I know, I know...Finally! Here it is, Episode 101 on Baldur's Gate. I'm surprised that there are still CRPG fans who haven't played this one. You really should. It takes awhile for things to really pick up, but once they do, you're in it for the long haul, all the way through Tales of the Sword Coast, Baldur's Gate II, and the expansions for that. Weeks if not months of top-notch CRPG gameplay. I won't say it's perfect, but it's the closest I think we've come to the capturing that magic that made AD&D so compelling to so many people.
As always, you can download the mp4 here.
Matt, this was a great review! I recently came across this game and installed it...but I guess I gave up on it too quickly, having just worked through some other Bioware games (Dragon Age, Mass Effect II).
Might have to give it another whirl if I can endure the first couple of hours!
Thanks for this!
aah Baldurs Gate, memorable game for me, the first big polish localization, with famous actors (done by small polish publisher CD Projekt)
keep it going Matt, im looking forward to interview with another interesting guest
Hey, Zlykiss, can you elaborate on that Polish angle? I have to say, I'm woefully ignorant on localizations, though they fascinate me to no end. I'd love to hear all about it.
umm what can I say...
As i mentioned the polish localization of Baldurs Gate was done by CD Projekt. They started as game publishers on eastern europe and they had to cope with enormous piracy during so called "transformation" (to open market, post1989). On a side note i think the fact that many firms or simple people had access to newest programs/games (pirated because of lack of laws, funds and legit sources) accelerated enormously modern development of my country and others from so called "eastern bloc".
Anyways CD Project realized that the only way to sell games in this environment is to make proffesional localizations with top theatrical actors combined with generous game boxes full of gifts and gadgets. It seems they stayed with this attitude to customers to these days. Sadly it seems so anachronistic and rare in todays gaming world.
One of my favorites!