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August 13th, 2014, 07:57
Andy Kelly has a new article on PC Gamer that revisits BioWare's legendary RPG.

Baldurís Gate was one of my formative PC gaming experiences. I have vivid memories of sitting in the glow of my old CRT monitor on a Friday evening after school, dungeon crawling until the sun rose. Iíve never been one for misty-eyed nostalgia, but last week I felt compelled to reinstall it. It was almost midnight, and I had work the next day, but I didnít think Iíd be playing for long. Just enough to sate my nostalgia. Three hours later and I was still up. Its claws are in me againóalmost 16 years after I first installed it on my old beige Pentium IIóand, surprisingly, it still holds up.

Developed by BioWare in 1998, itís a vast fantasy RPG set in the Forgotten Realms, one of the most popular and long-running Dungeons & Dragons campaign settings. You create your own protagonist using a deep character editor, then embark on an adventure along the Sword Coast, a stretch of rocky coastlines, deep forests, ancient ruins, bustling cities, and labyrinthine dungeons. Thereís a story to follow, but you can pursue it at your leisure. The world map is heaving with fun quests and memorable characters, and you get to decide whether youíll be a hero, a villain, or neither.

One of the most striking things about the game is how much personality it has. A lot of fantasy, especially in the D&D mould, suffers from being overly earnest and po-faced, but Baldurís Gate fizzes with character, and is often genuinely hilarious. Even a random commoner on the street might have something amusing to say, and I think almost half of the 15 or so hours Iíve sunk into this replay have been spent talking to the many thousands of NPCs who litter the Sword Coast.
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I bet a lot of people thought of a Baldur's Gate Total Conversion:

Tactical turn based Baldur's Gate XCOM style.
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