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The most replays with Baldur's Gate

Most certain i can call Baldur's Gate games series of my life. No other game has been replayed by me this much. - did it about 14 times alredy and now after year i feel urge to start new campaign (well maybe Betrayal at Krondor can come quite close with 9 replays but still wont reach BG) For me no other game have such replay value and charm. So what about you guys. How many times did you beat BG series from start to end?



  • semiticgodsemiticgod Member, Moderator Posts: 10,943
    edited June 28
    I've only done 4 trilogy runs, all of which were no-reload runs. I only played BG1 2-4 times until I decided to get a run into the Hall of Heroes, which required playing through BG1. Previously, I really only played BG2.

    BG1: 6-8 runs, 4 no-reload
    SoD: 5 runs, 5 no-reload
    BG2: more than 10 runs, 6 no-reload
    ToB: less than 10 runs, 5 no-reload
    IWD: less than 10 runs, 3 no-reload
    IWD2: less than 10 runs, 2 no-reload

  • GreenWarlockGreenWarlock Member Posts: 1,343
    Full trilogy run to the Throne of Bhaal? Zero, and been playing for two decades now! I have made it as far as the opening city in ToB three or four times, but restartitis is a terrible thing, and I am a fairly slow and thorough completionist in my play style.

    Generally, I get bored and restart some time around Brynlaw/Spellhold.

  • UnderstandMouseMagicUnderstandMouseMagic Member Posts: 2,119

    Can't count but I rarely restart.

    BG far more than BG2.

    There's just something about the start of BG that's magical/transporting/endlessly fascinating. I never get bored with it, you can play around so much.

    But strangely, (though perhaps not), "no reload" ruins the experience for me, you have to be so strict and constrained and careful.

  • histamiinihistamiini Member Posts: 755
    edited June 29
    Yeah, BG probably has the most replay value of any game saga bar modded monsters like Fallout and TES. With good amount of diffrent game mechanics, classes/kits, amount of possible party members and challenges you can pretty much play this forever, and it'll always feels somehow different. It's special like Morrowind, but only because Morrowind modding is still going strong. Tamriel Rebuilt mod has been on development for now, what 18 years, and some day you can actually play the whole Morrowind. :D

    On the actual question, too many times to give an actual answer. :)

  • sarevok57sarevok57 Member Posts: 3,884
    hmm.... lets see..... its been so long its hard to remember

    BG games made - 3000+ at least
    BG games completed - maybe only 1000 - 1500

    BG 2 game made - 2000+ or so
    BG 2 game completed - probably again around 1000 or so

    Full runs starting from BG1 at 0 XP to the last boss fight of ToB at 8 million XP - a few dozen times ( i normally would stop at abizigal's enclave and start a new BG1 game )

    i remember one time years ago i started a new game after work on friday evening in candlekeep and by sunday night i was fighting the last boss in ToB with 8 million XP per character, that was my quickest full play through ever

    i think back then full play throughs would take:

    BG 1 - 12-14 hours
    BG 2 - 10-12 hours
    ToB - 8+ hours?

    a full play through being; doing every quest, getting all zee items, and gathering lots of loltastic gold/xp and hitting the XP cap in all games

    even though, i havent played in months, my playthroughs have been a little slower due to the fact that when i play BG1 i play gold piece runs, and in SoA i do every little thing to get XP for ToB ( cowled wizards, and centurion soldiers, good times )

  • semiticgodsemiticgod Member, Moderator Posts: 10,943
    edited June 29
    @sarevok57: Those numbers can't be accurate. The minimum time spent playing BG and BG2 would be 22,000 hours. Unless you've played 3 hours a day, every day of the year, for 20 years, there's no way you could have played the game that much. And that's only counting the games you've actually finished.

  • semiticgodsemiticgod Member, Moderator Posts: 10,943
    How else are we going to flaunt our prowess without lying?

  • GreenWarlockGreenWarlock Member Posts: 1,343
    edited July 1

    I can't shake the notion that some of you guys are being economical with the truth in order to flaunt your prowess, top the previous guy, and attract mates.

    No, I can assure you I speak in all honesty when I say I have yet to beat the full trilogy to this day!

  • MERLANCEMERLANCE Member Posts: 386
    Over 9000.

    But really, too many to count. Full runs importing from BG1 to the end of ToB, maybe 25-30. But times playing BG1 and BG1 only, maybe 15? And for BG2 and BG2 only before ToB came out? Probably another 10. And then times playing just BG2+ToB? A lot. I couldnt make a reliable estimate but it wouldn't be less than 50, Ive beat the game with every kit at least once, and probably every multiclass (but not every race and multiclass), though I cant say I ever did it with every specialist wizard.

    There were always new mods coming out back in the day, and usually they were worth a new playthrough to try out.

    Over the last, I dunno, 10 years I've just played the saga through about once per year, first with Baldurs Gate trilogy, then with the EEs.

    The BG series is my favorite game of all time, ever, no questions asked. I like BG2 more than BG1, though.

  • JoenSoJoenSo Member Posts: 729
    I've played all of the games countless of hours through my life, but I actually haven't finished them that many times. I've only done one full trilogy run and I think I've only finished ToB twice. I do that a lot with games in general though. I might finish them once to see the whole story, but after that I just play them until I lose interest about two thirds through.

  • dunbardunbar Member Posts: 1,343
    I only have to look at the number of files in my 'characters' folder to know that I've at least started more games than can be good for my sanity (for example I've just noticed that I once created a Halfling thief, presumably inspired by Hobbits, called "Dildo").

  • Dev6Dev6 Member Posts: 673
    To anyone who claims to have played these games hundreds or thousands of times, I ask thee one simple question:
    - Are you literally a hermit?

    I honestly cannot take such numbers seriously and clearly I'm not the only one.

  • ThacoBellThacoBell Member Posts: 7,653
    @Dev6 I used to be a hermit. There were several years of my life where it wasn't uncommon for me to spend 8-12 hours daily playing video games. Also, don't forget restartits. I have started 1000s of games, many of which dies by the FAI. I've only completed a couple dozen full trilogy runs.

  • Grond0Grond0 Member Posts: 4,015
    edited July 10
    Dev6 said:

    To anyone who claims to have played these games hundreds or thousands of times, I ask thee one simple question:
    - Are you literally a hermit?

    I honestly cannot take such numbers seriously and clearly I'm not the only one.

    @Dev6 I imagine that's because you think of a run as something different to some other people (like me). Playing solo and at top speed it would be perfectly possible to complete all the games successfully in less than a day, without using any cheats or engine glitches (I've never actually done that successfully to date, but I've not given up on the idea :D). I don't normally play at quite that speed, but still pretty quickly by most people's standards. In addition I've always played no-reload for a long time now - which means a run could be only a matter of minutes if I make a mistake early.

    If I assumed an average run would take 10 hours (and I suspect the true figure would actually be rather less than this), that would mean that the 2,240 runs I calculated earlier in the thread would require 22,400 hours. Based on playing for 16 years, those hours would be needed over 5,840 days, which would mean playing a bit less than 4 hours a day. Given that I sleep several hours a day less than the rest of my family, I'm sure the amount of gaming I do would be well above that, but I do sometimes play other games ...

  • ArunsunArunsun Member Posts: 1,571
    Completed runs? I would say between 30 and 50 on both BG and BG2, and probably 5 on SoD.
    The older I get, the more I prefer BG over BG2

  • Mantis37Mantis37 Member Posts: 779
    5 full run throughs, one no reload. About 20-30 no-reload deaths. Before starting no-reloading I used to play the game once every 2 years or so. Now I pretty much always have a character on the go.

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