Excerpt: Two years after the release of the original Baldur's Gate we have the sequel to this excellent role-playing game. The plot in Baldur's Gate II, which takes place several months after the event in Baldur's Gate I, begins with an impressive opening cinematic that tells the story of Bhaal, the god of murder, and you, one of his mortal children. Apparently, you killed your brother Saravok and were kidnapped by the evil sorcerer Jon Irencicus.
Excerpt: Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn uses the same Infinity Engine that the original, Planescape: Torment , and Icewind Dale used. It supports higher resolutions out of the box, however, which is a nice treat for those of us with better video cards. It's not quite to the level of Planescape: Torment , but the Forgotten Realms aren't quite as rich in weird structural ideas as Sigil, either, so that's not fault of BG2 .
Excerpt: Bioware has strengthened it's claim to the RPG throne with Baldur's Gate II. In one word or less BGII rocks. BGII is emblematic of the reason we all got into RPG's in the first place (those of us who admit it). We all wanted to be the hero, slay dragons, kill the bad guy, and get the girl (or guy). After you make up your own character from a large variety of classes and races, or import your existing Baldur's Gate I character you are knee deep in RPG excellence.
Excerpt: There are two ways you can spend the holiday season. The first involves dinner with the family, huge lipstick-smeared kisses from aunts you barely know and riveting conversation about how in the old days people walked to school in the snow and it was uphill both ways. And then there is the fun way: Baldur's Gate II. It was almost a given that the sequel to the winner of the GiN RPG of the Year would be awesome.
Excerpt: Ok, so this is my first review, so please don't bash it too hard, ok? And if you find faults in my spelling or grammar it is due to the fact that I do not have English as a native language. One more thing: This review is intended for players who have not yet played BGII, so that is the explanation as to why I write as if it had just been released sometimes.