Most likely influenced by the title's release on Good Old Games, the editors at Mana Pool have published a retrospective review of Baldur's Gate, finding that the game easily stands its ground despite being 12 years old. Here's the closing paragraph that goes with their score of 9.0/10:
If you have not played Baldur's Gate and enjoy RPGs, you owe it to yourself to do so. Really, there is no other way around it it's that good. Baldur's Gate really did (re-)start the modern RPG genre, and for good reason. Either play it to see where it all came from, or just because it's worth it. It deserves your attention.How things have changed since 1998...