Reviews and Problems with Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition
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Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition
17 January 2014
Summary: He built another gate! And it's enhanced! Baldur’s Gate II holds a pretty special place in my heart. It was easily my favorite RPG from my younger days, and to be honest not much has changed since.
Summary: It hasn't gotten any easier reviewing an expansion since the last time, when I reviewed “Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition” (BG), the first chapter of the series. Apparently that one sold well enough as they have come out with “Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition” (BG2).
Conclusion: The game itself runs fine and there isn’t much worth noting that can’t be read in an original review of the game back from 2000. Baldur’s Gate II set the bar for CRPGs in both its incredible depth and ability to let players learn without feeling like there was a 1000 page manual to read before...
Summary: Where Dungeons & Dragons is concerned, I've always been old-school. I got into the game as a child at the end of the 1970s, during the Gygaxian glory days when the big game was still Advanced and still loaded with more inscrutable numbers than a corporate tax return. That's how I've always liked it.
Pros: One of the best, most comprehensive D&D games ever made, Epic story, epic quests, and epic length, Incredible tactical depth, particularly when it comes to spellcasting in combat, Enhanced game adds quests, characters, and improved visuals
Cons: Enhancements don't address longstanding issues with pathfinding and dungeon size, Crashes to the desktop are too common
Conclusion: The new content is fun and adds to the experience, but let’s not forget that we’re talking about Baldur’s Gate II here. While balls-hard and requiring a lot of patience if you’re prepared to take it on you’ll discover what is arguably the best and deepest RPG of all time, that many people believe...
Conclusion: Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition is a labour of love, certainly, but this labour has been rushed in places. There are one or two scripting errors and occasionally a bad guy will die, decide he isn’t dead and then fight you all over again.
Pros: A staggeringly large and varied role-playing game, stuffed with brilliantly realized characters, environments, and monsters. The tactical engine that underpins the combat in the game remains fascinating and challenging to use.
Cons: Only limited tutorial to introduce a very complex game system, compounded by the much larger range of powers and effects available in this higher-level adventure.
Excerpt: The game includes the original Shadows of Amn campaign as well as its expansion, Throne of Bhaal, wrapping up the Bhaalspawn saga. A more combat-oriented expansion has also been added, The Black Pits 2: Gladiators of Thay.
Pros: + solid D&D role-playing, + deep story, + immense world to explore, + some new content