Reviews and Problems with Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition
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3 January 2014
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). This edition includes both the “Shadows of Amn” original material and the “Throne of Bhaal” expansion, along with a gladitorial-style add-on and other bonuses.
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.
Summary: It's tough to know how to review an enhanced edition. The basic idea is to look at how the new features improve/expand/fix the original and rate that. But what if the original sucked? It is hard to separate the new content from the original game. “Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition” (BG) has this problem, but turned exactly around – the original game is an all-time classic, but the “enhanced” parts are nothing to write home about.
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.