I was sat playing Dragon Age this evening, after watching my housemate play Mass Effect, and was thinking to myself how amazing Bioware's games are, when I suddenly thought - which game deserves the crown as greatest Bioware game of all time.
A tough question I know, a bit like asking which Killers album is the best, or whether a Cadbury Caramel is better than a Crunchie. So a perfect subject for a TSR thread.
My money is on Knights of the Old Republic - great story line + decent graphics + lightsabers + force choking people during conversations + flying your own millenium falcon type ship = perfection!!!
Knights of the old republic.
Carth gets me hot.
I really enjoyed Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn and KOTOR... but those were probably the only Bioware games I've ever played
KOTR or Mass Effect simples
I honestly can't believe this up for discussion. The Baldur's Gate Series wholly re-invented the dying RPG Genre back in 1998. The amount of depth across the games, the character development and story, and interaction with NPC's was still far greater and allowed for more depth than Mass Effect or KOTOR does. Having owned every release that bioware has made for that past 12 years I can honestly say that i think Baldurs gate (particularly Shadows of Amn) is the best Bioware game by an incredibly long distance
Honestly I think Dragon Age is their best game yet. Not being hampered by D&D licencing allowed them to be much more creative with the setting and plot, I love that there are so many opportunities to substantially alter the storyline, and they simultaneously managed to simply character creation while allowing much more customisation than past games. I'd like Mass Effect more if it weren't for the god-awful inventory system, but apparently that's being solved in the sequel, so that might even top DA:O.
I will always have a special place in my heart for NWN, though. I must've spent years playing it, and for some reason I especially loved HotU. I know Baldur's Gate & co. are awesome, but damnit I like graphics, and apart from PS:T the Infinity Engine just wasn't good at that.
I would say DA:O but I actually just stopped playing it halfway through and got kind of bored. Up until that point, though, I was ready to say it was a good culmination of all Bioware's skills in RPGs. So instead it's still KOTOR. I never really liked Mass Effect and I haven't played Mass Effect 2.
Neverwinter Nights rides up very close behind KOTOR though, many childhood memories from that :')
Neverwinter Nights. It was just, still is, the best game I ever played. Seriously. Whenever my computer doesn't refuse to let me have fun, I play it whenever I can. Awe-so-me.