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Developer BioWare may be now known for their massively popular Mass Effect RPG franchise but there was another series that was quite amazing in quite a different setting. Known as Baldur’s Gate, players were whisked away to a dark fantasy world filled with amazing lore and epic RPG combat. Baldur’s Gate was a title that changed the landscape for future RPGs to follow in its release. That’s why you know us here at Honey’s Anime. When there’s an excellent game out there that needs love and admiration, we do our best to do just that for it. With that folks, today we look at 6 Games Like Baldur’s Gate.
Now for any of our 6 games like articles we need to find the best of the best titles. In this case, we needed to find games that really remind us—and other players—of the greatness seen in the Baldur’s Gate series. From epic journeys in Eastern lands of magic and martial arts to tales in other fantasy worlds, the games down below will make you remember the greatness of Baldur’s Gate. Be prepared folks, these are long games that will give you plenty of gaming hours but also lose a lot of real life hours as you’re absorbed into these titles like we were. Ready or not, scroll down and venture into our 6 Games Like Baldur’s Gate list.
Similar Games to Baldur’s Gate
1. Dragon Age: Inquisition
- System/Platform: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
- Publisher: Electronic Arts
- Developer: Bioware Edmonton
- Release Date: Nov 18, 2014
For what seems like ages, Mages and Templar have been locked in battle that has cost the lives of far too many from both sides. Finally feeling the exhaustion of such a toll heavy war, the Templars and Mages decide to hold a meeting to work out their differences and hopefully gain a peace between the two alliances. As the meeting took place, a large scale attack from an unknown source killed all those at the meeting but spared you for some reason. With no memory, it seems as if you’re the likely culprit in this attack. However, when portals appear in various locations unleashing a torrent of enemies you are the only one capable of sealing it and thus must now prove your innocence and remove this new threat before the world is engulfed in darkness.
Every good fantasy adventure needs epic adventures, dark evil forces and plenty of ways to kill said evil forces. That’s why for our first title on our 6 Games Like Baldur’s Gate list we had to included Dragon Age: Inquisition. Players will have to go on a large scale quest to save the land and create a team who will accompany you both in battle and in changing the world through various motions. Dragon Age: Inquisition really felt as if you were taking part in a fantasy world thanks to the various inquisition meetings and quests you could take on. It shouldn’t be a surprise but if you are like us and love the Baldur’s Gate series, then we know you’ll definitely want to pick up Dragon Age: Inquisition.
DRAGON AGE: INQUISITION Official Trailer- The Breach (Official Trailer)
2. Jade Empire
- Publisher: Microsoft Corporation, 2K Games, Valve Corporation, Microsoft Studios, Findev, Aspyr
- Developer: BioWare, LTI Gray Matter
- Release Date: Apr 12, 2005
You have lived your whole life being trained by Master Li as one of his students. The days spent in this happy place were tough but filled with joy despite the rigorous training. However, when ghost like beings and other unknown threats attack your home, your days of peace are far from over. Your mission is to find the deadly Lotus Assassins and defeat them as you are the chosen being from an ancient legendary order. Your journey will not be easy but with the skills learned from Master Li and you’re still growing potential you can win.
Baldur’s Gate titles were great because of the impressive narrative and great RPG like gameplay. That’s why it shouldn’t be a surprise that we had to mention Jade Empire—also from BioWare—on our list of 6 Games Like Baldur’s Gate list. Jade Empire removes the focus on just swords and includes the ability to choose from one of several fighting styles that your character can possess. Jade Empire is also a huge title filled with various quests to take on and places to explore in a Chinese like setting. If you want to step away from the dark dungeons and fantasy like setting, than we highly recommend checking out Jade Empire.
Jade Empire Xbox Trailer-E3 2004 Trailer King (Official Trailer)
3. Diablo III
- System/Platform: PC, macOS, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
- Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
- Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
- Release Date: May 15, 2012
Taking place twenty years of Diablo II, we once again see the world of Sanctuary. Deckard Cain and Leah are investigating a Cathedral to read about an ancient prophecy. However, when an odd star hits the Cathedral, Leah escapes but Cain disappears. You—one of several classes—arrive in New Tristram and are tasked by Leah to seek out the Catherdral to find Cain. However, your journey will become a quest to save the world from evil forces that will soon arise and you’re the only one who can stop them.
Diablo III is yet another great RPG title from developer Blizzard Entertainment. Players choose from one of several classes such as the monk or demon hunter, and from there kill thousands of enemies all while taking on hundreds of quests in Sanctuary. Each map is randomized meaning each time you play on a map you could have different quests appear or places to explore. Baldur’s Gate fans will truly enjoy the dark story filled with epic lore and hidden areas to explore. Seriously folks, we’ve had some of us here at Honey’s Anime spend hundreds of hours on Diablo III and still play to this day thanks to constant updates and a recently released class in the form of the necromancer, thus why we’re sure you’ll love this title as much as we do.
