Reviews and Problems with Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition
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Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition
15 November 2013
Summary: Everything old school just got new 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: I’m ashamed to admit that Baldur’s Gate II , until this review, was one of the classic RPGS I had never had a chance to really play. A friend of mine had the game when we were in high school, but, given that my time was already occupied with the Final Fantasies and Chrono Cross’ of the RPG genre, it was never really high on my priority list.
Summary: One of the best RPGs of all time returns. This new edition succeeds not because of any enhancements added by Beamdog, but because the game BioWare created is still as strong as it ever was with only dated design and mechanics holding it back.
Pros: One of the best RPGs ever made now works “out of the box” on modern PCs, with native widescreen and high resolution support. Zoom feature actually enhances the game play. The new characters are interesting and well written, and the hand painted artwork has never looked better.
Cons: Is not actually all that enhanced with many missed opportunities to provide an enhanced experience not taken. The Black Pits 2 is bland and uninteresting.
Excerpt: Playing Dark Souls last year reminded me of how difficult video games used to be. Dying again and again, I eventually learned my lessons and ventured forth to beat the game after learning my lessons. Imagine my surprise when Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition presented me with a similar type of challenge, contrasting against everything I’d heard about the series.