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Monday, August 14, 2000
Barrage of Baldur's Gate
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While Diablo II may steal the headline space, the recent release of Baldur's Gate by GraphSim has not gone unnoticed. Mac Gamer's Ledge has posted a review of this game, and seemed to enjoy it, awarding it a 4.5 out of 5. Here's an excerpt:

Too many computer role-playing games have forced players down a single path with little room for choice. Baldur's Gate is different in that there are dozens of people to talk to and just as many quests for you to undertake as you travel up and down The Sword Coast in the Forgotten Realms. Based on Advanced Dungeons and Dragons rules, does Baldur's Gate measure up to the table-top version of Dungeons and Dragons?
Read on to find the answer to this burning question.

Meanwhile, in the depths of MacGamer, Corey Tamas has HTML-ized the Official Baldur's Gate Strategy Guide for those who have already purchased this game. Here is an excerpt:

Q: How big can my party be?

A: When you start Baldur's Gate you create one character of your choice. Throughout the adventure you meet many different people who can join your party. The maximum number in your party at any given time is six. You can get rid of PC's and get other NPCs to join you whenever you like. We'll be releasing some interesting party combinations of NPCs that you may want to mix to see what happens, soon after the release date for the game. Some may not get along very well - you'll see.

Q: Do you have to manage things like eating (rations) and such?

A: No, there is no ration management. We thought this was kind of mundane - Baldur's Gate is epic and heroic. You don't have to worry about going to the bathroom either (your characters are smart enough to do that when you aren't looking.)

Thank goodness for that. In any case, if you want to learn more about this RPG, check out these articles. Currently, Mac Baldur's Gate is a solo game only; the multiplayer aspect is currently being developed and will be available as a free download. There are also indications that a version of the game on DVD will be made available at that time, but this plan has not yet been set in stone. The expansion pack Tales of the Sword Coast is also in development by GraphSim, and rumors abound of possible future ports of Baldur's Gate 2 or Icewind Dale, other RPGs in this series.

Baldur's Gate Review at MGL
Baldur's Gate Strategy Guide at MacGamer

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