Baldur’s Gate is one of the most recognized and legendary game series in the video game universe. Basically a RPG, it is based upon the Advanced Dungeon & Dragons’ 2nd edition rules as its combat system (read: Basic Gameplay). D&D as you might know is a legendary board game of epic proportions that uses a board, a dice, a mythic setting, some hard bound rules, four friends, lots of imaginations and test of friendship.
So the story of BG is set in a D&D sect called The Forgotten Realms, where the main player resides, whose clan is constantly under attacks from shadowy assassins. Now as the protagonist it is your duty to find the secret of those assassins’ fascination for your squashed head and if a life threatening danger ensues (which must) then stop it as well!
Oh and also there are hard to defeat orcs, werewolves and other mighty unholy monstrosities as well, but that is what the fun is about here.
The game’s active progression moves in top down isometric perspective, with real time third person combat system, simply speaking, you’ll be watching your party and the enemies and the world from above like God but unlike God, you will actually do something about all the mishaps by guiding your troupe to victory.
Yes, you as a party leader can select up to five different non playable team members to aid you in your journey, kinda like in those FF titles.
What you have to do is basically what we know and expect from great RPG games to do, explore the magic and majestic of the new worlds that is presented to us while you try to become the best in it.
Explore many taverns, mountains, cities, cults, organizations and combine the clues to solve the mystery that is taking shape and be prepared for anything!
The gameplay is basically about exploring (lots of it! Distractingly lots of it!), fight occasional battles, level up, fight bigger battles and make the sense of the chaos around the regions, so quite basically it is pure RPG fun.
Developed by BioWare and published by Black Isle Studios and Interplay Entertainment for the PC, Mac OS and Linux, the game was released on December 21, 1998.
To all the D&D fans, this title holds a special value since it most aptly conveyed the settings, atmosphere and feeling of a D&D game, using its own rules albeit a bit modified for real time systems and it holds its ground as one of the best story and combat driven RPG titles ever for the non D&D enthusiasts as well.