Hours of fun.
I'd never played any of the Bladur's Gate games on the PC, so I was curious about what this game would be like. It lacks the flexibility of the PC games which enabled you to create your character from scratc as you might in a Dungeons and Dragons game. Instead you choose from three characters, Vahn, a human archer, Cromlech, a Dwarven fighter and Adriana, an Elven sorceress. As the game opens you've just arrived in the city of Baldur's Gate, a place known throughout the Forgotten Realms as a place where one can find fame and fortune around every corner. But you're likely to find an unpleasant welcome before you find any fame or fortune. Saved from certain death by the timely arrival of some of the city guards, you find shelter in the Elfsong Tavern, where you also hope to find information about the thieves who attacked you. As you dig deeper you discover that the thieves who ambushed you are just one part of a much greater evil threatening Baldur's Gate.
This game will provide hours of fun. It even includes a co-op mode and a hidden unlockable character if you know how to unlock him. The gameplay is simple enough. You move with the left thumbstick, use your weapon with the A button and use magic if any with the B button. THe L and R buttons will use potions. The R button will use Rejuvination potions to restore your health. THe L button will use Regen potions to restore magic power. You can use potions from the menu, but the R and L buttons will automatically use the required number of potions to get you back to full strength.
The audo in the game is also excellent. e sound effects are extremely fitting, the voice acting, provided b some of the best in the industry, is well-done. The music is also wonderfully atmospheric, wheter you're in te city of Baldur's Gate itself, in the sewers beneath the city or the crypts. In short this is a game well worth playing. It's just a pity that its sequel was never released for the Cube.
Reviewed by: Bryan Peterson from Twin Falls, Idaho on 10/16/2013