Remember the first time you played a roleplaying game, tabletop or otherwise, that drew you into a world so vast that your brain lost contact with the outside world, being utterly engrossed in the story before you? It’s rare that any game can garner that sort of dedication from unsuspecting players, but BioWare’s highly acclaimed Baldur’s Gate can pull this neat trick off quite easily once you get into it. Set in the Forgotten Realms universe, Baldur’s Gate will astound even the most fanatical role player with its attention to detail, character development, storylines, combat and overwhelmingly vast game world.
The game follows the AD&D rules as closely as you could hope for. You start off by creating your main character – you choose gender, race, profession, weapon proficiencies and moral alignment. Even at this pre-game stage, plenty of thoughtful touches are evident – you can customize your character even further by importing a custom-built picture for his/her on-screen portrait, and even import your own dialog (saved as simple WAV files).