Tonight, my friends, I feel a great sense of pride and accomplishment, but also a small sadness. I am filled with a mixture of emotions and it is difficult to put this into words, so here is a picture.
|and countless dragon|
All in all, I could not tell you how long I played these games, but on and off again over the course of years, I've finally managed to bring the series to a close. Such good games, and they sure as hell don't pull any punches. Every step was a tooth and nail fight.
Looking back on the series, the best game is clearly the first one. It's basically an open world D&D rpg with up to 6 players. Years and years ahead of it's time. At the same time, I still feel that the entire series is western rpg perfection. You always feel like your in a wondrously detailed setting and plays fitting tribute to it's roots and background without getting mired in it. Nothing every feels contrived and I challenge anyone to find a plot hole. It characters and motivations are believable and the entirety of the series feels like reading a really good book.
You never once feel like you've got a solid grounding either. You're always on the tip of a wonderful iceberg of exploration. I once entered a random basement only to discover the tomb of an elemental litch - who happened to have a torso made of gold. What do you do with a torso made of gold? I never managed to find out.
I really suggest people play those games if they haven't already. Especially if you have recently been introduced to Bioware through Dragon Age or Mass Effect. Dragon Age was a throwback to Baldur's gate, but it does not surpass it.
"Minsc and Boo Stand Ready"
P.S. Save the pantaloons.