character. But it's actually very possible--just more intellectually challenging and rewarding. Most do that with a fighter/mage or fighter/thief, though, to get the maximum number of abilities. But you couldn't do it with a single, lonely armor-less kensai fighter, right? Think again...Read more ›
First, there is no printed manual, only a .pdf file contained on the disk. Also, the box itself is pretty flimsy, with the discs stacked on top of each other and held with rings that are too stiff. The way this is packaged makes the discs very prone to scratching, so I would inspect your discs first, then transfer them to another case. Compare this to the Diablo II box set which comes with a nicer jewel case and a booklet for about the same price, and you can see that Atari is treating this as a cheap-o product instead of the gaming classic it really is.
Secondly, installing on Windows Vista can be a pain. Don't do the auto-run install, or files will be missing and the game will crash. I did this originally and thought my discs were corrupted, but it was actually a Windows Vista problem. Find the setup.exe file by exploring the disc and right-click "run as administrator" and it should install properly. Do this for all 4-discs. If you are using 64-bit Vista it will be even more of challenge to get this installed. I recommend disabling autoplay altogether, and perhaps even installing from safe mode.
Thirdly, you SHOULD download and install (again, run as adminstrator) the Throne of Bhaal patch from Bioware's site. But DO NOT install the Tales of the Sword Coast patch. This version is essentially the same as the "original saga" version, so you don't need to patch it. If you do, the game will start asking for disc 6 or other discs, and you will have to uninstall then reinstall it.Read more ›
Also, the volume on the sound seems artificially high whenever I load a game. Saving or quicksaving puts it back down to normal, so this is an easy fix.
I have yet to get to the second game (I've played it through many times before, but not with this box set), so I cannot yet comment on that.
Once you've found a solution that works however, you'll greatly enjoy this game. This is one of the best RPGs in history, and is still fun for me to play over a decade after its initial release and despite multiple play-throughs.
For the sake of full disclosure, I am using a GeForce 8500GT video card (driver v. 6.14...), with a Soundmax Digital Audio card (driver v. 5.12...). My DirectX version is 9.0c.
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These games are amazing and fun to return to for nostalgia.Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
Dvd's come in sleeves instead of having their own place to be inserted into otherwise perfectly fine.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I loved it it's the type game I enjoy playing with a old school feeling to it.Published 3 months ago by Patrick
You have to be a computer wiz to make this work in modern Windows operating systems. I am, so I did. But if you aren't, think twice.Published 3 months ago by M. Baker