Diablo III: Gameplay Trailer (Official Trailer)
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4. Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone
- System/Platform: PC, PS2, Xbox
- Publisher: Atari
- Developer: Stormfront Studios, Zono Inc.
- Release Date: Nov 16, 2004
Three strangers are about to cross paths when they stumble upon an odd artifact known as the Demon Stone. Once two beings known as Ygorl and Caminus were imprisoned with the Stone to prevent chaos but now they are free once more. The three strangers feel responsible for this event and decide to combine their skills to imprison the beings once more. However, this quest will test their skills and if they fail their quest, the world will forever be altered…
Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone is easily one of the coolest RPGs we played in the Forgotten Realms. Instead of only being able to play one of the heroes in the game you can actually control them all. Players will need to use their various powers to take down various enemies and deal with challenges along the way. The bosses of Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone are tough and players will need to utilize the heroes to have a chance at beating them. Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone might be more of a hack and slash title and less RPG focused as Baldur’s Gate but with a deep lore and plenty of similar themes, we know you’ll be engrossed in this magical tale just as much as we were back in 2004.
Demon Stone- Trailer E3 2004- PS2 (Official Trailer)
5. Pillars of Eternity
- System/Platform: PC, OS X, Xbox One, PS4
- Publisher: Paradox Interactive
- Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
- Release Date: Mar 26, 2015
In the world Eora magic has advanced largely but so has the means of figuring out how the soul works. Society has found the means of using a power that causes humans to be called Awakened and retain their memories from past lives. However, as you are about to become one of these Awakened beings and what is referred to as The Watcher—a being who is able to read other souls as well as their own—you will learn why so many still hate this power. As an Awakened you will find that you are cursed to never be able to sleep and have constant visions that hit you randomly. Over time this will cause your mind to be driven to madness and now you must find some means of curing this curse.
Pillars of Eternity from developer Obsidian Entertainment is a pretty interesting story with some interesting ideas. Players will create their character and then enter into a large world filled with areas to explore and tons of quests to take. Pillars of Eternity gives players a breath of fresh air in the RPG elements thanks to different means of gameplay focused mechanics. No experience is gained from defeating enemies and that means you don’t have to constantly kill enemies left and right to level up, only quests reward you with experience. Players can rely on stealth or avoiding enemies with varying results. Pillars of Eternity truly harkens to what we loved about the Baldur’s Gate series—fans and even other reviewers have said the same—and thus we ourselves feel it was a must have on our list of 6 Games Like Baldur’s Gate.
Pillars of Eternity- Release Trailer [EU] (Official Trailer)
6. The Bard’s Tale
- System/Platform: PS2, Xbox, PC, iOS, OS X, Android
- Publisher: InXile Entertainment
- Developer: InXile Entertainment
- Release Date: Oct 26, 2004
Usually heroes should be warriors who shine with righteous like actions and motives. However, in The Bard’s Tale you’re anything but those elements. Players will take control of The Bard who finds questing a means to get money and possibly ladies. However, one day he is asked to join a cult who need to save a princess by the name of Caleigh. The Bard is about to face a true challenge for the first time in his life but will he rise to the challenge or let the world burn and watch it with a beer in hand?
Baldur’s Gate is a serious RPG adventure with dark themes and an epic journey, then you have The Bard’s Tale which is about a Bard who is kind of a lazy dude. However, these games fans will say are very similar to one another in many ways and we here at Honey’s Anime fully agree with that. Players will need to control the Bard and choose either to be kind or snarky with lasting consequences based on either choice. We should also mention the narrator who seems to hate The Bard but his narration will be a pure treat to those who want their adventure to be a bit less serious and more mature. If you love the action of Baldur’s Gate but really thought it needed to have a more comedic overture, than we fully recommend The Bard’s Tale.
The Bard’s Tale Trailer (Official Trailer)
We here at Honey’s Anime love RPGs in any form. Though there is a special place in our collective hearts for the Baldur’s Gate series. With how much lore BioWare put into this series—just as much as you’ve seen in Mass Effect—this series has fame behind it for a reason. That’s why we know you guys and girls will love the titles above as they mirror the greatness of a once legendary franchise. However, we know with so many RPGs out there we may have skipped over a few titles. We now give you two quests to accomplish. The first is to comment down below to let us know how we did with our list or to add titles you feel were great like Baldur’s Gate. Then for your final quest, keep returning to Honey’s Anime for more future articles to read and enjoy.