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Baldur's Gate I vs. Torment

Discussion in 'Playground' started by FlipperX, Oct 27, 2012.

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    [​IMG] Hi y'all I just had a few brief basic questions comparing these 2 PC games: Which is more attractive graphically? Which is longer to get finished, generally? and maybe Which is the more difficult of the 2? Thanks for your help!
     
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    This will likely get moved to a more appropriate forum before too long. Here are some quick answers to your questions:

    Both games are based off the same engine, and have similar graphical quality, though the art style of each game varies.

    Baldur's Gate, especially with the Tales of the Sword Coast Expansion, is definitely the larger game.

    In terms of difficulty, this is hard to answer, really. Torment is a really unique RPG as it is much more about the story than it is combat. I would say Torment is 75% story, 25% combat. Baldur's Gate is probably more like 40% story, 60% combat. So I guess from that perspective you might say that BG is the more "tactically" difficult game. That said, Torment is much more cerebral, and requires a lot more careful consideration of how you advance through the game, whereas BG is a bit more straightforward in this regard. So in that regard Torment is a bit more difficult. Think of Torment a bit more like roleplaying a novel, and expect to do a lot of reading. You might play the game for hours and hours and hours without seeing a single combat. Baldur's Gate isn't like that. Combat is much more prevalent. Not as prevalent as it is in Icewind Dale, however, which is more like 85% combat, 15% story.

    That said, once you get used to these games, neither is particularly difficult really. There is a difficulty slider in the the game options of each, so if you are finding combat too hard, you can always lower the difficulty a bit.

    All Infinity Engine games are gems to be treasured, so you really can't go wrong with any. It's more a question of how combat heavy you like your games.
     
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    On top of Marcerors post (or rather under it) I want to add, that Torment is the richer story for the sake of the journey that you and the NPC's undertake. Both philosophically and metaphysically.

    The PlanceScape setting is strange and exotic as it can get.
    The melting pot of the D&D verses.
     
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